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Texans QB Matt Schaub is an elite quarterback who can't yet wear the "elite" tag. His inability to reach the playoffs has kept his name out of the elite club for the last few years.
Regardless, his QB rating has been in the Top 10 of the NFL for the last three consecutive years. In 2008 his 92.7 rating was seventh in the league, his 2009 rating of 98.6 was seventh in the league and last year's 92.0 rating was good for ninth in the league.
Last night Matt again showed why he deserves to be considered a top QB in the NFL. While he only played for the first two quarters of the game, he still managed to complete 12-of-16 passes for 163 yards and a QB rating of 107.0.
Schaub might not have the ability to throw deep bombs all over the field, but he does not necessarily need to either. His ability to place the ball into tight spots, over defenders and into the hands of open receivers, guarantees that he will be able to keep his team marching down the field.
He looked like he was in midseason form last night and was very comfortable standing in the pocket, running a play-fake or bootlegging. Last night he proved that the passing game against the Jets was simply a fluke, a case of early-season jitters, if you will.
Matt Leinart did not look as impressive as Schaub might have, but he held his own. While he was only 2-of-5 for 22 yards, it was his football intelligence that proved most valuable.
Leinart stood tall in the pocket and was not afraid to get hit. Rather than throw a bad pass when pressured, he threw the ball out of the end zone. Likewise, Leinart used his RB as a check-down receiver when all of the WRs were being covered.
Altogether, the Texans passing game looked solid last night. Schaub is ready for the season and Leinart appears to be a viable backup QB.