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    HOUSTON TEXANS 2017 SCHEDULE RELEASED

    – The Houston Texans 2017 regular season schedule features four primetime games in Weeks 2, 5, 12 and 16.

    Bill O’Brien kicks off his fourth season as the Texans head coach with a season-opening matchup at home against the Jaguars on Sept. 10. The Texans have never lost to Jacksonville under O’Brien (6-0) and are 11-4 all-time against the Jaguars at NRG Stadium. The Texans are 9-6 all-time in their first matchup of the season including 7-4 when opening at home.

    In Week 2, the Texans will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Thursday, Sept. 14 in a game that will be broadcast on NFL Network. The Texans have won five of the last six regular season meetings with the Bengals, including a 12-10 victory in Week 16 last year that clinched the AFC South title.

    Week 5 will feature a matchup between the Texans and Chiefs at home on Sunday, Oct. 8 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Houston defeated Kansas City, 19-12, at home in Week 2 last season. This will be the third consecutive year the Chiefs travel to NRG Stadium.

    The Texans are scheduled to play twice on Monday in 2017. In Week 12, Houston travels to Baltimore to take on the Ravens as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Nov. 27. Then in Week 16, the Texans will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Christmas Day in a game that will be broadcast on NBC, NFL Network and live-streamed on Amazon.

    The Texans take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots on Sept. 24 in Week 3 at Gillette Stadium followed by division-rival Tennessee at home on Oct. 1 in Week 4. In Week 6, the Texans will host the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 15 for a third straight home game. It will mark the fourth time in team history the Texans play three straight home games in the regular season and first time since 2013.

    Houston will face all four NFC West teams for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since 2013. After a bye in Week 7, the Texans will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Oct. 29. In Week 10, Houston will travel to Los Angeles for the first time to take on the Rams. The Texans will then host the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 19 (Week 11) and the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 10 (Week 14) to complete their NFC West schedule.

    The Texans are looking for three straight wins in Indianapolis for the first time in franchise history and travel to face the Colts in the final game of the regular season on Dec. 31. The two teams will meet in Houston on Nov. 5 in Week 9. Houston will make their annual trips to face division rivals Tennessee on Dec. 3 in Week 13 and Jacksonville on Dec. 17 in Week 15.
    HOUSTON TEXANS 2017 SCHEDULE
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    PRESEASON
    Day Date Opponent TV Network Kickoff Time
    Wednesday Aug. 9 at Carolina Panthers KTRK 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday Aug. 19 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS KTRK 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday Aug. 26 at New Orleans Saints KTRK 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday Aug. 31 DALLAS COWBOYS KTRK 7:00 p.m.
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    REGULAR SEASON
    Day Date Opponent TV Network Kickoff Time
    Sunday Sept. 10 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS CBS Noon
    Thursday Sept. 14 at Cincinnati Bengals NFLN# 7:25 p.m.
    Sunday Sept. 24 at New England Patriots CBS Noon
    Sunday Oct. 1 TENNESSEE TITANS CBS Noon
    Sunday Oct. 8 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS NBC# 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday Oct. 15 CLEVELAND BROWNS CBS Noon
    BYE
    Sunday Oct. 29 at Seattle Seahawks CBS 3:05 p.m.
    Sunday Nov. 5 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS CBS Noon
    Sunday Nov. 12 at Los Angeles Rams CBS 3:05 p.m.
    Sunday Nov. 19 ARIZONA CARDINALS FOX Noon
    Monday Nov. 27 at Baltimore Ravens ESPN# 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday Dec. 3 at Tennessee Titans CBS Noon
    Sunday Dec. 10 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS FOX Noon
    Sunday Dec. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars CBS Noon
    Monday Dec. 25 PITTSBURGH STEELERS NBC/NFLN/Amazon# 3:30 p.m.
    Sunday Dec. 31 at Indianapolis Colts CBS Noon
    Italic indicates games subject to flex scheduling. See the note below.

