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By Dave Thomas
Coming into the season, the Houston Texans were viewed by some experts to be a Super Bowl contender. After five weeks of the season, the Texans are just hoping to even make the playoffs.
With a 34-3 drubbing on the road at San Francisco Sunday evening, the Texans fell to 2-3, leaving many fans wondering if this year’s team was overrated for starters.
Houston opened the season with nail-biting wins over both San Diego and Tennessee, but there has been little to nothing to celebrate since then. Three straight losses to Baltimore (30-9), Seattle (23-20 in overtime), and Sunday’s disaster at Candlestick Park have the Texans reeling heading into this weekend’s meeting at home with the St. Louis Rams.
Schaub Under the Microscope
In remarks to the media following Sunday’s loss to the defending NFC Champion Niners, Houston head coach Gary Kubiak stated he was sticking with starting quarterback Matt Schaub, that is despite the University of Virginia product’s struggles after five weeks. In the loss Sunday, Schaub threw three interceptions. In the loss a week earlier at home to the Seahawks, Schaub and Co. were looking to put the game out of reach when he threw up a ball that was returned for a touchdown, allowing Seattle to reach overtime.
According to Kubiak, “I’m in an evaluation stage right now, today (Monday) and tomorrow. I’m trying to figure out what’s the best way for us to go be successful this weekend. Every player’s a part of the evaluation, and our quarterback is too. But yes, he is our quarterback.”
Rams Sit at 2-3
That evaluation now turns to a meeting this weekend with the NFC West St. Louis Rams, a team fresh-off a 34-20 victory this past Sunday at home over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite the win, the Rams have a hold of last place in their division, one game in back of both San Francisco and Arizona.
In the victory over the Jags, the Rams got three TD passes from QB Sam Bradford (19-of-34, 222 yards).
Meantime, St. Louis (2-3) wide receiver Austin Pettis hauled in a pair of touchdown passes, while middle linebacker James Laurinaitis paced the defense with six solo tackles.
Coming into the season, there was not much talk of the Rams, especially given the fact that they share the NFC West with both San Francisco and Seattle, two teams who some have mentioned before the season and a little over a month in as potential Super Bowl representatives for the NFC. St. Louis, however, sits with the same record as the Texans heading into the contest at Reliant Stadium.
After their visit to Houston, the Rams stay in NFC play with a trip to Carolina (Oct. 20) and a Monday night home visit from division rival Seattle (Oct. 28).
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Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on Examiner.com.