Texans Announce 2014 Schedule
HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans will try to bounce back from the worst record in the NFL with a more successful 2014 campaign. While we knew weeks ago who the Texans would be playing we have just found out what weeks each of those games will be.
Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien said “We’ve been here almost four months, so the schedule is always in the back of our minds. We’ve been evaluating our roster, working with our players, getting ready for the draft, but I think when we go home at night, we’re always waiting to see what that schedule is going to be. It’s a very exciting time of the year for us and obviously for our fans. We’re looking forward to playing that schedule.”
Bill O’Brien begins his tenure as Houston Texans head coach with a season-opening match up at home against Washington at noon on Sunday, Sept. 7. The Texans are tied with the Chicago Bears for the second-longest active winning streak in season openers at four.
Week two should have some familiar faces for Texans fans as the team travels to Oakland to take on Matt Schaub, Antonio Smith and the Raiders.
Other games of interest will include; week 5 at Dallas, back to back prime time games against the Colts and Steelers in week 6 and 7, and a very interesting game at the end of the year when in week 16 the Baltimore Ravens and former head coach of the Texans, Gary Kubiak, comes to Houston.
Week 1 Sept. 7th vs Washington Redskins
Week 2 Sept 14th At Oakland Raiders
Week 3 Sept 21st At New York Giants
Week 4 Sept 28th vs Buffalo Bills
Week 5 Oct 5th At Dallas Cowboys
Week 6 Thursday Oct 9th vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 7 Monday Oct 20thAt Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 8 Oct 26th At Tennessee Titans
Week 9 Nov 2th vs Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10 Bye
Week 11 Nov 16th At Cleveland Browns
Week 12 Nov 23rd vs Cincinnati Bengals
Week 13 Nov 30th vs Tennessee Titans
Week 14 Dec 7th At Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 15 Dec 14th At Indianapolis Colts
Week 16 Dec 21st vs Baltimore
Week 17 Dec 28th vs Jacksonville
For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.