    All kickoff times Central;
    # - Televised Nationally;
    Home Games in BOLD
    All games are broadcast live on Texans Radio on SportsRadio610 and 100.3 The Bull

    FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING
    • Flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
    • Also, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
    • “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31.
    • The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
    2017 HOUSTON TEXANS SCHEDULE NOTES

    Primetime/National TV Notes
    • The Texans will play four games on national television during the regular season. The Texans have played 30 primetime games (including Thanksgiving) in team history.
    • Houston will play on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football once this season: at the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 14.
    • The Texans will play on NBC’s Sunday Night Football once this season: against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 8.
    • Houston will play on ESPN’s Monday Night Football once this season: at the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 27.
    • The Texans will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Dec. 25. The game will be broadcast on NBC, NFL Network and live-streamed on Amazon.
    • Houston’s 12 primetime games from 2015-17 are the most in team history over a three-year span.
    Strength of Schedule Notes
    • Houston will face four of the top 10 scoring offenses from 2016: New England (third, 27.6 points per game), Arizona (sixth, 26.1), Indianapolis (eighth, 25.7) and Pittsburgh (tied for 10th, 24.9).
    • The Texans also face six of the top 10 scoring defenses from 2016: New England (first, 15.6 opponent points per game), Seattle (third, 18.3), Kansas City (seventh, 19.4), Cincinnati (eighth, 19.7), Baltimore (ninth, 20.1) and Pittsburgh (tenth, 20.4).
    • The Texans will play four games against teams that made the playoffs in 2016: New England (14-2), Pittsburgh (11-5), Kansas City (12-4) and Seattle (10-5-1).
    Home and Away Notes
    • Houston opens at home for the 12th time in 16 years. The Texans are 7-4 when opening the season at home.
    • The Texans will play three straight home games this season, Weeks 4, 5 and 6 versus Tennessee, Kansas City and Cleveland. It will mark the fourth time in team history the Texans will play three straight home games during the regular season and first time since 2013.
    • The Texans will play back-to-back road games twice during the season, Weeks 2 and 3 at Cincinnati and at New England and again in Weeks 12 and 13 at Baltimore and Tennessee.
    AFC South Notes
    • The Texans close the season against a divisional opponent for the 11th time in franchise history and the eighth year in a row.
    • Houston’s record against division opponents is 14-4 under Head Coach Bill O’Brien. Houston’s 14 wins against the division since 2014 are tied for the most in the NFL over that span (Kansas City).
    • The Texans are 19-11 against Jacksonville, 14-16 against Tennessee and 7-23 against Indianapolis all-time.
    • Under Head Coach Bill O’Brien (2014-17), the Texans are 6-0 against the Jaguars, 5-1 against the Titans and 3-3 against the Colts.
    • The Texans split the series with the Titans last season: a 27-20 victory at home in Week 4 and a 24-17 loss on the road in Week 17. The Texans are looking for six consecutive wins at home against the Titans for the first time in team history.
    • The Texans won both matchups with the Jaguars last season: 24-21 on the road in Week 10 and 21-20 at home in Week 15. Houston is 11-4 all-time against Jacksonville at home.
    • Nine of the 15 road matchups against Jacksonville have been decided by a touchdown or less. Houston’s eight road wins against Jacksonville are the most in franchise history against a single opponent.
    • The Texans swept the season series with the Colts for the first time in franchise history in 2016. Houston is on a three-game winning streak against the Colts, its longest win streak in the series history.
    • Houston’s 22-17 victory against the Colts in Week 14 was its second win in Indianapolis in team history and second in a row. The Texans are looking for three straight wins in Indianapolis for the first time ever.
    • The Texans beat the Colts, 26-23, in overtime at home in Week 6 last season.
    AFC North Notes
    • Houston will play every team in the AFC North for the sixth time in team history. The Texans also faced the AFC North in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
    • The Texans last regular season game against the Ravens was in Week 16 of 2014, a 25-13 victory for Houston at home. Houston has won two of the last three meetings with Baltimore.
    • The Texans defeated the Bengals in Week 16 last year on a game-winning field goal by K Nick Novak. The 12-10 victory clinched the AFC South for Houston. The Texans have won five of the last six regular season meetings with the Bengals and both postseason matchups.
    • The Texans and Browns last met in Week 11 of 2014, a 23-7 win for Houston on the road. Houston has won five of the last six meetings against Cleveland.
    • The Texans haven’t faced the Steelers since Week 7 of the 2014 season.
    NFC West Notes
    • The Texans will face all four NFC West teams for the fourth time in franchise history. The Texans also faced the NFC West in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
    • The Texans have not faced the Cardinals during the regular season since Week 10 of 2013.
    • The Texans and Rams last met in Week 6 of 2014. The Week 10 matchup this season is the Texans first-ever game in Los Angeles against the Rams.
    • Houston last faced Seattle in Week 4 of the 2013 season and San Francisco in Week 5 that year.
    Last edited by H2O4me; 05-12-2017, 11:33 AM.

