Houston Texans QB Case Keenum’s dream of starting an NFL game is going to turn into a nightmare. Keenum had some eye-popping numbers in college for the Houston Cougars, throwing for more than 5,600 yards in two seasons, and at least 44 TDs in three. But Sunday, he won’t be facing a Conference USA opponent ─ he will be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs and the best defense in the league.
What is coach Gary Kubiak thinking? This weekend is the worst possible time for a quarterback’s first start. One of the most important qualities for a QB, especially one who hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game, is confidence. Keenum will be trying to build it against the league’s best in both sacks and takeaways, who have also surrendered the fewest points per game. Last week against Terrelle Pryor and the Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs defense snatched three interceptions, had 10 sacks, and, at one point, forced a third down and 48 situation.
On top of facing the most tenacious defense, Keenum will be dealing with the league’s most tenacious fans. Last week, the Arrowhead Stadium crowd broke the world record for loudest outdoor stadium, reaching a level of 137.5 decibels.
Yes, T.J. Yates had a rough game against the St. Louis Rams last week, but he has also won a playoff game for the Texans. Yates would probably have a bad game against KC too, but at least it wouldn’t be his only NFL experience. Kubiak should let Keenum get his feet wet with a weaker defense. Instead, he is throwing him in the middle of the ocean with some hungry sharks.