NFL Nation: 2013 Week 5 HOU at SFO Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans

October, 6, 2013
10/06/13
11:39
PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO -- A few thoughts from the Houston Texans' 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

What it means: OK, now it's time for the Texans to panic. It is possible to win with a quarterback who isn't great, but it isn't possible when he struggles as much as Matt Schaub did on Sunday in San Francisco. The mental state of a quarterback who was given an extension worth $69.7 million before the start of the 2012 season has to be a major concern for Houston going forward.

Stock watch: Schaub's stock bottomed out on Sunday. He threw a pick-six on his first throw of the game and became the first player since the 1970 merger to throw interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in four consecutive games. There was the occasional sharp throw sprinkled into a game in which just about nothing went right for the Texans and especially Schaub. Briefly, he looked broken. It was the right move to give Schaub a chance to redeem himself after last weekend's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. But given that chance, Schaub struggled so heartily that by the time he was benched in favor of T.J. Yates, he had 19 completions for 173 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. 49ers safety Eric Reid should have caught a fourth interception, but he dropped it.

What happened to the defense?: Can't pin this loss on the defense even a little bit. They were put into bad positions by their offense frequently. They needed to be perfect if the Texans were to have a chance with their offense struggling, and they weren't. As Yates warmed up on the sideline, the Texans' gave up a 64-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Vernon Davis, but the 49ers quarterback didn't otherwise have many passing yards.

What's next: The Texans get a reprieve after facing the Ravens, Seahawks and 49ers in consecutive weeks. But they have a lot of questions to answer before playing the St. Louis Rams next weekend.

Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers

October, 6, 2013
10/06/13
11:23
PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO -- A few thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 34-3 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday night:

What it means: The 49ers are making folks forget about their follies of losses to Seattle and to Indianapolis in Weeks 2 and 3. They were outscored 56-10 in those games. Since then, the 49ers have outscored the Rams and the Texans 69-14 and at 3-2 looking like a serious playoff threat. Sunday was a great all-around day for the 49ers. Not only did they dominate a strong AFC team, but Seattle lost to Indianapolis to fall to 4-1. So, the NFC West race just got tighter.

Stock Watch: Tramaine Brock has found himself a gig as the 49ers’ No. 3 cornerback. He played well last week against the Rams with Nnamdi Asomugha out with a knee injury. Sunday night, he had two interceptions, including one he returned 18 yards for a score on the first drive of the game. There is no way Asomugha is going to regain his job anytime soon. Brock is a keeper.

Another hit on defense: Standout defensive lineman Ray McDonald left with a biceps injury. If McDonald has to miss extended time, the 49ers will miss him dearly. They are already without starting nose tackle Ian Williams. Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial will be off the PUP soon. The 49ers have talked to free agent Richard Seymour and they could revisit talks if McDonald’s injury is serious. But Seymour wants a lot of money.

What’s next: The 49ers are navigating to the easier part of the schedule. They host Arizona on Sunday, then are at Tennessee and then play winless Jacksonville in London before the bye. Going from 1-2 to 6-2 at the halfway point is very feasible.

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