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Texans 2020 Schedule Released, To Open in K.C. Vs Chiefs

The Texans last season were blown out of the playoffs after building a huge lead against the Chiefs. They won’t need long to try and get revenge in 2020.

The Chiefs will host Houston in the Thursday night NFL opener on September 14th. The Texans home opener will be on the 20th when they host Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.

Here’s the complete Texans slate from Twitter:

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Texans Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Houston Texans schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Texans will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Texans will play:

Home: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Patriots
Away: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Chiefs

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Texans in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One at Jacksonville
Monday 9/21 Week Two vs Minnesota (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 9/27 Week Three vs Indianapolis
Sunday 10/4 Week Four vs Green Bay
Sunday 10/11 Week Five at Cleveland (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 10/18 Week Six at Chicago
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven vs Baltimore
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight BYE WEEK
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine vs New England
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten vs Tennessee (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven at Pittsburgh
Sunday 11/29 Week Twelve at Indianapolis
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen vs Cincinnati
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen at Kansas City (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen at Detroit
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen vs Jacksonville
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen at Tennessee

Based on How It Stands Right Now, the Texans are Favored in Six Games in 2020

The 2019 Texans season ended with a thud, as the team had a huge lead in the divisional round against the Chiefs, only to collapse and lose to end the season.

Looking ahead to 2020, the NFL schedule won’t be out till May, but we know the teams that the Texans will play and where it will be.

With that, website BetOnline (www.BetOnline.ag, Twitter: @betonline_ag) has put out odds for all 32 teams in the league.

Here’s the rundown on what the site expects for Houston in 2020.

Houston Texans +3½ @ Chicago Bears
Houston Texans +3½ @ Cleveland Browns
Houston Texans +1 @ Detroit Lions
Houston Texans +4½ @ Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans -3 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston Texans +10½ @ Kansas City Chiefs
Houston Texans +5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston Texans +4½ @ Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans +5
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans -6½
Green Bay Packers @ Houston Texans pk
Minnesota Vikings @ Houston Texans pk
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans -1
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans -8½
New England Patriots @ Houston Texans -1½
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans -1

Texans to Exercise Fifth-Year Option on QB Deshaun Watson

The Texans are expected to exercise their fifth-year 2021 club option for quarterback Deshaun Watson, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It’s essentially a procedural formality because team intends to negotiate a huge deal with the two-time Pro Bowl selection. Watson’s fifth-year option is projected to cost $17.3 million.

Negotiations haven’t launched yet, per sources, but are expected to eventually heat up.

The Texans have had preliminary conversations about eventually negotiating a blockbuster contract with Watson’s agent, David Mulugheta. Everything has been positive so far, but it’s extremely early in the process and there’s no rush to get something done. The timing and amount of pending contract negotiations with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott will have some effect on Watson’s eventual contract.

Watson is entering the final year of a four-year, fully guaranteed $13.854 million contract that included a $8.215 million signing bonus. He’s due a $1.177 million base salary this year and a $1.177 million roster bonus.

Texans Make Deal for Cardinals Running Back David Johnson; Send WR Hopkins to Arizona

The Texans have been looking for a breakout player to help their run game in 2020, and are hopeful that a mega deal done with the Cardinals has done just that.

Houston and Arizona pulled off a big deal, as the Texans send wide out DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson.

The 28-year-old from Memphis, TV was dealt to the Texans on Monday according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Cardinals in return for Johnson not only get stud wide out Hopkins, but also a fourth-round pick for Johnson and a second-round pick in 2020 and a fourth-round pick in 2021.

The Texans will take all of Johnson’s salary which includes a $14.156 million cap hit in 2020 and a $14 million cap hit in 2021.

Johnson’s breakout season came in 2016 when he rushed for 1239 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry average.

The running back was a third-round selection (86th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northern Iowa.

In five seasons Johnson has put up some gaudy numbers for the Cards, playing in 62 games rushing for 3,128 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Johnson also can make plays in the passing game, as he caught 208 passes for 2,219 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The former Northern Iowa back is heading into the second year of the three-year, $39 million extension he signed with the Cardinals.

Hopkins brings a huge passing game threat to the Cardinals, as in his career, all with Houston, he has caught 1,048 passes for 8,602 yards and 54 total touchdowns.

What’s the Status of the Texans Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In?

NFL.com has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

The Texans could use another weapon at the wide out spot, but if they will go get one is another story.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Texans receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: DeAndre Hopkins (104-1,165-7), Will Fuller (49-670-3), Kenny Stills (40-561-4).

Last season, on third down, Texans wide receivers — thanks most notably to the connection between QB Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins — earned a 65.5 percent catch rate, the highest in the NFL. The oft-injured Fuller is headed into the final year of his rookie deal. When healthy, he unlocks Houston’s deep passing game, but the combination of Fuller’s availability questions and an especially strong receiver market will come into play as the team decides what to do with him going forward.

Who Would the Texans Use the Franchise Tag on If Needed in 2020?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Texans, who they say may have a couple options at the franchise tag if they use it.

Now officially the general manager, Bill O’Brien made several short-sighted deals last year. RBs Lamar Miller and Carlos Hyde aren’t worthy of tags, so better for O’Brien to focus on extending LT Laremy Tunsil rather than having to franchise him in 2021.

Texans Release Former First-Round Pick CB Vernon Hargreaves

The Texans parted ways with a former first-round pick on Friday, that being cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

Hargreaves played in six games last season for the Texans after starting the year with the Buccaneers.