Rapid Reaction: Texans embarrassed by 49ers; lose 34-3


Oct 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws an interception against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. 49ers defensive back Tramaine Brock (not pictured) returned the interception for a touchdown. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

This was the worst I’ve seen the Houston Texans offense play all season. Face it … you didn’t like what you watched, you didn’t want to look, but you looked anyhow and couldn’t turn away.

Houston lost 34-3 to the San Francisco 49ers to fall under the .500 mark at 2-3 overall, losing for the third straight time. The 49ers are 3-2 overall with the win.

It was such a bad night for the Texans, starting quarterback Matt Schaub was benched.

He never gets benched.


On the third play of the game Schaub threw a pick-six (interception for touchdown) for the fourth straight game. Welcome to the record books for all the wrong reasons.

Later in the game, he threw two more interceptions, then was given his own spot on the sideline in favor of T.J. Yates. Houston totaled four turnovers.

What words would you describe the Texans’ offensive play on national TV Sunday night?

Embarrassing? Ugly?  Uninspired?

However you want to describe what we were forced to watch on Sunday night … my guess it won’t be positive.

Schaub finished 19-of-35 for 173 yards and no touchdowns with three interceptions. Not his best performance.

NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth said his opinion wouldn’t be popular, but he thinks Gary Kubiak will start Schaub again next week against the Rams. Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy also said he would start Schaub next week.

Yates came in and basically did nothing but hand off the ball, pass on a couple screen plays, throw the ball out of bounds and get sacked.

Collinsworth also said he doesn’t think Yates can lead the Texans to a Super Bowl. He believes Schaub gives them the best chance to win games.

With the way things are going, this team needs to worry more about getting to the .500 mark again, rather than distant dreams of holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February.

Arian Foster finished with 21 carries for 98 yards for the team lead, and the receiving leader was Owen Daniels with six receptions for 60 yards.

The play of the Texans’ defense was, again, really good and solid for the most part, but they were on the field for a long time, so they can’t stop the 49ers every single time.