T.J. Yates replaces injured Matt Schaub, throws a pick-six of his own for reeling Texans
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub engendered the ire of all the team's fans when he set an NFL record by throwing interceptions returned for touchdowns in four straight games. Through the first three quarters of the Texans' game against the St. Louis Rams, Schaub hadn't done much -- head coach Gary Kubiak clearly went with a more conservative gameplan to keep his quarterback from imploding once again. Schaub had completed 15-of-21 passes for 181 passes, no touchdowns and (most importantly) no interceptions when he went down after he was sacked by Rams defensive end Chris Long with what looked to be a lower-leg injury (video below).
Some Texans fans appeared to be cheering the injury as much as they were hailing the emergence of backup quarterback T.J. Yates, and the Football Gods got them for that one. On his fifth play of the game, Yates threw a pass in the general direction of tight end Garrett Graham, but Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree picked the pass ... and returned it for a 98-yard touchdown. (GIF below via BuzzFeed Sports):
On his next drive, Yates threw another interception in the end zone to cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Mercifully, this one was only returned five yards.
Oh, you poor Texans. That score put the Rams up, 38-6, and Kubiak's team went on to suffer their fourth straight loss, 38-13. The Texans have thrown five touchdown passes to their own receivers in the last five games ... and five to their opponents. It's tough to win that way.
All is not lost, though -- Vince Young has offered his services to his quarterback-starved hometown team.
Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved my birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY
— Vince Young (@VinceYoung) October 13, 2013