Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) is congratulated by fans after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Schedule Release 2014: Are the Houston Texans on primetime?

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The Houston Texans will play back-to-back weeks in primetime this upcoming season, with a Thursday Night game, then a date on Monday Night Football the next week.

The Texans’ primetime slate of games begins Week 6, Oct. 9, when they will play on CBS Thursday Night football, at Reliant Stadium, against the Indianapolis Colts in a big AFC South matchup at 8:25 p.m. ET.

In Week 7, Oct. 20, the Texans will play on Monday Night Football on ESPN when they travel to Pittsburgh to play at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers, with game time listed at 8:30 p.m. ET

These are two very tough and very intriguing games for the Texans, for the simple fact not only will they be on national TV, but these two games will show them just how much they improved over the offseason.

Last year the Texans were an NFL-worst 2-14 overall, losing their final 14 games. Against the Colts last season, who won the AFC South title, the Texans lost both times by scores of 27-24 and 25-3.

In 24 meetings with the Colts, the Texans are 4-20 since arriving in the NFL in 2002.

The last time the Steelers and the Texans faced each other was on Oct. 20, 2011, in Houston, where the Texans won by a 17-10 score. The series is tied at 2-2.

These will be two very tough matchups, but two games where the Texans can not only see where they stand, but they can see where they need to go.

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