Houston Texans: 2020 schedule predictions and breakdown
There is a lot to look forward to when it comes to the Houston Texans 2020 NFL schedule, including predictions for all 16 games in the regular season.
Ahead for the Houston Texans is a tough schedule — especially in the early stages of the 2020 season where it could really make or break how their year begins. Playing a tough schedule isn’t any type of Texans news as of late because the first two games they are playing this season are against teams they faced last season.
Next is a schedule breakdown for the Texans in 2020, and final score and game predictions as well.
Week 1: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
We’re all aware of what series of events transpired last time the Chiefs and Texans faced each other in Arrowhead Stadium. The best first quarter in Texans history, the 24-0 lead, and the hope of the franchise’s first AFC Championship game was so close.
Then the Texans news of happiness shattered, and the fake punt happened, followed with the barrage of touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes and company, and eventually the deflating 51-31 loss ended the Texans season. This rematch will be personal for Deshaun Watson, and it will be interesting to note whether or not either QB has received a contract extension by the time the game has been played.
Since the playoff game loss by the Texans, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years, and the Texans lost their ultimate offensive weapon. The major weakness that was exposed was the cornerback group and the inability of the linebackers to cover Travis Kelce.
Being that the Texans have lost two starters from the secondary and the Chiefs just added a first round offensive talent in Clyde-Edwards-Helaire, it would be understandable to chalk up this game as a loss.
Prediction: Chiefs 34, Texans 28 (Houston Record: 0-1)
Week 2: Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Just like the Chiefs game from January, we all want to forget what happened when the Texans traveled to Baltimore midseason last year. Lamar Jackson accentuated his MVP run and gave Deshaun Watson his first multiple score deficit in a loss since high school.
Though the Ravens did not perform as expected in the playoffs, they still bring back a potent running game and have a lot to prove this year. On the flip side, the Texans also lost one of their best run stuffers in D.J. Reader, which might give more leeway for Jackson and second round rookie running back J.K. Dobbins.
This will be the ultimate test to see if the Texans can contend with the elites of the AFC or if they will be treading water as the third or fourth best team in the conference. There is room for optimism, but the new Texans weapons will probably still be adapting to their new offensive system, and will not be able to topple this juggernaut Ravens team.
Prediction: Ravens 35, Texans 24 (Houston Record: 0-2)