Houston Texans: Preseason schedule full of good competition

Brandon Dunn #92 and J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Brandon Dunn #92 and J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The NFL released the 2019 preseason schedule for all teams, and for the Houston Texans they now know where and when they will be preparing for the 2019 season.

The Texans preseason schedule is as follows, per NFL.com:

Week 1: at Green Bay Packers

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 4: vs. Los Angeles Rams

This slate of games should help the Texans see where the roster stands at those points in time, but the game that will be the most exciting is the usual dress rehearsal game, which is Week 3 of the preseason, as the Texans will be facing their in-state rival, the Dallas Cowboys.

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Houston is coming off a season where they went 11-5 overall and won the AFC South championship but failed to overcome some injuries. The Texans lost in the Wild Card round of the AFC Playoffs, taking what was a productive season and ending with a disappointing feeling.

It will be very interesting to see how the Texans play this preseason, as there will be a lot of work to accomplish. By the time the Texans’ preseason schedule begins, all of us will know who they’ve selected in free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft.

The preseason will be an excellent time for the veterans like J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins to get some of the rust off in game action, but for the rookies, it will be time for them to show they can help take the roster to the next level.

Houston will need to keep working on the rebuilding of their offensive line and secondary during this preseason slate and training camp, as that will be the ultimate difference maker for whether this franchise takes the next step, defends their division title and wins in the playoffs.

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It all starts with the preseason schedule, and for Houston, they have some strong opponents that should help make them a better football team once Week 1 of the regular season rolls around.