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Scorecard: Looking back at schedule predictions

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 18, 2012 – 9:56 am

I made five predictions about the Texans’ 2012 schedule yesterday around noon, about six hours before the schedule came out. Now, it’s time to face the music and look back at how I did.

As I stated in the predictions blog post, I didn’t have any inside information. Teams do receive the schedule in advance of the public release, but we didn’t have anything internally here until several hours after my predictions went up.

I ended up a respectable 3-for-5. Here’s a look at the predictions, and the results:

Prediction: The Texans will not open at home against the Indianapolis Colts for the third consecutive year.

Confidence: 90%

Result: Correct. The Texans do open at home, but it’s against the Miami Dolphins. This was somewhat of a cheap prediction because I would’ve been right if the Texans were either on the road or not playing the Colts, and it turns out only one of those two was the case. I’m a bit surprised the league gave the Texans a home game in Week 1 for the third consecutive season and sixth time in seven years, but I don’t think anybody on the Texans will complain about that.

Prediction: The Texans will have at least three primetime games.

Confidence: 65%

Result: Correct. The Texans ended up with four primetime games, plus a nationally-televised game on Thanksgiving. A couple of commenters on my predictions post – and some folks on Twitter – told me they thought the Texans would get disrespected and end up with less primetime games. The league obviously felt differently based on the Texans’ 2011 season and the strength of some of their opponents in 2012.

Prediction: Texans vs. Ravens will be on Monday Night Football.

Confidence: 20%

Result: Wrong. The game is at noon CT, not even in the quasi-primetime afternoon slot. I thought this would have made perfect sense given the two teams’ recent history, but I obviously didn’t have a lot of confidence in it happening. And it turns out that lack of confidence was well-founded (so at least I had that part right).

Prediction: The Texans will play at Detroit on Thanksgiving.

Confidence: 85%

Result: Correct. This was a pretty easy one to forecast, as the Lions were either going to host the Texans (10-6 in 2011, AFC South Champs) or Colts (2-14, worst record in the NFL). I had a slight suspicion the league might want to feature Andrew Luck vs. Matthew Stafford, which was the only thing that kept me from going all-in with a 100% confidence prediction.

Prediction: The Texans will finish their season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Confidence: 30%

Result: Wrong. Double whammy, as the Texans are not only on the road in Week 17, they’re facing the Colts. I knew this had to be a division opponent, and I didn’t think the league would want a Jaguars-Colts matchup in Week 17, so I figured one of those teams would end up facing Houston. The team with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Carolina) faced off with its division runner-up (New Orleans) in Week 17 of last season, so I pitted the Colts against the Titans to follow suit. And the Texans have finished all six of Gary Kubiak’s seasons at home, so I went with the status quo for the game’s location. At least I was wrong on both fronts on this one, or else I would have been kicking myself for making a two-pronged prediction and getting only half of it right.


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Texans 2012 schedule notes, analysis

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 17, 2012 – 6:53 pm

With an assist to the Texans’ communications staff, here are some notes on the Texans’ 2012 schedule, which was released on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT:

Primetime/National TV Notes

  • The Texans play a team-record five games on national television, surpassing the previous high of three nationally-televised games in 2010.
  • The Texans play on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in team history (at Detroit, Nov. 22). The game’s 11:30 a.m. CT kickoff time will be the earliest in team history.
  • The Texans play four primetime games in 2012. They played 11 primetime games in their first 10 seasons combined.
  • The Texans will make their debut on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Oct. 14 vs. Green Bay. They also play on SNF at Chicago on Nov. 11.
  • The Texans play on ESPN’s Monday Night Football twice: at the New York Jets on Oct. 8 and at New England on Dec. 10. They’re 1-3 on MNF in team history.

Home/Away Notes

  • The Texans open the season at home for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in seven seasons under head coach Gary Kubiak, who is 3-3 in season openers (3-2 at home).
  • The Texans end the season on the road for just the second time in team history and the first time under Kubiak, who is 5-1 in season finales.
  • The Texans play three consecutive home games in October/November: vs. Green Bay (Oct. 14), vs. Baltimore (Oct. 21) and vs. Buffalo (Nov. 4). They play three consecutive road games in November/December: at Detroit (Nov. 22), at Tennessee (Dec. 2), at New England (Dec. 10).

