Winning the AFC South for the first time, making the playoffs, beating Cincinnati and losing an agonizingly close game to the Baltimore Ravens with our rookie third string quarterback does wonders for your NFL TV credibility.
Turns out five Texans games will be nationally televised, and for the first time in franchise history the Texans will play on Thanksgiving Day against the Detroit Lions.
Here's the 2012 Texans schedule
|Sun, Sept. 9||vs. Miami Dolphins||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Sun, Sept. 16||at Jacksonville Jaguars||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Sun, Sept. 23||at Denver Broncos||CBS||4:15 p.m.|
|Sun, Sept. 30||vs. Tennessee Titans||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Mon, Oct. 8||at New York Jets||ESPN||8:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct. 14||vs. Green Bay Packers||NBC||8:20 p.m.|
|Sun, Oct. 21||vs. Baltimore Ravens||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Sun, Nov. 4||vs. Buffalo Bills||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Sun, Nov. 11||at Chicago Bears||NBC||8:20 p.m.|
|Sun, Nov. 18||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Thu, Nov. 22||at Detroit Lions||CBS||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Dec. 2||at Tennessee Titans||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Mon, Dec. 10||at New England Patriots||ESPN||8:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Dec. 16||vs. Indianapolis Colts||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Sun, Dec. 23||vs. Minnesota Vikings||FOX||1 p.m.|
|Sun, Dec. 30||at Indianapolis Colts||CBS||1 p.m.|
It is not going to be easy Since we won the AFC South last year we get a schedule heavy with first place and playoff teams. In addition to that, the interconference division rotation this season has the AFC South matched up against the tough NFC North, which is why we got the Thanksgiving game with the Lions.
They also have a December game with the AFC champion New England Patriots, a rematch with the Baltimore Ravens in Reliant Stadium, and face our old nemesis Peyton Manning when they travel to Denver in Week 3 of the season.
And yeah, our annual AFC South division hatefests with the Tennessee
If you're wondering if Michael Watts and I will be having our NFL prognostication battle in 2012, we sure are.
Last season I erased a 4 game deficit in the final two weeks of the season to tie him for regular season pigskin prognostication bragging rights, and my goal is to wear the crown in 2012.
If any other bloggers want to join us, let either one of us know by August and we'll lay out the prognostication ground rules for you.
But I'm really looking forward to the kickoff of the 2012 NFL season because my NFL squad is considered a favorite to win it all, and the Super Bowl will be played in New Orleans
How cool would that be for us long suffering Texans fans if it happened?