It was a memorable 2011, as the Houston Texans became the AFC South divisional champs after finishing the regular season with a 10-6 record. They then defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the first-ever playoff game at Reliant Stadium.
But the momentum came to a screeching halt the following week in the divisional round with a crushing 20-13 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
There’s work that still needs to be done in 2012, but the Texans are a hot commodity in the NFL, as they have five nationally televised games on their schedule for the upcoming season. This includes four prime-time games.
*Home games in bold
Week 2: 9/16, 1:00 p.m. ET at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Week 3: 9/23, 4:15 p.m. ET at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Week 4: 9/30, 1:00 p.m. ET Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Week 5: 10/8, 8:30 p.m. ET at New York Jets (ESPN)
Week 6: 10/14, 8:20 p.m. ET Green Bay Packers (NBC)
Week 7: 10/21, 1:00 p.m. ET Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: 11/4, 1:00 p.m. ET Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Week 10: 11/11, 8:20 p.m. ET at Chicago Bears (NBC)
Week 11: 11/18, 1:00 p.m. ET Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Week 12: 11/22, 12:30 p.m. ET at Detroit Lions (CBS)
Week 13: 12/2, 1:00 p.m. ET at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Week 14: 12/10, 8:30 p.m. ET at New England Patriots (ESPN)
Week 15: 12/16, 1:00 p.m. ET Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Week 16: 12/23, 1:00 p.m. ET Minnesota Vikings (Fox)
Week 17: 12/30, 1:00 p.m. ET at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)