Other Notes

  • The Texans face longtime nemesis Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Denver in Week 3 at 3:15 p.m. CT (Sept. 23). Manning went 16-2 against Houston with the Indianapolis Colts.
  • After their Week 8 bye, the Texans get a visit from defensive end Mario Williams and the Buffalo Bills (Nov. 4). The Texans drafted Williams No. 1 overall in 2006, and he had 53 sacks in six seasons before signing with Buffalo as a free agent this offseason.
  • Texans/Ravens won’t be in primetime in Week 7, but it should be easily one of the best games of the Texans’ home schedule. Houston’s 0-6 record against Baltimore is not indicative of how close their games have been in recent seasons. The Ravens edged the Texans 20-13 at Baltimore in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last season. They also won 34-28 in overtime at Reliant Stadium in 2010 on Monday Night Football.
  • The Texans have an odd finish to the regular season with two games against the Indianapolis Colts in three weeks. They’re home against Indy and then Minnesota before traveling to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 17. It’s actually the second time the Texans will face the Colts twice in a three-game span (2009 was the other).
  • The Texans have never lost to their Week 1 opponent, the Miami Dolphins (6-0 all-time). They have never won at Indianapolis (0-10), where they play in Week 17.

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Five predictions about the Texans’ schedule

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 17, 2012 – 11:20 am

With the 2012 regular-season schedule release coming up at 6 p.m., here are five predictions about the Texans’ schedule. I have no inside information — these are all just guesses of what I think could happen, which means they probably won’t happen. Feel free to dismantle my predictions in the comments section below.

Prediction: The Texans will not open at home against the Indianapolis Colts for the third consecutive year.

Confidence: 90%

Reasoning: This is a two-part prediction, so I’m giving myself some serious leeway here. I don’t expect the league to give the Texans a home game in Week 1 for the third consecutive season (and sixth time in seven years). And even if they are at home, I don’t expect it to be against the Colts, whom the Texans have beaten by a combined score of 68-31 on opening day in the last two seasons – and that includes one game in which Indy had Peyton Manning, who’s now on the Denver Broncos.


Prediction:
The Texans will have at least three primetime games.

Confidence: 65%

Reasoning: I don’t know the ins and outs of the league’s formula for primetime games, nor do I even know if there is a specific formula. But I do know the Texans had three primetime games in 2010, when they were an up-and-comer coming off a 9-7 season. After going 0-3 in those primetime games and 6-10 overall in 2010, they had only one game in primetime last season – a Thursday nighter at Indianapolis. On the heels of a 10-6 record and their first playoff berth, and with opponents like the Packers, Patriots, Ravens, Lions, Jets and Broncos on the schedule, I’d certainly be a little surprised if the Texans have less than three primetime games in 2012.


Prediction:
Texans vs. Ravens will be on Monday Night Football.

Confidence: 20%

Reasoning: A Divisional Round playoff rematch and a rematch of a thrilling Monday Night game in 2010. The Texans have never beaten the Ravens, but this is an emerging rivalry after these two 2011 division winners have played three times in the last two years. The Texans lost 20-13 at Baltimore in the playoffs last season in a slugfest that featured two of the league’s top defenses and running games. Baltimore won 34-28 on MNF in 2010 at Reliant Stadium after the Texans roared back from a 28-7 deficit to send the game to overtime. Putting this game on MNF would make for great television, and Reliant could set new decibel-level records with how eager the home fans would be to see their team exact some revenge.


Prediction:
The Texans will play at Detroit on Thanksgiving.

Confidence: 85%

Reasoning: The Lions will host a game on Thanksgiving, and because it will be broadcast by CBS, it’ll be against an AFC opponent. The two AFC opponents they face at home this season are the Texans and the Colts. The Texans were 10-6 and won the AFC South in 2011. The Colts were 2-14, the worst record in the league. Maybe the NFL wants to give Andrew Luck a spotlight game against Matthew Stafford in a battle of No. 1 overall picks, but a pair of reigning division winners sounds a lot more enticing to me.


Prediction:
The Texans will finish their season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Confidence: 30%

Reasoning: I’ve got a 1-in-3 chance on this one since all Week 17 games are division contests. The league made that change two years ago to give more games more meaning on the last week of the season. Based on 2011, the most attractive matchup for the AFC South would be the Texans (10-6, division champs) and Titans (9-7). But I could see the league being leery of a Week 17 game between teams with two first-year head coaches in the Jaguars (5-11 last season) and Colts (2-14). My highly unscientific research tells me that the league matched up last year’s team with the No. 1 overall pick (Carolina) against their division runner-up (New Orleans) in Week 17, so I’ll guess Colts at Titans and Jaguars at Texans this season. The Texans and Jags have played twice in Week 17, once more than the Texans and Colts. And the Texans have closed out all six seasons at Reliant Stadium under head coach Gary Kubiak.


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2012 schedule released today at 6 p.m. CT

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 17, 2012 – 10:18 am

The 2012 NFL regular-season schedule will be released today at 6 p.m. CT.

