The Houston Texans have been a potential breakout team for some time now. Since head coach Gary Kubiak took over, every year they team seemed to improve until the miserable setback of 6-10 came last year. Kubiak was retained, but it was made clear that this year will be playoffs or bust.
Is it doable this year though? Now that a new collective bargaining agreement looks to be close, other dominoes will start to fall. The length of camp, what free agents are retained or signed, and the health of returning starters are all questions that will hopefully soon be answered. Until they are, though, it’s hard to say how successful the Texans will be.
One thing that we know for sure is the schedule. Despite being in the middle of a lockout, the NFL released the regular-season schedule back in April. Now that it looks as if there will actually be a 16-game season, I decided to go back and analyze the schedule a little further.
When I did further examine the season, I found some interesting quirks that may or may not play a big role in the Texans' eventual success or failure this year. Here are the five schedule-related issues that may have the most bearing on the Texans.
Have any thoughts of your own on the schedule? Leave them in the comments or tell me on Twitter (@JakeBRB).