Texans schedule Patriots for "Homecoming"

Texans schedule Patriots for "Homecoming"
July 16, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Fresh off two beatings at the hands of the New England Patriots during the 2012 season -- a 42-14 thrashing in December and a not-as-close-as-the-score-indicates 41-28 loss in the AFC Divisional round -- the Houston Texans are making it clear they're still not afraid of their AFC counterparts.

On Tuesday, the team announced via their website a list of themes for each of the eight home games this upcoming season. While most of these themes dealt in the realm of charity or fan appreciation, the Dec. 1 affair against the Patriots is a totally different animal.

That game will have the theme of "Homecoming," an idea where former members of an entity are welcomed back to bask in the institution's glory. This is a common ploy at the college football level and is usually scheduled at a time when the team is playing a beatable opponent -- in order to dredge up a W and ignite school pride.

So, the fact that the Texans see the Patriots as a suitable "Homecoming" opponent speaks volumes about the Houston squad's confidence in knocking off the long-time AFC juggernaut.

The Texans better be careful, though. This is clear bulletin board material, and if December's contest goes anything like the team's two meetings with the Pats last season, this move will be one big egg to the face.