Wednesday, October 16, 2013
QB Watch: Houston Texans
By Tania Ganguli
A weekly analysis of the Texans' quarterback play:
Rewind: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub improved on a rocky performance in San Francisco with a more stable outing against the St. Louis Rams. Schaub completed 15 of 21 passes for 186 yards. He didn't throw any touchdowns or interceptions. Then he suffered an injury to his right ankle and foot that knocked him out of the game. Schaub paced the sideline, ready to return, but down 25, the Texans stayed with T.J. Yates to finish the game. Yates completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 98 yards and threw two interceptions. One of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown.
Fast-forward: Who will start this week? According to coach Gary Kubiak, there are three options. Schaub might start if he's healthy, but Kubiak wouldn't firmly say that Monday. He said Schaub's situation would be determined at the end of the week. He said Yates and third-string quarterback Case Keenum would be prepared to play. Keenum is popular locally, having set records as the University of Houston's quarterback two years ago. He spent last season on the practice squad and has been on the 53-man roster but inactive for all of the 2013 season.
Staying upright: The Kansas City Chiefs sacked Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor 10 times Sunday. That's correct. Ten. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Chiefs led the league in percentage of dropbacks disrupted in Weeks 3, 4 and 6. Whoever the Texans start won't have it easy this weekend.
Prediction: This Chiefs defense is the main reason for the team's turnaround after a season in which they earned the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Whoever starts for the Texans will struggle.