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Case Keenum Has Unfortunate Task Of Starting vs. Chiefs


Poor, poor Case Keenum.

As if playing in your first NFL game wasn’t scary enough, the former University of Houston record-setting quarterback must travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on arguably the best defense in the league.

That’s right folks, with Matt Schaub out with injury and T.J. Yates throwing two interceptions as his replacement, the Texans have decided to go with Keenum as their starting quarterback this weekend. Tania Gangull of ESPN.com reports the news:

Case Keenum will start for the Texans on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced his decision after ruling out Matt Schaub, who is recovering from an ankle and foot injury.

“We’re struggling and we’re looking for a spark,” Kubiak said, adding that Keenum deserves the chance.

Poor, poor Case Keenum.

Not to take away from what he did in college—breaking the NCAA passing record  and putting up 19,217 yards and 155 touchdowns in five seasons because of injury—but he’s not playing in a mid-card college football conference anymore.

This is Arrowhead in all of its glory. This is a rabid fan base hellbent on making noise, setting records and cheering its team on to a 7-0 record.

One simply can’t imagine a more hostile environment to walk into as a first time starter at quarterback, but then throw in the likes of Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Donari Poe, Eric Berry and crew playing at an elite level—and this could end up being a very rough NFL welcome for the prolific college passer.

Keenum spent last year on the Texans’ practice squad and was inactive for the first six games of the 2013 season.

Poor, poor Case Keenum.

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  • Jason Seibel

    I retract my statement from the latest episode of AA Radio. The Chiefs will win this game.

    • Andrew Kulha

      Too late!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Well alright!

  • Ryan Longstreth

    Our defense should b salivating

  • Davé

    Try to spark something against the Chiefs defense? Has Kubiak lost his mind? Perhaps he is pulling a Todd Haley and doing whatever he can to sabotage the team before he is fired. I predict the Chiefs will pick off the kid three times and sack him five. I don’t think we will lose because I can’t see Houston scoring more than 6 on this defense, however I am curious as to how we stack up against the best Defense we have seen to date. Fisher is likely to get Alex put on a stretcher against JJ Watt. We need to throw down field for a change because Cushing and Co are going to key in on those crossing routes.

    • Jason Seibel

      I am a firm believer that Smith hasn’t been throwing the long ball simply because he hasn’t needed to. In my mind there are only two reasons why he would have to.
      1: The team is losing and don’t have the option to run because of the time factor. That hasn’t happened yet this season.
      2: There is a strong possibility that Smith could eaten like a Red and Gold burrito by one of the best pass rushers in the league. That hasn’t happened yet either, but the chances are it could on Sunday.
      We could see Smith air it out this weekend to keep the defenses off of him. Let’s hope.

      • Davé

        Oh he has unleashed a couple even last week he had Avery wide open which would have surely been a touch down, but alas Alex overthrew him like always. That is not the only time either, Alex has been over throwing a lot which is why he is statistically in the bottom third of the league in passer rating. The guy is just not accurate beyond 8 yards very often.

        • Jason Seibel

          I beg to differ. That ball last week hit Avery in the hands. It was catchable. Avery just didn’t catch it.

          • Davé

            I do not know what pass you were watching but the one I and every other person on the planet saw was Avery beating his man streaking down the field and Alex overthrowing him. Not one person on TV said that was a catch-able ball.

          • BWrangler

            You’re absolutely right. All the elite qb’s that exist, or have ever existed, ALWAYS hit their wide open targets. Every. Single. Time. Never a mistake. It was heartbreaking that the Chiefs lost due to this incompletion. Oh wait. It’s kind of funny the complaints that winning brings out in people.

          • Davé

            Sarcasm noted but I say this : every elite QB hits his wide open receivers at a far better rate than Alex has this year. He is riding a 56.5 completion rate of 6.2 yards per attempt. He has an amazing 79.8 QBR as well. So my point is proven pretty damn well.

          • BWrangler

            Statistically, I will acknowledge your gripe. We’re getting so used to seeing the P. Mannings, Rodgers, Brees, and Bradys that we ALL want one, and if we don’t have one, we suck. The fact of the matter is that outside of the five guys I just mentioned, the next 20+ starters are about on even footing. Their success comes from the line, the receiving corps, the run game, and coaching. Smith is just fine because three of the four are doing very well and the line can only get better with the talent it has.

          • Davé

            The next 20 starters does not include Alex Smith when it comes to completion percentage, avg ypa, or QBR rating. Face it man. The only thing Alex Smith has done well for us this year is not lose a game with the mistakes that Cassel would have made in his place.

          • Michael Shaw

            Jason, I don’t usually side with detractors of the team, but Dave is right. Unless you are talking about another pass, the one streaking down the sideline was about 5 yards too far for Avery to reach. I think Alex missed that because he couldn’t believe how open Avery was and just put too much on it. I would love to see that play again and again with Avery. I bet Alex doesn’t miss that one again!!!

        • Jason Seibel

          And while he may be in the bottom third in passer rating, he’s tied for first in the only stat that counts…WINNING.

          • Davé

            I am not complaining man, I am saying he hasn’t shown this year how he is willing or capable of completing long throws down the field.

          • KCMikeG

            And turnovers.

        • toperspective

          Last week he wasn’t even accurate within 8 yards. Listen, I’m thrilled with how the team is doing and it’s better than my wildest dreams for 2013 but the truth is that Smith isn’t very good and the offense isn’t very good.

  • twaters

    The Chiefs will load 8 in the box and dare him to throw…good luck Case, you’re going to need it!

