Texans' play-action improved with Keenum

October, 31, 2013
HOUSTON -- One of the more alarming statistics about the Houston Texans offense this season had to do with play-action passing.

While the Texans' play-action passing had been a strength, quarterback Matt Schaub struggled with it this season. In the Texans' first six games, Schaub's average pass distance on play-action passing was 4 yards, the lowest in the NFL.

He didn't throw any passes longer than 30 yards and his average yards per attempt was 5.5. Schaub's passer rating on play-action passes was 95.3 while his QBR was 27.6.

What happened when Case Keenum took the helm against the Kansas City Chiefs?

Improvement, even with the tepid state of the Texans' running back corps.

Keenum's average pass distance was 10.3 yards. He averaged 19 yards per play-action attempt. He threw two passes longer than 30 yards in one game. Keenum's passer rating on play-action was 109.7 against the Chiefs and his QBR was 98.8.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter



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