Finding perspective for the Astros’ red-hot start to 2017

The Astros, as you know, have been ridiculously good this season.

How good Let’s try to find a bit of perspective. First, the basic numbers. At the moment, the Astros are 41-16, have won 10 games in a row and own a 13.5-game lead in the AL West. Over the weekend, they authored a sweep of the rival Rangers on the road, outscoring Texas 20-7 in the three-game series.

Then there’s Develin, who doesn’t need to run or catch the ball when he’s doing so much fo fill Gronk’s blocking void.

They say it takes a village. The Patriots prefer to pillage a defense, using every personnel hole to their advantage. The Texans were good straight up against the run between the tackles, but had trouble staying with backs laterally and in the open field. Enter Lewis to run and run routes around them.

The Steelers have a hard time covering backs outside, so one might expect the Patriots to use much more of Lewis in that case. The Chiefs have struggled to slow down the power inside, even more so without Derrick Johnson, so that would suggest more of a Blount game.

Because the Steelers or the Chiefs might think that same way as well, that’s exactly when the Patriots will flip the script or add in another wrinkle out of the backfield, such more reverses from Edelman or Amendola.

Doug Baldwin still has not made a Pro Bowl. Golden Tate, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Ricardo Lockette and Tyler Lockett were on the field a relatively small time during their run of contention.steelers_010