When Matt Schaub went down with an ugly looking injury, the Texans turned to T.J. Yates to finish off the the last 18 minutes of the game. With Case Keenum inactive, Yates was forced to finish the mess the Texans left for him and he didn’t perform well to say the least. With one more opponent until the bye, the Texans will have to decide which quarterback to start against an undefeated Chiefs team.
Matt Schaub actually improved his his 2.75 quarters at quarterback. Schaub was able to move the ball pretty well and did not throw a pick (or pick-6) before leaving the game. Schaub was 15/21 for 186 yards and was making throws down the field, unlike the previous several games. However, a Hopkins fumble and redzone failures kept the Texans without a TD. When Yates came in, he took over the “mandatory pick-6″ role and threw his own 98 yard TD to the Rams. Yates would end the game completing 12/17 passes for 98 yards and two interceptions.
Today, Kubiak did not give a definitive answer as to who will start against the Chiefs. Kubiak said Schaub was “very sore and beat up” and will decide on Schaub’s status towards the end of the week. Yates and Keenum will both be given the practice time and he will prepare both of them for the Chiefs. Yates was named the number two quarterback after the preseason after a long preseason battle with Keenum. Keenum was kept on the squad but he has been inactive for every game so far this season. “He’s come a long way. He’s got the arm to make all the throws. He moves pretty good as a player,” said Kubiak. Reports claim the Texans are high on Keenum but clearly weren’t high enough to keep him active as Schaub struggled.
It’s clear that Yates was the favorite before the Rams game, but after a poor performance Sunday, Kubiak may be willing to give Keenum a chance. As the week goes on we will know more but for now it seems like no quarterback is the favorite to start this coming Sunday against the Chiefs.