The Texans will again open up the regular season by hosting division rival Indianapolis at Reliant Stadium. That game is scheduled for noon on September 11. Although the team does not have a Monday Night Football game this regular season, they will play in Indianapolis on Thursday Night Football on December 22.
Other home games include welcoming the Steelers, Browns, Raiders, Falcons, Panthers and Jaguars. Their bye week is November 20.
Houston closes out the season with a home game against the Titans on New Year's Day.
Houston Texans 2011 season schedule (all times 12pm CT unless otherwise noted):
September 11 vs. Indianapolis
September 18 at Miami 3:15pm
September 25 at New Orleans
October 2 vs. Pittsburgh
October 9 vs. Oakland
October 16 at Baltimore 3:05pm
October 23 at Tennessee
October 30 vs. Jacksonville
November 6 vs. Cleveland
November 13 at Tampa Bay
November 20 BYE
November 27 at Jacksonville
December 4 vs. Atlanta
December 11 at Cincinnati
December 18 vs. Carolina
December 22 (Thursday Night Football) at Indianapolis 7:20pm
January 1 vs. Tennessee
The Texans hosted the Colts to open last season and the team notched a victory, finishing with a 6-10 record.
According to NFL.com, the team has the 10th toughest schedule in the league. The Texans 2011 opponents had a 132-124 record last season.
The team released its preseason schedule last week (specific dates and times to be released at a later date):
Monday, August 15: vs. New York Jets (ESPN), 7 pm
August 19-21: vs. New Orleans Saints (ABC13), TBA
August 26-28: at San Francisco 49ers (ABC13), TBA
September 1-3: at Minnesota Vikings (ABC13), TBA
ABC13 is the Official Television Home of the Houston Texans.