Jags-Texans home games should be flipped

AP

The Texans are scheduled to open the regular season at home against Jacksonville in 13 days. However and whenever the facts play out, chances are that won’t happen.

An easy solution for the league would be to flip the home games in the annual two-game Jaguars-Texans series. The Texans would play at Jacksonville to start the season, and the Jaguars would come to Houston on December 17. Yes, that would result in three straight home games in December for the Texans and three straight road games to start the season. It also would give Jacksonville a pair of home games (followed immediately by a “home” game in London) to start the season and three straight road games to end it.

Still, it’s the quickest, easiest, and most sensible fix. Even if Reliant Stadium would be able to host the game, who would attend? With Houston and the surrounding area suffering through an unprecedented weather disaster, there’s no way Houstonians and those from neighboring communities will be willing or able to attend a football game in 13 days.

Flipping the games would buy more than a month of time, with the next game due to be played in Houston on October 1. While a month may not matter given the magnitude of the situation, it would allow the league, the Texans, and local governmental officials to make good decisions about the eight games scheduled to be played there.

19 responses to “Jags-Texans home games should be flipped

  1. Never been a fan of JJ Watt but he said it right earlier, there are things more important than football. If they don’t play a home game there until mid-October then so be it, get the city operational again before pulling resources for a game.

  2. They will have to tarp up 90% of the stadium if they expect fairweather jags fans to purchase tickets to a game in 2 weeks that wasn’t scheduled in advance

  3. Or just play the game in New Orleans on Sunday, or in Dallas on Monday. No need to punish the Jaguars for what’s going on in the Texan’s home city.

  4. There are far more important things to consider right now in Houston than a game two weeks out. Furthermore, it’s not your team nor your town. And if Houston decides they can on Sept. 10 in Houston, then that’s their right and they should play. When I flooded last year, it was a relief to go to a game and get away from the mess for three hours.

    So tired of people in other parts of the country telling other people in other parts of the country how to live. Worry about yourself.

  5. Too many people have plans one way or another for the December game in Jax so it should stay. Moving the Sept 10 to San Antonio makes more sense- then dedicate game receipts above a certain level to hurricane relief efforts/Red Cross.

  6. Why does flipping the games make the most sense? To who?

    The NFL scheduling committee tries to prevent these type of scenarios (opening or closing a season with three straight road games) so if competitive balance is to be maintained, Houston needs to consider moving the game to San Antonio, Dallas or NO.

  7. “Or just play the game in New Orleans on Sunday, or in Dallas on Monday. No need to punish the Jaguars for what’s going on in the Texan’s home city”

    So instead punish Houston?

  8. Bob says:
    August 29, 2017 at 7:29 am

    So tired of people in other parts of the country telling other people in other parts of the country how to live. Worry about yourself.
    /////////////
    You heard him everybody. Nobody send money. Nobody go help them. Just like their politicians did for New York, vote no and say no when it comes to helping these flood victims.

  9. Houston had dedicated their season to the victims. So, it’s obvious they’ll win no matter what. But seriously, they never should have said such a thing. It’s just silly to talk about their football season during times like these.

  10. “Besides, who would attend?” “There’s no way **we** would be ABLE to attend….”

    No way? We will be “able” a lot faster than you think.

    Sorry for posting so late. Been a bit busy helping people get to NRG. You might have seen them on NBC news? We expect it to be much easier to get to NRG Stadium on opening weekend. We’ll be there.

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