Texans will play on Thanksgiving, twice on Monday Night Football in 2012 season

In this file photo, the Titans and Texans line up during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)
April 17, 2012 4:37:19 PM PDT
The Texans released their 2012 regular season schedule Tuesday and the team will play five nationally televised games.

For the first time in franchise histroy, the Texans will play on Thanksgiving Day, facing the Lions in Detroit. The defending AFC South division champions have two games on Monday Night Football -- against the Jets and Patriots, both of which are on the road.

The 2012 season also features two national TV games on Sunday Night Football vs. the Packers at Reliant Stadium and vs. the Bears in Chicago.

The Texans open the season at Reliant on September 9 against the Miami Dolphins. Houston is 6-0 all-time against Miami and has won all three matchups at home in the series.

Houston will look to avenge last season's AFC divisional round playoff loss to Baltimore on October 21 at home. And the Texans close out their season with a road game in Indianapolis on December 30.

Houston Texans 2012 season schedule (all times 12pm CT unless otherwise noted):

    September 9: vs. DOLPHINS

    September 16: at Jaguars

    September 23: at Broncos, 3:15pm

    September 30: vs. TITANS

    Monday, October 8: at Jets (ESPN), 7:30pm

    October 14: vs PACKERS, 7:20pm

    October 21: vs RAVENS

    October 28: BYE

    November 4: vs BILLS

    November 11: at Bears, 7:20pm

    November 18:vs. JAGUARS

    Thursday, November 22: at Lions, 11:30am

    December 2: at Titans

    Monday, December 9: at Patriots (ESPN) 7:30pm

    December 16: vs COLTS

    December 23: vs VIKINGS

    December 30: at Colts

The Texans finished with a 10-6 record in 2011, won their division and won their first ever playoff game.

According to ESPN.com, the team is tied for the 29th toughest schedule in the league, with 6 games against quality opponents (teams with 9 wins or more last year). The Texans opponents had a 121-135 record last season.

The team released its preseason schedule last week (all times CT):

    Saturday, August 11: at Panthers (ABC13), 6pm

    Saturday, August 18: vs. 49ERS (ABC13), 7pm

    Saturday, August 25: at Saints (National TV), 7pm

    Thursday, August 30: vs. VIKINGS (ABC13), 6pm

ABC13 is the Official Television Home of the Houston Texans.


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