There was no reason to believe that all of the Texans’ hopes would have to ride on a rookie quarterback’s back thanks to all that defense they brought back. But they were failing on that side even before they lost J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus last week. Somehow, it ended up being Deshaun Watson or nothing. They should get away with it against the awful Browns, but not against too many others.
New England has underachieved, and New York has overachieved. The balance of the universe is restored here, though, as the Patriots will be healthier after bonus rest, and the Jets just can’t take enough flight on the scoreboard. Side note: Somehow, Tom Brady is older than Josh McCown.
Dallas dominated the first period, winning 17 of 22 faceoffs. Jason Spezza won six of seven draws, including one that set up Klingberg’s goal at 9:15.
“We’ve got to do a better job in the faceoff circle,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “The one thing I’d say with that is we’re very worried about taking the penalty. I guess I’ve got to wait for the league and see if they’ve called any yet.”
On Seguin’s power-play goal at 19:29, Klingberg passed cross-ice to Seguin at the top of the left circle. His shot banked in off the right post.