The Texans will also play four nationally televised games.
Bill O'Brien kicks off his fourth season as the Texans head coach with a season-opening matchup at home against the Jaguars on September 10. Overall, Houston's first-half opponents are projected to finish the season with an average record of 9-7. The Texans face Kansas City at home on Sunday night, October 8, and will play two Monday night games: one on the road against Baltimore Nov. 27 and on Christmas at home against the Steelers.
The Texans were 2-3 in prime-time games last season, including victories at home over Indianapolis and Cincinnati. The Texans opened that game as 3.5-point favorites but did not cover at NRG Stadium, winning 21-20 behind Tom Savage and a furious comeback. SEE MORE: Houston Texans release 2017 preseason scheduleAug. The team will head to Foxborough with a match up against Super Bowl 51 champs New England Patriots.
Houston will face all four NFC West teams for the fourth time in franchise history and first time since 2013.
Monday Nov. 27 at Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Oct. 29 at Seattle Seahawks, 3:05 p.m.
Houston has a slightly easier path to the playoffs during the second half of the season, but it has to play a road game against each divisional rival - the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts - plus host the Pittsburgh Steelers over the five final weeks of the season. The two teams will meet in Houston on November 5 in Week 9. Houston will make their annual trips to face division rivals Tennessee on December 3 in Week 13 and Jacksonville on December 17 in Week 15.