Houston Texans 2014 Schedule Preview
For many Houston Texans fans forgetting the 2013 season is on the top of their list. While the negatives of the season were a dark cloud that followed the Texans all year, there were some big positives to come from 2013. Houston’s first round pick a year ago, DeAndre Hopkins, turned out to be the real deal and added to an already stout offense. Now with Schaub off to the Raiders and Houston heading into the 2014 draft with the number 1 overall pick the Texans have a chance to find that missing link to run an offense that is full of potential. Houston’s biggest move of the offseason thus far was replacing head coach Gary Kubiak with former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien may have landed the opportunity of a lifetime as he gets ready to take over what has the potential to be one of the best teams in the NFL. As many head coaches do when taking over a new organization O’Brien replaced a majority of the staff. Additions to the staff in Houston include, New England Patriot’s defensive mind Romeo Crennel, linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, and quarterbacks coach George Godsey. Along with a new coaching staff the Texans also signed free agent Ricardo Mathews. The seventh round pick out of Cincinnati was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and should be a great addition to the defensive line in Houston.
As it was a year ago, the rivalry between Tennessee and Houston is always one of the premier matchups of the year. Last year the Houston Texans won on a last minute touchdown drive from the rookie DeAndre Hopkins. While the Tennessee Titans lead the series 15-9, they only lead points scored in the series by 1, 512-511, showing you just how close this game always is. Another great divisional rivalry for the Texans is when they take the field with the Indianapolis Colts. Outside of the AFC South some of Houston’s big games include a duel with the in-state rivaled Dallas Cowboys. You’re always in for and exciting game with Houston and Dallas take the stage no matter what sport it is. The Cowboys and Texans last met in 2010 in a game the favored Dallas, a win for Houston at AT&T Stadium this year would tie the series up at 2-2. Another positive that came from last year’s unflattering performance, this year’s schedule features some great opportunities for Houston to pull out a winning season. The Texans will host the Ravens, Bengals, Bills, Eagles, and Redskins, all of which are winnable games if Houston can bring in the right fit at quarterback. Non-divisional road opponents include the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants.
It’s early but the road ahead for the 2014 Houston Texans looks very promising. While it may be a bit much to expect double digit wins from the club, expecting a drastic improvement from last year’s 2-15 record is highly conceivable and a visit to the NFL Playoffs is not out of the question. The NFL offseason stars aligned perfectly for the Texans giving them a new head coach, the number one draft pick, one of the weakest schedules in the league, and enough talent outside of the QB position to be a relative threat. With a talent like Jadeveon Clowney in this year’s draft you can’t think the Texans won’t be all over that regardless of how much they need a quarterback. That being said, O’Brien’s offensive mind might tell him to do otherwise, especially with a list of quarterbacks that includes names like Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, and Blake Bortles; a quarterback that fits all the criteria of a Bill O’Brien style of offense. At this point only time will tell as to how the Houston will fare in 2014 but if you’re a Texans fan it’s got to be hard not to get overly excited about the 2014 season.
September 7 vs. Washington Redskins
September 14 at Oakland Raiders
September 21 at New York Giants
September 28 vs. Buffalo Bills
October 5 at Dallas Cowboys
October 9 vs. Indianapolis Colts
October 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers
October 26 at Tennessee Titans
November 2 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
November 16 at Cleveland Browns
November 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
November 30 vs. Tennessee Titans
December 7 at Jacksonville Jaguars
December 14 at Indianapolis Colts
December 21 vs. Baltimore Ravens
December 28 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars