Houston Texans 2013 NFL Schedule Analysis

By Erica Blackburn
J.J. Watt
Brett Davis – USA Today Sports

The NFL dropped the 2013 NFL schedule last night at 8 p.m. ET and it appears that Houston Texans enter the 2013-14 season poised for another long postseason run. On the offensive side of the ball, QB Matt Schaub is expected to be much more poised and relaxed in the pocket, RB Arian Foster will be Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson is still one of the best wide receivers in the game. On the defensive side, DE J.J. Watt is the defensive player of the year and LB Brian Cushing should be back from his ACL injury last season vs. the New York Jets. Also, this free agency the Houston Texans was able to snag S Ed Reed from the in-conference rival, the Baltimore Ravens. With starpower like what the Houston Texans have, they should be able to go deep into the postseason. Here is their 2013-14 schedule:

*nationally televised games

Sept. 9 at San Diego Chargers @10:20 pm on ESPN*

Sept. 15 vs. Tennessee Titans @1pm on CBS

Sept. 22 at Baltimore Ravens @1pm on CBS

Sept. 29 vs. Seattle Seahawks @1pm on FOX

Oct. 6 at San Francisco 49ers @830 pm on NBC*

Oct. 13 vs. St. Louis Rams @1pm on FOX

Oct. 20 at Kansas City Chiefs @1pm on CBS


Nov. 3 vs. Indianapolis Colts @830pm on NBC*

Nov. 10 at Arizona Cardinals @425pm on CBS

Nov. 17 vs. Oakland Raiders @1pm on CBS

Nov. 24 vs Jacksonville Jaguars @1pm on CBS

Dec. 1 vs New England Patriots @425pm on CBS

Dec. 5 at Jacksonville Jaguars @825pm on NFL Network*

Dec. 15 at Indianapolis Colts @1pm on CBS

Dec. 22 vs. Denver Broncos @1pm on CBS

Dec. 29 at Tennessee Titans @1pm on CBS

Judging by their schedule, it appears that the Houston Texans have a relatively easy schedule with a few tough games here and there. The Houston Texans open the season against the San Diego Chargers, one of the weirdest teams in the league, on Monday night. However, when the San Diego Chargers played the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium back in 2010, QB Phillip Rivers threw four TDs and led the Chargers victory. With Mike McCoy, the new San Diego Chargers head coach, and a shaky team, the Houston Texans should be able to get over the Chargers in Week 1, but this game could be a game that the Texans may lose if not careful.

In Week 3, S Ed Reed will return to Baltimore to face his old team and the defending Super Bowl champions. Last season, the Texans stomped over the Ravens at Reliant Stadium and recorded one of the worst games played by Joe Flacco. With that said, the Ravens still have Super Bowl MVP and RB Ray Rice. The Ravens are still the defending Super Bowl champions and I expect this to be a tough game for the Texans, especially on the road.

Right after they leave Baltimore, they follow up with a contest against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4. The problematic defensive line could cause Schaub to get rattled in the pocket and the physical cornerbacks for the Seattle Seahawks could cause some problems as well. This game may be a classic blowout game against the Texans on their home turf (see Green Bay Packers last season in Reliant Stadium).

The Houston Texans head to the Bay Area to face another physical defensive team in the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. Colin Kaepernick is a dynamic threat, just like Russell Wilson the week before, and could cause problems for the Texans defense. The 49ers made some very good moves this offseason, picking up WR Anquan Boldin and CB Nmandi Asomugha, just to name a few and the Texans have to find ways to put a damper on all the 49ers star players’ play.

The Houston Texans bye week comes at the most opportune time. After facing three physical defenses for threw weeks straight, the Texans caught a break with the St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs going into their bye week. After their bye week, the Texans face two tough teams with offensive starpower.

Tom Brady and the crew stroll into town in Week 13 looking to beat up on the Texans like they did last season. But not so fast. Tom Brady’s nemesis, Ed Reed, is in lurking in the Texans secondary and suddenly, the game doesn’t seem as easy as before. I expect the Houston Texans to redeem themselves after two blowout losses at the hands of Brady.  Peyton Manning comes to Reliant Stadium in Week 16. The Denver Broncos made some good moves this offseason, like the pickup of WR Wes Welker to add to the already tough wide receiving crew. The Texans won their game against the Broncos last season by the skin of their teeth and the Texans will have to play their very best game verses the cerebral Peyton Manning.

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