Houston Texans 2019 Schedule: Season opener on MNF; 4 national TV games
The Houston Texans found out the order and day of games for the 2019 NFL season, including four games on national television.
The Houston Texans had their 2019 NFL Schedule released on Wednesday, and they will be playing four times in front of a national audience, including Week 1 where they travel to face the New Orleans Saints on Monday night football.
Houston will also be playing in London, England in Week 9 as they’ll face the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC South showdown with a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff.
In Week 12, the Texans are scheduled for Thursday Night Football when they host the Indianapolis Colts in what should be a game which makes a difference in who becomes the AFC South leader.
The following game in Week 13 has the Texans set to be on Sunday Night Football in what seems like an annual matchup between Bill O’Brien vs. Bill Belichick, when the Texans host the New England Patriots on Dec. 1. Houston is 1-10 overall in 11 meetings vs. the Patriots, including eight consecutive losses.
As for the entire Texans schedule, listed is Week 1-17:
Since finishing as the AFC South champions last season, and coming off an 11-win season, the Texans have to face some stronger teams from the 2018 season, including taking on the reigning Super Bowl champion in what will be an excellent test later in the season on Sunday Night Football.
Two of the more important games for Houston in the regular season come in Week 7 and Week 12 when they face the Colts in two games where Houston must be playing at a high level. The Texans lost twice to the Colts late in the season and the playoffs last year. Remember, Houston had to go to overtime to defeat Indianapolis to gain their win over the Colts last season.
Though Houston lost their last two games against the Colts, there other games on their schedule that are “prove it” type of games including Week 6 on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, and right off the bat in Week 1 on the road against the Saints on Monday Night Football.
The Texans don’t have an easy path to the AFC Playoffs in 2019, but if Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt and the rest of the roster want to show they belong in the talk of the top teams in the NFL, this is the type of schedule they must have success in to be prepared once the playoffs arrive.
What are your thoughts on the 2019 schedule of the Texans? What do you believe will be the toughest hurdle for the Texans to clear in the schedule?