The Houston Texans have taken a 14-3 lead over the New England Patriots, and it has been done mostly without a major contribution from wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He has two receptions on three targets for 30 yards, as all-world Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore has worked to make Hopkins’ life difficult.
This matchup was the talk of the town coming into this prime time affair, and for the time being it’s been fairly even. Hopkins getting any catches at all is an improvement compared to some of Gilmore’s recent opponents. Of course, Hopkins is leaps and bounds better than most of the receivers Gilmore has covered.
Duke Johnson currently leads the Texans with 31 receiving yards, while Hopkins leads the team with his four targets and his two receptions is tied with Darren Fells. Quarterback DeShaun Watson has found Fells and Johnson for his two touchdowns in the first half.