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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Texans open 14th season at home on Sept. 13 against Kansas City
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans 2015 regular season schedule features two primetime games in Weeks 5 and 10. Houston takes on AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, Oct. 8 and hits the road to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 16 as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Bill O’Brien kicks off his second season as Houston Texans head coach with a season-opening matchup at home against Kansas City on Sunday, Sept. 13. It will be the second time the Texans have opened their season vs. the Chiefs, having defeated them 20-3 in the 2007 season opener. The Texans have the longest active winning streak in season openers at five and are 8-5 all-time in the first game of the season.
The Texans play their next three games against the NFC South as they go on the road against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 20, host Tampa Bay on Sept. 27 and visit the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 4.
Houston hosts Indianapolis for the second consecutive season on CBS’ Thursday night lineup with a 7:25 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 8. The Texans then visit Florida for their first set of back-to-back road games, visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 18 and the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 25. The Texans meet the Dolphins for the eighth time in franchise history, having won all seven of the previous matchups.
A Nov. 1 home game against the Tennessee Titans precedes the Texans’ bye week on Nov. 8. The Texans return back to action on Nov. 16 for a Monday night matchup against the Bengals at 7:30 p.m. The Texans last visiting Cincinnati in 2011, when the Texans scored the game-winning touchdown with two seconds remaining to edge Cincinnati 20-19 and clinch their first AFC South Division title.
Three of the next four games are against the AFC East, beginning by hosting the New York Jets on Nov. 22. The Texans then host the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 29 before traveling to up to take on the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 6. The Texans return home on Dec. 13 to host the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
The last three games of the regular season are against AFC South foes, beginning with two road games, at Indianapolis on Dec. 20 and Tennessee on Dec. 27. Houston closes the season on Jan. 3, 2016 at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
HOUSTON TEXANS 2015 SCHEDULE
|Day||Date||Opponent||TV Network||Kickoff Time|
|Saturday||Aug. 15||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||KTRK||7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||Aug. 22||DENVER BRONCOS||KTRK||7:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||Aug. 30||at New Orleans Saints||FOX||3:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||Sept. 3||at Dallas Cowboys||KTRK||7:00 p.m.|
|Day||Date||Opponent||TV Network||Kickoff Time|
|Sunday||Sept. 13||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Sept. 20||at Carolina Panthers||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Sept. 27||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||FOX||Noon|
|Sunday||Oct. 4||at Atlanta Falcons||CBS||Noon|
|Thursday||Oct. 8||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||CBS/NFLN||7:25 p.m.|
|Sunday||Oct. 18||at Jacksonville Jaguars||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Oct. 25||at Miami Dolphins||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Nov. 1||TENNESSEE TITANS||CBS||Noon|
|Monday||Nov. 16||at Cincinnati Bengals||ESPN||7:30 p.m.|
|Sunday||Nov. 22||NEW YORK JETS||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Nov. 29||NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||FOX||Noon|
|Sunday||Dec. 6||at Buffalo Bills||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Dec. 13||NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Dec. 20||at Indianapolis Colts||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Dec. 27||at Tennessee Titans||CBS||Noon|
|Sunday||Jan. 3||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||CBS||Noon|
Italic indicates games subject to flex scheduling. See the note below.
All kickoff times Central; # - Televised Nationally; Home Games in BOLD
All games are broadcasted live on Texans Radio on 610 AM and 100.3 The Bull
- 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, 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 January 3.
- 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.
2015 HOUSTON TEXANS SCHEDULE NOTES
Prime Time/National TV Notes
- The Texans play three games on national television, including the third preseason game against New Orleans.
- Houston plays two primetime games this season. The Texans have played 22 primetime games (including Thanksgiving) in team history and are 7-15 in those contests.
- Houston will play on ESPN’s Monday Night Football once this season: at the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 16. The Texans are 3-5 on Monday Night Football in team history.
- Houston will play on CBS/NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football once this season: vs. Indianapolis on Oct. 8. The Texans are 1-4 on Thursday Night Football and 2-4 overall when playing on Thursday.
- Houston is 4-8 in primetime home games and 3-7 in primetime road games.
Strength of Schedule Notes
- Houston’s 2015 opponents had a winning percentage of .418 in 2014. That ties the Texans for the third-easiest schedule in the league based on last year’s results. Only Atlanta (.410) and Indianapolis (.416) face schedules with lower combined win percentages.
- Houston will face three of the top 10 scoring offenses from 2014: New England (fourth, 29.3 points per game), Indianapolis (sixth, 28.6), and New Orleans (ninth, 25.1).
