- Tania Ganguli, ESPN Staff Writer
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A weekly examination of the Houston Texans' quarterback play.
Rewind: Eight days ago, before the Houston Texans broke for their bye week, head coach Gary Kubiak told quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Case Keenum that he had decided Keenum would start against the Indianapolis Colts. It gave the young player a week to prepare mentally and let his body recover from playing his first NFL game.
Fast-forward: The deep ball is one of Keenum's strengths, and something that returned to the Texans' offense with greater frequency when Keenum started against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Colts have given up 24 passes longer than 20 yards this season and only three longer than 40 yards.
Not set in stone:: Kubiak stopped short of saying Keenum would be the Texans' starter the rest of the season, so this is very much an audition for him. Keenum got his first start when Schaub was hampered enough by an ankle and foot sprain that he couldn't play. Kubiak indicated Schaub is now healthy enough that he could have played this week. He's going with Keenum because he felt good about Keenum's performance in his debut. A fresh face at quarterback can be a boon for a team and sometimes can be enough to turn around a season. Kubiak is probably counting on that.
Prediction: Keenum will be better able to identify defenses than he was in his debut. On the other hand, the Colts will have a better idea of what they'll face. I predict a similar output to his 271 yards and one touchdown pass. He'll play a relatively clean game again, not throwing any interceptions.