Houston Texans Press Release:
HOUSTON – The Houston Texans 2020 regular season schedule kicks off with a primetime matchup at the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. The Texans will also travel to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions on national television in Week 12. Houston has won six of its last seven primetime matchups and its 18 primetime regular season games from 2016-20 are the most over a five-year span in team history.
The Texans start at Kansas City on September 10, which marks the first time in franchise history opening the season on Thursday Night Football and second-consecutive nationally televised season opener on the road. Houston will face the defending Super Bowl champions for the sixth-consecutive year after playing New England in 2015, Denver in 2016, New England in 2017, Philadelphia in 2018 and New England in 2019. The Texans open on the road for the seventh time in 19 years and in primetime for just the fourth time in franchise history (2002, 2013, 2019).
Houston’s home opener will be in Week 2 when it hosts the Baltimore Ravens before traveling to Pittsburgh for a matchup with the Steelers on September 27. The Texans are scheduled to play every AFC North team for the seventh time in team history and first since 2017. The trip to Pittsburgh is followed by back-to-back home games against the Minnesota Vikings on October 4 and Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5, which will mark Houston’s first divisional game of the year.
In Week 6, Houston will travel to take on the division-rival Tennessee Titans for the first of two matchups on the year before returning to NRG Stadium to host the Green Bay Packers on October 25. This season marks the fifth time in franchise history and first time since 2016 that Houston will take on each member of the NFC North. Houston’s matchup against the Packers in Week 7 is immediately followed by a bye in Week 8, which marks the first Week 8 bye for Houston since 2013.
Houston will go on the road for two consecutive road games in Weeks 9-10 as it takes on Jacksonville before traveling to face the Cleveland Browns on November 15. Houston is on a five-game winning streak against Cleveland (2008-18), which marks its longest active winning streak against any opponent. The Texans return home in Week 11 to face the Patriots, which marks the sixth-consecutive season Houston has faced New England in the regular season, including a 28-22 victory in 2019.
The Texans play their second primetime game of the 2020 season against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12. Houston defeated Detroit 34-31 in overtime in 2012 on their first Thanksgiving appearance and have won each of the last three meetings in the series. In Week 13, the Texans face the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium for the first of two matchups in a three-week span. The Texans are looking to win three-consecutive AFC South division titles for the first time in franchise history and become the second team to accomplish the feat in the division’s history, joining the Colts in 2005-07. Houston’s final two road games of the season are in Weeks 14-15 and start with a matchup against the Chicago Bears, who are the only team in the NFL that Houston is undefeated against in franchise history (4-0).
The Texans will close out the regular season with consecutive home games for the fourth time in team history (2003, 2006, 2014). In Week 16, Houston will look for its ninth win in the last 10 matchups against the Cincinnati Bengals, dating back to 2008. The Texans will then close out the year with a home game against the Titans on January 3, which marks the 14th time in team history and the 11th year in a row that Houston will close the regular season against a divisional opponent.
The exact dates and times for the preseason games will be released at a later date. Houston will open the preseason on the road against Minnesota for the fifth preseason matchup between the two teams (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) before hosting the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 for the teams’ first-ever preseason matchup. The Texans will face the Saints for the 11th time in the preseason (2002, 2008-13, 2015-17) in New Orleans in Week 3 before welcoming the in-state rival Dallas Cowboys to NRG Stadium to close out the preseason. This will mark the 12th preseason matchup between the two Texas franchises (2003-05, 2007-08, 2010, 2013, 2015-16, 2018-19), including the third season in a row.
HOUSTON TEXANS 2020 SCHEDULE
|Week||Day||Date||Opponent||TV Network||Kickoff Time|
|P1||TBD||Aug. 13-17||at Minnesota Vikings||KTRK||TBD|
|P2||TBD||Aug. 20-24||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||KTRK||TBD|
|P3||TBD||Aug. 27-30||at New Orleans Saints||KTRK||TBD|
|P4||TBD||Sept. 3-4||DALLAS COWBOYS||KTRK||TBD|
|Week||Day||Date||Opponent||TV Network||Kickoff Time|
|1||Thursday||Sept. 10||at Kansas City Chiefs||NBC#||7:20 p.m.|
|2||Sunday||Sept. 20||BALTIMORE RAVENS||CBS||3:25 p.m.|
|3||Sunday||Sept. 27||at Pittsburgh Steelers||CBS||Noon|
|4||Sunday||Oct. 4||MINNESOTA VIKINGS||FOX||Noon|
|5||Sunday||Oct. 11||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||CBS||Noon|
|6||Sunday||Oct. 18||at Tennessee Titans||CBS||Noon|
|7||Sunday||Oct. 25||GREEN BAY PACKERS||FOX||Noon|
|9||Sunday||Nov. 8||at Jacksonville Jaguars||CBS||Noon|
|10||Sunday||Nov. 15||at Cleveland Browns||FOX||Noon|
|11||Sunday||Nov. 22||NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||CBS||Noon|
|12||Thursday||Nov. 26||at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving)||CBS#||11:30 a.m.|
|13||Sunday||Dec. 6||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||CBS||Noon|
|14||Sunday||Dec. 13||at Chicago Bears||CBS||Noon|
|15||TBD||Dec. 19 or 20||at Indianapolis Colts||TBD||TBD|
|16||Sunday||Dec. 27||CINCINNATI BENGALS||CBS||Noon|
|17||Sunday||Jan. 3||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 SportsRadio 610, 100.3 The Bull and in Spanish on Mega 101 FM.
- “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, 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.
- 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.
- Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.
- A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today and other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season.