Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss against the Seattle Seahawks proved that the Houston Texans still have a way to go if they truly wish to compete with the best the NFL has to offer. Victory was all but ensured late in a game in which the Texans orchestrated a massive meltdown and let a possible season-defining win slip through their fingers.
Texans QB Matt Schaub looks to be running short on confidence. A Houston offense that looked unstoppable for the majority of Sunday’s contest against the most feared defense in the league fell flat in the crucial moments with the game on the line.
A Schaub interception returned for a touchdown by Seattle DB Richard Sherman tied the game late and swung every speck of momentum toward the visiting Seahawks squad. Sunday’s pick-six was Schaub’s third through four games of the 2013 NFL season, and for the first time throughout his tenure in Houston, the QB’s starting spot will likely be brought into question.
The majority of the interceptions thrown by Schaub thus far cannot be described as “tough-luck” interceptions. They are panicky decisions made under pressure that are indicative of a quarterback unable to propel a talented team to its first Super Bowl appearance.
All is not lost for the Texans. The team is 2-2 and only a game back in a very winnable AFC South. Schaub has shown flashes of brilliance this season and isn’t getting a ton of help from his offensive line, especially in the absence of All-Pro LT Duane Brown. The Texans certainly have their fingers crossed that Brown will be in game-shape for next week’s match-up against the San Francisco 49ers.
Brown has been sidelined with a turf-toe injury, and his absence has shown with the Texans’ O-line struggling to give Schaub time in the pocket.
The Texans and Schaub must work to get prepared for a comeback performance in San Francisco next week. The QB’s confidence already seems to be waning, and he needs a solid performance and a chip on his shoulder if the team has any hope to compete for an AFC title.