A few early takeaways from the release of the Texans schedule, with this caveat: we don’t know who the starting QB will be in Week 1. The Texans are in a category of teams where you really need to see what the roster looks like after the draft. With 11 picks, including the top selection overall, May 8-10 will go a long ways towards giving us a sense of this squad.
- A reasonable start – the Redskins aren’t going to go 3-13 again, but facing them in Week 1 at home seems like a fair test. There might be a transition with Jay Gruden as the new head coach, although that didn’t stop the Jets from blowing out the Texans at Reliant Stadium in 2009. Going to Oakland should be one of the easier road games on the schedule. I expect the Giants road trip to be a very difficult one, but then the Texans are back home to play a Bills team that was very mediocre in 2013.
- Medium-to-difficult finish – I’m not sure if the Texans will be competing for a playoff spot this late in the season. If they are, the finishing four has some interesting challenges. Two of those games are on the road, with a double dose of the improving Jaguars. You don’t need me to tell you what always happens when the Texans visit the Colts. I am glad to see a continuation of the mini-rivalry with the Ravens.
- Home Thursday night game – nice to see the Texans at home for the mandatory “Roger Goodell believes 72 hours of rest is just fine” game. Since I’ve come to Houston, the Texans have been on the road at the Eagles, Colts, Lions, and Jaguars for TNF games. It’s only fair that the pendulum swings back the other way, given how tough those short turnaround games are to win.
- 2 national TV games – Obviously down from 2013, but I’ve never been a huge national TV guy. I would have liked to have seen a home MNF game, but the Texans settle for a road game at the Steelers in Week 7.
- Timing of bye week – The bye will come in Week 10. 9 games before, and 7 games after. I like that split. I don’t like when the bye comes too early.
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