Houston Texans Schedule 2020: Rapid Reaction

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Kansas City Chiefs battles J.J. Watt Houston Texans (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Kansas City Chiefs battles J.J. Watt Houston Texans (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans schedule has them in the very first game of the 2020 NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The way the playoffs ended last season and how this offseason has gone, the release of the Houston Texans schedule for 2020 is welcome Texans news for a change, but there is one problem: the Texans are starting where things ended last season.

That’s correct, the Texans news we all have been waiting for about who the Week 1 opponent will be is here. Officially, the Texans must return to the scene of the franchise’s biggest letdown, the biggest collapse, and take on the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in the first game of the football season.

This game could have the biggest non-Super Bowl audience ever for the fact all of the missed sports we’ve had, and the fact this will be the official return of the NFL, the 101st season of the league.

Other than the matchup of Deshaun Watson vs. Patrick Mahomes that has been talked about at length, there is also the fact of how the Texans lost last season in the playoffs, and though this team is different from last year, one must think that game has to be some sort of motivation for the Texans.

Houston will also play on Thanksgiving 2020, where they’ll face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The Texans also have a Saturday game in Week 15 (Dec. 19) at Indianapolis. Those two games will be different for Houston, as this season they have two games on a Thursday and the Saturday game. The Texans schedule for 2020 didn’t include a Monday Night Football game, which doesn’t make much sense, since the Texans do have stars such as J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson on the roster.

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This season is about more than one game to start the football regular season. The Texans’ full schedule looks like this:

Week 1 (Sept. 10) — at Kansas City Chiefs (TNF), 7:20 p.m.
Week 2 (Sept. 20) — vs. Baltimore Ravens (3:25 p.m.)
Week 3 (Sept. 27) — at Pittsburgh Steelers (noon)
Week 4 (Oct. 4) — vs. Minnesota Vikings (noon)
Week 5 (Oct. 11) — vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (noon)
Week 6 (Oct. 18) — at Tennessee Titans (noon)
Week 7 (Oct. 25) — vs. Green Bay Packers (noon)
Week 8 (Nov. 1) — BYE
Week 9 (Nov. 8) — at Jacksonville Jaguars (noon)
Week 10 (Nov. 15) — at Cleveland Browns (noon)

Week 11 (Nov. 22) — vs. New England Patriots (noon)
Week 12 (Nov. 26) — at Detroit Lions (11:30 a.m., Thanksgiving)
Week 13 (Dec. 6) — vs. Indianapolis Colts (noon)
Week 14 (Dec. 13) — at Chicago Bears (noon)
Week 15 (Dec. 19) — at Indianapolis Colts (noon)
Week 16 (Dec. 27) — vs. Cincinnati Bengals (noon)
Week 17 (Jan. 3) — vs. Tennessee Titans (noon)

Another big-time game on the Texans schedule that one must keep a close eye on is their game with the Ravens in Week 2 at NRG Stadium. This game will be a tough way for the Texans to start the season, with Week 1 being at KC and then followed with this Week 2 game.

One aspect from this Texans schedule is we all will see where they stand against elite opponents after the two-week stretch against very talented teams like the Chiefs and the Ravens. Remember, the Ravens dominated the Texans in the regular season last year by a 41-7 score.

What stands out about this game isn’t that it is a “must-win“ game because each week the mindset needs to be a “must-win” game. No, this game just needs to not be a repeat of last year when the Texans looked inferior to the Ravens. If this game eventually results in a loss, that is understandable because Baltimore is a very good franchise the doesn’t lose a whole lot, but the Texans must be more competitive in this year’s meeting, bottom line.

The home and away slate of games with the AFC South rivals Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans are always competitive, but these games won’t be easy either as the AFC South won’t be a walk in the park at all.

The AFC South home games on the Texans schedule are on the following dates: vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 11), vs. Indianapolis (Dec. 6), and vs. Tennessee (Jan. 3).

Houston’s AFC South away schedule for AFC South games have the following dates: at Tennessee (Oct. 18), at Jacksonville (Nov. 8) and at Indianapolis (Dec. 19).

Other home games for the Texans are vs. the Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 4), vs. Green Bay Packers (Oct. 25), vs. New England Patriots (Nov. 22) and vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 27).

The rest of the away games are against the Pittsburgh Steelers (Sept. 27), Cleveland Browns (Nov. 15), Detroit Lions (Nov. 26), and Chicago Bears (Dec. 13).

Overall, this is a tough schedule for the defending AFC South champion Houston squad, especially the first two games of the season.

This Texans schedule for 2020 will show the franchise if they are good enough to take on some of the very best teams in the league and have success along the way.

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This will be an interesting season for sure, so come along for the ride as the path for the regular season has been set for the 2020 Texans.