Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum waves to fans after the game against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Case Keenum came out today, and won his first NFL football game. The Texans shock the Ravens 13-25 at NRG stadium. Keenum’s play was decidedly in the end ugly, he didn’t look perfect but by gosh Keenum got the job done offensively. 20 of 42 passing for 185 yards isn’t anything to brag about. That Arian Foster has the games only Texans touchdown pass more so. But Keenum didn’t really make any major mistakes that cost the team. His one interception was more like a long punt. The team won. He get’s a W to hang on his board. It was good to see him get this win, good for Houston as well. Expect Keenum under center again for the Jaguars.
While Keenum got his first win, the real story of this game is on the defense. Holding Joe Flacco to just 21 of 50 passes for 195 with most of those passes coming late in the 4th quarter. The Texans intercepted Flacco 3 times and held the Ravens to 5 plays or less through the 8 min mark of the third quarter. 26 yards of offense for the first half. Folks that’s just incredible defense.
It was a bitter homecoming for many a former Texan. Gary Kubiak, Justin Foresett, Owen Daniels among others watched their team implode in a way that no one could have predicted. This was partially on the Texans good play, but also the Ravens played as if they were not expecting resistance and got creamed. The Ravens defensively are a tough bunch. However when you’re asked to be on the field for over 35 minutes it wears you down. They couldn’t get enough pressure on Keenum to sway the game.
What’s next? The Texans host the Jaguars and need the Chargers, Ravens and Bills to lose. The window is narrow, the hope is nearly spent for for this week it’s alive and well thanks to the strong play of the defense and the solid return of Case Keenum to the Texans.
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