The NFL won’t officially release its complete regular season schedule until 7 p.m. CDT tonight, but historically we’ve seen bits and pieces of scheduling news leak long before the official announcement. For example, we heard a rumor last month that the NFL will kick off its 2018 regular season with a rematch between the Vikings and Eagles.
As such, just like last year, we can probably expect a handful of unconfirmed reports over the next several hours about who’ll be playing when this season. If we’re lucky, perhaps some of the leaks will even involve your Houston Texans.
In the meantime, share any reports you’re seeing from reputable sources in the Comments. We’ll try to update this post throughout the day, and we’ll publish a new post when the Texans’ 2018 schedule is announced this evening.
UPDATE: We know when and where the games that’ll be played outside the U.S. will happen.
UPDATE III: Finally, our first bit of Texans schedule news, and it’s a biggie. The Texans will reportedly open the 2018 season on the road against the Patriots.
Patriots vs. Texans in Foxboro on September 9th. 1pm Kick.— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) April 19, 2018
The Saints also host the Falcons on Thanksgiving, I’m told.— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) April 19, 2018
UPDATE V: Some general parameters for how the sausage was made this year.
#NFL schedule makers work their magic to build a balanced schedule for all teams, including yours. Impossible to keep everyone happy. '18 sked has only three 3-game road trips (last year there were 7). No team plays away game following a road MNF game (last year 5 times).— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) April 19, 2018
'18 NFL schedule will again feature a dramatic close to the season w/ playoff implications. For the 9th consecutive yr, we will play all division games in week 17 & six division games in Week 16— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) April 19, 2018
UPDATE VI: Who needs Paris in the spring when you can have Jersey in the winter?
UPDATE VII: Staying on the subject of NFL teams that hail from New Jersey, the Giants will reportedly play the Texans at NRG Stadium on Sunday, September 23rd at noon.
UPDATE VIII: The Texans will reportedly open the 2018 season with two road games—first against the Patriots and then in Nashville against the Titans in Week Two.
The Texans begin regular season with road games at New England and Tennessee before playing their first game at NRG Stadium on Sept. 23 against the New York Giants. At least they get their annual trip to New England out of the way early.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 19, 2018
UPDATE IX: Thursday Night Football returns to NRG Stadium when the Dolphins come to town in late October.
UPDATE X: The Texans’ 2018 regular season schedule has been revealed in its entirety.