First Thoughts on the 2011 Houston Texans Schedule
The NFL has released the 2011 schedules for all 32 teams. Here's the Houston Texans schedule and I will give my thoughts at the end.
HOUSTON TEXANS 2011 SCHEDULE
|Monday||8/15||NEW YORK JETS||7:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|8/19-21||NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||TBA||KTRK|
|8/26-28||at San Francisco 49ers||TBA||KTRK|
|9/1-3||at Minnesota Vikings||TBA||KTRK|
|Sunday||9/18||at Miami Dolphins||3:15 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday||9/25||at New Orleans Saints||Noon||CBS|
|Sunday||10/16||at Baltimore Ravens||3:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday||10/23||at Tennessee Titans||Noon||CBS|
|Sunday||11/13||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Noon||CBS|
|Sunday||11/27||at Jacksonville Jaguars||Noon||CBS|
|Sunday||12/11||at Cincinnati Bengals||Noon||CBS|
|Thursday||12/22||at Indianapolis Colts||7:20 p.m.||NFLN|
Home games in BOLD
Games subject to flexible scheduling in Italics
The Texans, again, get no favors to start the season as for the second year in a row they open up at home against Indy. I've never understood why the NFL gets into scheduling ruts, but they have here with the Texans versus the Colts. Also, with another 8-8 finish, Houston only has one primetime game, this season in Week 16 against the Colts on a Thursday night.
I could see the Texans splitting against their NFC and AFC South opponents, 5-5, with the Texans needing to outperform in their games against the rest of the AFC. They play the tough AFC North, with additional games against the Raiders and Dolphins. Unfortunately, nothing points to this being the season in which the Texans break through the 8-8 barrier and go 10-6 or 11-5 and make the playoffs.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments section