Fans weren’t sure which way the Texans would go but Gary Kubiak announced that Case Keenum will start against the Indianapolis Colts. Matt Schaub is reportedly healthy and Keenum will be starting over him due to his play against the Chiefs.
Keenum was impressive in his NFL debut against the league’s best defense, the Chiefs. Keenum went 15/25 with 270 passing yards and one TD against the Chiefs. Keenum looked good in the first half moving the team down the field with simple throws. Keenum nearly hit Garret Graham for another TD which would have given him two on the day. Coach Gary Kubiak decided Keenum earned his starting job and he will start this Sunday over Matt Schaub. Schaub is healthy and has been demoted to the #2 QB for the time being. Keenum’s 110.6 passer rating was the highest of any quarterback for the Texans this season.
The Texans face the Indianapolis Colts in a huge AFC-South showdown. Keenum will be making his Houston debut amongst 70,000 fans who all know the quarterback he was at the University of Houston. Had Kubiak gone back to Schaub who was injured in the loss to the Rams, the Texans faithful would have likely been loud with boos after every single Schaub miscue. Instead, Kubiak goes with Houston-favorite Case Keenum in the Texans biggest game of the season. There’s a three-game separation between the two teams in the division and a loss to the Colts would make the Texans road to the playoffs even tougher. A win against the Colts would push the Texans within two games and give the Texans the tiebreaker edge over the Colts with another game against the division leaders.
Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) says Keenum knew he’d start against the Colts as the Texans headed into the bye week. Ben Tate called Keenum “a natural-born leader” and I suspect many of his teammates would agree. Kubiak going with the undrafted rookie over the seasoned veteran is a big move in his career, especially with his job likely on the line.