Yeah, another schedule thread. So we are coming off of back to back 8-8 seasons for Kubiak and our beloved team. In these 2 seasons the Texans have been very solid at home... going 13-3. Ok ok... 12-4.... I just wanted to give a shout out to Rosencopter one last time. Still great... but obviously the flip side to that is our record is 4-12 on the road over the same span. Just when we thought they maybe turned a corner after the GB game... then came the egg at Oakland. Oh btw... I hadn't realized that we have only won more than 2 road games in a season ONCE in our entire history... and that was back in 04. Crazy huh? So... this is a key area that we absolutely HAVE improve on this year in order to be the team that we all think they can and should be in 09. Lets take a look at the past road games in 07 and in 08, and then 09 and its SOS on paper to compare: 07 Road Games (07 winning %): Carolina (.438) W Atlanta (.250) L San Diego (.688) L Oakland (.250) W Cleveland .625) L (0-3 in Division) 08 Road Games(08 winning %): Pittsburgh (.750) L Minnesota (.625) L Cleveland (.250) W Green Bay (.375) W Oakland (.313) L (0-3 in Division) 09 Road Games(08 winning %): Arizona (.563) Cincinnati (.281) Buffalo (.438) St. Louis (.125) Miami (.688) (0-0 in Division) I don't weigh 07 too much when trying to compare to our 09 schedule simply by the 08 team being the closest model we have to our upcoming team. Lets compare 08 and 09. First... Pitt, Minn, and GB have to be 3 of the toughest places to play in the NFL imo. When looking at the hierarchy of win %, there is no way I trade AZ and MIA with the Pitt and Minn games from last year. No way I trade GB over Buffalo... mainly due to getting Buffalo on Nov.1 vs. in GB a month later in frigid December. Then you have the bottom feeders Cincy and St. Louis and weather not being a worry for either. Our road games actually worked out kind of perfectly weather wise. Not to mention we get a friendly opening quarter at home before we hit a big stretch of road games. Last years 3 of 4 on the road was BRUTAL. Looking back at the list, we have won 2 games each vs road opponents both times vs. marginal opponents and none with in the division. Looking forward, as most will, I have St. Louis and Cincy penciled in as wins and if we can pull out a Jax win on the road... that would immediately give us the best road record we have had in a long time. If we hold at home like we have been and should, take advantage of the schedule breakdown, and pick maybe a game or two up on the road on top of that.... we my friends, could be in business. Its like I am starting to see 4-4 on the road at least. The will have to prove it of course... but I love this set up this year. Anyone see it breaking down differently? Other road games we should win? Why have we struggled so much on the road in the past? What will be the difference this year? Is it the schedule breakdown thats most important as we become a better more well rounded team?