The 8 Games That Will Determine the Houston Texans' Fate in 2013

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The 8 Games That Will Determine the Houston Texans' Fate in 2013
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Every NFL teams plays 16 regular season games, the shortest schedule of any major American sport.

That makes every game important, but all of them are not created equal. 

What makes some NFL contests more important than others is well understood—divisional opponents, historic rivalries and statement games that secure a team’s standing among the league’s elite. 

The 2013 Houston Texans are looking to extend their reign as AFC South titleholders and finally break through the divisional round of the playoffs. Before reaching those goals, however, they will have to contend with a lineup of opponents that had an unimpressive won-loss percentage of 47.3 in 2012.

The 2-14 records of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs offset the presence of six playoff teams—including both Super Bowl participants—that the Texans will face in 2013.

If forced to choose which games will matter the most for Houston, these eight stand out from the rest.

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