Houston Texans 2021 NFL: Full Schedule, Predictions & Key Games
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The Houston Texans may have the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL, and that’s saying something. Thus, when the Texans’ 2021 schedule released on Wednesday, it wasn’t exactly a cause for celebration.

It’s a difficult slate ahead for one of the NFL’s worst rosters, especially as the scandal surrounding superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson carries on.

2021 NFL Houston Texans: Full Schedule

With a small class of rookies joining the fold and minimal help arriving in free agency, Houston will need a miracle to not be in the NFL cellar this season. Let’s see if we can find even one win for the Texans on their 2021 schedule.

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 12 vs. Jaguars 1 p.m. CBS
2 Sept. 19 at Browns 1 p.m. CBS
3 Sept. 23 (Thursday) vs. Panthers 8:20 p.m NFLN
4 Oct. 3 at Bills 1 p.m. CBS
5 Oct. 10 vs. Patriots 1 p.m. CBS
6 Oct. 17 at Colts 1 p.m. CBS
7 Oct. 24 at Cardinals 4:25 p.m. CBS
8 Oct. 31 vs. Rams 1 p.m. Fox
9 Nov. 7 at Dolphins 1 p.m. Fox
10 Bye
11 Nov. 21 at Titans 1 p.m. CBS
12 Nov. 28 vs. Jets 1 p.m. CBS
13 Dec. 5 vs. Colts 1 p.m. CBS
14 Dec. 12 vs. Seahawks 1 p.m. Fox
15 Dec. 19 at Jaguars 1 p.m. CBS
16 Dec. 26 vs. Chargers 1 p.m. CBS
17 Jan. 2 at 49ers 4:05 p.m. CBS
18 Jan. 9 vs. Titans 1 p.m. CBS

2021 NFL Houston Texans: Key games

Week 12 vs. New York Jets: The Jets were absolutely atrocious last year, but are eager to surprise people in 2021 with new head coach Robert Saleh and quarterback Zach Wilson. So why is this an important matchup? Well, the Texans likely won't be racking up the wins next season. This could be an opportunity for one, according to Sportsnauts.

Week 4 at Buffalo Bills: The last time the Texans faced the Bills was in the playoffs following the 2019 season. It was a pretty incredible comeback that Deshaun Watson orchestrated, as Houston overcame a 16-0 deficit in the third quarter and ended up winning in overtime. Buffalo will be out for revenge.

Week 1 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Texans haven't lost to the Jaguars since 2017, and it should be somewhat of a season goal to not finish last in the AFC South.

2021 NFL Houston Texans: Schedule Predictions

Houston Texans 2021 NFL: Full Schedule, Predictions & Key Games
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Week 1 – vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

This is probably the closest Houston will get to sniffing victory all season, and it’s unfortunate that Week 1 happens to be the time for it. Alas, this chance will fall by the wayside, as the Jaguars’ weapons on offense and Trevor Lawrence are too much for the Texans to handle, USA Today cites.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Jaguars 35, Texans 23

Week 2 – @ Cleveland Browns

Who on the Texans’ front seven is going to be able to hang with a Browns offensive line that returns all five starters from 2020’s unit, which ranked No. 1 in Pro Football Focus’ rankings? Stopping Cleveland’s backfield juggernaut of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt is an impossibility with the way Houston’s roster is currently constructed.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Browns 48, Texans 3

Week 3 – vs. Carolina Panthers

If Houston can play some ball control on offense and force Sam Darnold into some interceptions, maybe hope exists for that elusive victory. But no, Darnold is in a much better situation than he was with the New York Jets, and should light up the Texans without much issue.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Panthers 28, Texans 16

Week 4 – @ Buffalo Bills

We may see the legitimate self-actualization of Josh Allen as a football player in this one. The Buffalo Bills QB is going to have darn near a perfect 158.3 passer rating as he carves up Houston at home.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Bills 56, Texans 10

Week 5 – vs. New England Patriots

New Texans general manager Nick Caserio has been aggressive in free agency, but so has his former boss in New England, Bill Belichick. Caserio’s moves were far less splashy than Belichick’s, and the gap across these rosters will be painfully evident in Houston.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Patriots 28, Texans 0

Week 6 – @ Indianapolis Colts

Even if Carson Wentz doesn’t prove to be the quarterback who can get the Colts over the hump, he still will have no trouble dismantling this hapless Texans defense.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Colts 35, Texans 16

Week 7 – @ Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray should have little trouble breaking contain and ripping off multiple big gains as a rusher for Arizona. This is the J.J. Watt Revenge Game, too. You can bet the longtime Texans face of the franchise will love to stick it to his former team after they failed him throughout his prime.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Cardinals 34, Texans 17

Week 8 – vs. Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles’ tempo on offense, and elite defensive superstars in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey alone are enough to overwhelm the home team. These Texans will get absolutely rolled by the combined minds of Rams QB Matthew Stafford and coach Sean McVay.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Rams 48, Texans 12

