Analysis: Matt Schaub's "Winner" Label, The 16 "Biggest" Games Of The Schaub Era
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2007, WEEK 3: COLTS 30, Texans 24
Why this was a "big game": The Texans were 2-0 going into this game, so Schaub had a chance to get the franchise it's first 3-0 start and first win in Indianapolis in just his own third start with the team, a potential bonanza of a tone setter for a new quarterback!
Schaub stat line: 27-33, 236 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 81.3 rating
Comments: Schaub's two interceptions in the third quarter were a killer, as they led to ten Indianapolis points and put the Texans behind 27-10 before a couple late scores made the game look closer than the final score would indicate.
2009, WEEK 9: COLTS 20, Texans 17
Why this was a "big game": After winning three in a row to get to 5-3 at the halfway mark, the Texans were again looking for their first win in Indianapolis, this time against an undefeated 7-0 iteration of Peyton Manning, LLC.
Schaub stat line: 32-43, 311 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 82.6 rating
Comments: Schaub's two picks weren't total backbreakers in this game, one leading to a field goal, the other to a punt, and Schaub had the Texans in position to tie the game, going 8 for 8 on the final drive (two spikes to kill the clock, not included) to set up Kris Brown's 42 yard game tying field goal attempt, which was no good.
2010, WEEK 3: Cowboys 27, TEXANS 13
Why this was a "big game": Because, once again, the Texans were going for their first 3-0 start in franchise history. Also, it was the Cowboys, a once every four year deal, and we HATE the Cowboys!
Schaub stat line: 23-32, 241 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 77.7 rating
Comments: Once again, a Schaub interception helped the opposition put some daylight between them and the Texans, as a third quarter pick led to a Cowboy touchdown that put the bad guys up 17-3.
2010, WEEK 8: COLTS 30, Texans 17
Why this was a "big game": At 4-2 and coming off a bye week, the Texans were (broken record alert) going for their first win in Indy. (News flash: Any game taking place in Indy will entail the Texans' going for their first win in Indy.) The Texans were also battling for the division lead, despite the worst defense in the league to that point in the season, as the Colts were also 4-2 going into this game.
Schaub stat line: 22-38, 201 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 70.2 rating
Comments: Schaub's pick six in the second quarter gave the Colts a 14-0 lead, which grew to 24-3 early in the second half, and the home team was never threatened. Total dud by the Texans.
2011, WEEK 3: SAINTS 40, Texans 33
Why this was a "big game": Another crack at a 3-0 start, this time against a neighbor team a year removed from being defending Super Bowl champions.
Schaub stat line: 22-39, 373 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 103.9 rating
Comments: Statistically, Schaub was solid in this game, although his fourth quarter was a tad uneven, with a pick that led to a touchdown followed by a touchdown pass to take the lead on a fluky bounce to Kevin Walter.
2011, WEEK 4: TEXANS 17, Steelers 10
Why this was a "big game": The defending AFC champions coming into the Texans building, a gut check for the Texans to try to get to 3-1.
Schaub stat line: 14-21, 138 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 100.9 rating
Comments: This was the day the Texans arrived as an upper echelon team, winning a game against a good team in a way they'd been unable to in prior seasons -- with bone rattling defense, ball control (including an 11 minute drive to open the game), and a ton of Arian Foster (30 carries, 155 yards in his first full game of the season after a hamstring injury). In other words, the perfect Schaub "game manager" scenario.
2011, WEEK 7: Texans 41, TITANS 7
Why this was a "big game": At this point in the season, a season with expectations of a bounce back from 6-10, the Texans were 3-3, in the midst of a two game losing streak, and devoid of any momentum the Steeler win had generated. They needed a road win badly here.
Schaub stat line: 18-23, 296 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 147.7 rating
Comments: This game was relatively easy, as the Texans took a 20-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Arian Foster had over 100 yards rushing and receiving (remember those days?).
2012, WEEK 3: Texans 31, BRONCOS 25
Why this was a "big game": For the fourth time in Schaub's six seasons, the Texans were going for a 3-0 start, this time on the road against Peyton Manning, who beat the Texans like a drum when he was wearing that other uniform.
Schaub stat line: 17-30, 290 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 115.3 rating
Comments: While his completion percentage was not great, this might have been Schaub's finest game as a starter, as he shook off some early doldrums to average around 16 yards per completion. This was also the game where Joe Mays nearly sent Schaub's skull to Fort Collins on a dirty hit, and the Texans quarterback came back in after one play sans a chunk of his left ear.
