Savage dropped back 19 times in the first two quarters and completed just seven of his passes. He averaged a meager 4.8 yards per pass — a full yard less than Osweiler’s 2016 mark.
But Savage’s failure to move the chains Sunday isn’t all on him. The Texans’ offensive line, putting together its best Auburn impression, allowed him to get sacked six times. When he did have time to plant his feet and look downfield, his targets were blanketed by what looks like one of the league’s elite secondaries. 2016 draft pick Jalen Ramsey and 2017 free agent acquisition A.J. Bouye kept top wideout DeAndre Hopkins in check, limiting him to a 43.8 percent catch rate.
Avril said he wasn’t aware that officials had flagged him for pushing Rodgers until later in the game.
“I was surprised, but then again I’m not surprised. Aaron Rodgers,” Avril said. “They try to protect their quarterbacks, but I don’t even think he fell to the ground. It’s funny, but it is what it is.”
Lane’s ejection elevated rookie Shaquill Griffin into the No. 2 cornerback role opposite Richard Sherman.
“I didn’t even know he threw a punch because there was a lot going on,” Adams said. “I didn’t know if they saw it or what actually happened. There was just a lot of hand fighting going on. Nothing Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys to try to kill each other, but it’s football.”
The Super Bowl 51 rematch was not scheduled as the season-opener as some had Cheap Jerseys China NHL hoped. But the Patriots probably don’t mind a few weeks of warm-ups before their grudge match against the team from which they stole the title.