Three rapid reactions from the Patriots opening win

Coming to you live from Fenway Park, just hours after the Patriots 27-20 win over Houston.

Here are 3 rapid reactions.

1. We saw something today we haven’t seen since the days of Richard Seymour and Ted Johnson, an honest to goodness blitzless push from the New England defensive line. Deatrich Wise had two sacks and pressured DeShaun Watson all day.

Adrian Clayborn was consistently a problem and Trey Flowers used his “Go-Go Gadget” arms to make the Texans uncomfortable from whistle to gun. 2017 top pick Derek Rivers was inactive and yet there was reason to believe the defensive line can be a strength. Perhaps a kudos to Brian Flores as well.

2. Phillip Dorsett is good. #12 & #13 looked in sync, especially in the second half. I was told this wasn’t possible because Brady skipped OTAs and wouldn’t know who Dorsett was, even though they were teammates all last season.

3. Trent Brown is a BIG man!

Duh, the guy is 6’8” and 380lbs, I think it’s safe to say he’s done growing but the way he HANDLED Jadeveon Clowney today almost made me forget who he was replacing at Left guard. (It was Nate Solder, highest paid offensive linemen in professional tackle football.)

Brady was under pressure today, but if you think back to the 2016 divisional game against Houston or even last year’s week three match up, the Patriots have struggled against the pressure Romeo Crennel can dial up.

It’s one week, but it’s hard not to be optimistic about this unit. The one tried and true method to beating Tom Brady is pressure him up the middle without blitzing. If the O-line can hold together like they did on Sunday, there’s a better chance of keeping TB12 upright this season than we thought possible just 24 hours ago.

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