HOUSTON — Coming off the most disappointing season in the franchise’s history, the Houston Texans will try to placate their rabid fans this year by improving on a 2-14 campaign and doing something they have only done once — beat the Dallas Cowboys.
The NFL released the 2014-15 schedule Wednesday night that renews the in-state rivalry between Houston and Dallas. The teams have played every four years, with the Cowboys holding a 2-1 edge after consecutive victories — 34-6 in 2006 and 27-13 in 2010.
The Texans’ only win in the series came in the franchise’s first NFL game, a 19-10 home victory over Dallas on Sept. 8, 2002.
How long ago was that? Well, Emmitt Smith was still the Cowboys’ No. 1 rusher, tight end Billy Miller was the Texans top receiving threat, and the starting quarterbacks were David Carr in Houston and Quincy Carter in Dallas.
The Cowboys and Texans will battle at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Oct. 5 in Week 5.
Houston kicks off the season Sept. 7 at home against the Washington Redskins and quarterback Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy while playing at Baylor University in Waco.
In Week 2, the Texas get to see a familiar face but this time on the other side of the line of scrimmage when they play in Oakland against the Raiders and their new quarterback Matt Schaub.
In March, the Texans traded Schaub, who started under center seven for seasons in Houston, to Oakland for a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft.
The Texans, who have a bye in Week 9, will play only two games outside the regular Sunday NFL schedule. Houston faces the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts in a Thursday night game Oct. 9 then squares off in a Monday night contest against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Oct. 20.
Sept. 7 Washington, noon
Sept. 14 at Oakland, 3:25 p.m.
Sept. 21 at N.Y. Giants, noon
Sept. 28 Buffalo, noon
Oct. 5 at Dallas, noon
Oct. 9 Indianapolis, 7:25 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 at Tennessee, noon
Nov. 2 Philadelphia, noon
Nov. 9 BYE
Nov. 16 at Cleveland, noon
Nov. 23 Cincinnati, noon
Nov. 30 Tennessee, noon
Dec. 7 at Jacksonville, noon
Dec. 14 at Indianapolis, noon
Dec. 21 Baltimore, noon
Dec. 28 Jacksonville, noon
Sept. 7 San Francisco, 3:25 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Tennessee, noon
Sept. 21 at St. Louis, noon
Sept. 28 New Orleans, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 Houston, noon
Oct. 12 at Seattle, 3:25 p.m.
Oct. 19 N.Y. Giants, 3:25 p.m.
Oct. 27 Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2 Arizona, noon
Nov. 9 at Jacksonville (London), noon
Nov. 16 BYE
Nov. 23 at N.Y. Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at Chicago, 7:25 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21 Indianapolis, 3:25 p.m.
Dec. 28 at Washington, noon