The Houston Texans seem to be on the rise after making the playoffs last year, but how many games will they win in 2016 with significant upgrades on offense?
The 2016 NFL Schedule is finally out, and across the country people are already declaring who has the easiest and hardest schedules for next season. For the Houston Texans, the first concern is making sure their new-look offense can mesh together and improve upon last year’s shoddy offensive performance. The schedule is almost irrelevant to a team who just had two big free agent signings at the quarterback and running back position and is preparing for the NFL Draft. Almost.. but not quite.
The way the schedule shakes down could easily mean the difference between a playoff appearance or watching from the couch, and the Texans know that better than anyone. After a difficult start to the 2015 season, Houston managed to string together seven wins in their final nine games to make it into the playoffs. Only one victory during that stretch was against a team that would eventually make the playoffs. In fact, only one of their nine victories all season was against a playoff team. Clearly, the schedule matters.
His season, Houston gest five games in Primetime: a Week 3 Thursday night game in New England, a Week 6 Sunday night game against the Colts, a Week 7 game in Denver, a Week 10 Monday night game in Mexico City against Oakland, and a Week 16 Christmas Eve game against Cincinnati. Let’s take a look at how the 2016 schedule shakes down for the Houston Texans: