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2015 Schedule Release: Key early season matchups


Kansas City - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
TE Travis Kelce v. Texans LB & safeties - Kelce sat out 2013 after microfracture surgery on his knee, returned in 2014 and became the team's leading receiver. He registered 67 receptions for 862 yards and should be a matchup focus for the Texans linebackers and safeties.

Chiefs Offensive Player to Watch
RB Jamaal Charles - He's fast. He helped you win your Fantasy league. He remains one of the most dynamic players in the league. He's scary with the ball in his hands. That about does it.

Chiefs Defensive Player to Watch
OLB duo Justin Houston and Tamba Hali - it's difficult to find a better combination of edge players than these two. Hali's been around for a while but his presence still warrants attention and blockers. Furthermore, Houston has turned into one of the best pass rushers in this league and his 22 sacks in 2014 are indicative of that growth.

Chiefs Key Off-season Additions
WR Jeremy Maclin
G Ben Grubbs
S Tyvon Branch
G Paul Fanaika

Week 2 - September 20, 2015 (Sunday)
@ Carolina - Bank of America Stadium
Best matchup
MLB Luke Kuechly v. RB Arian Foster - These are two of the best in the league at each player's respective position. I'd imagine they'll spend much of the day tracking each other's movements all over the field.

Take a look at the places the Texans will visit during the 2015 season.

Panthers Offensive Player to Watch
WR Kelvin Benjamin - The Panthers struck gold selecting Benjamin late in the 2014 draft. He's got tight end size with wide receiver attributes and may draw extra attention from the Texans secondary in Charlotte.

Panthers Defensive Player to Watch
NT Star Lotulelei - Star's turning into a star in complete anonymity but the Texans will know all about him by game time. He can completely disrupt interior blocking schemes without registering a stat. As such, he's never been a stat sheet stuffer, but ask the giddy Panther linebackers what it's like to play behind him.

Panthers Key Off-season Additions
CB Charles Tillman
T Michael Oher
RB Jordan Todman

Week 3 - September 27, 2015 (Sunday)
Tampa Bay - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
Rookie QB v. Texans veteran cover corners Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson - I'm speculating that a rookie, namely Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, will be the Bucs' signal caller in 2015. That said, the rook will get a baptism by veteran corner three games into the 2015 season.

*Bucs Offensive Player to Watch

Take a look at the top players who will visit NRG Stadium and the Houston Texans in 2015.

WR Mike Evans - The advantage the Bucs have over nearly every other team the Texans face in 2015? Big, really BIG receivers - and Evans is the biggest. Vincent Jackson is no Smurf either, but Evans is the much younger model. The former A&M All-American snagged 68 passes for 1,051 yards and a dozen touchdowns in his rookie season.

Bucs Defensive Player to Watch
DT Gerald McCoy – DT Ndamukong Suh gets most of the notoriety from the 2010 draft class, but it's hard to argue that he's been more impactful than McCoy who was taken one spot behind him. McCoy, a 2x Pro Bowler, creates a ton of havoc in this defense and will be a stern test for the Texans G-C-G trio.

Bucs Key Off-season Additions
OLB Bruce Carter
DT Henry Melton
S Chris Conte
DE George Johnson

Week 4 - October 4, 2015 - (Sunday)
@ Atlanta - Georgia Dome
Best matchup
Atlanta's WR v. S D.J Swearinger - Did you SEE Hard Knocks last year? Yeah, there's some animosity between these Falcons WR and Swearinger. Not to mention, the Atlanta passing game has completely carried that offense for years so slowing it down is a must for a win.

Falcons Offensive Player to Watch
LT Jake Matthews - the former Texas A&M star was thrown into the fire early in pre-season after LT Sam Baker tore his ACL in a pre-season game v. the Texans. Matthews moved over to the left side and should play there for the next decade plus. He'll get to see his training camp nemesis JJ Watt plenty on the Texans trip to the ATL.

Falcons Defensive Player to Watch
DT Ra'Shede Hageman - Much was expected from the physically imposing 2014 second round pick, but it took the former Minnesota Gopher star a while to make an impact. But, in his second season, the expectation is that Hageman will be a force in the middle and prove his worth as an interior disruptor.

