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.

Texans schedule

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

Cowboys schedule

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

Contact Assistant News Editor Jim Levesque at 409-683-5235 or jim.levesque@galvnews.com.

(4) comments

Gary Miller

Is winning that important?
Pro sports on TV are an intertainment venue. If the game is interesting it is a success. A boring win reduces the value of comercials. Last years Texans provided interesting games. Expect them to do it again, win or lose.


I would not walk across the street to see a NFL SUPERBOWL Let alone a regular
season game. I have and still will pack a cooler and drive over 100 miles to see TC OR LM play .....and by myself at that!! I just want what is pure before it gets commercialized and corrupted by money and greed!!! NFL is a bunch of rich billionires forever arguing and fighting with a bunch of rich millionires!!!

George Croix

I quit watching the Superbore when it stooped to 'wardrobe malfunctions'...
Trash in...trash out...
Now, a good college game....yessir...at least, until this latest idiocy about 'unionizing' college athletes ruins that, too...


I forgot to say, I would not walk across the street to see an NFL game even if I had a free ticket!!![smile].
Nawwww! Give me the Cougars,...Stings, Mustangs, Indians, Gators, Bulldogs, Wildcats any day over the Oilers or the Cowboys! Old Jerry Jones is the most selfish guy I know! He knows zero about football,...yet he continues to hold the Cowboys back by trying to prove he can be a general manager.I know it is his team, but there is still no excuse for his selfishness. The Cowboys deserves better,the fans deserves better, and they had better before he ran Jimmy Johnson off!

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