Predicting the Houston Texans 2022 NFL schedule

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The Texans would play the Browns Week 18 in this scenario. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images.
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The Houston Texans will have their entire schedule released officially on Thursday, but here is my best guess on what 2022 will look like.

The opponents are below and the Texans will play one more road game than home games this year.


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Week 1 - vs Kansas City Chiefs

If there were any time to catch the Chiefs, it would be in the first week when they haven't settled into their Tyreek Hill-less offense.

Week 2 - at Tennessee Titans

Hopefully, there is another Ryan Tannehill disaster in the cards for the Texans in this early-season divisional tilt.

Week 3 - vs Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles boast a quarterback from the Houston area and a familiar foe in former Titans wideout now Eagles pass catcher A.J. Brown.

Week 4 - at Miami Dolphins

The Texans don't escape seeing Tyreek Hill in the first month but hopefully, the game is better than last year's abomination in Miami.

Week 5 - vs Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert and the much-improved Chargers will have revenge on their minds after the last-season debacle against the Texans.

Week 6 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thursday Night Football)

This game has some storylines to keep it interesting for the national audience, with Davis Mills playing well last year and Trevor Lawrence struggling, plus three of the top 15 draft picks.

Week 7 - at Denver Broncos

The Broncos off the mini-bye is a nice setup but if the Denver offense is going to be great, it will easily be humming by this part of the season.

Week 8 - vs Indianapolis Colts

Matt Ryan will be settled in at this junction of the year or we will all know if he has played his last competitive football by now.

Week 9 - at Dallas Cowboys

No Thanksgiving game for the Texans in this matchup as Houston looks for a win over the Cowboys for the first time since their Sunday Night overtime stunner in 2018.

Week 10 - at New York Giants

The NFC East in back-to-back weeks for the Texans who will have a good idea if Davis Mills is better than Daniel Jones by this point.

Week 11 - Off Week

Pretty close to the best time in the season for an off week.

Week 12 - at Las Vegas Raiders

Nick Caserio's old friend Josh McDaniels will host Houston in Sin City while the Texans try to prevent Davante Adams from replicating his stellar 2020 performance that saw him amass 196 yards and score twice.

Week 13 - vs Jacksonville Jaguars

The visit from Jacksonville is much later than it usually seems to happen, as it feels like the Jaguars have usually popped into Houston early in the schedule.

Week 14 - vs Washington Commanders

Carson Wentz should have melted down by this point but the defense of the Commanders as well as some other talented players are still a tough late-season opponent.

Week 15 - vs Tennessee Titans

The Titans should be well on their way to the playoffs at this point or playing Malik Willis in this game. Either way, the game holds intrigue.

Week 16 - at Chicago Bears

Justin Fields will have the Bears in a position to finish the year strong if he is indeed a franchise quarterback. If he isn't, this could be a Bears team headed towards the top overall pick.

Week 17 - at Indianapolis Colts

The Colts should be in the playoff hunt at this point and some of the young players they are counting on will have either stepped up to the challenge or sunk the season.

Week 18 - vs Cleveland Browns

How great would it be to knock the Cleveland Browns out of the playoffs in the last week of the season? Can you even imagine the level of vitriol Deshaun Watson would experience if this was the final matchup of the season?

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