Houston Texans – History, Background, Opponents and Schedule

By RayPublished on: March 5, 2024 Updated on: March 5, 2024
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The Houston Texans are a professional American football team, based in Houston, Texas. The Texans played in the National Football League (NFL) as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division member. The team is one of the youngest franchises in the NFL, established in 1999.

Their Establishment Story

After Houston lost its NFL team, the Oilers, to Nashville in 1997, local businessman Bob McNair didn’t give up on bringing major league sports back to the city. Initially, McNair tried to get a National Hockey League team for Houston, but that didn’t work out.

Around the same time, the NFL was looking to expand and add one more team to make the total count 32, so there would be even teams in both conferences.

McNair saw this as a perfect opportunity to bring NFL football back to Houston. He teamed up with Steve Patterson and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to propose a new, domed stadium as part of their bid to get a new team.

Their efforts paid off when, on October 6, 1999, the NFL awarded the 32nd franchise to Houston for a whopping $700 million. The Texans started playing in the 2002 NFL season.

Their Journey In The NFL

Since joining the league, the Texans have experienced a mix of successes and challenges. Their early years were marked by the typical growing pains of an expansion team, struggling to find their footing in the competitive landscape of the NFL.

However, under the leadership of notable players and coaches, the Texans began to show promise. They clinched their first division title in 2011, marking a turning point for the franchise.

This success was followed by several playoff appearances, with the team winning multiple AFC South division championships. Despite these achievements, the Texans have faced criticism for their inability to advance deep into the playoffs and secure a Super Bowl appearance.

Active Roster

Player # Position Height College
Adrian Amos
0 S 6-0 Penn State

Will Anderson Jr.

51 DE 6-4 Alabama
95 DE 6-3 Tennessee

Andrew Beck

47 FB 6-3 Texas

Kris Boyd

17 CB 5-11 Texas

Nick Broeker

64 G 6-4 Ole Miss

Blake Cashman

53 LB 6-1 Minnesota

Maliek Collins

96 DT 6-2 Nebraska

Nico Collins

12 WR 6-4 Michigan

Khalil Davis

94 DT 6-1 Nebraska

Michael Deiter

63 C/G 6-6 Wisconsin

Dieter Eiselen

60 G 6-4 Yale

Ka’imi Fairbairn

15 K 6-0 UCLA

George Fant

77 T 6-5 Western Kentucky

Jonathan Greenard

52 DE 6-3 Florida

Jake Hansen

35 LB 6-1 Illinois

Christian Harris

48 LB 6-1 Alabama

Marcus Haynes

52 DE 6-4 Old Dominion

Charlie Heck

67 T 6-8 North Carolina

Neville Hewitt

43 LB 6-2 Marshall

Kurt Hinish

93 DT 6-2 Notre Dame

Ka’dar Hollman

20 CB 6-0 Toledo

DeAndre Houston-Carson

30 S 6-1 William & Mary

Jerry Hughes

55 DE 6-2 TCU

Xavier Hutchinson

19 WR 6-3 Iowa State

Kareem Jackson

22 S 5-10 Alabama

Cameron Johnston

11 P 5-11 Ohio State

Josh Jones

74 T 6-5 Houston

Brevin Jordan

9 TE 6-3 Miami (Fla.)

Case Keenum

18 QB 6-1 Houston

Desmond King II

25 CB 5-10 Iowa

Shaq Mason

69 G 6-1 Georgia Tech

John Metchie III

8 WR 5-11 Alabama

Davis Mills

10 QB 6-4 Stanford

Steven Nelson

21 CB 5-11 Oregon State

Dare Ogunbowale

33 RB 5-11 Wisconsin

Denzel Perryman

6 LB 5-11 Miami

Dameon Pierce

31 RB 5-10 Florida

Jalen Pitre

5 S 5-11 Baylor

Sheldon Rankins

98 DT 6-2 Louisville

D’Angelo Ross

37 CB 5-9 New Mexico

Myjai Sanders

41 DE 6-5 Cincinnati

Eric Saubert

81 TE 6-5 Drake

Dalton Schultz

86 TE 6-5 Stanford

Juice Scruggs

70 C/G 6-3 Penn State

Steven Sims

82 WR 5-10 Kansas

Devin Singletary

26 RB 5-7 Florida Atlantic

Derek Stingley Jr.

24 CB 6-0 LSU

C.J. Stroud

7 QB 6-3 Ohio State

Teair Tart

97 DT 6-2 Florida International

Henry To’oTo’o

39 LB 6-2 Alabama

Laremy Tunsil

78 T 6-5 Mississippi

Jon Weeks

46 LS 5-10 Baylor

Robert Woods

2 WR 6-0 USC

Houston Texans Opponents for the 2024 Regular NFL Season

The Houston Texans will play eight games at home and nine on the road during the 2024 regular season. Their opponents for the season are:


Divisional Opponents

  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Tennessee Titans

AFC Opponents

NFC Opponents

  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions


Divisional Opponents

  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Tennessee Titans

AFC Opponents

NFC Opponents

About Author: Ray

As a passionate writer and dedicated NFL enthusiast, Ray brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the world of football. With a focus on NFL players and WAGs, Ray dives deep into the stories, lives, and careers of these incredible athletes. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for storytelling, Ray captures the essence of the NFL world, exploring the lives of players, and their family members.