|2018 Houston Texans season|
|Head coach||Bill O'Brien|
|General manager||Brian Gaine|
|Owner||Bob McNair until his death on November 23, 2018|
Janice and D. Cal McNair from November 24, 2018
|Home field||NRG Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC South|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs|
(vs. Colts) 7-21
The 2018 season was the Houston Texans' 17th season in the National Football League and their fifth under head coach Bill O'Brien. This marks the first season since 2005 that Rick Smith will not be the general manager as he took a leave of absence for family reasons. Despite an 0-3 start, their first in 10 years, the Texans surpassed their win total from the previous season with a Week 8 win over the Miami Dolphins. They had a franchise record 9 consecutive wins that also broke the NFL record for most consecutive wins after starting 0-3. The streak ended with a Week 14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. With a Week 15 win over the New York Jets, the Texans clinched their first 10-win season under head coach Bill O'Brien, their first 10-win season since 2012 and their 3rd 10-win season in franchise history.
With a Week 17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Texans clinched the AFC South division, winning their fifth division title.
|2018 Houston Texans draft|
|3||80||Martinas Rankin||OT||Mississippi State||from Seattle|
|3||98||Jordan Akins||TE||UCF||Compensatory pick|
|4||103||Keke Coutee||WR||Texas Tech|
|6||177||Duke Ejiofor||DE||Wake Forest|
|6||211||Jordan Thomas||TE||Mississippi State||Compensatory pick|
|6||214||Peter Kalambayi||LB||Stanford||Compensatory pick|
|7||222||Jermaine Kelly||CB||San Jose State|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|84||J. J. Watt||DE||49|
|1||August 9||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 17-10||1-0||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 18||San Francisco 49ers||W 16-13||2-0||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 25||at Los Angeles Rams||L 20-21||2-1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|4||August 30||Dallas Cowboys||W 14-6||3-1||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 9||at New England Patriots||L 20-27||0-1||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 16||at Tennessee Titans||L 17-20||0-2||Nissan Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 23||New York Giants||L 22-27||0-3||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 30||at Indianapolis Colts||W 37-34 (OT)||1-3||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 7||Dallas Cowboys||W 19-16 (OT)||2-3||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 14||Buffalo Bills||W 20-13||3-3||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 21||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 20-7||4-3||TIAA Bank Field||Recap|
|8||October 25||Miami Dolphins||W 42-23||5-3||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 4||at Denver Broncos||W 19-17||6-3||Broncos Stadium at Mile High||Recap|
|11||November 18||at Washington Redskins||W 23-21||7-3||FedEx Field||Recap|
|12||November 26||Tennessee Titans||W 34-17||8-3||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 2||Cleveland Browns||W 29-13||9-3||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 9||Indianapolis Colts||L 21-24||9-4||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|15||at New York Jets||W 29-22||10-4||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 23||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 30-32||10-5||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|17||December 30||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 20-3||11-5||NRG Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
With the loss, the Texans fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2008, But would turn their season around with nine wins in a row.
Battle Red Day
In a low-scoring defensive battle, the Texans claimed the victory in final minutes when cornerback Johnathan Joseph intercepted a pass from Bills backup quarterback Nathan Peterman and returned it for the game-winning touchdown.
Lamar Miller had his first 100-yard rushing game since December 11, 2016 and also had his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 5-yard run during the third quarter. Safety Tyrann Mathieu sacked Jacksonville quarterback Cody Kessler in the fourth quarter for his first sack as a Texan and also had an interception. With the win, Houston improved to 4-3, took sole possession of 1st place in the AFC South, and had their first four-game winning streak since the 2015 season.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson threw five touchdowns (tying a career high) while only having four incompletions with no interceptions.Lamar Miller had another 100-yard rushing game for the second week in a row, running for 133 yards with a touchdown. With the win, the Texans improved to 5-3 and surpassed their win total from the previous season. Receiver Will Fuller tore his right ACL during the game and is expected to be out for 6 to 9 months.
With the close win, the Texans improved to 6-3. They are the first team since the 1970 Giants to win 6 in a row after starting 0-3.
With another close win, the Texans improved to 7-3, their best start since 2012. They also tied their longest win streak in franchise history at 7 straight, which they previously accomplished in 2011. This is the second straight game that the Texans have won thanks to a missed last second field goal.
The Texans successfully avenged their Week 2 loss to their division rival Titans. With their 8th straight win, they improved to 8-3 and eclipsed their previous franchise record for most consecutive wins. Coupled with a Steelers loss the day before, the Texans' victory allowed them to leapfrog the Steelers for the No. 3 seed in the AFC.
The Houston Texans were going for their ninth win in a row against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns who the week before defeated the Bengals. The Texans were able to outplay the Browns en route to their ninth straight win and forced the Browns to turn the ball over four times including three interceptions by Baker Mayfield.
With the loss, the Texans 9-game winning streak was snapped. They also squandered an opportunity to move ahead of the Patriots for the No. 2 seed as the Patriots suffered a loss of their own to the Miami Dolphins.
With the win, the Texans improved to 10-4 and reached 10 wins for the first time since 2012, and for the first time in the Bill O'Brien era. With the Patriots loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers the next day, the Texans obtained sole possession of the No. 2 seed and now control their destiny for a first-round bye if they win their last 2 games.
The Texans traveled to Philadelphia seeking to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time in franchise history. Houston rallied from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to take a one-point lead on a 35-yard touchdown reception by Vyncint Smith with 2:04 remaining in the game. However, the defense could not stop Philadelphia on the ensuing drive, and the Eagles prevailed 32-30 on a 35-yard field goal by Jake Elliott as time expired. With the loss, the Texans fell to 10-5 on the season and 0-5 all-time against the Eagles. Houston also failed to clinch the AFC South due to victories by the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts and slipped back to No. 3 with the New England Patriots victory. However, the Texans would clinch a playoff berth when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the New Orleans Saints later that day.
|1[a]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||12||4||0||.750||5-1||10-2||.480||.401||W1|
|2[b]||New England Patriots||East||11||5||0||.688||5-1||8-4||.482||.494||W2|
|5[a]||Los Angeles Chargers||West||12||4||0||.750||4-2||9-3||.477||.422||W1|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|15[d]||New York Jets||East||4||12||0||.250||1-5||3-9||.506||.438||L3|
|Playoff round||Date||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|Wild Card||January 5, 2019||Indianapolis Colts (6)||L 7-21||0-1||NRG Stadium||Recap|
This was the first time in Houston Texans history where they played against a division opponent in the postseason. With the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys hosting the Seattle Seahawks Saturday evening, it was also the first time in league history that two NFL playoff games were played in Texas on the same day.