Houston Texans Release 2019 Schedule

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Houston Texans Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

HOUSTON TEXANS ANNOUNCE 2019 SCHEDULE

 

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans 2019 regular season schedule features four primetime games, including two at home, and is highlighted by a matchup with the division-rival Indianapolis Colts in Week 12 on Thursday Night Football. Houston’s 17 primetime regular season games from 2016-19 are the most in team history over a four-year span. The Texans have played 38 primetime games (including Thanksgiving) in team history.

 

Bill O’Brien kicks off his sixth season as the Texans head coach with a season-opening matchup on the road against the New Orleans Saints on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on September 9. Houston opens on the road for the sixth time in 18 years and will open in primetime for just the third time in franchise history (2002, 2013). The Texans are 2-0 in season-opening primetime games and will start the season on ESPN’s Monday Night Football for the second time in team history. Houston defeated the Chargers 31-28 in San Diego in Week 1 of the 2013 season.

 

The Texans’ first divisional game will be in Week 2 when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 15 for the first of two matchups. In Week 3, the Texans will travel to face the Los Angeles Chargers as Houston is scheduled to play every AFC West team for the first time since 2016. That matchup is followed by back-to-back homes games against NFC South opponents as the Carolina Panthers will travel to NRG Stadium in Week 4 and the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5. This season marks the fifth time in franchise history and first time since 2015 that Houston will take on each member of the NFC South.

 

Houston will go on the road for two consecutive road games in Weeks 6-7 as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium and the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Texans return home in Week 8 to face the Oakland Raiders on October 27. In Week 9, the Texans will travel to London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, which marks the first time the Texans will play in the U.K. in franchise history. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network on November 3. Houston’s international game is immediately followed by a bye in Week 10.

 

Following the bye week, Houston travels to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in Week 11 before hosting three consecutive home games, including two primetime matchups. The Texans and Colts will play in Week 12 on Thursday Night Football before Houston hosts the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football in Week 13. The Texans’ three straight home games end with a matchup against the Denver Broncos on December 8 in Week 14. It will mark the sixth time in team history and third-consecutive season the Texans have played three straight home games during the regular season.

 

The Texans will play back-to-back road games for the second time in 2019 during Weeks 15-16. Houston will face the Tennessee Titans in Week 15 in the first of two matchups followed by a trip to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. Houston closes out the regular season with a home game against the Tennessee Titans on December 29, which marks the 13th time in team history and the 10th year in a row that Houston will close the regular season against a divisional opponent.

 

HOUSTON TEXANS 2019 SCHEDULE

 

PRESEASON

Week

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time 

1

Thursday

Aug. 8

at Green Bay Packers

KTRK

7 p.m.

2

Saturday

Aug. 17

DETROIT LIONS

KTRK

7 p.m.

3

Saturday

Aug. 24

at Dallas Cowboys

KTRK

6 p.m.

4

Thursday 

Aug. 29

LOS ANGELES RAMS

KTRK

7 p.m.

 

REGULAR SEASON

Week

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time

1

Monday

Sept. 9

at New Orleans Saints

ESPN#

6:10 p.m.

2

Sunday

Sept. 15

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

CBS

Noon

3

Sunday

Sept. 22

at Los Angeles Chargers

CBS

3:25 p.m.

4

Sunday

Sept. 29

CAROLINA PANTHERS

FOX

Noon

5

Sunday

Oct. 6

ATLANTA FALCONS

FOX

Noon

6

Sunday

Oct. 13

at Kansas City Chiefs

CBS

Noon

7

Sunday

Oct. 20

at Indianapolis Colts

CBS

Noon

8

Sunday

Oct. 27

OAKLAND RAIDERS

CBS

Noon

9

Sunday

Nov. 3

at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

NFLN#

8:30 a.m.

10

   

BYE

   

11

Sunday

Nov. 17

at Baltimore Ravens

CBS

Noon

12

Thursday

Nov. 21

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

FOX/NFLN/Amazon#

7:20 p.m.

13

Sunday

Dec. 1

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

NBC#

7:20 p.m.

14

Sunday

Dec. 8

DENVER BRONCOS

CBS

Noon

15

Sunday

Dec. 15

at Tennessee Titans 

CBS

Noon

16

TBD

Dec. 21 or 22

at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TBD

TBD

17

Sunday

Dec. 29

TENNESSEE TITANS

CBS

Noon

 

Italic indicates games subject to flex scheduling. See notes below.

All kickoff times are Central; # – Televised Nationally; Home Games in BOLD

All games are broadcast live on Texans Radio on SportsRadio610, 100.3 The Bull and in Spanish on Mega 101 FM.

