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

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Houston Texans Schedule Prediction: Weeks 9-11

Week 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars

With this being the second meeting between the two teams since Week 5, if the Houston Texans are still healthy at this point, they have to be a much better team by Week 9. This should be a game where the Texans really begin to show improved play, especially coming off a bye week. Prediction: Win

Week 10 at Cleveland Browns

Before the season began, this would have been an easy prediction for a Houston Texans win. Instead, the roles have reversed, and the Cleveland Browns will probably be the favorites to win this game.

This past Sunday in Dallas, the Browns scored 49 points against the Cowboys, and for the season through four games the Browns look like an improved team. It looks like Nick Chubb won’t be in this game, but the Browns rushing attack will still have Kareem Hunt, and he’s a very good running back that the Texans will have to stop. Prediction: Loss

Week 11 vs. New England Patriots

This game will be a little different than usual as the battle between Bill O’Brien and Bill Belichick isn’t happening, and the battle of Tom Brady and Deshaun Watson won’t be on the field, either. The Patriots aren’t the same team as usual, and the Texans could sneak in a win here if by this time the offense has figured out how to sustain long drives and score points in the red zone. Consider this the “surprise win” for the 2020 Texans. Prediction: Win.