Case Keenum, Houston Texans Have Work Cut Out for Them Against Kansas City Chiefs

By Jonathan W. Crowell
Case Keenum
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Welcome to Chiefs Kingdom, Houston Texans.

The standoff between the favored 6-0 Kansas City Chiefs and the 2-4 Texans this coming Sunday for the NFL‘s Week 7 has been rescheduled from noon to 3:25 p.m. CST, and Arrowhead Stadium will most likely be over-packed again with arguably the loudest, most raucous fans in the league. Expect them to be hostile toward their opponents and be oh-so-hungry.

Everything seems to be coming up spades for the Alex Smith and the Chiefs these days with an effective, if seemingly at times somewhat shaky offense, coupled with one of the best defenses in the league. They are the only undefeated team in the NFL this season other than the Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

In contrast, the Texans have been on a dismal losing streak, having been outscored 72-16 in the last two games alone. It turns out that the Texans will be without their starting quarterback, Matt Schaub, while injuries on the Kansas City roster are minimal.

After Schaub’s injury last week against the St. Louis Rams, Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced on Thursday that he will be starting Case Keenum as quarterback for the first time ever, and the rampant predictions indicate that he will have his hands more than full with the Chiefs’ defense — remember last week’s 10 sacks, three interceptions and forced third-down-and-48 pushback?

Although he was previously the NCAA career leader in passing yards as he left the University of Houston to go professional, Keenum will still have a lot to prove for his NFL starting quarterback premiere, especially up against the Kansas City defensive squad.

He seemed an odd choice to fill in to many, considering his fellow backup quarterback T.J. Yates is a more seasoned veteran. But Kubiak stands by his decision, citing the need for a “spark” for the languishing Texans.

So, what is Sunday going to play out?

If Houston wants to beat the Kansas City camp, they will have to be devoted and patient for an hour on the clock of solid football. Kansas City’s strategizing is so systematic and exacting that they always leave their opponent very little wiggle room.

The Chiefs will be prepared to shake their opponents to the core as needed with their front seven applying pressure, and their secondary ready to pounce on any mistakes Houston makes whatsoever. Houston had better be ready to force some turnovers as well.

Keenum and the Texans certainly have their work cut out for them on Sunday at Arrowhead. Good luck to them in hearing one another on the field.

Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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