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By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610
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Houston (CBS Houston)– In a ‘normal week’ for the Houston Texans you would worry about this 2-4 team and where they’re headed this 2013 season.

But this isn’t just a normal week. This is a week where the Texans are matching up with the Kansas City Chiefs who just happen to be undefeated. This is a week where the Texans head into one of the, if not the loudest stadiums to play in.

But it’s the fact that their starting quarterback Matt Schaub has been dealing with the most challenging seasons of his career on and off the field and now the team look to their third-string quarterback Case Keenum to come in and be the ‘spark’ this teams need to get back on track.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that, “There will be nothing more challenging than this, but he’s (Keenum) not going in there by himself.”

“I just want him to go play and have fun. That’s what you have to do,” Kubiak said. “He wouldn’t be in this position if he hasn’t reacted and done great thing sin his high school, in his college. He would have never made it this far. I don’t want him to do anything different. I want him to cut it loose and play with energy. He’s going to make mistakes, but go to the next play. Let’s play hard and let’s see if we can make more plays than them. I just want the kid to cut it loose. He’s earned the right. He’s worked hard.”

The undrafted free agent Keenum spent last season on the practice squad. But when Schaub was ruled out with a leg injury this week the Texans chose Keenum over T.J. Yates, who two years ago led Houston to its first playoff win, for  starting quarterback this week.

“He’s a very confident young man. He loves to play, flies around every day,” Kubiak on Keenum. “It’s good for him to get all of the reps the last two days and try to get him more comfortable with what we’re fixing to go partake in and go do. I think it’s been good work from him. I know he’s ready to go and he’s excited.”

Keenum has never played a regular-season NFL game but it seems as if the choice of Keenum was more on his young energy and excitement that this 2-4 team has much needed.

Texans head to Arrowhead Stadium to battle the undefeated Chiefs, Sunday afternoon.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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