  • #2
    Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt
    As we wait for schedule release, remember that in 2016 more games were decided by TD or less 53% of the time, largest % since at least 1960.

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    • #3
      Paul Kuharsky @PaulKuharskyNFL
      The Titans will play the defending AFC South champion Texans in Houston Week 4 and in Nashville Week 13.

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      • #4
        John McClain @McClain_on_NFL
        Texans have 4 nationally televised games:

        9/14, Thursday, at Cincinnati
        10/8, Sunday, Kansas City
        11/27, Monday, at Baltimore
        12/25, Saturday, Pittsburgh

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        • #5
          About the only thing I'm certain of is that we will travel to Indianapolis late in the season like we ALWAYS DO! They always come here for the first game and get to stay home for the second. It is WAY beyond simple scheduling adjustments at this point.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Marshall View Post
            About the only thing I'm certain of is that we will travel to Indianapolis late in the season like we ALWAYS DO! They always come here for the first game and get to stay home for the second. It is WAY beyond simple scheduling adjustments at this point.
            And why is that such a big deal?

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            • #7
              Strategic advantages should be evened out. They are not. We play at the cold weather stadium every year when it's most likely to be cold. It should alternate.

              Of course finally beating them there in the cold weather might cause an earthquake and allow a return to equality with about half the home games early and half the home games late with each division rival..
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              • #8
                Looking for that LA date as we are traveling to that one.

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                • #9
                  1 Sep 10 JAX @ HOU NRG Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
                  2 Sep 14 HOU @ CIN Paul Brown Stadium 8:25 PM Tickets NFLN
                  3 Sep 24 HOU @ NE Gillette Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
                  4 Oct 01 TEN @ HOU NRG Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
                  5 Oct 08 KC @ HOU NRG Stadium 8:30 PM Tickets NBC
                  6 Oct 15 CLE @ HOU NRG Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
                  7 Bye
                  8 Oct 29 HOU @ SEA CenturyLink Field 4:05 PM Tickets CBS
                  9 Nov 05 IND @ HOU NRG Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
                  10 Nov 12 HOU @ LA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4:05 PM Tickets CBS
                  11 Nov 19 ARI @ HOU NRG Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
                  12 Nov 27 HOU @ BAL M&T Bank Stadium 8:30 PM Tickets ESPN
                  13 Dec 03 HOU @ TEN Nissan Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
                  14 Dec 10 SF @ HOU NRG Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
                  15 Dec 17 HOU @ JAX EverBank Field 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
                  16 Dec 25 PIT @ HOU NRG Stadium 4:30 PM Tickets NBC
                  17 Dec 31 HOU @ IND Lucas Oil Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets CBS

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                  • #10
                    Sep. 10 JAX W
                    Sep. 14 @CIN W
                    Sep. 24 @NE L
                    Oct. 1 TEN W

                    Oct. 8 KC W
                    Oct. 15 CLE W
                    Week 7 BYE
                    Oct. 29 at SEA L

                    Nov. 5 IND W
                    Nov. 12 @LAR W
                    Nov. 19 ARI L
                    Nov. 27 @BAL L

                    Dec. 3 @TEN L
                    Dec. 10 SF W
                    Dec. 17 @JAX L
                    Dec. 25 PIT L
                    Dec. 31 @IND L
                    Last edited by H2O4me; 05-09-2017, 12:52 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Marshall View Post
                      About the only thing I'm certain of is that we will travel to Indianapolis late in the season like we ALWAYS DO! They always come here for the first game and get to stay home for the second. It is WAY beyond simple scheduling adjustments at this point.
                      WOW! I must be phychic!
                      Sunday Dec. 31 at Indianapolis Colts CBS Noon
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for posting the schedule, as well as the predictions. I really like the way the season ends with 5 of the last 6 games after Thanksgiving being against AFC opponents. It should set up for a great finish to the season. Also, 4 of the last 6 games on the road.
                        Last edited by Will 51; 04-20-2017, 08:12 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Marshall View Post
                          WOW! I must be phychic!

