The New England Patriots walked off the field following their 36-33 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday feeling fortunate.
Injuries have dogged the Patriots for each of the past two weeks. A crafty game plan helped them get past New Orleans in Week 2. This time, they needed a late push from their 40-year-old quarterback against a feisty Texans team that had several opportunities to win the game.
This much is clear: They can't keep going like this.
Tom Brady, who finished with five touchdown passes Sunday, said he thinks the Patriots will be better for having gone through this kind of stretch early in the season.
"Two weeks ago, we weren't in a...