I'll post a game-by-game prediction for the Texans in the next few days, but here are my quick hit thoughts.
- Murderer's Row. The Texans face three brutal road games in succession against teams that had a winning record in 2011. The Lions, Titans, and Patriots are tough teams to line up in row away from home. The Texans will do well if they can salvage a win in this stretch.
- Drive for the Playoffs. Houston gets to tee off against the Colts and Vikings the last three weeks of the season. Right after the toughest stretch comes the easiest. It would have been nice for them to play Indy early in the year, but if the Texans have any must-win situations late in the year, they ought to be able to take advantage.
- Nowhere to Hide. When you win a division and a playoff game, you get attention. The nation will get a chance to get familiar with the Texans in 2012, as Houston gets the spotlight five times. None of the games are in danger of being flexed out either.
Here is the full schedule:
Week 1: Miami
Week 2: @ Jacksonville
Week 3: @ Denver
Week 4: Tennessee
Week 5: @ New York Jets (Monday Night Football)
Week 6: Green Bay (Sunday Night Football)
Week 7: Baltimore
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: Buffalo
Week 10: @ Chicago (Sunday Night Football)
Week 11: Jacksonville
Week 12: @ Detroit (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: @ Tennessee
Week 14: @ New England (Monday Night Football)
Week 15: Indianapolis
Week 16: Minnesota
Week 17: @ Indianapolis