We’ll have the Texans’ full schedule, and plenty of reaction and analysis, posted at 6 on HoustonTexans.com. NFL Network and ESPN will have special schedule-release broadcasts starting at 6, and the full schedules of all teams will be on NFL.com.

Teams already know who they play and where, and the order of their preseason games, but this is where we’ll find out the when. We’ll get the answers to questions like how many primetime games the Texans have in 2012 (I’ll guess three), whether they’ll play on Thanksgiving at Detroit (sounds likely) and against whom they’ll open the season (a bogus “leaked” schedule had the Texans facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos at Denver on Sunday Night Football in Week 1).

Here’s a refresher on the Texans’ home and away opponents:

Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions


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Kubiak likes Texans’ preseason schedule, matchup at Saints

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 4, 2012 – 1:40 pm

The Texans’ 2012 preseason schedule looks like this: at Carolina, at home against San Francisco, at New Orleans in a nationally televised game, at home against Minnesota.

“I think it’s a good preseason schedule,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said on Wednesday between draft meetings at Reliant Stadium. “From a defensive standpoint, we see a variety of offenses, [including] Carolina that we struggled with a little bit last year. New Orleans has a great offensive football team. San Francisco’s very physical from an offensive standpoint. The defenses we see are going to be primarily 4-3 football teams, so that is totally opposite of what we work against in training camp, because our defense is a 3-4.

“It’s good to see [the preseason schedule] come out. When things like that pop up, you know we’re getting closer to football again.”

The third preseason game is generally the most important one each year, as most teams play their starters for a full three quarters. Not only did the Texans draw a strong opponent for that game in the Saints, they couldn’t have asked for a more hostile venue than the Louisiana Superdome.

“What you’re trying to do in the preseason, hopefully you get some environments that are very much like the regular season,” Kubiak said. “New Orleans always is. Great crowd, tough place to play. If you can go in there and handle yourself and operate like a good football team, then you’re ready for the season, so that’s a good test for us. They’re always an excellent team.”

Kubiak said it’s unlikely the Texans practice against the Saints in the preseason as they have for the last several years. His reasoning had nothing to do with Saints coach Sean Payton’s impending season-long suspension, but rather the timing of the game.

“It looks like no, because in the past, we’ve played ‘em in the second week, so that’s been conducive to us getting together and practicing against each other,” Kubiak said. “The third week, I like to operate just like our regular season schedule, so as of right now, I would say that’s probably not going to happen.”


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Gary Kubiak: “Congratulations to my boy Elway” on Peyton Manning

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 19, 2012 – 5:01 pm

Peyton Manning is no longer with the Indianapolis Colts, but he’ll still be on the Texans’ schedule this season. Reports emerged Monday that the four-time MVP has decided to play for the Broncos, whom the Texans play at Denver in 2012.

Manning adds another level of intrigue to an already special trip for Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who spent 20 years with the Broncos as a player and coach. Kubiak was the backup quarterback to John Elway, the Broncos’ current executive vice president of football operations, from 1983-91.

“Well, we’ll know what he’s [Manning] going to do,” Kubiak said on Monday in his office at Reliant Stadium. “It’s great to have him back in football, and I know it’s been exciting the last couple weeks where he was going to end up. He’s a great player, great person, great for the game. Congratulations to my boy Elway. But we’ll get our shot at him, too, so we’ll look forward to it.”

Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair, who was honored with a plaque at the Houston Texans YMCA on Monday, said he could understand why Manning would pick the Broncos.

“I think they’ve got the basis for a good team,” McNair said. “They’ve got a good defense, they’ve got an adequate running game. I think Elway probably had a lot to do with that. They made the playoffs last year, and I think that it enhances their chances to make the playoffs going forward. So, we’ll look forward to playing ‘em in the playoffs.”

The Texans faced Manning 18 times with the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-10. Manning went 16-2 in those games with 5,122 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. But, since he sat out last season because of injuries, Manning has yet to face the Texans’ defense under Wade Phillips.

“Well, that’ll be interesting,” McNair said. “That’ll be interesting. We’ve played against Peyton a number of times, and he’s a terrific competitor and a great player, but we also think that we like our chances, too.”


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Texans’ 2012 opponents announced

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 2, 2012 – 6:09 pm

The Texans’ 2012 regular-season opponents have been announced by the NFL. Dates and times are to be determined, but here are the home and away opponents:

Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

In addition to their home-and-home games with the AFC South, the Texans play all four teams from both the AFC East and NFC North. They play the Ravens from the AFC North and Broncos from the AFC West because those teams, like the Texans, won their respective divisions. The NFL scheduling formula matches up teams in the same conference according to division standings.

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