Houston Texans 2008 schedule released

April 16, 2008 5:50:04 AM PDT
The Houston Texans 2008 schedule is highlighted with matchups against opponents from the NFC and AFC North divisions. The city of Houston will host its 15th Monday Night Game and first since November 21, 1994, when the Oilers faced the New York Giants. The Texans will entertain the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13 on Monday, December 1. Houston opens the regular season on the road for the first time since 2005 when they travel to Pittsburgh. The Texans won the last time they ventured into Heinz Field, 24-6, despite gaining only 47 yards of total offense. Houston is 3-3 in season openers and 1-1 in season openers on the road.

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Houston welcomes the Baltimore Ravens to town in Week 2 at 3:15 p.m. The Texans are 2-4 in their home openers at Reliant Stadium. Houston then travels inside the division over the next two weeks when they face the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars to end September. The Texans three road games in September are the most in team history.

Houston begins the second quarter of the season by welcoming Indianapolis to town, kicking off three straight home games in October. The Texans then host Miami for the third consecutive year. Houston concludes the longest home stand in team history when they welcome the Detroit Lions to Reliant Stadium at for the first time. Houston concludes the month with their bye week, meaning the Texans will not leave the city of Houston the entire month of October.

The Texans end the first half of their season with their first trip to Minnesota to take on the Vikings to begin November.

Since his arrival, the Texans have played better in the second half of the season under head coach Gary Kubiak, posting a 9-7 record in the last two seasons. Houston hosts the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 before traveling to Indianapolis and Cleveland to conclude November.

For the third consecutive year, the Texans will have three home games in the month of December, beginning with their first ever appearance on Monday Night Football when division rival Jacksonville comes to town. Houston owns a 4-2 record against the Jaguars in Reliant Stadium. Houston will then travel to Green Bay to face the Packers from historic Lambeau Field for the first time in team history. With their trips to Minnesota and Green Bay this season, Houston will have gone to every NFL city either in preseason or regular season.

The Texans welcome the Tennessee Titans before traveling to Oakland for the third consecutive season. The Texans conclude their regular season at home for the sixth time in seven seasons when they host the Chicago Bears.

The NFL will continue to implement flexible scheduling for Week 11-17 to ensure the best matchups of the week. The NFL has the option to inform teams 12 days in advance that their Sunday afternoon game will switch to Sunday night and will be aired on NBC at 7:00 p.m. The Texans' Monday Night Game in Week 13 against Jacksonville will not change.

HOUSTON TEXANS
2008 SCHEDULE

PRESEASON
Saturday, Aug. 9 DENVER BRONCOS (KTRK-TV) 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16 @ New Orleans Saints (KTRK-TV) 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug 22 @ Dallas Cowboys (CBS)# 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (KTRK-TV) 7:00 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON
Sunday, Sept. 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Sept. 14 BALTIMORE RAVENS (CBS) 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21 @ Tennessee Titans (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Sept. 28 @ Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Oct. 5 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Oct. 12 MIAMI DOLPHINS (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Oct. 19 DETROIT LIONS (FOX) 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26 BYE
Sunday, Nov. 2 @ Minnesota Vikings (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Nov. 9 CINCINNATI BENGALS (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Nov. 16 @ Indianapolis Colts (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Nov. 23 @ Cleveland Browns (CBS) Noon
Monday, Dec. 1 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (ESPN)# 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7 @ Green Bay Packers (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Dec. 14 TENNESSEE TITANS (CBS) Noon
Sunday, Dec. 21 @ Oakland Raiders (CBS) 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 28 CHICAGO BEARS (FOX) Noon

POSTSEASON
January 3-4 Wild Card Weekend
January 10-11 Divisional Playoffs
January 18 Conference Championships
February 1 Super Bowl XLIII, Raymond JamesStadium, Tampa Bay, Fla.
February 8 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii

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