Feb 2, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Demeco Ryans speaks to the media during his introductory press conference at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans 2023 schedule released: Matchups with Steelers, Saints highlight nine-game home slate
The Houston Texans have changed quite a bit this offseason. Former Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans is returning to Houston as the team’s head coach, taking over for Lovie Smith and hoping to build a winner. The Texans made a statement during the 2023 NFL Draft, picking Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud second overall before trading up for the third overall pick and selecting Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. Houston has also signed established veteran players like tight end Dalton Schultz and guard Shaq Mason in an effort to build a solid foundation.
Ryans’ Texans will be young but talented, and will face a challenging schedule this fall. Houston will take on quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson (Ravens), Aaron Rodgers (Jets), and Joe Burrow (Bengals) on the road, while hosting the Steelers, Saints, and others.
at Baltimore Ravens, Sept. 10: DeMeco Ryans’ Texans face a stiff challenge in Week 1 as they take on Lamar Jackson’s Ravens in Baltimore.
vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sept. 17: New head coach Shane Steichen’s Indianapolis Colts, who drafted quarterback Anthony Richardson two spots behind C.J. Stroud, will make their yearly visit to Houston in Week 2.
at Jacksonville Jaguars, Sept. 24: The Houston Texans will make their yearly trip to Jacksonville in Week 3 to take on last season’s AFC South Champions.
vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Oct 1: Head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Kenny Pickett will visit NRG Stadium in Week 4.
at Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 8: Houston heads to Atlanta in Week 5 to take on former Texas running back Bijan Robinson and the Falcons.
vs. New Orleans Saints, Oct 15: Gulf Coast teams meet in H-Town as Derek Carr leads the new-look Saints into a battle with the Texans.
at Carolina Panthers, Oct. 29: A potential matchup of top picks Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud looms as the Texans take on the Panthers in Charlotte in Week 8.
vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Nov. 5: Tom Brady has retired, but a still-talented Buccaneers team will travel across the Gulf of Mexico to take on the Texans in Week 9.
at Cincinnati Bengals, Nov. 12: The Texans travel to Cincinnati in Week 10 for a big-time game with quarterback Joe Burrow and the Bengals.
vs. Arizona Cardinals, Nov. 19: New head coach Jonathan Gannon leads the Arizona Cardinals into an inter-conference matchup with the Texans in Week 11 at NRG Stadium.
vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Nov. 26: Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars will visit NRG Stadium in Week 12 for the second of two AFC South matchups.
vs. Denver Broncos, Dec. 3: Quarterback Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos, now led by head coach Sean Payton, visit Houston in Week 13.
at New York Jets, Dec. 10: A trip to Metlife Stadium awaits the Texans in Week 14, when they’ll take on Aaron Rodgers and the retooled Jets.
at Tennessee Titans, Dec. 17: The Texans travel to Nashville in Week 15 for the first of two matchups with the Tennessee Titans.
vs. Cleveland Browns, Dec. 24: For the second straight season, former Texans QB Deshaun Watson and the Browns will visit NRG Stadium.
vs. Tennessee Titans, Dec. 31: Houston will host AFC South rival Tennessee in Week 17, its second of two matchups with the former Oilers.
at Indianapolis Colts, Date TBD: The Houston Texans will travel to Indianapolis for the second of their two matchups with the Colts in Week 18 to finish the regular season.