 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

  • 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.
  • “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 29.
  • Also, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
  • 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.

 

2019 HOUSTON TEXANS SCHEDULE NOTES

 

Primetime/National TV Notes

  • The Texans will play four games on national television during the regular season, including two at home. The Texans have played 38 primetime games (including Thanksgiving) in team history.
  • Houston will open the season on ESPN’s Monday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints on September 9, which marks the second time in franchise history the Texans have opened the season on Monday Night Football and the first time since Houston defeated the Chargers, 31-28, in San Diego to open the 2013 season.
  • The Texans will be featured on Thursday Night Football once this season: against the division-rival Indianapolis Colts on October 20.
  • Houston’s matchup with Jacksonville in London will be broadcast on NFL Network on November 3.
  • The Texans will appear on NBC’s Sunday Night Football once this season: against the New England Patriots on December 1.
  • Houston’s 17 primetime regular season games from 2016-19 are the most in team history over a four-year span.

 

Strength of Schedule Notes

  • Houston’s 2019 opponents were 135-121 for a winning percentage of .527 in 2018, which gives the Texans the fourth-hardest schedule in the NFL based on last season’s results.
  • The Texans will face four of the top five scoring offenses from 2018: Kansas City (first, 35.3 points per game), New Orleans (third, 31.5 points per game), New England (fourth, 27.3 points per game) and Indianapolis (fifth, 27.1 points per game)
  • Houston will also face three of the top five scoring defenses from 2018: Baltimore (second, 17.9 opponent points per game), Tennessee (third, 18.9 points per game) and Jacksonville (tied for fourth with Houston, 19.8 opponent points per game).
  • The Texans defense will match up against three of the top five leading passers from 2018: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (second, 5,097 yards), Falcons QB Matt Ryan (third, 4,924) and Colts QB Andrew Luck (fifth, 4,593).
  • Houston will play seven games against teams that made the playoffs in 2018: New Orleans (13-3), Kansas City (12-4), L.A. Chargers (12-4), New England (11-5), Baltimore (10-6) and Indianapolis (10-6, twice).

 

Home and Away Notes

  • Houston opens on the road for the sixth time in 18 years and will open in primetime for just the third time in franchise history (2002, 2013). The Texans are 2-0 in season-opening primetime games.
  • The Texans will play three straight home games this season, Weeks 12-14 versus Indianapolis, New England and Denver. It will mark the sixth time in team history and third-consecutive season the Texans have played three straight home games during the regular season.
  • The Texans will play back-to-back road games twice during the season, Weeks 6-7 at Kansas City and Indianapolis and again in Weeks 15 and 16 at Tennessee and Tampa Bay.
  • Houston will travel to London to take on the division-rival Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9. The matchup marks the first time the Texans will play in the U.K. in franchise history.

 

AFC South Notes

  • The Texans close out the regular season against a divisional opponent for the 13th time in franchise history and the 10th year in a row.
  • Houston’s record against division opponents is 19-11 (.633) under Head Coach Bill O’Brien. The Texans’ 19 wins against the division since 2014 are tied for the fifth-most in the NFL over that span. 
  • Houston is 21-13 against Jacksonville, 16-18 against Tennessee and 8-26 against Indianapolis all-time.
  • Under Head Coach Bill O’Brien (2014-18), the Texans are 8-2 against the Jaguars, 7-3 against the Titans and 4-6 against the Colts.
  • Following a 34-17 victory over Tennessee at NRG Stadium in Week 12 of the 2018 season, the Texans set a franchise record for the most consecutive home wins over a single opponent with seven. The Texans will look to make it eight straight wins at home vs. Tennessee in Week 17.
  • After allowing just 10 points in two games and sweeping the season series with Jacksonville in 2018, the Texans are now 8-2 against the Jaguars under Head Coach Bill O’Brien (2014-18).

 

AFC West Notes

  • Houston will play every team in the AFC West for the sixth time in team history.  The Texans also faced the AFC West in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
  • Houston’s last regular season game against the Broncos was a 19-17 victory at Denver in Week 9 of the 2018 season. Houston is 3-4 all-time against the Broncos and 1-1 vs. Denver under Head Coach Bill O’Brien.
  • The Texans will play the Chiefs in Kansas City for only the third time in team history with the last meeting in Kansas City coming in Week 7 of the 2013 season. Houston is 1-1 all-time in Kansas City.
  • The Texans will travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers for the first time since the team relocated to Los Angeles. The last time the Texans played the Chargers on the road was a 31-28 victory in Week 1 of the 2013 season.
  • Houston holds a 6-4 advantage all-time against the Raiders in the regular season. The two teams will face off for the first time since a 27-14 Texans victory in the AFC Wild Card Playoff following the 2016 season.