- The Texans also face three of the top 10 scoring defenses from 2014 in Kansas City (second, 17.6 opponent points per game), Buffalo (fourth, 18.1) and New England (eighth, 19.6).
- The Texans face several NFL individual leaders from 2014: top passer New Orleans QB Drew Brees (4,952 yards), passing touchdowns leader Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck (40), tackler Carolina LB Luke Kuechly (153), sacks leader Kansas City LB Justin Houston (22.0), field goals made leader New England K Stephen Gostkowski (35).
- The Texans will play five games against teams that made the playoffs in 2014, including two games against defending AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts (11-5). The Texans also face NFC South champion Carolina (7-8-1) on the road, AFC East champion New England (12-4) at home, and AFC Wild Card representative Cincinnati (10-5) on the road.
- Houston will play seven games against teams holding top-10 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, including two games each against Tennessee (second overall) and Jacksonville (third). The Texans will play one game each against Tampa Bay (first), N.Y. Jets (sixth), and Atlanta (eighth).
- Houston plays three games against teams with new head coaches: at Atlanta (Dan Quinn), at Buffalo (Rex Ryan), and vs. N.Y. Jets (Todd Bowles).
Home and Away Notes
- Houston’s season opener against Kansas City will be the second time in team history that they have opened up vs. the Chiefs, also hosting them in the opener in 2007. It will mark the seventh time the two teams have played in the regular season.
- Houston opens at home for the 10th time in 14 years. The Texans are 6-3 when opening the season at home.
- The Texans open and finish the season at home for the ninth time in team history. Houston opened and closed the season at home in 2002, 2004, 2006-07, 2009-11 and 2014.
- The Texans will play back-to-back home games once this season, Week 11 vs. the New York Jets and Week 12 vs. the New Orleans Saints.
- The Texans will twice play back-to-back road games during the season, Week 6 and 7 at Jacksonville and Miami, and then again in Weeks 15 and 16 at Indianapolis and Tennessee.
- Houston will be looking for its first ever road wins at Atlanta (0-1) and Indianapolis (0-13).
AFC South Notes
- The Texans close the season against a divisional opponent for the ninth time in franchise history and the sixth year in a row. Houston is 3-5 in season finales against AFC South opponents, including last year’s 23-17 win vs. Jacksonville.
- Houston’s cumulative record against division opponents is 30-48 all-time. The Texans are 15-11 against Jacksonville, 11-15 against Tennessee and 4-22 against Indianapolis.
- The Texans are 9-4 against Jacksonville at home.
- Nine of the 13 road matchups against Jacksonville have been decided by a touchdown or less. Houston’s six road wins against Jacksonville are the most in franchise history against a single opponent.
- Houston closes the season against Jacksonville for the fourth time in franchise history. The Texans closed out the 2014 season with a 23-17 win against the Jaguars after posting wins against Jacksonville in the 2007 and 2010 season finales.
- Texans WR Cecil Shorts III played for the Jaguars (2011-14) before joining the Texans this offseason.
- The Texans are looking for four consecutive wins at home against the Titans for the first time ever.
- Texans WR Nate Washington played for the Titans (2009-14) before joining the Texans this offseason.
AFC East Notes
- Houston will play every team in the AFC East for the fifth time in team history. The Texans also faced the AFC East in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012.
- Houston is 13-12 all-time against the AFC East.
- The Texans are 4-3 against Buffalo (2-2 at home), 7-0 against Miami (4-0 at home), 1-4 against New England (0-2 on the road), and 1-5 against the New York Jets (0-2 at home).
- The Texans hold a three-game winning streak over Buffalo. The Texans have outscored the Bills 75-36 since 2009.
- Texans wide receivers coach Stan Hixon served as the Bills wide receivers coach (2010-11) before joining Bill O’Brien’s staff at Penn State.
- Houston has never lost to Miami in seven games. The only other team the Texans have never lost to is the Chicago Bears (3-0).
- Houston has outscored Miami 169-125 all-time in seven games. The teams haven’t met since 2012.
- Texans defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni served as the Dolphins defensive coordinator (2008-09) before joining the Dallas Cowboys as defensive coordinator.
- Houston takes on New England for the fourth time since 2012. The Texans faced the Patriots twice in 2012, including in the AFC Divisional Round.
- Texans head coach Bill O’Brien served as the Patriots offensive assistant (2007), wide receivers coach (2008), quarterbacks coach (2009-10), and offensive coordinator (2011).
- Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel served as the Patriots defense line coach (1993-96), defensive coordinator (2001, 2004), and defensive coordinator/defensive line coach (2002-03).
