HOUSTON -- Ask any high school coach. You play how you look. So when the Houston Texans showed up Monday night in letter jackets, looking like a high school team, well, they got crushed by the Patriots.
"We're not talking about letter jackets anymore," defensive tackle Shaun Cody said. "That was completely Connor Barwin's idea."
Cody was (sort of) joking, but as the Texans try to put Monday night behind them, those campy, quasi-ironic letterman's jackets the whole team wore to New England are among the first things to go.
Maybe that's just as well, because Monday's 42-14 loss was an undressing in every other way too. The Texans, once thought by some to be the best team in the NFL, now have two embarrassing prime-time performances on their record they also lost 42-24 to Green Bay at home.
That has effectively rebranded their overtime wins over Jacksonville and Detroit. At the time, those games were seen as proof of that old "great teams find a way to win when they don't play ...