Houston Texans Schedule: 5 non-division games that are must-watch TV

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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When the Houston Texans schedule moves away from AFC South contests, which games are going to be must-watch for 2020?

The 2020 Houston Texans schedule release day has arrived, and that means we’ll all know when the Texans will be facing their opponents for the 2020 season as the franchise looks to reach the AFC Playoffs for a third consecutive season.

This year the Texans schedule consists of six games in the AFC South, while facing all four teams from the AFC North and the NFC North. The Texans schedule also has them taking on the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs from the AFC West and last year’s AFC East champion, the New England Patriots.

Now breaking down those games and finding the Top 5 opponents and games that aren’t from the AFC South is a bit tricky. There are some high-quality opponents on the Texans schedule for the upcoming season, and one game that is usually on the must-watch list, but not for this first installment at least, is their game against the New England Patriots.

The game against the Patriots is usually one of the most anticipated games on the Texans schedule, but this year the game doesn’t include Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski, so the spark this game usually brings doesn’t have the same excitement, at least in May.

Houston does have some fun matchups awaiting them in 2020 including the battle of former Bill Belichick coordinators with Bill O’Brien‘s Texans facing the Detroit Lions who are coached by Matt Patricia. There is also the game against the Chicago Bears, the team that passed on Deshaun Watson in the 2017 NFL Draft.

All games on the 2020 Texans schedule mean a lot in the final standings, but next are five games that qualify for being must-watch.

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5. Texans Schedule: Facing the No. 1 overall pick by hosting Cincinnati

When this game is played it might not be the best game on the NFL schedule that week, but when the Texans schedule arrives to face the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston will get to see the No. 1 overall draft pick from the 2020 NFL Draft Joe Burrow live and in person.

If there is one team who knows what it is like to start a quarterback as a rookie, who was the No. 1 overall pick, that is the Texans (see David Carr). The Texans also know about starting a quarterback who won a national championship, and was a high first round pick, as that is current quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is entering his fourth NFL season.

This game will most likely feature the Bengals having some solid players on their offense like A.J. Green and rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins. Don’t forget this will be a reunion game for the Texans and D.J. Reader who joined Cincinnati in free agency this offseason, becoming the highest-paid nose tackle in the league.

Whenever the Texans host the Bengals it will be a fun game to watch with a few storylines to watch along the way.