“What was happening was, we had to make a lot of changes from a protection standpoint to handle some of the things they were doing,” Kubiak said. “Trying to create some tempo and do that and it made it very tough on Case, in my opinion, being a young player. I knew that Matt could get done some of the things that I wanted to get done, real fast, and to give us a chance to win the football game. So that’s why I did it.”
Keenum completed 13-of-24 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a 73.3 passer rating. Following two Houston turnovers in the first quarter, Keenum connected on a 42-yard touchdown pass to
In the second half, the Texans offense was unable to gain momentum, being forced to punt on its first three possessions. In an unexpected move, Kubiak benched Keenum in favor of the veteran quarterback.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Kubiak wanted to run a faster-paced offense in order to chip away at Oakland’s two-score lead. Kubiak told Schaub that he would be playing shortly before he began warming up on the sideline.
“It was right before I went in,” Schaub said of hearing the news. “The series right before, he said something. It was a quick turnaround…so I only got a few throws before I got to go back out there.”
Schaub led the Texans on two drives that ended in field goals but was unsuccessful in finding the end zone on the final drive of the game. Houston had a fourth-and-goal with 1:15 remaining but turned the ball over on downs after Schaub's incompletion to
“It gets back to, I’m looking at the turnovers and looking at them being good in the red zone and us being bad in the red zone,” Kubiak said. “We were really bad on third downs offensively as a team. Still, if we can line up and make a yard at the end of the game, we win the football game. But we didn’t do it.”
With the loss, Houston falls to 2-8 on the season and will face the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.