Going into Sunday's game against the Texans, it was expected that it would be a big Damien Harris day, as Houston entered the game with the worst run defense in all of football.
That didn't turn out to be the case, as the Patriots running back finished with 43 yards on 11 carries, and had just six carries after the first offensive drive of the game.
Bill Belichick was asked about Harris' usage on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday afternoon.
“We had quite a bit of success throwing the ball," he said. "We threw for almost 350 yards, so…”
It was pointed out that Houston entered the game struggling against the run and the team was only down by 11 points at halftime, so it wasn't like it needed to be all passes.
“Look, they are well coached. They’ve got good players. They did a good job of doing some things in the running game that made it more advantageous to throw the ball," Belichick said. "We had a lot of production throwing it. I mean, if we’re going to throw it for that type of production, I don’t think you want us to keep… We try to do the best can and take advantage of our opportunities. I don’t know what to tell you.”
While Newton threw for 365 yards, the Patriots finished with 86 rushing yards, their second-fewest of the season.