The Houston Texans have fallen on incredibly hard times in the 2013 NFL season. After coming into the year with relatively high expectations and starting the season with two victories, the Texans have now dropped five straight games before their bye last week, a much needed respite from what has been an awful stretch for this franchise.
The most publicized part of the Texans’ implosion recently has been the terrible play and subsequent benching of quarterback Matt Schaub. Schaub’s struggles have gotten so bad this season that, even though he’s now back to health from a hip injury, rookie Case Keenum will get the starting nod again versus the Indianapolis Colts in week nine.
Keenum was solid in his NFL debut in week seven in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, as he threw for 271 yards, one touchdown and no picks on 25 passing attempts, but he definitely still has much left to prove to the Texans and the rest of the league before anyone really believes he’s the answer under-center for this team.
The inexperience of Keenum isn’t the Texans’ only worry heading into this matchup with the Colts, though. Houston’s top-two running backs, Arian Foster and Ben Tate, are both still question marks for Sunday’s contest with Foster nursing and hamstring injury and Tate trying to recover from broken ribs. With a rookie quarterback and two injured running backs, that’s a pretty scary recipe if you’re the Texans, especially against one of the better teams in the AFC in the Colts.
There’s a chance that the bye was exactly what the Texans needed to get things heading in a positive direction, but that looks like it could be a pipe-dream considering all the negative things going on in Houston right now with their personnel. It could be pessimistic of me, but I don’t see things getting much better for the Texans this week. In fact, if Foster and Tate can’t go or are limited, it could just get worse for this team.