Week 9 vs. Indianapolis Colts: This will be the Texans sixth consecutive loss of the season, but I believe they will play more like they did against the first-place Kansas City Chiefs (a 17-16 loss), than they did against the San Francisco 49ers (a 34-3 loss). Also look for Case Keenum to become the full-time starter in this game, though I’m not sure if he’ll actually start the game under center.
Week 10 at Arizona Cardinals: The losing streak will end in this game, with this being Keenum’s third NFL game as the Texans quarterback. Playing against an opponent that’s not a first-place team, the Texans will finally right the ship so to speak, and leave the West Coast with their first win since the second game of the season.
Week 11 vs. Oakland Raiders: Dare I say the Texans will win consecutive games for the first time since the start of the season? Yes I am. The Texans are a better team than the Raiders, and I feel this will be one of the games where Houston will use their defense to their advantage to gain a win.
Week 12 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: I consider this a must-win game for the Texans for the fact if they were to lose to the lowly Jaguars on their own home field … I wouldn’t want to face the wrath of the home crowd. But in all honestly, the Texans should cruise to a win in this game by giving the ball to Arian Foster.
Week 13 vs. New England Patriots: Did I just give the Texans three consecutive wins in this season? I think I did, but that streak will stop here. By the time this game takes place, the Patriots will have their offense figured out and Rob Gronkowski will be back to being the “Gronk” we all know to lead the Patriots to a win.
Week 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars: I don’t know if the Jaguars will win a game all season, so I’m giving this one to the Texans on that fact alone.
Week 15 at Indianapolis Colts: The Texans are not up to par with the Colts this season, especially in December, and on the road. With the Colts on their way to a division championship by this point, this is a loss for the Texans, sorry.
Week 16 vs. Denver Broncos: There will be no Christmas wishes exchanged in this Dec. 22 game, and all the Texans will be left with is a stocking full of coal from Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Week 17 at Tennessee Titans: I’m going out on a limb here and saying the Texans will end the regular season on a high-note and win on the road in Tennessee. Someone will have to win this game and why not it be the Texans.
To recap, I have the Texans finishing 7-9 overall and not making the playoffs, thus not defending their AFC South championship.