Houston Texans: How many games will team win without Bill O’Brien?

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans no longer have Bill O’Brien as head coach, but how many games can they win without him?

The Houston Texans made the firing of Bill O’Brien official on Monday, one day after falling to 0-4 to start the 2020 season. The Texans through four games don’t look like a Super Bowl contender; in fact, they haven’t even looked like a contender to three-peat as AFC South champions.

Now with Bill O’Brien out of the picture as not only the head coach, but as general manager as well, it is time for the Houston Texans to move forward and try to dig out of the hole they are in as they and the New York Jets are the only two teams left in the NFL without a win through the first four weeks of action.

Now having Romeo Crennel as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, the Houston Texans still have 12 games to right the ship and battle for a playoff spot, but it won’t be easy, and there will be no more excuses of O’Brien controlling the play calling.

Next for the Houston Texans will be a home game at NRG Stadium against the 1-3 Jacksonville Jaguars, which is also the first opponent from the AFC South for the team this season. From there, the Texans have to go on the road to take on the currently undefeated Tennessee Titans, and then they’ll host the Green Bay Packers.

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After those three games, the Texans will finally have a bye in Week 8, which will most likely be needed by then considering the schedule they will have played up to the time the bye week arrives.

From there, the schedule includes a span of four games where Houston will be on the road for three of four weeks where they’ll be at Jacksonville, at Cleveland, vs. New England and at Detroit, taking them through the first 12 weeks of the schedule.

From there, Weeks 13-17 has the Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis, at Chicago, at Indianapolis, vs. Cincinnati and vs. Tennessee. To say this schedule is getting any easier isn’t fair to the Texans, because even without Bill O’Brien as their head coach the players haven’t proven they are capable of winning games, and they too need to reevaluate themselves and their overall play too.

Next is a look at the remainder of the schedule and predictions to how the Houston Texans can perform in the next 12 games without O’Brien leading the way, as it is now up to Crennel, Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt to lead this team from the very bottom of the NFL back to being respectable again in the standings for the remainder of the 2020 season.