The Houston Texans hope to build on last season's success with another playoff berth, but it won't be easy.
Though the Texans made drastic improvements on defense, last year's schedule had a lot to do with it.
The schedule was relatively soft, especially near the middle and end of the season, but this season presents an opportunity to prove their legitimacy.
As a result of last year's success, the Texans are scheduled to play in five nationally-televised games. However, history indicates they don't always perform well in those games.
Houston has more to worry about than that, as the schedule contains more contenders than last year.
Here's a look at who poses the toughest matchup for the Texans this season.