Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans bull blows smoke against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Label Game Against New England Patriots “Homecoming”


The Houston Texans must really like the AFC power house, the New England Patriots, stomping on them year in and year out. They keep “poking the bear” or “awakening the sleeping giant” with pointless pre-game taunts and bulletin board material.

Last season the Houston Texans headed to New England in December donning new “letter jackets” as part of a camaraderie ploy. They then received a thorough beat down at the hands of Tom Brady to the tune of 42-14.

They then travelled to New England again for the divisional round of the playoffs where they fared better, but still were on the wrong side of a 41-28 beat down. No word whether the jackets were worn or used as motivation in this game as well. But J.J. Watt did spit and wipe his feet off on the Patriots logo.

Now the Houston Texans are getting to play hosts to the New England Patriots who will make their way to Houston on December 1st. I don’t know if the Texans are feeling especially confident about playing host, but they’ve labeled that game as their “Homecoming” match up.

News flash to Houston, New England isn’t worried about playing there. They won Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Every home game got a “name” most correspond to some kind of promotion: Liberty White Out, Hispanic Heritage Day, Pink Ribbon Day, Battle Red Day, Salute To Service Day. The last game of the season against the Denver Broncos was named “Fan Appreciation Day.”

Maybe they should’ve labeled the Patriots game fan appreciation day to appreciate the fans who showed up for the beat down they’re facing.

Also, aren’t homegames usually scheduled against lesser and easier to beat opponents?

The homecoming game isn’t much of a home coming as well. It is the last game of a three game home streak that starts in November.

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