Tom Savage made big throws and orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback in a little over two quarters on Sunday against Jacksonville. On Monday, head coach Bill O'Brien announced the Savage as the team's starting quarterback for Week 16 against Cincinnati.
"I want to see a continued performance from what he did against Jacksonville: complete the pass, get us into the right play, don't turn it over, move the ball down the field," O'Brien said. "You know, the quarterback is judged basically in two ways in this league, wins and how many times you get your team into the endzone."
Savage, who entered the game for Brock Osweiler when the Texans trailed 13-0, completed 23-of-36 passes for 260 yards. He orchestrated five scoring drives which led to four field goals and one rushing touchdown.
On Monday, O'Brien met with Savage about what he needs to improve in the week of preparation leading up to his first career NFL start.
"I thought we played too slow," O'Brien said. "I think he needs to improve the pace of how we play and part of that's us, part of that's us getting the call in and then him getting in and out of the huddle quickly. So, there's a lot for him to improve on but I thought he threw the ball well yesterday."
The Texans will next host the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday in a primetime Christmas Eve matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:25 p.m. CT on NFL Network and SportsRadio 610.
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