Falcons Key Off-season Additions
OLB Brooks Reed
OLB Justin Durant
DE Adrian Clayborn
WR Leonard Hankerson

Week 5 - October 8, 2015 (THURSDAY)
Indianapolis - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
CB Vontae Davis v. WR DeAndre 'Nuk' Hopkins - Davis will stay on his side of the field so when Hopkins lines up opposite him, it's the best CB-WR one-on-one in this division. Davis made his first Pro Bowl last season and Hopkins is looking to do the same in 2015. A great game against Davis will more than help that cause.

Colts Offensive Player to Watch
RB Frank Gore & Dan 'Boom' Herron - As a solo, lead running back, neither seems to fit the bill, but as complements to one another, this duo is a great fit for Pep Hamilton's offense. Long time 49er Gore has a ton of tread off the tire and Herron isn't quite a bell cow back, but they can help keep each other fresh throughout a long 16 game season.

Colts Defensive Player to Watch
DT/DE Arthur Jones - He wasn't healthy much of last season and it had an impact on the Colts run defense throughout 2014. Having him back in this defense will certainly bolster the interior of this defense in 2015.

Colts Key Off-season Additions
RB Frank Gore
OLB Trent Cole
G Todd Herremans
WR Andre Johnson
FS Dwight Lowery
LB Nate Irving

Week 6 - October 18, 2015 (Sunday)
@ Jacksonville - Everbank Field
Best matchup
DT Sen'Derrick Marks v. G Brandon Brooks - The last time these two teams tangled, at NRG Stadium, Marks, one of the most underrated DL in the NFL, unfortunately tore his ACL. These are two of the best young interior players on both sides of the ball and it's a shame that more people aren't quite aware of that fact just yet.

Jaguars Offensive Player to Watch
WR Allen Robinson - He didn't play in either game against the Texans last year, but had a strong rookie campaign in 2014 before he was knocked out for the season with an injury.

Jaguars' Defensive Player to Watch
LB Telvin Smith - Although he's nearly safety size, he's the soul of this defense and will continue to be on into the future.

Jaguars Key Off-season Additions
OT Jeremy Parnell
TE Julius Thomas
DE/DT Jared Odrick
OLB Dan Skuta
FS Sergio Brown
CB/Slot CB Davon House

**Week 7 - October 25, 2015 (Sunday)

* @ Miami - Sun Life Stadium
Best matchup*
WR Jarvis Landry v. CBs Kareem Jackson & Johnathan Joseph - Lots 'o speed on the field.

Dolphins Offensive Player to Watch
TE Jordan Cameron - After losing TE Charles Clay, QB Ryan Tannehill needed a complementary weapon in the intermediate passing game. Thankfully for the Dolphins, Jordan was willing to sign in Miami and be that guy for this offense.

Dolphins Defensive Player to Watch
DT Ndamukong Suh - After signing the richest defensive contract of all-time, Suh will be expected to change games immediately. One indirect aspect of his signing is the positive impact his arrival will have on 2014's big free agent signing DT Earl Mitchell.

Dolphins Key Off-season Additions
DT Ndamukong Suh
WR Kenny Stills
TE Cameron Jordan
CB/Slot CB Brice McCain

Week 8 - November 1, 2015 (Sunday)
Tennessee - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
G Chance Warmack v. DT/DE JJ Watt - There's little question that Warmack doesn't think that Watt was, or is, as good as he is. The former Alabama product is a nasty run blocker but hasn't gotten the best of Watt or the rest of the Texans DL yet. However, Warmack will always be up for the challenge and, lucky for him, this is the first of two matchups this season (the other in December in Nashville).

Titans Offensive Player to Watch
LT Taylor Lewan - The former Michigan product now has the left tackle spot all to himself. He plays angry and nasty and likes to chirp but he's got the physical skills to back it up. He's not a fan of the Texans pass rushers and it'll make for interesting theater for the next decade or so.

Titans Defensive Player to Watch
DT Jurell Casey - Longtime defensive guru Dick LeBeau is now pulling the strings on the 3-4 defense so how will it impact Casey, who was clearly the Titans best interior defender last season? If LeBeau finds a way to highlight Casey within this defense, it could truly create problems for offenses in the AFC South.

Titans Key Off-season Additions
OLB Brian Orakpo
CB Perrish Cox
S Da'Norris Searcy

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