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The Texans' 2009 Opponents...Or How To Guess Wrong in Print

Bill StellContributor IJanuary 25, 2009

Let just say that I know that this is wayyyy early. We haven't had a Super Bowl, combine, draft, mini camp, or preseason yet. With that being said, who cares? There is nothing happening for three months after the Super Bowl (I don't count the Pro Bowl), and I am going through football withdrawal.

For those of you who do not know our opponents for the upcoming season, here is an unofficial list. To make an uneducated guess, as to what our record could be against them, I used last year's stats (points/game, yards/game), however for the Texans I used the No. 8 offense (instead of No. 3) and the No. 22 defense (instead of No. 26). 

I realize that teams improve and regress, player's get injured, rookies explode on the scene or just implode, and on any given Sunday, etc. I thought it would be interesting to compare teams now and after the third preseason game and see how they change.

With no further ado, let's get guessing:

Tennessee Titans - offense                    defense

                          ppg 23.4                  ppg 14.6        

                          ypg 313.6                ypg 293.6                                       


Houston Texans    ppg 26.2                  ppg 23.8 

                         ypg 351.1                ypg 326 


Looking at just these numbers the Texans should lose these two games. Of course, we all know what happened last year. So let's call this a draw and win one lose one.

Colts -               ppg 23.6                   ppg 18.6      

                        ypg 335.5                 ypg 310.9

Texans -            ppg 26.2                   ppg 23.8

                        ypg 351.1                 ypg 326


Again, looking at just these numbers the Texans should lose both games. The Texans have always had trouble with the Colts and I don't see that changing yet, so I'm giving both of these games to them. Record 1 - 3.

Jaguars -            ppg 18.9                  ppg 22.9

                        ypg 319.1                ypg 330.9

Texans -            ppg 26.2                  ppg 23.8

                        ypg 351.1                ypg 326


Looking here I would guess that we should win both of these games. Historically the Jaguars have had trouble with the Texans and I think we will win both. Record 3-3.

That ends the divisional play and if I guessed right we are at .500 for the season and looking pretty good so far.

Now the fun begins.

The 49'ers -       ppg 21.1                  ppg 23.8      

                       ypg 311.1                 ypg 326

Texans -           ppg 26.2                  ppg 23.8

                       ypg 351.1                ypg 326


This is suppose to be a home game for us so lets call it a W. Record 4 - 3.

Seattle -           ppg 18.4                 ppg 24.5

                       ypg 274.1               ypg 378

Texans -           ppg 26.2                 ppg 23.8

                       ypg 351.1               ypg 326


This is an obvious win for the Texans.  Record 5 - 3.

NY Jets -          ppg 25.3                 ppg 22.2

                      ypg 331.7                ypg 329.4

Texans -          ppg 26.2                  ppg 23.8

                      ypg 351.1                ypg 326


This one is tougher to call. It appears to be a win for the Jets but who knows. I decided to give it to Houston based on the fact that it is a home game and the Texans are very very good at home. Record 6 - 3.

N.E. -             ppg 25.6                   ppg 19.3

                     ypg 365.4                 ypg 309 

Texans -         ppg 26.2                  ppg 23.8

                     ypg 351.1                 ypg 326


Obviously a NE win. A lot can happen but if Brady is back then a NE win. Record 6 - 4.

Oakland -        ppg 16.4                   ppg 24.2

                     ypg 272.2                 ypg 360.9 

Texans -         ppg 26.2                   ppg 23.8

                     ypg 351.1                 ypg 326


Another close call but a Texans win based on Oakland's lack of points per game. Record 7 - 4.

Buffalo -          ppg 21                     ppg 21.4

                     ypg 305.1                 ypg 326.1

Texans -         ppg 26.2                   ppg 23.8

                     ypg 351.1                 ypg 326


A close game. Is this one played in October or December. We now know that the Texans can win up north in Dec. (hello Green Bay) but still a close game. Give them another win based on offensive production vs. Buffalo's defense. Record 8 - 4.

St. Louis -       ppg 14.5                  ppg 24.1

                     ypg 287.2                ypg 326.1

Texans -         ppg 26.2                  ppg 23.8

                     ypg 351.1                ypg 326


Again lack of offensive production by St. Louis causes a loss. Record 9 - 4.

Arizona -         ppg 26.7                   ppg 26.6

                     ypg 365.8                 ypg 331.5 

Texans -         ppg 26.2                   ppg 23.8

                     ypg 351.1                 ypg 326


We all know that Arizona laid down the last four games of the regular season which threw the stats off. Score this a Arizona win.  Record 9 - 5.

Miami -           ppg 21.6                   ppg 19.8      

                    ypg 345.6                  ypg 329

Texans -        ppg 26.2                    ppg 23.8

                    ypg 351.1                  ypg 326


If Miami stays the same then a win for them Record 9 - 6.

Cincy -         ppg 12.8                   ppg 22.8

                    ypg 245.4                 ypg 325.5

Texans -        ppg 26.2                   ppg 23.8

                    ypg 351.1                 ypg 326

Texans win.  Record 10 - 6.


I know that some will say that their team will win when I called it a Texans win.  Remember that this is all a BIG guess and something to occupy some time while we wait on the Super Bowl. 

It is fun to guess but who really knows this early.  Agree or disagree with my picks admit you looked at them all just to see.

Check back after the third preseason game in September and see how things have changed.

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