Matt Schaub's performance in this game likely won't silence critics going forward.
The Texans' passing offense has been in a funk for weeks now. Given that Schaub and the offense have had plenty of monster days through the air this year, it's hard to explain why it's hit the skids recently.
The pick-six Schaub threw in the second quarter erased an entire half of good defense. It could have been more devastating if the defense hadn't continued its great play for the rest of the game. At the time, it put the Texans down 7-6 when the team could've just as easily been up two touchdowns.
Though 29 completions for 262 yards isn't terrible, it was the crucial downs where Schaub had issues against the Bengals. Third downs and red-zone situations continue to give Houston's signal-caller problems.
On one red-zone play, Andre Johnson was in man-to-man coverage with no safety help and had the corner beat. Instead of giving Andre a chance to catch a fade in the back of the end zone, Schaub took the underneath completion and failed to convert the third down. Houston kicked yet another field goal in the red zone and kept Cincinnati in the game.
Schaub can get away with failed red-zone conversions against the Bengals at home, but that won't fly against the New England Patriots next week. Taking more chances in the red zone and finding a way to convert the trips into touchdowns will be key to having a chance in New England.