Texans release 2016 preseason schedule

The Houston Texans announced the opponents for their 2016 preseason schedule today, which features a nationally-televised game against the Arizona Cardinals on August 28 (Preseason Week 3) at 3 p.m. CDT. The exact dates and times for the games will be released at a later date.

Houston will open and close the preseason on the road against the San Francisco 49ers (Preseason Week 1) and Dallas Cowboys (Preseason Week 4). The team will play its two home games in Preseason Weeks 2 and 3 against the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. It will mark the 10th time in the franchise's 15 years of play the Texans have had a nationally-televised preseason game.

The Texans will play the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason for the third straight year. It also marks the fourth time the two teams have met in the preseason in the last five years. Houston holds a 3-1 advantage in the series having won last year's matchup, 23-10, at NRG Stadium.

Houston will return home in Week 2 to face New Orleans for the eighth time in nine years and ninth time overall in the preseason. The all-time preseason series between the two teams is tied at 4-4, with Houston winning the last meeting, 27-13, in a nationally-televised game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2015.

Houston will welcome the Arizona Cardinals to NRG Stadium for the first time ever in the preseason. The Texans hold a 1-2 all-time record against the Cardinals in preseason play. The last matchup came in 2014 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, with Arizona winning 32-0.

The Texans close the preseason by taking on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium for the second straight year. The head-to-head preseason series is tied at 4-4, dating back to the first contest in 2003. The two squads last matched up in the preseason in 2015, with Dallas winning 21-14.



Opponent (Television Network)

Kickoff Time 

Week 1, Aug. 11-15

at San Francisco (KTRK-TV)


Week 2, Aug. 18-22



Sunday, Aug. 28


3 p.m. CDT

Week 4, Sept. 1-2

at Dallas (KTRK-TV)



- Televised Nationally

Home Games in BOLD


The Texans are at San Francisco, home against the Saints and Cardinals and on the road vs. the Cowboys in the 2016 preseason.


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