Aug 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) attempts a pass during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Today at NRG stadium, the Houston Texans host the Baltimore Ravens and are holding on to the slimmest of hope to make the playoffs. They’ve lost 3 quarterbacks to injury. Fitzptrick is down with broken leg, Mallett tore his right pectoral and Tom Savage is out with a hyper extended knee. Enter 2013 fan favorite Case Keenum. The former undrafted University of Houston Cougar record setter who went 0-8 with the Texans during last years 2-14 debacle. He came in to lead a team without a running game, with a coach who wanted Matt Schaub playing and a team that had given up on the year.
The start of this season Keenum was released, he’s too short for O’Brien’s taste and struggled to get the system O’Brien was putting in. After languishing on the Rams practice squad, can Case Keenum find redemption? The setting sounds like a bad Hollywood script; playing against his former head coach now offensive coordinator of the Ravens and for the coach who cut him this Houston native gets a once in a life time chance to play before the home crowd and prove he is worthy of representing the city he loves.
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While the Texans have struggled this season, Keenum won’t be relied upon to win each game. Arian Foster is healthy, and behind him Alfred Blue stands ready to carry the rock. The offense hasn’t given up, the defense is playing at the best it’s done in two years. The Ravens have a play off spot to secure, the Texans play off to keep alive. If the Texans win, NRG will explode. This game, this moment is Case Keenum’s. Fail, and he’ll never play football in Houston again, win and the Texans door to the playoffs stays open. Could this be the start of a something magical? The safe money is on the Ravens handing the Texans a dish of lost dreams. In season so full of surprises, the Ravens can’t take this one for granted.
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