LeGarrette Blount had another 100-yard rushing game and a TD to power the Patriots to 3-0. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO - It's almost too good to be true.

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Glenn, Fred and Butch break down the Patriots' destruction of Houston, with big praise for the defense and 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett.

FOXBORO — Thursday wasn’t the homecoming Vince Wilfork was looking for.

For the first time since the 2014 AFC championship game, Wilfork played a game at Gillette Stadium as the defensive tackle signed with Houston after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX.

Vince Wilfork recorded seven tackles in his return to Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Vince Wilfork recorded seven tackles in his return to Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Thursday wasn’t the homecoming Vince Wilfork was looking for.

For the first time since the 2014 AFC championship game, Wilfork played a game at Gillette Stadium as the defensive tackle signed with Houston after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX.

In what was surely an emotional night for him, things didn’t go well on the field as the Texans were blown out by the Patriots, 27-0.

“Any time you get skunked it is embarrassing,” Wilfork said. “You’ve got to take it personally. If you don’t there is something wrong with you.”

Added Wilfork: “We came into Gillette Stadium and got smoked. We’ve got to regroup. They played a hell of a game. We’ve got to put this one behind us and move forward quick. It was a real surprise. What can you do? You’ve got to five them a lot of credit. They came ready to play and showed up and we didn’t.”

Wilfork finished the game with seven tackles, but the best moment may have come right before the Patriots’ first offensive possession of the game when a video montage was shown on the video board paying tribute to his 11 years and two Super Bowl titles with the Patriots.

He was very appreciative of the gesture as when the crowd stood and applauded, Wilfork acknowledged them with a few small waves.

“I had 11 great years here,” Wilfork said. “The fans, my teammates, the coaches, it was awesome and I love my memories here. It just goes to show the mutual respect they have for me. I feel the same way towards them. I love them. This was home. For 11 years it was home. They drafted me. And for me to come back and show the respect they did it shows what kind of organization they are.”

Wilfork seems likely to return to Gillette at least one more time when he’s inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, as team president Jonathan Kraft alluded to before the game.

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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick isn’t known for his glowing praise of his teams during the season.

But on the night he tied Curly Lambeau for fourth place (226) on the all-time regular season wins list, the Patriots coach was very appreciative of his staff and players for being ready on a short week. It all added up to a 27-0 win over the Texans in a game where almost everything went right.

“This is a really satisfying win,” Belichick said. “I thought that this whole week our coaching staff, let’s start with them, did a tremendous job. Josh [McDaniels], Matt Patricia, Joe Judge – did a great job. Jerry Schuplinski with Jacoby [Brissett], just how hard they worked to prepare the team to get them ready, and then how committed the players were. We came in here Monday after the Miami game and just turned the page and got on to the Texans. We really asked a lot out of the team this week. They responded.

“They never batted an eye. We got great leadership from our captains; a lot of our veteran players. Everybody just got on bored and stepped up. So, just really proud of the way that these guys competed. I thought that we tried to do what we wanted to do for 60 minutes. Houston’s a good football team. You know how much respect I have for Coach [Bill] O’Brien and their staff and their players.

“Just so proud of the way our guys competed and just tried to do everything that we asked them to do and they really worked hard at it. I’m just happy for the success that they had tonight. The coaching staff just did a tremendous job this week. Good to win and we’ll be moving on pretty quickly from this one, but we’ll be able to enjoy it here for a little while. It’s a good win.”

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Mike Petraglia


FOXBORO — Bill Belichick isn’t known for his glowing praise of his teams during the season.

But on the night he tied Curly Lambeau for fourth place (226) on the all-time regular season wins list, the Patriots coach was very appreciative of his staff and players for being ready on a short week. It all added up to a 27-0 win over the Texans in a game where almost everything went right.

“This is a really satisfying win,” Belichick said. “I thought that this whole week our coaching staff, let’s start with them, did a tremendous job. Josh [McDaniels], Matt Patricia, Joe Judge – did a great job. Jerry Schuplinski with Jacoby [Brissett], just how hard they worked to prepare the team to get them ready, and then how committed the players were. We came in here Monday after the Miami game and just turned the page and got on to the Texans. We really asked a lot out of the team this week. They responded.

“They never batted an eye. We got great leadership from our captains; a lot of our veteran players. Everybody just got on bored and stepped up. So, just really proud of the way that these guys competed. I thought that we tried to do what we wanted to do for 60 minutes. Houston’s a good football team. You know how much respect I have for Coach [Bill] O’Brien and their staff and their players.

“Just so proud of the way our guys competed and just tried to do everything that we asked them to do and they really worked hard at it. I’m just happy for the success that they had tonight. The coaching staff just did a tremendous job this week. Good to win and we’ll be moving on pretty quickly from this one, but we’ll be able to enjoy it here for a little while. It’s a good win.”

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Mike Petraglia

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FOXBORO — Jacoby Brissett had one primary mission heading into the game Thursday night in his first NFL start.

Don’t give the ball to the Texans on turnovers.

He kept his promise and it was one of the big reasons the Patriots blanked the Texans, 27-0, at Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO — No Tom Brady. No Jimmy Garoppolo. Three days to prepare with a rookie quarterback proved to be no problem for the Patriots.

Julian Edelman contributed in both the running and passing game Thursday night against the Texans. (WEEI.com)

Julian Edelman contributed in both the running and passing game Thursday night against the Texans. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — No Tom Brady. No Jimmy Garoppolo. Three days to prepare with a rookie quarterback proved to be no problem for the Patriots.

New England blew out the Texans 27-0 on Thursday night to improve to 3-0 and now only have one game left until Tom Brady returns against the Browns in Week 5.

“I’m sure there’s a lot of room for improvement for everyone, but with the circumstance of having the short week and playing a conference team and going out and getting a good team win, it’s satisfying,” wide receiver Julian Edelman said.

Although the Patriots are 3-0, not many expected them to be.

Many had them losing Week 1 in Arizona with Garoppolo making his first NFL start and then many had them losing again on Thursday at home as it was rookie Jacoby Brissett making his first NFL start with just three days to prepare.

Edelman said the team doesn’t think about, or care, what people are saying on the outside.

“We don’t really worry about what nationally we’re supposed to be coming off as,” he said. “What we worry about is just going out and continually improve, get better each and every day, take in what the coaches think the best things to do are and we go out and try and execute them. We’re just going to keep focusing on that and not worry about what other people think.”

The wide receiver caught four passes for 38 yards and also pitched in running the ball on jet sweeps as he had 14 yards on three carries. Edelman is a fan of getting the ball in his hands any way he can.

“I like them a lot,” he said of the jet sweeps. “If it helps the team, you’re going to like them.”

With Garoppolo inactive, Edelman in all likelihood was the backup quarterback, but fortunately for the team he never got into the game under center. It would have been for the first time since his days at Kent State he would have played quarterback.

“It’s the old dusty trail right now. The old dusty trail,” Edelman said of his throwing arm and not getting to play quarterback.

Being in his eighth season, Edelman knows how rare Thursday’s win was where all three phases all had an equal part in the win as the defense didn’t allow a point, the special teams gave the offense great field position and the offense put up 27 points against a solid Texans defense.

“It was very fun,” he said. “Anytime you can go out on a short week and beat a really good football team with a complementary game — offense, defense, special teams making big plays, it’s fun. It’s a fun environment.”

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