Schaubing Takes over the NFL in Week 7
This season, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has carved out a reputation as a player who throws touchdown passes—to the other team.
Schaub threw a touchdown that was returned for a score in four consecutive games before being injured against the St. Louis Rams in Week 6.
With Schaub out, backup T.J. Yates decided to pick up the slack, tossing a pick-six of his own against St. Louis and keeping the wrong-way touchdown streak alive.
Now it appears that the trend has spread league-wide as quarterbacks on other teams tried to do their best Schaub impressions on Sunday.
In the slate of early afternoon games alone, five different quarterbacks tossed touchdown passes to the wrong team.
While it remains to be seen if "Schaubing" becomes a lasting trend or only a flash-in-the-pan fad, it was certainly a popular form of expression in Week 7.
Even Tom Brady got in on the action, trying to out-Schaub Geno Smith during the Jets-Patriots matchup.
Let's take a look at all the Schaubing that took place on Sunday.
Sam Bradford Opens with a Schaub Lob
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was clearly irate that the Texans' quarterbacks got all the attention in last week's contest.
It seems as though Bradford felt that doing his best Schaub impression against the Carolina Panthers would get him some time in the spotlight this week.
On the first play from scrimmage, Bradford singled out Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who promptly took the gifted pass back 45 yards for the score.
Ryan Tannehill Schaubs It Up in South Beach
Not to be outdone, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill also threw a pick-six on his team's opening possession.
Tannehill singled out Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey for his touchdown throw. Robey was covered by wide receiver Brandon Gibson on the play, but Tannehill was able to thread the needle and find his man for a 19-yard touchdown return.
While Tannehill's pick-six didn't occur on the first play from scrimmage like Bradford's did, the Dolphins quarterback showed just how eager he was to get in on the new Schaubing craze.
Geno Smith Proves That Rookies Can Schaub Too
On Sunday, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith set out to prove that Schaubing isn't a fad that is restricted to veterans.
The first-year signal-caller hit cornerback Logan Ryan late in the second quarter for a long 79-yard touchdown return.
By doing so, he proved that rookies can indeed Schaub with the best of them, including his New England counterpart.
Tom Brady Shows He Is Still One of the Best
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the ultimate competitor. So when the Schaubing craze began, he just had to prove that he could out-Schaub the competition.
Early in the third quarter, Brady found Jets safety Antonio Allen for a 23-yard touchdown return.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tried to cover Allen on the play but showed that he is still a little rusty after missing the first six weeks of the season with a forearm injury.
Jay Cutler Goes out on a Schaub Note
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins with a groin injury, but not before he managed to squeeze in a Schaub moment.
Early in the second quarter, Cutler sought out Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, who took his pass back 29 yards for a score.
Second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery has emerged as a popular target for Culter in recent weeks. However, it was clear the veteran quarterback trusted Orakpo with the Schaubing on the line.