The New England Patriots are proving to be like producer genius Dick Wolf's Law & Order franchises -- they keep going no matter who you put in the starring roles. (Wolf has said he doesn't have to overpay the talent for that reason.) Bill Belichick's machine will have another chance to demonstrate its mechanical invincibility against the Texans -- as third-string QB Jacoby Brissett takes the snaps. The 23-year-old North Carolina State product will get his first start. With Tom Brady suspended, the Pats are 2-0 with backup Jimmy Garoppolo in the role.
The way Bill Belichick's schemes execute, only IBM's Watson looks as automatic as the Patriots. Substitute a no-name for a guy headed to the Hall of Fame? Results remain the same: W. Brissett stepped in in Week 2 against Miami to complete six of nine passes for 92 yards. He rushed three times for 12. He's a rookie chosen No. 91 in the 2016 NFL draft. That'll do, says Belichick. Brady was famously the 199th player chosen in the 2000 draft. Like Wolf, Belichick doesn't need to overpay.
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