Unfortunately, when on the field against the Patriots, they looked pretty dull, losing 42-14 on Monday Night Football.
The performance was bad enough that if they were a high school team, they wouldn't have earned the jackets.
The idea behind the jackets came from nose tackle Shaun Cody. His teammate outside linebacker Connor Barwin described the idea to the Houston Chronicle by saying:
I used to say before the season it feels like we’re on a college team. Everybody gets along, we have so much fun. And this jacket, you feel like you’re on a high school team where it’s all about winning, it’s all about being around a group of guys. This jacket is just another symbol of that. There’s no names on it. You just have your number, your position group and the Texans logo.
It's a nice idea and a nice jacket that I'm sure someone in the Texans' marketing department will latch on to. By the time of Houston's first playoff game this year, I'd expect to see these jackets on sale on the Texans' website and at concession stands in Reliant Stadium.
While the idea was that the Texans felt like a high school team, against the New England Patriots they looked like the freshman team taking on the defending state champion varsity team.
Houston was outplayed by New England in every facet of the game. Patriots coach Bill Belichick drew up the perfect game plan for neutralizing MVP candidate J.J. Watt, allowing him only four tackles, no sacks and most importantly, no pass deflections.
This allowed Tom Brady to be Tom Brady, as he threw for 296 yards and an Al Bundy special of four touchdowns.
New England's defense came up big as well, holding Arian Foster to only 46 yards on 15 carries. Ben Tate also had 46 yards on eight carries, but most of those carries came during garbage time.
The letterman jackets were a great idea, and the idea that the team's accomplishments will be sewn on the jackets is another nice high school-like touch that helps the team bond.
However, while the team can look like a high school outfit off the field, there's no excuse for them looking like one on the field against New England. The Texans will likely have to face the Patriots to get to New Orleans, and can not afford another horrendous freshman-like performance.