The Houston Texans were oh so close to reaching the Super Bowl last season. Without all of the injuries, the Texans could compete with anyone.
With a healthy Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, the offense should be effective. The defense has lost Mario Williams, but they played well without him after he went down in Week 5.
Texans fans have a lot to look forward to, so let's take a look at the schedule.
Week 2 9/16: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 PM ET, CBS
Week 3 9/23: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos, 4:15 PM ET, CBS
Week 4 9/30: Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS
Week 5 10/8: Houston Texans at New York Jets, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN
Week 6 10/14: Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans, 8:20 PM ET, NBC
Week 7 10/21: Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS
Week 8 10/28: BYE WEEK
Week 9 11/4: Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS
Week 10: 11/11: Houston Texans at Chicago Bears, 8:20 PM ET, NBC
Week 11 11/18: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS
Week 12 11/22: Houston Texans at Detroit Lions, 12:30 PM ET, CBS
Week 13 12/2: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1 PM ET, CBS
Week 14 12/10: Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN
Week 15 12/16: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, CBS
Week 16 12/23: Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans, 1 PM ET, Fox
Week 17 12/30: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 PM ET, CBS
At least the Packers' game is at home, but this team's defense will be tested often.
They will see five top-notch QBs during the season:
We will find out just how good the Texans' defense really is.
If all major pieces are healthy, the Houston offense is among the best in the NFL. That may be the Texans biggest impediment to repeating as AFC South champions.
Most Pivotal Matchup:
The final meeting with the Tennessee Titans could very well have division championship implications. This should be a dogfight all season long, and this game could bring everything to a head.