On Tuesday, the NFL announced the preseason schedule for all 32 NFL teams. Prior to today, the only announced game was the Hall of Fame Game, which features the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. However, the Houston Texans now know who they will be facing in exhibition matches later this summer. They will not learn the date and time of the games until later this month. Without further ado, here are the opponents for the Houston Texans.
Preseason Week 1: Houston Texans @ Carolina Panthers
Date: Aug. 10-14, TBD
In their first preseason game, the team will hopefully have an idea of who will be the first quarterback to take a snap from under center. However, the Carolina Panthers know who their quarterback will be. Although unlikely to play, the Houston Texans will hope for an impact player at quarterback like Cam Newton is for the Panthers.
Preseason Week 2: New England Patriots @ Houston Texans
Date: Aug. 17-21, TBD
In week 2, the Houston Texans will face the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Patriots are also responsible for ending the Texans’ season in 2016. The Texans will be looking for revenge in 2017, and will train all offseason to find an answer for the New England Patriots.
Preseason Week 3: Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints
Date: Aug. 24-28, TBD
In what’s typically referred to as the “dress rehearsal” game, the Texans will be facing a formidable offense in the New Orleans Saints. Despite trading away Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, the Saints still have a formidable receiving core. The Texans will be looking for their depth at cornerback to help slow down the Saints’ offense. That task may prove more difficult in 2017, as the team saw breakout cornerback A.J. Bouye sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason.
Preseason Week 4: Dallas Cowboys @ Houston Texans
Date: Aug. 31st– Sept. 1st, TBD
In their last preseason game, the Texans will face their in-state rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. While rumored as suitors for former Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, the Houston Texans missed out on adding the veteran signal-caller. Instead, the 37-year old opted for retirement to pursue a broadcasting career. As a result, the Texans are still in search of a starting quarterback as the NFL draft gets closer. The team will hopefully have their starting quarterback situation figured out by this point.