 

NFC South Notes

  • The Texans will face all four NFC South teams for the fifth time in franchise history. The Texans also faced the NFC South in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.
  • Houston will host Atlanta for a third-time in team history (2003, 2011). The Texans hold a 2-0 advantage against the Falcons in Houston.
  • Houston is 2-2 all-time against Carolina, last facing the Panthers in Week 2 of the 2015 season.
  • The Texans will face the Saints for the first time since claiming a 24-6 victory over New Orleans at NRG Stadium in Week 12 of 2015.
  • Houston will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers for the fifth time in team history. The Texans have won three consecutive games against Tampa Bay dating back to the 2007 season.

 

Ravens and Patriots Notes

  • The Texans’ last regular season game against the Ravens was in Week 12 of the 2017 season. The two teams have faced each other nine times in the regular season and once in the postseason.
  • This will be the fifth-consecutive season Houston has faced New England in the regular season. The two teams have also met twice in the playoffs (2012, 2016).

PRESEASON

Week

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time 

1

Thursday

Aug. 8

at Green Bay Packers

KTRK

7 p.m.

2

Saturday

Aug. 17

DETROIT LIONS

KTRK

7 p.m.

3

Saturday

Aug. 24

at Dallas Cowboys

KTRK

6 p.m.

4

Thursday 

Aug. 29

LOS ANGELES RAMS

KTRK

7 p.m.

 

REGULAR SEASON

Week

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time

1

Monday

Sept. 9

at New Orleans Saints

ESPN#

6:10 p.m.

2

Sunday

Sept. 15

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

CBS

Noon

3

Sunday

Sept. 22

at Los Angeles Chargers

CBS

3:25 p.m.

4

Sunday

Sept. 29

CAROLINA PANTHERS

FOX

Noon

5

Sunday

Oct. 6

ATLANTA FALCONS

FOX

Noon

6

Sunday

Oct. 13

at Kansas City Chiefs

CBS

Noon

7

Sunday

Oct. 20

at Indianapolis Colts

CBS

Noon

8

Sunday

Oct. 27

OAKLAND RAIDERS

CBS

Noon

9

Sunday

Nov. 3

at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

NFLN#

8:30 a.m.

10

  

BYE

  

11

Sunday

Nov. 17

at Baltimore Ravens

CBS

Noon

12

Thursday

Nov. 21

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

FOX/NFLN/Amazon#

7:20 p.m.

13

Sunday

Dec. 1

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

NBC#

7:20 p.m.

14

Sunday

Dec. 8

DENVER BRONCOS

CBS

Noon

15

Sunday

Dec. 15

at Tennessee Titans 

CBS

Noon

16

TBD

Dec. 21 or 22

at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TBD

TBD

17

Sunday

Dec. 29

TENNESSEE TITANS

CBS

Noon

PRESEASON

Week

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time 

1

Thursday

Aug. 8

at Green Bay Packers

KTRK

7 p.m.

2

Saturday

Aug. 17

DETROIT LIONS

KTRK

7 p.m.

3

Saturday

Aug. 24

at Dallas Cowboys

KTRK

6 p.m.

4

Thursday 

Aug. 29

LOS ANGELES RAMS

KTRK

7 p.m.

 

REGULAR SEASON

Week

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time

1

Monday

Sept. 9

at New Orleans Saints

ESPN#

6:10 p.m.

2

Sunday

Sept. 15

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

CBS

Noon

3

Sunday

Sept. 22

at Los Angeles Chargers

CBS

3:25 p.m.

4

Sunday

Sept. 29

CAROLINA PANTHERS

FOX

Noon

5

Sunday

Oct. 6

ATLANTA FALCONS

FOX

Noon

6

Sunday

Oct. 13

at Kansas City Chiefs

CBS

Noon

7

Sunday

Oct. 20

at Indianapolis Colts

CBS

Noon

8

Sunday

Oct. 27

OAKLAND RAIDERS

CBS

Noon

9

Sunday

Nov. 3

at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

NFLN#

8:30 a.m.

10

  

BYE

  

11

Sunday

Nov. 17

at Baltimore Ravens

CBS

Noon

12

Thursday

Nov. 21

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

FOX/NFLN/Amazon#

7:20 p.m.

13

Sunday

Dec. 1

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

NBC#

7:20 p.m.

14

Sunday

Dec. 8

DENVER BRONCOS

CBS

Noon

15

Sunday

Dec. 15

at Tennessee Titans 

CBS

Noon

16

TBD

Dec. 21 or 22

at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TBD

TBD

17

Sunday

Dec. 29

TENNESSEE TITANS

CBS

Noon

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