Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has made a big decision. He said Thursday quarterback Matt Schaub will not play due the right-leg injuries. Instead, Case Keenum will get his first career start against the Chiefs in Kansas City this Sunday.
"We need a spark," Kubiak said via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. We're not sending [Keenum] out there alone. He's excited. He's done well since camp. ... I have confidence in Case. Matt and T.J. (Yates) will help. We trust his reactions. He's going against one of the toughest defenses."
Yes, he is. Keenum was undrafted coming out of Houston, where he set a bunch of passing records. I am sure many Texans fans love that a local kid is their starting quarterback. Who knows if he'll play like Brian Hoyer, who basically went from third string to starter in one week and led an offense to consistent production? I would like to suggest that, but it's just an awful matchup for Keenum, who has never played in a regular-season game. For Andre Johnson owners, you can look at this in two ways:
One: Keenum is an unknown quantity. There are reasons why he was undrafted -- not a great athlete, doesn't possess great mechanics or a big arm -- and he could be worse than Schaub, which would be something. And again, it's an awful matchup, so temper your expectations.
Two: Keenum has to know that he must lean on Johnson. That's his go-to guy. While it may not be pretty, Johnson could see 15 or more targets on Sunday and work his way into a good fantasy line just because of the number of chances he should get.
However, I can't ignore the fact that the Chiefs have been a juggernaut this year on defense. They lead the league in sacks and scoring defense. They just sacked Terrelle Pryor nine times. They are second in interceptions. Now they get to face a second-year, undrafted player. It'll be a long day for Keenum and this offense. Johnson is more WR2 than WR1 this week.