What an opening week for the NFL. From Peyton Manning’s record-tying performance to the Houston Texans making a 21-point comeback on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers, there was plenty for fans to love.
When it came to the Texans’ comeback, quarterback Matt Schaub was the reason for the victory. It was tough for the Texans to get their run game going all night long, as Arian Foster only ran for 57 yards on 18 carries, averaging a measly 3.2 yards per carry. Ben Tate was actually better in that department, averaging 6.1 yards per carry finishing with 55 yards on nine carries.
From Foster, we expected more. As one of the league’s premier backs, he had a rough go at it for the most part on Monday. Because of that, Schaub was the sole reason for the Texans’ win. All night long, Schaub got the ball to his receivers — for the most part — in a very efficient manner. At times he was forced a bit outside of the pocket, but was still able to make plays to his wideouts and tight ends.
Andre Johnson ended with 12 receptions for 146 yards on the night. He proved to be the most reliable target, as usual, for Schaub during their comeback. Schaub said he felt the momentum continue to build as they made plays one after another.
“Once you put a score on the board, then another, and the defense gets a stop, the big turnover, it just builds,” the quarterback said after the game. “Momentum keeps building, and you can feel that energy, and it’s contagious.”
Since coming to the Texans, Schaub has been a consistently good quarterback. This year, many think he needs to be great for them to take the next step toward a Super Bowl appearance. If Monday night was any indication for what’s to come, he’s definitely heading in the right direction. Houston would have had no chance without Schaub’s poise Monday night.