2021 NFL Schedule Breakdown: Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are entering this season with loads of questions and speculation surrounding the franchise. One of the biggest questions is whether star quarterback Deshaun Watson will remain on the team. Watson asked for a trade from Houston before his sexual misconduct allegations were revealed. As for right now, it appears Houston will move on from Watson, but there is still nothing official. The Texans brought in Tyrod Taylor to start at quarterback in case Watson is suspended or traded. They also drafted rookie Davis Mills as the potential future franchise quarterback.
Even if Watson remained on the team, Houston will struggle because it lost key players from last season. The Texans had a disappointing season last year, finishing with a dismal 4-12 record, despite Watson producing a career season.
The offseason moves made by Houston dictated a new direction for the team. The Texans released future hall of farmer J.J. Watt at his request, and star wide receiver Will Fuller left via free agency. The team also hired David Culley as head coach, and Watson requested a trade from the team. Houston is starting to look like a team entering the rebuilding process.
Houston Texans Schedule:
- Week 1: Sun 09/12 vs Jacksonville Jaguars
- Week 2: Sun 09/19 at Cleveland Browns
- Week 3: Thu 09/23 vs Carolina Panthers
- Week 4: Sun 10/03 at Buffalo Bills
- Week 5: Sun 10/10 vs New England Patriots
- Week 6: Sun 10/17 at Indianapolis Colts
- Week 7: Sun 10/24 at Arizona Cardinals
- Week 8: Sun 10/31 vs Los Angeles Rams
- Week 9: Sun 11/07 at Miami Dolphins
- Week 10: BYE
- Week 11: Sun 11/21 at Tennessee Titans
- Week 12: Sun 11/28 vs New York Jets
- Week 13:Sun 12/05 vs Indianapolis Colts
- Week 14: Sun 12/12 vs Seattle Seahawks
- Week 15: Sun 12/19 at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Week 16: Sun 12/26 vs Los Angeles Chargers
- Week 17: Sun 1/02 at San Francisco 49ers
- Week 18: Sun 01/09 vs Tennessee Titans
AFC South: The Texans are not going to be competitive in the division this season. They will struggle against the Colts and Titans but should be able to handle the Jaguars.
Matchups: Houston’s schedule is not favorable. Over the first half of the schedule, they will face a mix of tough opponents such as the Bills, Colts, Browns and Rams. In the second half, they get no break with the Colts, Titans and Seahawks.
Overall: The Texans have to transition into a rebuilding team because of the recent offseason changes that occurred. With the team hiring a new coach and the departure of key veterans, plus the uncertainty of Watson’s situation, it makes sense for the team to move into a rebuilding phase.
Prediction: Houston finishes third in the division with a 5-12 record.