Houston Texans: 2020 schedule predictions and breakdown
Week 10: Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns
The last time that these two teams played, Baker Mayfield had one of his worst games of an otherwise impressive rookie season, and the Texans news was they won the game at home. This time around, the Browns feature a strong cast of skill position players like Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. They also made it a priority to improve their biggest weakness which was the offensive line, adding first rounder Jedrick Wills and former Titans lineman Jack Conklin.
The Browns were the media darlings after all of their moves last season, and it’s entire possible that new head coach Kevin Stefanski can lead them to a playoffs with the help of Mayfield and the return of human wrecking-ball Myles Garrett.
However, the Texans have too much offensive firepower and will be looking to erase some early season mistakes against the inferior squad.
Prediction: Texans 38, Browns 27 (Houston Record: 4-5)
Week 11: New England Patriots at Houston Texans
By this point in the season we will have a much better idea on if the New England Patriots truly believe Jarrett Stidham is the answer at quarterback or if it was all a smokescreen to sign another veteran.
The Sunday Night Football thriller last season was one of the most fun Texans games in years, but this New England group will be significantly different this time around. No one really knows how the team will respond to Tom Brady leaving the franchise, or if they will even remain competitive enough to stay in the playoff hunt.
My best guess is that there will be major growing pains for the fourth round pick out of Auburn and the New England offense will take a tremendous hit under new leadership. Bill Bellichick remains one of the best coaches of all time, but the Texans will win their second consecutive game against the team that had always been a thorn in their side.
Prediction: Texans 24, Patriots 17 (Houston Record: 5-5)