Houston Texans Schedule 2020: The absolute best game of the season

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans 2020 NFL schedule has been released and it will be interesting nonetheless. What’s the best game on the slate? Let’s take a look.

Finally some action!  The Houston Texans — in conjunction with the NFL — have released their schedule for 2020 and although we’ve known who their opponents were going to be and where we finally know what dates these games will be held.

There’s a ton to talk about in regard to the release, which was a bit delayed because of the global pandemic that we’re all dealing with but it’s good to know that the NFL does plan to move forward with the schedule as planned.

The preseason — as well as training camp — is still very much up in the air in terms of how that’s going to happen for the Houston Texans but we’ll certainly see where we are once the timeline gets to that point.

I certainly hope that we can be in attendance for those games when the schedule commences but we may have to prepared to watch from afar if not with our hopes pinned on filing in the lines at the stadiums in 2021.

Nonetheless, the decisions will certainly be made in the best interest of public health.

But you know what?  I’ve taken a look at the schedule and I’m really excited about what the Houston Texans will have to take on this season.

According to CBS Sports’ John Breech, the Houston Texans have the eighth-toughest schedule on the slate for 2020 with their teams having a combined 132-123-1 record for a .518 win percentage.

They’ll be facing the storied, classic opponents this season in the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears.  All of those will likely carry some degree of excitement — even the Lions’ game which is scheduled for Thanksgiving — so I can’t wait to see those.

The Houston Texans haven’t had a Thanksgiving matinee since the 2012 season where it was ironically against the Lions where an omnipotent Matt Schaub willed his team to an incredible Week 12 34-31 win in overtime in one of the wildest holiday-themed games this team has ever partaken.  That man passed for 315 yards, came from behind and was absolutely stunning the whole way!

So just like that game being forever memorable, I think the best game of the 2020 season will be the first one that they take on.

They’ll be facing the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 (Sep. 10) and it will be a rematch of the AFC Divisional Round that took place last season where the Houston Texans let a 24-0 lead slip after just one-quarter of play.

This is the type of game that has kept Bill O’Brien up nights and I’m positive that he’ll lead a better performance with Tim Kelly taking over the playcalling and Anthony Weaver being the new defensive coordinator.

The key personnel out on the field, Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus hasn’t changed with the exception of the glaring fact that DeAndre Hopkins isn’t here anymore.  Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee will be tasked to fill the void along

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with the assorted cast of tight ends in Darren Fells, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins and hopefully Kahale Warring in the mix for the Week 1 matchup.

Hop, of course, led all receivers with nine catches for 118 yards in that 51-31 debacle of a loss as well.  They too, will have to travel up to Arrowhead Stadium to take them on and I don’t think they’ll let what happen to them repeat itself.

The Houston Texans were literally a footnote to the Chiefs’ route to their Super Bowl title and they need to set the record straight that they’re a damn formidable team that should be just as tough to be reckoned with.

We’ll see how this shakes out but out of the entire schedule, especially with all of the stakes, it’s not only going to be their BEST game but the most important of the season because it’s certainly going to serve as the tone-setter for how the rest of it will go.

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But the Houston Texans dropped three straight to open the season and won a franchise-record nine straight games to still win their division and earn a playoff berth so it’s important to keep that keen eye out for them.

Let’s rock!