It is hard to argue that Matt Schaub’s tendency for self-destruction has spelled the difference between winning and losing this season. He started off the first game against the San Diego Chargers with an interception, and did the same versus the San Francisco 49ers in the last.
It was the fourth consecutive game in which Schaub had an interception returned for a touchdown. This dubious record, in addition to their 2-3 win-loss mark, threatens to undermine the confidence of everyone in the organization.
Virtually every other statistical measure up to this point would seem to indicate a winning campaign for the Texans. They have outgained the opposition in every game, and have won the time of possession battle by an average of almost three minutes per contest.
According to Team Rankings, Houston leads the league in opponent yards per game with 260.2 yards allowed. The New York Jets rank second with 299 yards per game, a margin of 38 yards in the Texans’ favor.
None of these advantages have shown up on the scoreboard, largely due to the misplaced generosity of the starting quarterback. Any possibility that T.J. Yates would take over for Schaub were quashed by Gary Kubiak in a post-practice news conference on Wednesday.
So for the time being, it’s do or die with the usual guy. While that display of loyalty by the head coach was expected, here are some other observations that are not quite as predictable.