Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his historic and career best performance in the Texans 43-37 overtime victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Schaub passed for 527 yards and five touchdowns in the come from behind win. The 527 yards are tied for 2nd all-time in NFL history.
It was a banner day for Schaub, who won the award for the fourth time in his career. He previously won it in week 14 of 2008, week 2 of 2009 and week 6 of 2010. He completed 43-55 passes Sunday, including the game winning touchdown to Andre Johnson in overtime. His completion percentage of 78.2% was the highest in league history for a quarteback that had 50 pass attempts in a single game.
Schaub was on target all game, especially in the fourth quarter after Houston fell behind 34-20. When the Texans needed him most, Schaub was at his best. He completed 17 straight passes at one point, and spread the ball around to eight different receivers. The five touchdown passes were a career high and broke his own franchise record of four, set most recently in week 3 vs. the Denver Broncos.
It has been quite a season for Schaub, who missed the last 6 weeks of 2011 and the two post-season contests due to a linsfranc injury. He is 13-1 in his last 14 starts dating back to last season. Schaub has completed 65.5 percent of his passes this season for 2,540 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ranks eighth in the NFL and fourth in the AFC with a 96.8 passer rating.
Although he may be under the radar when the conversations of elite quarterbacks are brought up, Texans faithful knows that he is capable of putting the team on his back and winning games. He proved that again Sunday, and while he may not get the accolades of a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, the Texans will not be at a disadvantage in the quarterback match-up if they face those two in the post-season.