[Editor’s Note: Rich Lord runs the sidelines for our broadcasts of Houston Texans games on Sports Radio 610. The first day after every Texans game he’ll bring you his five biggest things he saw from the field. Catch Rich on the J&R Show from 2p-6p Monday – Friday on Sports Radio 610.]
1.) Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak needs to bench quarterback Matt Schaub. Starting him against the Rams on Sunday would be an indefensible decision based on what we’ve seen since the first snap of the season in San Diego, an interception, (the first of 9 and counting) that led to a Charger touchdown on the next play. No quarterback in the long and storied history of the NFL has thrown a pick-6 in 4 straight games. Until Now. Enough said.
2.) Adding to the plight of the Texans, Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck appears poised to be Houston’s next Peyton Manning, a future Hall of Fame QB who will torment them in the AFC South for a decade or more. The Colts sit atop the division at 4-1, after doing what the Texans could not; beat the visiting Seahawks. Only a second-year player, Luck led his 9th career 4th quarter comeback and the Colts now have a 2-game lead over the pre-season favorite to win the division. That would be Houston.
3.) Speaking of Manning, maybe Father Time isn’t undefeated after all. At 37 and in his 15th season, Manning and the Broncos are on pace to blow up the NFL record book. Manning is averaging a ridiculous 4 touchdown passes per game and the team is scoring 46 per game. That’s a pace that would break the single-season record for TD passes by 14 and the scoring record by a whopping 147 points. The Broncos play in Houston December 22.
4.) Speaking of Manning (again), brother Eli, despite more Super Bowl wins and more Super Bowl MVP’s than his (more-accomplished?) older brother, still hasn’t convinced everyone he deserves to be mentioned in the first cut of elite NFL quarterbacks. His 3 fourth quarter interceptions versus the Eagles all but guaranteed the Giants’ horrific start would be extended to 0-5. Manning is on pace to lead the NFL in interceptions for the 3rd time in his career and has 156 picks in 140 career starts.
5.) The New Orleans Saints are once-again a bonafide Super Bowl contender. Not exactly breaking news but clearly the return of head coach Sean Payton after his season-long “Bountygate” suspension in 2012 has made a dramatic difference. The, “It” factor is back and so are the takeaways, a trademark of their Super Bowl season in 2009. The 5-0 Saints have 11 and the Drew Brees-led passing attack is #2 in the NFL.