1. QB Shuffle-
Head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game that the Texans "found a little heartbeat" against the Chiefs.
"He made some great football plays to get his team in position to win," Kubiak said of
However, on Monday, Kubiak didn't close the door on the possibility of Schaub starting again.
"I’m going to evaluate where we’re at as a team and move forward from there," Kubiak said. "So I’m going to do that everywhere, not just at the quarterback position."
Who's under center, and how they perform the rest of the way, is atop the list of things to watch over the final nine contests.
2. Bye, Brian- For the second straight season, the Texans lost inside linebacker and defensive captain
When Cushing's 2012 ended prematurely, the Texans defense was affected dramatically. In 2011 and 2012, when he was in the lineup the defense was ranked third in the NFL in points
Cushing left Sunday's contest against the Chiefs with a left LCL injury, and a broken fibula.
3. Roster moves- Dobbins was cut, Cushing will likely be placed on the injured reserve and the Texans waived three rookies in Sam Montgomery, Willie Jefferson and Cierre Wood. That's five roster spots that need filling.
A logical fix at running back would be the elevation of rookie
Dobbins, Jefferson and Wood were all special teams contributors for coordinator Joe Marciano as well, and that's a phase of the game which Kubiak wants improved.
"We have some special teams issues," Kubiak said. "The moves we make have got to be special teams oriented to help Joe."
4. Reed watch- Safety
Reed missed OTA's and training camp with a hip injury, and is rounding into form. If he can get chances to be the ball-hawking safety he was with Baltimore, the Texans defense will reap the benefits. Plus, with a five in the loss column, the Texans' margin for error is razor-thin now, and Reed said he and the team are aware.
“Yeah, it’s playoff football from here on out," Reed said. "That’s what it is.”
5. Line up- Whether it's Schaub or Keenum under center, the offensive line will need to keep the quarterback clean. A Texans quarterback has been sacked 22 times in 2013, as opposed to just 28 times through 16 games last season.