No. 1: Week 1 — Texans vs. Jaguars
Week 1 games are weird.
Rarely are they truly indicative of what a team will be over the course of the regular season, and there have been plenty of two- or three-win teams that somehow pulled off victories in season openers.
Maybe that’s how it goes for the Texans this year as they kick off their 2021 campaign with an AFC South bout against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jacksonville is in a position Houston might be a year from now — fresh off the No. 1 overall pick and with a flashy new quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, everyone thinks will be a once-in-a-generation talent.
Well, if things go as poorly for Houston as everyone also thinks, let’s hope there’s a twice-in-a-generation quarterback out there in 2022.
Lawrence could be a thorn in Houston’s side for many, many years. But getting him in Week 1 right out of the gate before he’s had a chance to truly hit his pro-level stride is pretty much the best chance the Texans may have to humble the No. 1 overall pick.
And if those Week 1 games continue to stay weird, perhaps Houston actually winds up boasting a winning record at some point this season.
Even if it doesn’t last long at all.