(NOTE: It's worth re-mentioning, this Bronco game really was the perfect "Schaub game" -- 30 attempts, not asked to do too much, but taking shots down the field when they're there. Hell, there was even that Mays hit that made the "Schaub is soft" faction sit back down for a week or so.)
2012, WEEK 6: Packers 42, TEXANS 24
Why this was a "big game": The Texans were 5-0 at this point, the Packers were 2-3, but above and beyond that, this was the first time it felt like the spotlight was really on the Texans. Because it was a Sunday night game, NBC was in town all week doing interviews, and the nation was about to discover this 5-0 Super Bowl contender from deep South Texas. This was also the first full game for the Texans without Brian Cushing, which would wind up being a defining injury for this defense.
Schaub stat line: 20-33, 232 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 56.6 rating
Comments: Aaron Rodgers went haywire (6 TD passes), and Schaub could never get the offense out of first gear, falling behind 28-10 before being pulled in the fourth quarter behind 42-17.
2012, WEEK 7: TEXANS 43, Ravens 13
Why this was a "big game": The Texans had never beaten the Ravens up to this point, and the Packers loss could have left the Texans shell shocked. A bounce back was absolutely necessary.
Schaub stat line: 23-37, 256 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 100.7 rating
Comments: With an early safety and a Johnathan Jospeh pick six, the defense staked the Texans to an early 16-3 lead, which would balloon to 29-3 by halftime.
2012, WEEK 14: PATRIOTS 42, Texans 14
Why this was a "big game": Much like heading into the Packers game 5-0, the Texans came into this road game in New England at 11-1. The Patriots at the time were 9-3, so a Texans' win would practically clinch a first round bye in the playoffs. This was also another chance to show the nation that the Packer game in Week 6 wasn't the real Texans.
Schaub stat line: 19-32, 232 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 68.7 rating
Comments: No this wasn't the Packer game all over again. This was worse. The Texans fell behind 21-0 at the half, and eventually 28-0. Early turning point in the game was when Matt Schaub completely misread a coverage on a pass into the end zone down 7-0. Devin McCourty, converted to safety from corner, picked off the pass and the Patriots promptly went 83 yards in six plays to completely squelch any Texan hope of sparking some momentum.
2012, WEEK 15: TEXANS 29, Colts 17
Why this was a "big game": Because once the Texans lost to New England, they all became big until a first round bye in the playoffs was clinched.
Schaub stat line: 23-31, 261 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 109.7 rating
Comments: The completion percentage and passer rating (and the win, quite frankly) masked a bigger issue and a recurring theme for the balance of the season -- red zone inefficiency. FIVE field goals. Yuck.
2012, WEEK 16: Vikings 23, TEXANS 6
Why this was a "big game": See Week 15.
Schaub stat line: 18-32, 178 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 72.1 rating
Comments: The Texans fell behind 13-3 at the half, 16-3 eventually, before losing 23-6. The good news is that the Texans didn't have any red zone trouble. The bad news is it's because they never made it into the Vikings red zone all afternoon.
2012, WEEK 17: COLTS 28, Texans 16
Why this was a "big game": See Week 15 and 16, and add that the Texans have never won in Indy.
Schaub stat line: 24-36, 275 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 66.3 rating
Comments: The Texans red zone issues cropped up again, defense and special teams both gave up long touchdowns, and Matt Schaub's two interceptions led to a touchdown and a game ending 9:46 drive by the Colts where they ran it down the Texans' throats. Good bye, first round bye.
2012, WILD CARD ROUND: TEXANS 19, Bengals 13
Why this was a "big game": It's the playoffs, and for Schaub, his first ever playoff game.
Schaub stat line: 29-38, 262 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 83.4 rating
Comments: The Texans won the game more in spite of Schaub than because of him. His pick six throw to Leon Hall was the Bengals' only touchdown of the game and the red zone issues were massive, with three Shayne Graham field goals of less than 30 yards.
2012, DIVISIONAL ROUND: PATRIOTS 41, Texans 28
Why this was a "big game": Playoff game on the road where the Texans had just gotten their ass kicked a month ago.
Schaub stat line: 34-51, 343 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 90.6 rating
Comments: Basically, a logical sequel to the December game against New England -- close at halftime (17-13), but with an ebb and flow to where you knew it was a matter of time before Tom Brady laughed in Matt Schaub's face and said "Hey Droopy, start making tee times..." Schaub's interception to defensive end Rob Ninkovich led to the touchdown that put the Pats up 31-13, and they'd go up 38-13 before the Texans began piling up meaningless garbage yards and points. Totally outclassed.
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