Even though the Houston Texans didn’t have the best season, their fans saw more than $30,000 in gifts for Fan Appreciation Day during the final game in Week 18.
The Texans actually played well in the finale, giving the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the Tennessee Titans a good fight. Houston lost by a final of 28-25, but it was an encouraging game after lots of bad ones.
The defeat brings the Texans record to 4-13 for the year. They now own the third overall selection in this spring’s NFL Draft.
As the team looks ahead to next season, a total of 21 lucky fans are preoccupied with the prize they earned at the game.
Houston Texans’ Fan Appreciation Day caps of a week of events
There were several sizable rewards for those in attendance on Sunday, Jan. 9. While there were 21 giveaways overall, the seven at halftime were substantial. The giveaway was part of a week-long Fan Appreciation Week sponsored by Verizon.
There were a couple of different prizes based around vacationing and the NFL.
Caesars awarded one fan a three-night stay at any of their locations, while another attendee won a round-trip flight for two from United Airlines.
As for football, Bud Light gave away two tickets to Super Bowl LVI. Verizon also handed out 2022 season tickets to the Texans, in addition to a new 5g phone.
These other gifts at half included a 65” LED TV from Xfinity, a $1,000 H-E-B gift card, and a $750 voucher for Academy Sports and Outdoors.
That wasn’t all, either. Fourteen others received more for the franchise’s Fan Appreciation Day.
Most of the remaining rewards were of slightly less value, besides a few exceptions. One of which is the $400 gift card to the Texans’ team store, courtesy of Verizon.
The other giveaways included phone chargers, gift cards, and lottery tickets.
On top of all of these, five fans also had the opportunity to win $1 million from the Texas Lottery.
Houston Texans’ 2022 outlook
Despite a lackluster season that resulted in just four wins, the Texans have reason to believe things could look better next year.
Besides the quality draft choice that should net a cornerstone piece, Houston has several ways of improving itself this offseason.
To start, the Texans have almost $20 million in cap space, which can be used to bring in a couple of new faces.
They still have the rights to quarterback Deshaun Watson, who will likely return multiple picks and potentially a starter or two, as well. The talented signal caller is facing legal issues and didn’t play in a single game this season.
After a year without Watson, the front office is probably looking for a trade partner prior to April’s draft. If the Texans can get a good deal, they could help their roster immediately.
A new quarterback might be in the cards. However, based on the 2022 draft class and Davis Mills’ production, Houston could draft a variety of positions instead.
Mills is the team’s third-round pick from a year ago and he showed some signs with a limited offense. The rookie threw for around 2,700 yards in 13 contests, while completing nearly 67% of his passes.
This is even more impressive considering what Mills doesn’t have around him. Houston’s leading rusher was Rex Burkhead, with just 427 yards on the ground. All of its top three rushers averaged 3.5 yards per carry or fewer during the campaign.
Luckily, Mills should have receiver Brandin Cooks back on the roster. The wideout is under contract for one more season.
Cooks was the only player on Houston to record more than 35 receptions, as he led the team with 90 grabs for more than 1,000 yards.
Next season is still far off, but maybe it’s possible that Texas sports betting launches in time for Week 1. Houston should have a busy offseason and could potentially prove to be a live underdog in 2022.