The 2015 NFL schedule was released tonight and the Houston Texans were given only two primetime games in 2015. The first is on a Thursday night, the second is a Monday, but one stands out over the other.
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The game which sticks out like a sore thumb is the week five Thursday Night Football game on October 8th. The Indianapolis Colts come to NRG Stadium, bringing with them long-time Texan receiver, Andre Johnson.
It’s fitting that the NFL has the first matchup between these division rivals in Houston, and even more fitting that it is the only game on that night. Thursday night football always draws large viewership, even if the play is less than stellar, and a sub-plot like this will only increase ratings.
The second primetime game comes later in the year, week 10, November 16th, when the team plays in Cincinnati on Monday Night Football against the Bengals.
Other games that stand out include, of course, the season opener at home against the Chiefs, a December 13 contest against head coach Bill O’Brien and nose tackle Vince Wilfork‘s old team, the New England Patriots and the second game agains the Colts on December 20th in Indianapolis.
The Houston Texans, who finished 9-7 and in second place in the AFC South behind Indy, will wrap up their season with three straight divisional games, December 20th at Indy, December 27th at the Tennessee Titans and they finish the season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.