                          Sunday Dec. 31 at Indianapolis Colts CBS Noon
                          Amazing.

                          Last time we didn't play at IND in December was 2010.

                          At least it's indoors.

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                          • #14
                            By the Numbers: Texans 2017 schedule facts

                            1-The number of games the Texans will play on the road in the month of October.

                            2-The number of games the Texans will play on a Monday.

                            2-The number of back-to-back road trips the Texans will take this season.

                            3-The number of prime-time games for the Texans in 2017.

                            4-The number of playoff teams the Texans will face in 2017.

                            5-The number of games the Texans will play in December.

                            10-The number of noon CT kickoffs for the Texans this season.

                            14-The number of games the Texans will play on a Sunday.

                            39-The average low temperature in degrees (F) on November 27 in Baltimore.

                            56-The average high temperature in degrees (F) on October 29 in Seattle.

                            80-The average high temperature in degrees (F) on September 14 in Cincinnati.

                            1,314- The round-trip distance, in miles, to and from Nashville. It's the Texans shortest 2017 road trip.

                            3,740-The round-trip distance, in miles, to and from Seattle. It's the Texans longest 2017 road trip.

                            18,438-The distance, in miles, the Texans will fly round-trip in 2017.



                            Vandermeer’s View: Schedule shakedown

                            This is the 16th season of Texans football and they’ve only opened on the road four times. Not that we should be complaining. The Texans have won six of their last seven home openers. This year they’ll entertain Jacksonville to kick off the campaign.

                            There are certain things I always check right away when the schedule is released. The opener is first. The second is when the games with Indy will take place. For the eighth time in a row, the matchup in Indianapolis is the second part of the home and home. That’s unusual. In fact, the Texans play the second half of their division games all on the road in December.

                            The prime time slate is also notable. Getting a Week 5 Sunday nighter at home with the Chiefs is fun. And I like that there’s no prime time road game in New England (the toughest place to get to in the NFL) and Seattle. Houston will just have to deal with an all-nighter coming back from Baltimore following their MNF tilt on November 27th.

                            You might think Cincinnati on the road for a Thursday night game in Week 2 is tricky, and it is. But it’s not as daunting travel-wise as New England was last year in Week 3. The flight to Cincinnati is shorter and the team will likely stay within walking distance of the stadium. A far cry from last year’s feature-film-length bus ride from the hotel to Foxboro. You might think I’m too nit-picky with travel but, believe me, these things matter.

                            Some will say the bye comes earlier than desired with a Week 7 break. But it’s actually after 10 preseason and regular season games, so it’s right in the middle if you look at things that way.

                            The four games vs the NFC West all happen after the bye, along with four of the AFC South contests. The Texans will have to hope that they are once again sharp down the stretch as they look for the fourth-consecutive winning season and third-straight playoff berth.

                            If you had four prime time games as your guess going into the schedule release, you win. The Christmas day get-together with the Steelers is actually part of the NBC-NFL Network-Amazon package (hmm, people watching on Amazon while they think about post-holiday purchases. Imagine the possibilities).

                            You never know how a schedule will play out. The Texans will see tough quarterbacks this year in Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. But don’t forget about Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith. Wait, did we fail to mention Marcus Mariota and Carson Palmer? All of a sudden, this slate looks loaded.

                            Houston will bring most of last year’s number one defense back to the party. This time, with a healthy J.J. Watt. It’ll be up to Bill O’Brien and Rick Smith to make sure they improve enough on offense, while continuing to play well defensively, to deal with the tough road ahead of them.

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                            • #15
                              Unless we get the OL and QB position situated, it's looking like 8-8 or by following the trend of the last 3 years, 9-7.

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