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2015 Houston Texans Season Schedule Released: Texans Have Just Two Prime Time Games

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Start booking your flights and packing your bags, people! The 2015 Texans regular season schedule is finally here!

Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

After a grueling wait through the last month without much actual NFL news to speak of, the 2015 Houston Texans schedule has finally been released. As a refresher, here is the Texans preseason schedule that was revealed earlier this month. With that out of the way, this is the slate that Bill O’Brien and company are looking at this coming fall.

Week 1 (9/13)

Who: Kansas City Chiefs

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 2 (9/20)

Who: @ Carolina Panthers

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 3 (9/27)

Who: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: FOX

Week 4 (10/4)

Who: @ Atlanta Falcons

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 5 (10/8): THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Who: Indianapolis Colts

When: 7:25 PM CT

Network: CBS/NFL Network

Week 6 (10/18)

Who: @ Jacksonville Jaguars

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 7 (10/25)

Who: @ Miami Dolphins

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 8 (11/1)

Who: Tennessee Titans

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 9 (11/8)

BYE WEEK

Week 10 (11/16): MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Who: @ Cincinnati Bengals

When: 7:30 PM CT

Network: ESPN

Week 11 (11/22)

Who: New York Jets

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 12 (11/29)

Who: New Orleans Saints

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: FOX

Week 13 (12/6)

Who: @ Buffalo Bills

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 14 (12/13)

Who: New England Patriots

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 15 (12/20)

Who: @ Indianapolis Colts

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 16 (12/27)

Who: @ Tennessee Titans

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

Week 17 (1/3)

Who: Jacksonville Jaguars

When: 12:00 PM CT

Network: CBS

On the surface, this docket seems somewhat forgiving. The dreaded Thursday Night game is a home affair against the Colts for the second year in a row – hopefully the good guys can get some revenge for last season’s prime time heartbreaker. Not only that, but Houston caught a break with a mid-season bye in Week Nine to help recuperate before (ideally) a playoff push through the winter. The most glaring obstacle – and one that no doubt will cause equal parts trepidation and rage as the playoff races heat up – is a brutal three week stretch late in the season that features a road game against the dangerous Bills defense, a home stand versus the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, and the Texans’ yearly trip up to Indianapolis that has never, ever resulted in a win in the history of the franchise. Yikes.

Some Texans fans may be upset that they will only get to watch J.J. Watt in prime time just twice this season (Week 5 against the Colts and Week 10 at Cincinnati), but considering this team’s recent history in nationally televised games, that may just be for the best. Hell, perhaps the greatest blessing of them all is that Houston’s own prime time woes will be canceled out by Andy Dalton’s generally horrendous track record during nationally televised games. That has to count for something, right?

What is your initial reaction to the schedule, BRB? Sound off below.