The Texans will play a franchise-record five games on national television in 2012, including on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in team history.
The NFL released team schedules Tuesday evening and the Texans will be prominently featured, with two Sunday night games, two Monday night games and a Thanksgiving match-up at the Detroit Lions.
For the fourth consecutive season the Texans will open the season at home-September 9 against the Dolphins. Even though he is no longer in the AFC Central, the Texans did not escape facing Peyton Manning since Houston travels to Denver September 23.
The prime-time games include the Jets in New York Monday, October 8; the Packers at Reliant Stadium Sunday, October 14; at the Bears Sunday November 11; the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit November 22 and a Monday night tilt against the Patriots December 10.
"That's a credit to the team, the players, and the job they did," said coach Gary Kubiak about all the prime time games in 2012. "We do get...