HOUSTON – The Houston Texans 2014 regular season schedule features back-to-back primetime games in Week 6 and 7 and three home games against teams that made the playoffs in 2013: Thursday night, Oct. 9 against the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts, Nov. 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles and Nov. 23 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Houston will also play the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Oct. 20.
Bill O’Brien begins his tenure as Houston Texans head coach with a season-opening matchup at home against Washington at noon on Sunday, Sept. 7. It marks the third time in team history and first time since 2006 that the Texans will open the season against an NFC team. The Texans are tied with the Chicago Bears for the second-longest active winning streak in season openers at four and are 7-5 all-time in the first game of the season.
Road games against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 14 and the New York Giants on Sept. 21 follow the Texans’ opener. The Texans return home in Week 4 to play the Buffalo Bills at noon on Sunday, Sept. 28 before heading north in Week 5 to play the Dallas Cowboys in another noon matchup on Oct. 5.
Houston debuts on CBS’ new Thursday night lineup at home against Indianapolis with a 7:25 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 9. The Texans then head to Pittsburgh for their Monday night tilt on Oct. 20 against the Steelers. It marks the third time in franchise history the team will play back-to-back primetime games, also doing so in 2010 and 2012.
An Oct. 26 matchup in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans and Nov. 2 home game against the Philadelphia Eagles precede the Texans’ open date on Nov. 9. The Texans return from their bye week on Nov. 16 to play Cleveland on the road for the first time since a 16-6 win against the Browns in 2008. On Nov. 23, the Texans will play host to the Cincinnati Bengals in a regular season contest for the first time since 35-6 win on Oct. 26, 2008. Houston defeated Cincinnati at home in the AFC Wild Card playoff in 2011 and 2012 and haven’t lost to the Bengals at home since Nov. 3, 2002.
Four of the last five games of the regular season are against AFC South foes, beginning with a visit from Tennessee on Nov. 30. The Texans head to the road the next two weeks, playing the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 7 and at Indianapolis on Dec. 14. Houston closes the season with a pair of home games for the first time since 2006, against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 21 and Jaguars on Dec. 28.
Saturday, Aug. 9 at Arizona Cardinals KTRK-TV 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16 ATLANTA FALCONS KTRK-TV 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23 at Denver Broncos KTRK-TV 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS KTRK-TV 7:00 p.m. REGULAR SEASON
Sunday, Sept. 7 WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOX Noon
Sunday, Sept. 14 at Oakland Raiders CBS 3:25 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21 at New York Giants CBS Noon
Sunday, Sept. 28 BUFFALO BILLS CBS Noon
Sunday, Oct. 5 at Dallas Cowboys CBS Noon
Thursday, Oct. 9 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS# CBS 7:25 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers# ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26 at Tennessee Titans CBS Noon
Sunday, Nov. 2 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FOX Noon
Sunday, Nov. 9 BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 16 at Cleveland Browns CBS Noon
Sunday, Nov. 23 CINCINNATI BENGALS CBS Noon
Sunday, Nov. 30 TENNESSEE TITANS CBS Noon
Sunday, Dec. 7 at Jacksonville Jaguars CBS Noon
Sunday, Dec. 14 at Indianapolis Colts CBS Noon
Sunday, Dec. 21 BALTIMORE RAVENS CBS Noon
Sunday, Dec. 28 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS CBS Noon