On Sunday, Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum will make his first NFL start – against the 6-0 Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Basically, the Texans just set up their No. 3 quarterback for complete and utter failure.
Keenum, undrafted out of University of Houston in 2011, has not seen a regular season snap since entering the league. And now, in his first taste of true NFL action, he’ll be expected to produce against a Chiefs defense that is arguably the best so far in 2013.
Last week against the Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs defense notched 10 sacks while demolishing the offensive line on nearly every play. If it wasn’t for Terrelle Pryor’s elite athleticism, that sack total might have been even higher. Kansas City hosted a team that many considered underrated, and sent them packing with their tails between their legs and a humiliating 24-7 loss in hand.
Let’s put just how dominant the Chiefs were into perspective. At one point, the Raiders were faced with a fourth and 48. No, that’s not a typo. Plus, they boast two of the most dominant pass rushers in football.
So how exactly does Keenum, a completely unproven NFL quarterback, expect to fair better than Pryor, one of the league’s top up-and-coming passers? Well, if he does, he has vastly unrealistic expectations – and so do the Texans.
Houston is giving Keenum the start in hopes that he can provide some sort of spark that Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates simply couldn’t. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen against a suffocating Chiefs defense in the confines of the loudest sports facility in the world.
Even before the ankle injury that has him sidelined in Week 7, Schaub had the Texans offense sputtering through the early parts of the 2013 campaign. After Schaub went down in Week 6, Yates stepped in and couldn’t get anything going either. And yet, both quarterbacks are clearly better than Keenum, at least on paper.
Keenum was a star with the Cougars and is a local favorite among Texans fans considering his college roots. Unfortunately for the raw passer, NCAA records and good vibes aren’t going to help him in what will undoubtedly be a nightmare at Arrowhead.
Way to throw Keenum to the wolves, Texans.