The Houston Texans scored a huge 28-22 win over the New England Patriots, handing Bill Belichick’s team its second loss of the year. That hasn’t stopped some post-game barbs from flying between stars DeAndre Hopkins and Stephon Gilmore.
Gilmore has been arguably the best cornerback in the NFL this season. Hopkins has been one of the league’s most productive receivers for years now, and has 903 yards and six touchdowns on 86 catches on the year.
The Patriots game was a bit more quiet for him. He caught five passes on eight targets for 64 yards.
After the game, Hopkins sent out a tweet indicating that the Patriots were double-teaming him throughout the game.
..🗣”when you see 10 double him” pic.twitter.com/R7hme5pXP5
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) December 3, 2019
Even with the loss, Gilmore wasn’t going to take it lying down (regardless of the picture that Hopkins used for the tweet). He said that the star receiver only saw double teams twice throughout the game.
Bro was doubled on only 2 snaps all game and wants to be loud lol
— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) December 3, 2019
NESN’s Zack Cox reviewed things after that back-and-forth, and came up with some good and bad news for Gilmore.
The good: Gilmore is right. Hopkins was only doubled twice.
The bad: Both plays resulted in Texans touchdowns.
Gilmore is correct here. Looking back through the film, the Patriots appeared to only double Hopkins on two plays. Unfortunately for them, both of those plays resulted in touchdown passes (one to Johnson, one to Stills). https://t.co/EFBNVWutXS
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 4, 2019
Watson was brilliant on the night, completing 18-of-25 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Hopkins led the way with his reception and yardage totals, but Watson found Kenny Stills, Duke Johnson, and Darren Fells for scores.
DeAndre Hopkins was technically responsible for a touchdown as well. He threw one to Watson on a trick play.