The Houston Hook looks at the Week 1 opponent of the Houston Texans as the regular season begins in two weeks.
The preseason schedule is finished, and now the Houston Texans’ focus needs to be all on the Jacksonville Jaguars because Week 1 of the regular season will be here before we know it. The Jaguars have made many changes since the last time the two teams met each other last season, but the same can be said about the Texans.
Both the Jaguars and Texans will have new starting quarterbacks compared to last season, with the Texans bringing Tyrod Taylor and the Jaguars starting rookie and No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence.
The Texans and Jaguars also have new head coaches because leading Houston is David Culley, and the Jaguars new head coach is Urban Meyer. Both coaches have a lot of past success, but neither have been a head coach in the NFL.
When this game takes place on Sunday, Sept. 12, the two fanbases will have a lot of newness to cheer for with all the changes on both rosters, which makes the rebuild for both franchises that much more exciting.
This preseason, the Houston Texans finished 2-1 with victories against the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, but when they faced a team’s actual starting quarterback like they did in their third preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that’s when the defense showed what their weaknesses are going into Week 1.
Jacksonville went 1-2 this preseason with losses to the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints, but won in Week 3 of the preseason when they defeated the Cowboys. A lot can happen between now and Week 1, but it is never too early to get to know more about an opponent, especially an AFC South rival.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Trevor Lawrence is the talk of the town this preseason, and Carlos Sanchez of Black & Teal wrote about how the rookie QB had a “shockingly high spot in preseason ranking,” which for that team should be something to celebrate. Though he’s on the enemy team, when Lawrence faces the Texans in Week 1, he’ll be one of the biggest reasons to watch.
TENNNESSEE TITANS: Here is a Tennessee Titans roster projection by Geoffrey Knox of Titan Sized. One of the position categories included seven players at wide receiver.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: An article with the headline “Sam Tevi injury ends competition for backup LT job” isn’t what any football fan wants to see. Mike Luciano of Horseshoe Heroes wrote about the tackle job and how this injury all but made the decision easier for the Colts coaching staff.