The New England Patriots tried out different uniforms, ones that are reminiscent of their classic 1980's uniforms, except that these jerseys are blue with red and white highlights, while those jerseys were red with blue and white highlights.
Indeed, brand new jerseys, but some old results.
Which, of course, is a good thing for the Patriots, since their on field results have been nothing short of amazing for about a decade and a half now.
Yes, the Patriots won, and perhaps predictably, won big. They shut out the Houston Texans, who had entered the game with an undefeated record. This was a clash between two of the eight remaining unbeaten teams in the league, although New England left no doubt about who was the better team. The Patriots produced some points on offense, despite having to rely on their third string quarterback, following a shoulder injury to Jimmy Garoppolo during last weekend's game against Miami.
Jacoby Brissett completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Not a particularly great day passing, but not an embarrassingly bad one, either. Plus, Brissett proved dangerous with his running abilities, which included a 27-yard touchdown run that helped give New England a 10-0 lead.
Former Patriot Vince Wilfork, who was a major contributor for several New England Super Bowl teams before signing with Houston, said simply that his new team came "into Gillette Stadium and got smoked."
Yes, they did.
And what is perhaps scariest about this big win for the Patriots is that the defense was so good. They really took care of business last night, and looked like an elite defense in their own right. Given that the offense was hardly spectacular, but that they will get regular starter Tom Brady, as well as Rob Gronkowski, back in the lineup in a couple of weeks, that is a scary thought. New England could be a double-headed monster this season, should this keep up.
Texans' Vince Wilfork: 'We went into Gillette Stadium and got smoked' by Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, September 23, 2016: