Houston Texans Can Take Silver Linings From Blowing Lead on Sunday Night
The Houston Texans seem to have an upset in mind through the first half of their Sunday Night Football matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans, losers of five straight coming into the contest in week nine of the NFL season, held a 21-3 as both teams went into the locker room. However, that’s when things got strange and scary for the Texans.
On the way to the locker room to address his team, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the sideline and was taken to the hospital to undergo tests. As of Monday morning, doctors are still examining Kubiak and trying to figure out what caused him to collapse on Sunday night. Best wishes to him for a healthy near-future and speedy recovery from this.
In terms of the game on the field, things got bad for the Texans in that regard as well. The Texans surrendered their lead in the second half, being outscored 24-3 in the half and allowing 21 unanswered points from the Colts to end the game.
With their coach going down and blowing a lead to grab their sixth consecutive loss, it might seem like Houston’s night was all about negativity. However, they actually showed a lot of positive signs for their organization moving forward.
In a game where Arian Foster didn’t play and where they started inexperience Case Keenum at quarterback, you might’ve expected the Colts to run all over the Texans. However, Keenum proved that he might be the real deal and the answer to a lot of Houston’s problems.
On the night, Keenum threw the ball 34 times, completing 20 of those passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, Keenum didn’t commit any turnovers on the night and was sacked only once against a talented Colts defensive line. Keenum showed solid awareness under-center and showed off the arm that made him such a prolific quarterback in his college days. Moreover, he got Andre Johnson, one of the Texans’ biggest weapons, back to being heavily involved in the offense.
Before everyone jumps on the Keenum bandwagon, we should probably wait and see if he can replicate this type of play going forward in this season. However, he’s laying the groundwork for him being in this league for a while and possibly staying the starter in Houston.