Texans announce preseason schedule

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The Houston Texans announced the opponents for their 2016 preseason schedule  which features a nationally-televised game against the Arizona Cardinals on August 28. The exact dates and times for the games will be released at a later date.

Houston will open the preseason on the road against the San Francisco 49ers before closing on the road in big D when they play the  Dallas Cowboys. The team will play its two home games in Preseason Weeks two and three 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 at NRG Stadium, 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.

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