Brian Hoyer earns game ball and starting job

Brian Hoyer earned more than just a game ball with his 293 yards passing and three-touchdown performance on Sunday. After the Texans 31-20 win over the Jaguars, he also solidified his job as starting quarterback.

"I would say he's our quarterback," Bill O'Brien said Monday. "We are sticking with him. He's playing really well. He's playing at a high level and we've got a lot of confidence in him."

When O'Brien first announced Hoyer as the starting quarterback on Oct. 9, it was only for the Jacksonville game. O'Brien wanted to approach each game, week-by-week and didn't make any promises for the remainder of the season. However, Hoyer's approach after losing his starting status and continued work ethic helped him earn O'Brien's confidence for more than just one week.

"Brian approached it very well, like the true professional that he is," O"Brien said. "He's been around for a while. He's been through the ups and downs of this league, especially at that position. He's been injured, he's been cut, he's been everything that you guys have written about him, good and bad. He approached it the right way, and I think he showed up this week in practice and had a good week and it showed up on the field."

Hoyer has completed 83-of-131 passes (63.4 percent) for 1,073 yards, eight touchdowns, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 103.0 through the three games he played this season.

The Texans next travel to Miami in Week 7 to take on the Dolphins. Kickoff is set for noon C.T. on CBS KHOU-11 and SportsRadio 610.

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