Week 9 – @ Miami Dolphins

This one has shutout written all over it. Dolphins coach Brian Flores is going to completely smother Houston’s offense, and his sophomore signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa will be able to build some confidence with some big plays.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Dolphins 24, Texans 0

WEEK 10 BYE

Week 11 – @ Tennessee Titans

The Texans lost by one possession in each of their two meetings with the Titans last season. However, Watson had to throw for 700 yards just to keep Houston competitive. Without him, there’s zero chance the Texans pull this out on the road.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Titans 49, Texans 25

Week 12 – vs. New York Jets

Not a great matchup personnel-wise for Houston, but then again, what is? Zach Wilson should sling it all over the yard, as Jets receivers Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Denzel Mims overwhelm the Texans’ defensive backfield in a rout.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Jets 38, Texans 17

Week 13 – vs. Indianapolis Colts

There’s just no timeline of reality that even hints the Texans will win a single game in the AFC South in 2021. Whether it’s at NRG Stadium, a rival’s venue or on the Moon, Houston has no shot of even going 1-5 in division games. The Colts are going to walk all over them in both meetings.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Colts 36, Texans 13

Houston Texans 2021 NFL: Full Schedule, Predictions & Key Games
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Week 14 – vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Russell Wilson controversy could cause the Seahawks to have a bit of a letdown here, but nothing catastrophic to the point of taking a crazy “L.” Wilson will make enough plays, and Seattle’s defense can feast on poor competition as it did down the stretch in 2020.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Seahawks 35, Texans 10

Week 15 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars

How do you think this one’s going to turn out in Duval County? Whether it’s Tyrod Taylor or rookie Davis Mills at quarterback for Houston, the chances of emerging from Jacksonville victorious are slim to none.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Jaguars 41, Texans 24

Week 16 – vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Scary to think that Justin Herbert only figures to improve in Year 2, and has a presumably better head coach In Brandon Staley, who presided over the Rams’ No. 1 defense last year. Houston, we have a problem here. Several actually.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Chargers 51, Texans 6

Week 17 – @ San Francisco 49ers

With so many key players returning from injury, the 49ers should be back in the thick of the playoff race after a Super Bowl hangover. They’ll be locked in, and even this “trap game” outside the NFC West won’t derail San Francisco as it pursues a postseason return.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: 49ers 35, Texans 14

Week 18 – vs. Tennessee Titans

For the Texans to score 24 points in any game this season, they’ll need garbage time to get it done. This projection suggests Tennessee pounces all over Houston in the early going, then takes its foot off the gas as the hosts score meaningless points to make the score more respectable.

Houston Texans schedule prediction: Titans 34, Texans 24

Houston Texans projected record: 0-17

2021 NFL Houston Texans: Toughest Matchup

Week: 7 | Date: Oct. 24 | Time: 4:25 p.m.

Opponent: at Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray and Co. have high expectations in 2021, but that's not the main reason why this will be a tough matchup. You know DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt will be looking for some revenge against their former team, and they will have the backing of their home crowd as well, CBS cites.

How to Watch Houston Texans Games Live

It is possible to watch Houston Texans games live online or on TV without an expensive Cable TV package. Usually these games are on CBS, but that may change depending on schedule, type of game or national interest.

Use a TV antenna to watch the games on your TV

If the game is on either CBS, NBC, FOX or ABC, you can likely watch it live free if you have an inexpensive device called a digital TV antenna. A TV antenna allows you to watch your local broadcast channels for free once you've bought the antenna. This however requires your home to be within range of the local station that is carrying the game.

Use official NFL apps to stream games online

While using an over-the-air TV antenna is still the best way to freely watch most NFL games, if the Houston Texans game is on ESPN, NFL Network or is blacked out for attendance reasons, you can still watch it, albeit with a little bit of work involved.

If you are looking to stream NFL games online using one of their official apps, you have a few options:

NFL Gamepass - NFL Gamepass allows you to stream any NFL game after the live game has ended. This will be your cheapest and easiest option, but obviously you won't be able to watch the games live. There is a free trial available.

NFL Sunday Ticket - NFL Sunday Ticket will allow you to live stream NFL games from any device, but the catch is that you can only watch out-of-market games. This means if you live in the market you are trying to watch the game for, you'll need to mask your location with a VPN (see below).

Removing Local Blackout Restrictions

If the NFL attempts to blackout live streaming of Houston Texans games due to you being within the their home viewing area, use a VPN to get around it, reported No Cable.

By using a VPN, or virtual private network, your home's exact location is masked. Teams then cannot determine if you are within their blackout "range", thus allowing you to watch whatever sports team you want.

Our favorite VPN service — and one of the most respected — is NordVPN. I recently switched to NordVPN, which is the most trusted VPN service anywhere. I can vouch that they work for this exact use-case because I've done it.

A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place (think Germany, Italy or Seattle), and that IP is either entered into your home internet router or via their downloaded "VPN app" on whatever device you plan on watching sports on (phone, TV, tablet, etc). This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on our TVs or computers.

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