Does Matt Schaub's Monster Week 11 Game Put Him in MVP Conversation?

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

November 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws a pass during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub had a game for the NFL history books in Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguar. It may have also thrust him into the NFL MVP race as well. 

Schaub led the Texans to a 43-37 overtime victory over the Jaguars, but his individual performance led him to the record books. He attempted 55 passes in the thriller, completing 43 for 527 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. 

According to ProFootballTalk via Twitter, Schaub now holds the second highest single-game passing yardage tally in NFL history:


Matt Schaub generates second highest single-game passing yardage in NFL history, with 527.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 18, 2012


You can credit Schaub's No. 1 target Andre Johnson for a large amount of his production, as Johnson caught 14 passes for 273 yards and the game-winning score in overtime. That said, all MVP candidates have some elite offensive weapons around them. 

The historic game brings Schaub's totals on the season to 2,540 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and only eight interceptions while completing about 63 percent of his passes. 

Schaub has led the Texans to a 9-1 record and has the team in a great position for a first-round bye when the playoffs roll around. The Texans sit alone atop the AFC South and are clear Super Bowl contenders. Schaub is a big reason for that. 

While Schaub has been great, his competition for the MVP award is vast. Quarterbacks alone make up most of the talks for the award, including two regulars in the New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees and the New England Patriots' Tom Brady

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons has finally emerged as a candidate and Peyton Manning is back to MVP form with the Denver Broncos

The only running back that could be considered is the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson. There's also a lone defensive player that deserves a nomination—Schaub's teammate, defensive lineman J.J. Watt. 

With that in mind, the player to take home the award is typically a quarterback. The competition for the award is stiff and Schaub stacks up well statistically. 

The aforementioned quarterbacks have led their teams to winning records and are in a good position heading into the postseason, with the exception of Brees.

Brees has thrown for 25 touchdowns to nine interceptions, Brady 18 to three, Ryan 20 to seven, Manning 21 to six. 

The MVP is usually awarded to quarterbacks who not only shine statistically, but also win the most games and divisions. Brady, Ryan and Manning all join Schaub as good in that regard. 

While Schaub is in line for a postseason berth, it's doubtful he keeps apace with Brady, Ryan or Manning statistically as the season concludes. 

While the other MVP candidates run pass-heavy offenses, Schaub orchestrates a balanced attack thanks to one of the NFL's best running backs, Arian Foster. It helps Schaub, but hinders his chances when MVP voters analyze his individual statistics. 

It's going to be extremely difficult for Schuab to emerge with the award at the end of the season but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be in the conversation. 

Schaub is having an exceptional year. He isn't putting up the best numbers, but his team doesn't need him to at this point. 

Being in the MVP conversation is an honor for a quarterback like Schuab, and a testament to the year he is having.