49ers 34, Texans 3: Mad Matt Beyond Schauberdome
What did we learn from the game?
There is very little accountability on this team. When Tate fumbles, he heads to the bench. Only after Schaub blunders his way to four straight weeks with pick sixes and then two additional interceptions in the last game does he get sat down. Even then, it could be argued it was simply sitting him in a blowout. Then there is special teams coach Joe Marciano. How he still has a job is one of the more baffling mysteries of the universe. If Leonard Nimoy still hosted In Search Of, this enigma would get as much run as the Loch Ness Monster or Area 51.
What do we never want to see/hear again?
If I never hear the term "pick six" associated with the Texans, it will be too soon. In four games, Schaub has thrown five touchdowns to his own players and FOUR TO THE OTHER TEAM. It would be pathetic if it weren't so depressing.
Key Moment of the Game
On the third play from scrimmage, Matt Schaub threw an short out route to Andre Johnson. Backup defensive back Tramaine Brock jumped the predictable route and strolled into the end zone for a touchdown. It was downhill from there.
Game Balls: JJ Watt
Seriously, could this guy be any better? He was all over the field and just brutal against the run. If there is a better defensive player in the league, I'd like to know who it is. If there is a better PLAYER in the NFL, let me know that too.
For the second straight game, Foster looked like the guy who blew us all away two seasons ago. He is hitting the hole with speed and aggression. Had the Texans not fallen in a 21-0 hole, he could have run for 150-plus yards.
Goat of the Week: Gary Kubiak
At this point, there is no point in piling on Schaub any more. Kubiak's insistence on keeping him in the game was not only bad for the team, but horrible for Schaub. He also continued to call pass plays that put Schaub in difficult situations throughout the game. It was irresponsible and indefensible. I'm beginning to wonder if Kubiak is the most stubborn person on the planet or just not very bright.
Random thought of the week:
As I was watching the game, I began to think, "And we thought the Astros were tough to watch." There is something about a team this good that plays this bad to make me think it would be easier on everyone if they just plain sucked. If nothing else, they would guarantee themselves a higher draft pick so they could get a quarterback.
Next Up: Home for St. Louis
Their third straight week against an NFC West team brings at least a bit of a break. The Rams are pretty awful, which MIGHT allow Houston to get back on track, particularly on their home turf. But the question remains: who will be the QB? Stay tuned.