The Houston Texans are one step away from taking the AFC division crown for the third time in franchise history. Now even though that will serve as an easy task with the Tennessee Titans on their schedule, it may just be a little tougher as the Texans will have to rely on quarterback Brandon Weeden. Weeden made his Texans debut last week against the Colts in the 2nd half after, quarterback T.J. Yates went down with a knee injury. But the backup QB came thru with the win.
Now to say the term “backup QB” in regards to the Texans, is a little misleading, because at any moment, any of the quarterbacks could be in the reserve role. Weeden will be the 4th different quarterback starting for the team this year but this will actually be his 4th start of the season. Weeden started this year with the Dallas Cowboys but lost all 3 of his starts. He was replaced by Matt Cassel and cut soon after. As soon as he was dropped, the Texans picked him up after Brian Hoyer went down and T.J. Yates was prepared to make a start against the New York Jets. Fast forward to when Hoyer got hurt against the Patriots, then Yates starting the Colts game and injuring his ACL, Weeden got his shot at redemption. He came in the 2nd half going 11/18 and 105 yards as well as putting up a touchdown. It was a stat line that was decent for one half of play, but more will need to be done.
Weeden doesn’t exactly have “Quarterback Saviour” written across his forehead but neither did our other signal callers. The silver lining that can be found in this QB carousel is that all of the QB’s who have started at some point during this season, have a win under their belt. Even Ryan Mallett managed to fix his alarm clock in time to grab a victory. Without question, the Tennessee Titans are in dog shit mode at this part of the season but that gives me more confidence that Weeden can go out and secure this division title for us.