2014 Houston Texans Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV Info

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 23, 2014

Former Penn State head coach and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien was named the Houston Texans head coach during a press conference at Reliant Stadium, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Patric Schneider

The Houston Texans' 2013 season was nothing short of a nightmare.  

With expectations sky high after a 12-4 campaign in 2012, Gary Kubiak's squad rolled out of the gates with two straight victories, but things quickly apart. Play under center was wildly inconsistent, seemingly no one could stay healthy on the offensive side of the ball (they were down to Dennis Johnson at running back by the end of the year), the defense was disappointing considering the amount of weapons on that side of the ball and Kubiak was fired after 11 consecutive defeats. 

Wade Phillips didn't do much better, as the Texans dropped their final three games of the season, finishing on a laughable 14-game losing streak. 

For most franchises, that kind of season would probably suggest a decade of failure, but there is hope for the Texans to immediately bounce back. 

They still have legitimate stars on both sides of the ball in Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and Johnathan Joseph. They've revamped the coaching staff, most notably adding sought-after head coach Bill O'Brien.

Just ask future Hall of Famer Bill Belichick, via the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, if that was a good move:

I like every aspect about him. He had a strong, positive impact on the Patriots.

I learned a lot from Billy. He's well-prepared and smart. He has a good understanding of all aspects of the game. He's great to work with. I've got nothing but positive things to say about Billy.

Although they've been quiet in free agency, the Texans have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which will either land them an unbelievable physical specimen in Jadeveon Clowney or a quarterback they so desperately need. 

Finally, if you're still not yet optimistic about the 2014 season, the schedule is decidedly softer than last year's. 

 

2014 Houston Texans Regular-Season Schedule
WeekDateOpponentTime (ET)TV
1Sunday, 9/7Washington Redskins1 p.m.FOX
2Sunday, 9/14at Oakland Raiders4:25 p.m.CBS
3Sunday, 9/21at New York Giants1 p.m.CBS
4Sunday, 9/28Buffalo Bills1 p.m.CBS
5Sunday, 10/5at Dallas Cowboys1 p.m.CBS
6Thursday, 10/9Indianapolis Colts8:25 p.m.CBS
7Monday, 10/20at Pittsburgh Steelers8:30 p.m.ESPN
8Sunday, 10/26at Tennessee Titans1 p.mFOX
9Sunday, 11/2Philadelphia Eagles1 p.mFOX
10BYE
11Sunday, 11/16at Cleveland Browns1 p.mCBS
12Sunday, 11/23Cincinnati Bengals1 p.mCBS
13Sunday, 11/30Tennessee Titans1 p.mCBS
14Sunday, 12/7at Jacksonville Jaguars1 p.mCBS
15Sunday, 12/14at Indianapolis Colts1 p.mCBS
16Sunday, 12/21Baltimore Ravens1 p.mCBS
17Sunday, 12/28Jacksonville Jaguars1 p.mCBS
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Analysis

No more of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks or the West should help things significantly in 2014
No more of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks or the West should help things significantly in 2014Patric Schneider

It's almost impossible to accurately forecast the strength of a schedule based on opponents' records from the previous season, but it's pretty clear the Texans got a break. 

Last year, Houston played all eight of the NFC and AFC West teams. Once the laughing stocks of the NFL, those divisions produced five playoff teams (with the 10-6 Arizona Cardinals not being one of the them), three of the four conference championship participants, both Super Bowl participants and, of course, the Super Bowl champion in 2013.

Of those eight teams, the Texans only have to play the Oakland Raiders in 2014. 

Now, Oakland has added a lot of experience and seriously improved in the offseason, but if you had to choose one team to play from those two divisions, The Silver and Black would probably still be the choice. 

 

Pivotal Matchups

Darron Cummings

Replacing the NFC and AFC West on the schedule? That would be the NFC East and AFC North. 

On the surface, it's tough to ask for a better scenario than that. The NFC East was one of the worst—and most inconsistent—divisions in football last year, while the AFC North, although typically known for its physical brand of football, produced just one team above .500. 

Don't rush to conclusions, though. 

The Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns have been among the most active teams in free agency and should all be improved in 2014. 

After the former signed sought-after wide receiver DeSean JacksonThe Washington Post's Mike Jones summed up the team's progress:

Still, outside their division, the Texans don't have one road game against a team that was above .500 in 2013. Again, those things obviously change, but there's not much more this team could have asked for in terms of its schedule. 

Divisional matchups are obviously the most pivotal on the schedule, but if the Texans can get through their NFC East and AFC North opponents with five or six wins, they will be in wonderful shape to return to the postseason. 

However the quarterback situation shakes out could still swing things significantly, but expect marked improvement from Houston in 2014.