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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - The Texans will be chasing their third consecutive AFC South Division championship in the 2013-14 season.  Now that the 2013 NFL schedule has been released, predictions have started rolling in with wins, losses, and final scores. The games and locations may have already been pre-determined but timing is everything.

“That’s why people are so fascinated with the release of the schedule, because we know the who and the where but we don’t know the when.  For some teams, the when of the games and the configuration of the schedule could be the difference between going to the playoffs and not going to the playoffs and ultimately, winning the Super Bowl and not winning the Super Bowl,” said Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports.

How does the Texans 2013 schedule match up with the AFC South and their biggest division opponent, the Indianapolis Colts?

Strength of Schedule
Houston 0.473
Indianapolis 0.461
Tennessee 0.441
Jacksonville 0.508

-The Jaguars may continue to struggle with the toughest schedule in 2013.  The Colts’ schedule is the easiest in the AFC South and the third easiest in the NFL behind Denver and San Diego.

Primetime Games:*
Houston and Indianapolis: 4
-Only 1 is a home game.
-Both play at San Diego on Monday Night Football
-The two teams face off in Houston in Week 9 for Sunday Night Football.
-Indianapolis will have three consecutive games on national television.

Tennessee: 1
-In Week 11 the Titans host Indianapolis on Thursday Night Football.

Jacksonville: 1
-The Jaguars will host the Texans on Thursday night in Week 14.
-Though it is not considered a primetime game, the league’s international game will feature the Jaguars.  In Week 8 the Jaguars travel to Wembley Stadium in London to play San Francisco.

*Flex scheduling begins Week 11 which may move more games into primetime.

Non-AFC South Matchups
-All the AFC South teams play a schedule that is heavy with non-conference opponents in the first half of the season.  The NFL prefers to have its divisions matching up in the second half of the season to keep the division and playoff race relevant.  Through Week 8, all but one game will be against a team outside of the division.

-Houston and Tennessee both open the seasons on the road.  The Titans open at Pittsburgh while the Texans head to San Diego.  The Texans will be the last game to start with kickoff scheduled for 9:20 P.M. CT, the second of the Monday Night Football double-header.  Houston then heads back to Reliant Stadium for Week 2 with an already short week for preparation.

-Indianapolis opens the season with two home games (Oakland and Miami), an advantage in the AFC South.

-Much like the Texans do in Weeks 3-5 (at Baltimore, Seattle, at San Francisco), the Colts will have a tough schedule in Weeks 5-7.  The Colts will play Seattle, at San Diego, and home against Denver before heading into their bye week.  Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis for the first time since being released may arguably be the league’s highest profile match-up.

-Jacksonville will play five consecutive games on the road between Weeks 2-6:  Houston, Oakland, Seattle, St. Louis, Denver.

Non-conference games
Houston:
-Home: Seattle, St. Louis, Oakland, New England, Denver.
-Away: San Diego, Baltimore, San Francisco, Kansas City, Arizona.

Indianapolis:
-Home: Oakland, Miami, Seattle, Denver, St. Louis,
-Away: San Francisco, San Diego, Arizona, Cincinnati, Kansas City.

Tennessee:
-Home: San Diego, New York Jets, Kansas City, San Francisco, Arizona.
-Away: Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Oakland, Denver.

Jacksonville:
-Home:  Kansas City, San Francisco, Arizona, Buffalo
-Away: Oakland, Seattle, St. Louis, Denver, Cleveland

AFC South Matchups:
-Teams will play an AFC South schedule heavy into the second half of the season with five of their remaining nine games against division opponents.

-The biggest matchup will be between the Texans and the Colts, the two likely contenders for the AFC South title.  In Week 9 the Texans will head to Indianapolis where they are win-less.  Both teams will be coming off bye weeks.  The second matchup may give the Texans a bigger advantage.  Not only will the Texans be hosting Indianapolis on national television at home, they will also be coming off a ten-day break after playing the Jaguars on Thursday night, essentially a mini-bye.

Final Month of the Season:
-All AFC South teams will face division opponents in the three of the remaining five games of the season. The Texans are the only team to have to play all three of those games on the road (at Jacksonville, at Indianapolis, and at Tennessee).  The Colts and Jaguars will play all three of those games at home.  Tennessee plays at Indianapolis, at Jacksonville, and then ends the season at home against Houston.

-In the two non-division games, the Texans will play playoff teams New England and Denver at home.  The Colts will play both of those games away against Cincinnati and Kansas City.  In the final month of the season, the Texans avoid having to face the Patriots and Broncos in the snow.  The Colts may not be as lucky heading into Kansas City December 22.

2013 NFL Schedule for the AFC South 

Houston (12-4)
Week 1: Monday, Sept. 9, at San Diego, 9:20 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Tennessee, 12 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 22, at Baltimore, 12 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Seattle, 12 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, at San Francisco, 7:30 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, St. Louis, 12 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, at Kansas City, 12 p.m.
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 10, at Arizona, 3:25 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Oakland, 12 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, New England, 3:25 p.m.
Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 5, at Jacksonville, 7:25 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Denver 12 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, at Tennessee, 12 p.m.

Indianapolis (11-5)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Oakland, 12 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Miami, 12 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 22, at San Francisco, 3:25 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, at Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Seattle, 12 p.m.
Week 6: Monday, Oct. 14, at San Diego, 7:40 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, Denver, 7:30 p.m.
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, at Houston, 7:30 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 10, St. Louis, 12 p.m.
Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 14, at Tennessee, 7:25 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, at Arizona, 3:05 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Tennessee, 12 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, at Cincinnati, 12 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Houston, 12 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, at Kansas City, 12 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Jacksonville, 12 p.m.

Tennessee (6-10)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, at Pittsburgh, 12 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, at Houston, 12 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 22, San Diego, 12 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, New York Jets, 3:05 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Kansas City, 12 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, at Seattle, 3:05 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, at St. Louis, 12 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 10, Jacksonville, 12 p.m.
Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 14, Indianapolis, 7:25 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, at Oakland, 3:05 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, at Denver, 3:05 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Arizona, 12 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, at Jacksonville , 12 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Houston, 12 p.m.

Jacksonville (2-12)
Week 1:  Sunday, Sept. 8, Kansas City, 12 p.m.
Week 2:  Sunday, Sept. 15, at Oakland, 3:25 p.m.
Week 3:  Sunday, Sept. 22, at Seattle, 3:25 p.m.
Week 4:  Sunday, Sept. 29, Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Week 5:  Sunday, Oct. 6, at St. Louis, 12 p.m.
Week 6:  Sunday, Oct. 13, at Denver, 3:05 p.m.
Week 7:  Sunday, Oct. 20, San Diego, 12 p.m.
Week 8:  Sunday, Oct 27, San Francisco at Wembley Stadium, 12 p.m.
Week 9:  BYE
Week 10:  Sunday, Nov. 10, at Tennessee, 12 p.m.
Week 11:  Sunday, Nov. 17, Arizona, 12 p.m.
Week 12:  Sunday, Nov. 24, at Houston, 12 p.m.
Week 13:  Sunday, Dec. 1, at Cleveland, 12 p.m.
Week 14: Thursday, Dec. 5, Houston, 7:25 p.m.
Week 15:  Sunday, Dec. 15, Buffalo, 12 p.m.
Week 16:  Sunday, Dec. 22, Tennessee. 12 p.m.
Week 17:  Sunday, Dec. 29, at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.

Who do you think has the schedule advantage in the AFC South?

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