- Texans quarterbacks coach George Godsey served as the Patriots offensive assistant (2011) and tight ends coach (2012-13).
- Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel played linebacker for the Patriots for eight years (2001-08). He was a part of New England’s run of three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003, 2004).
- Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett played quarterback for the Patriots (2011-13) before being traded to the Texans prior to the 2014 regular season.
- Texans defensive lineman Vince Wilfork played for the New England Patriots (2004-14) and won two Super Bowls (2004, 2014) before joining the Texans this offseason.
- The Texans and Jets last met in 2012, a 23-17 road victory for Houston. Houston has never beat the Jets at home (0-2).
- Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel served as the Jets defensive line coach (1997-99) before joining the Cleveland Browns as defensive coordinator.
- Texans offensive line coach Mike Devlin was the Jets tight ends coach (2006), offensive line coach (2007), tight ends and asst. offensive line coach (2008-12), and offensive line coach (2013-14) before joining the Texans this offseason.
NFC South Notes
- The Texans will face all four NFC South teams for the fourth time in franchise history. The Texans also faced the NFC South in 2003, 2007, and 2011.
- The Texans own a 7-5 record all-time against the NFC South.
- Houston is 2-1 against Atlanta (0-1 on the road), 2-1 against Carolina (1-0 on the road), 1-2 against New Orleans (1-0 at home), and 2-1 against Tampa Bay (1-0 at home).
- All three previous Texans vs. Falcons games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Texans have outscored the Falcons, 50-49, in the all-time series.
- Houston won the most recent matchup vs. Atlanta in 2011, a 17-10 victory at home.
- Texans LB Akeem Dent played for the Falcons (2011-13) before getting traded to Houston in 2014.
- The Texans two-game winning streak vs. Carolina was snapped in 2011 with a 28-13 loss at home. Houston has outscored Carolina, 61-59, in the all-time series.
- The Saints and Texans will face off in the preseason and regular season in 2015. New Orleans has outscored Houston, 81-66, in the three previous regular season meetings.
- All three previous Texans vs. Buccaneers games have been decided by 13 points or more. Houston has outscored Tampa Bay, 65-23, in the last two games, both victories for the Texans.
- Texans special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky served as the Buccaneers special teams coordinator (2012) before joining the Texans in 2013.
Texans – Bengals Series Notes
- Houston is 3-4 all-time vs. Cincinnati in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs.
- The Texans snapped a five-game winning streak vs. the Bengals in their most recent matchup, a 22-13 victory for Cincinnati in 2014.
- The Texans are 12-16 all-time vs. the AFC North.
- Texans CB Johnathan Joseph played for the Bengals (2006-10) before joining the Texans in 2011.
Texans – Chiefs Series Notes
- Houston is 3-3 all-time vs. Kansas City. The teams last played in 2010, a 17-16 victory for the Chiefs.
- The Texans are 12-13 all-time vs. the AFC West.
- Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel served as the Chiefs defensive coordinator (2010), interim head coach (2011), and head coach (2012) before joining the Texans as defensive coordinator in 2014.
- Texans defensive assistant Anthony Pleasant coached the Chiefs defensive line (2010-12) before joining the Texans in 2014.
Texans Schedule Notes by the Numbers
- 0 - games vs. AFC South opponents in the month of September.
- 1 - Monday Night Football game (Week 10 at Bengals on ESPN)
- 2 - number of back-to-back road trips (Week 6 & 7 at Jacksonville and Miami, and Week 15 & 16 at Indianapolis and Tennessee).
- 3 – number of NFC South teams the Texans will face in the first four weeks of the 2015 season.
- 4 - number of teams the Texans will face who made the playoffs in 2014 (Colts, Patriots, Panthers, and Bengals).
- 5 – number of consecutive season-opening wins, longest active streak in the NFL
- 9 - number of games played in a retractable roof stadium. (8 at NRG Stadium, 1 at Colts).
- 39- degrees (F) is average daily high temperature annually in Buffalo, N.Y. on Dec. 6.
- 85 - degrees (F) is average daily high temperature annually in Miami, Fla. on Oct. 25.
- 801 - miles it takes to drive from NRG Stadium to the game against the Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
- 1,926 - round trip flight miles for the team's second-longest road trip of the season (at Miami on Oct. 25).
- 2,560 - round trip flight miles for the Texans' longest road trip this season (at Buffalo on Dec. 6).
- 14,060 - The flight miles the Texans will travel (round trip) over the course of the 2015 regular season.
- 14,106 - The number of flight miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport to Seoul, Korea, and back.
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