The Houston Texans have the honor of playing in the first game of the 2020 NFL season. They have a tough matchup against the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 10 at Arrowhead Stadium. It will air on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET. All preseason games were canceled due to NFL’s precautions towards COVID-19. Training camps looked different as well.
In a year that continuity means more than ever, the Houston Texans are returning 79.5% of their snaps from 2019. This puts them sixth on the continuity list ESPN put out in June. Coach Bill O’Brien is heading into his seventh season as the Texans’ coach. Starting QB Deshaun Watson is heading into his fourth year after being drafted 12th overall by Houston in 2017’s draft.
The Texan made some big moves this offseason trading four-time All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins for Arizona’s All-Pro RB David Johnson. The trade also saw an exchange of three draft picks in the upcoming NFL Drafts. The Texans also acquired WR Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams for a 2020 second-round pick (No. 57 overall) and a 2022 fourth-round pick.
- Houston’s 2019 regular season record 10-6
- 2020 projected regular-season win total – 7.5
- Using win projections for strength of schedule, Houston ranks 16th toughest
- Using opponents’ combined 2019 win percentage for SoS, Houston ranks T-8 toughest (.518)
You can bet on any NFL team’s regular-season win total on our sportsbook page. Let’s take a look at the Texans’ schedule by quarters to see if they can surpass this season’s projected win total – or if they will fall short.
First Quarter Schedule
Week 1 at Chiefs
The Texans’ 2019 season ended in the hands of the Chiefs in the second round of the playoffs. Houston blew a 24-0 second-quarter lead, losing, 51-31. Handing the Chiefs the largest comeback victory in franchise history.
The Texans won a regular-season game in Kansas City 31-24 in Week 6 of the 2019 regular season. Opening night of the 2020 NFL season has the Texans as 10- point underdogs. The defending Super Bowl champs are projected to win a league-high 11.5 games in 2020.
Week 2 vs Ravens
Houston does not get a break in Week 2. They play host to the Baltimore Ravens as 5 point underdogs. Baltimore has +550 odds to win Super Bowl LV (the same as the Chiefs). The Texans lost last season to the Ravens in Week 11, 41-7. The Ravens finished 2019 with a 14-2 record and have a 2020 projected regular-season win total of 11.5 games.
Week 3 at Steelers
The Steelers finished 2019 second in the AFC North with an 8-8 record, going 5-3 record at home. The sportsbooks are projecting them to win 8.5 games in 2020. The Steelers and Texans have only played six games in their history. Pittsburgh leads the series 4-2. The Steelers have +2400 odds to win Super Bowl LV.
Week 4 vs Vikings
Minnesota also finished its 2019 season with a loss in the Divisional Round of the playoffs after winning in the Wild-Card round. The Vikings ended the regular season 10-6 with a 4-4 road record. Minnesota’s projected 2020 win total is 8.5 games on our sportsbook.
First Quarter Record: 1-3
Week 5 vs Jaguars
In 2019, the Texans defeated their division rivals twice, once in Week 2 and again in Week 9. Jacksonville finished last season with a record of 6-10. The Jaguars’ 2020 regular-season win total is projected at 4.5 games. They have not had a winning season since their surprising 10-6 season in 2017.
Week 6 at Titans
The second week in a row the Texans take on an AFC South rival. The Titans surprised many people with their playoff run a year ago, where they defeated the Patriots and the Ravens on the road. The Texans and Titans split their two games in 2019. Houston won in Tennessee, 24-21, in Week 15. The Titans are projected at 8.5 regular-season wins for 2020.
Week 7 vs Packers
Green Bay is tied with the Steelers at +2400 odds to win Super Bowl LV. The Packers won 13 games in 2019 and lost in the NFC Championship game to the 49ers. They had a 6-2 record on the road. The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers and are expecting their defense to get better in 2020 without making any big changes. Our sportsbook has the Packers projected to win 8.5 regular-season games.
Week 8 Bye
Week 9 at Jaguars
The second matchup for AFC South rivals. The Jaguars were 3-5 at home in 2019.
Second Quarter Record: 3-1 — Halftime Record: 4-4
Week 10 at Browns
The Cleveland Browns finished the 2019 season with a 6-10 record and a 4-4 record at home. They are projected to win 8.5 regular-season games in 2020. Houston leads the all-time series 7-3 with their last matchup being a 29-13 win in 2018.
Week 11 vs Patriots
The Patriots lost Tom Brady to free agency this offseason and had multiple players opt-out of the season due to the pandemic. They signed Cam Newton to try and replace Brady. They still have Bill Belichick and are one of the greatest dynasties in recent memory. Their season ended in the first round of the playoffs last season. They finished the regular season with a 12-4 record. The Texans accounted for one of the Patriots’ losses in Week 13 with a 28-22 upset in Houston. The Patriots’ 2020 regular-season win total is projected at 9 on our sportsbook.
Week 12 at Lions
The Lions had another disappointing year in 2019 with a 3-12-1 record. They won two of their games at home. Houston is leading the all-time series 3-1 with their last matchup coming in 2016. Houston won that game,. 20-13. Detroit’s 2020 regular season projected win total is 6.5.
Week 13 vs Colts
Houston and Indianapolis split their two games in 2019. The Colts finished 2019 with a 7-9 record. They were 2-6 on the road. The Colts made a lot of moves this offseason. They signed Philip Rivers and acquired All-Pro DT DeForest Buckner. They are projected to win nine regular-season games in 2020.
Third Quarter Record: 2-2
Fourth Quarter Schedule
Week 14 at Bears
The Chicago Bears ended last season with an 8-8 record. They won four games at home. The 2020 Bears are projected to win 7.5 regular-season games. Houston is 4-0 all-time against the Bears.
Week 15 at Colts
The Colts had a 5-3 record at home a year ago. Houston lost 30-23 in Indianapolis on Oct. 20, 2019.
Week 16 vs Bengals
Cincinnati was the worst team in the NFL in 2019, winning two games. They drafted Heisman Trophy winner LSU QB, Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. They are projected to win 5.5 regular-season games in 2020.
Week 17 vs Titans
The AFC South rivals played in Houston Week 17 last year. The Titans won, 35-14. The Texans had already clinched the division title and a spot in the playoffs before the game.
Fourth Quarter Record: 2-2
Texans’ 2020 Regular-Season Record: 8-8
Houston looks like a .500 team. The sportsbook has the Texans projected to win 7.5 games. They can win eight games if they can split with the Colts and Titans and sweep the Jags. Houston is set to take a step back but losing three more games than they did last season seems unlikely.
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