    • ArrowFan

      We don’t need to load the box with 8 our box is already loaded with just the 7.

      • twaters

        Very true.

  • ArrowFan

    Points will be hard to come by on both sides of the ball. If we win the turn over battle then we win the game. If we loose the turn over battle then we loose the game. Or in other words first one to 20 points wins this one.

    • Davé

      We have not given up 20 points to anyone and we certainly won’t to a practice squad quarterback on a 2-4 Texans squad in the loudest outdoor stadium in history. I agree our offense needs to do more but I think our defense is good for 14 points this game, which probably is enough to win all by itself. However I think the offense will be ok so I suspect Chiefs win this game 24-6.

      • Michael Shaw

        I wouldn’t be so sure Dave, I am more worried about the unknown QB getting the start against us than I am TJ Yates or Schaub. Hope this isn’t our “trap” game!!!

        • KCMikeG

          He is just as unknown to his own receivers.

  • Bosco Cletus

    The D is going for a 12 pack this sunday!!

    • Michael Shaw

      If not I will bet I will be at least 10 into one by halftime!!!!!

      • Danny W

        Try whiskey first next time. You don’t have to drink as many beers that way. LOL

    • KCMikeG

      How about a baker’s dozen??

  • Chris Tarrants

    If flowers plays this week then our defense will be rediculis. Cooper has added a ton of value to our secondary that just wasn’t there week 1. I say put cooper on Andre Johnson if he even plays because this is about the time of year that he ends up hurt. Blanket the rest of the Wr’s and send the house after the kid with the crowd almost popping ears drums with decibels

    • KCMikeG

      Perfect!!

  • Michael Shaw

    This news actually worries me a little. Other than what you have on here Andrew, has anyone seen this kid or heard of him before? This is the type of thing that teams can sometimes get a spark from and win a game they probably shouldn’t, so I am concerned about this one now. With Schaub and Yates, we knew what we had to do, but there is no tape on this kid, which makes it more difficult to plan for. Get ready for LOTS of Ben Tate and Arian Foster!!!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!

    • KCMikeG

      Keenum hasn’t even worked with the receivers until this week. Practice squad and inactive. He has no chance in the Sea of Red.

    • Danny W

      Yeah I wanted KC to draft him. He’s remarkably accurate. Not tall enough by NFL standards but Drew Brees isn’t either. He could be a great quarterback one day.

  • Priest4Prez

    Trap game? Well aren’t they all trap games to us? hahaha I’m counting on this not being a Hoyer kind of occurrence in Cleveland where a couple wins were rattled off. We can’t forget that the Texans defensive line is far better than our offensive line. Watt, Cushing and their merry band of men will be looking to stomp us like the Chiefs did to the Raiders last week; count on that. I see our defense giving us an advantage over their porous offense but Foster is no joke, neither is Tate. I see a 17-10 game advantage Chiefs but this will be yet another game where all the nay-sayers point and say: “see, see they can’t keep up with a real offense.” Ugly defensive struggle…..but then again…Arrowhead is back!!!(Tell me you don’t smile every time you read that somewhere)

  • Doc

    Our D should be able to contain Keenan and the 12th man will make it very difficult for him and the o-line to get going. Our offense is going to have to step up this week because their D could be trouble for us. jC can’t carry the whole load and we have to stop relying heavily on him in the 4th. High probability that our D wins this game for us with a pick six (or two) and turnovers. Might even be won on Succup’s leg. Get to the stadium, get psyched, and get LOUD! Go Chiefs!

    • Chris Tarrants

      We need to come up with a different name. 12th man is over used and not original! The terrorheads, 12th chief, something that will set us apart from Seattle and any college team using the same name.

  • KCRedGold

    I get so tired of everyone saying Smith can’t throw long, Smith should do this, so on and so on. The one thing Smith is doing is: SCOREBOARD!!!!!!!!! This is the only thing that matters. Also, it doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you do it. It has been a long time since the Kingdom has enjoyed a ride like this. So take a breath, pull the seat belt a little tighter, and enjoy the dam ride for a change. These moments don’t come along very often. Just remember, SCOREBOARD!!!! THAT IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT!

    • 44WinMag

      See the article on here about 2012 vs 2013 offense. Here’s a hint: the only real difference is turnovers.

      • KCMikeG

        Not true. IF you take away the defensive & ST’s scores – which by the way why would you want to take them out any way? Oh that’s right there’s NO WAY they continue because……WHY? Just because we know they won’t! No reason why they won’t but we just know they won’t. WTH? The only difference is turnovers? Yes +10 vs -16 will win you games which is exactly what AS11 and our offense is doing. Anyway back to IF you take those scores away we are only scoring 19-20 points per game. How AWFUL! Except for TWO very important facts. #1 that is a whole TD MORE every game than last year while our offense is developing in a new system and dealing with a depleted TE position (critical in Reid’s WCO) and OL injuries. Most importantly FACT #2 – we are scoring TWICE as much as our defense is giving up – WITHOUT THE DEFENSIVE AND ST TD’S. Relax – savor the sweet moments our beloved Chiefs are sharing with us.

        • 44WinMag

          Take it up with the author of the article dumbass!

          • KCMikeG

            Name calling is so mature. Don’t quote the article if you’re not supporting the premise or open to discussing it. Sorry to upset you but don’t you think it is ridiculous to discount the scoring by the defense/ST’s to criticize the offense? There have only been 4 scores to “take away” so far anyway. Every time they score it is a possession the offense doesn’t get. The only real difference hasn’t been just the turnovers but also the offenses’ ability to convert them to points.

          • 44WinMag

            you’re a retard

          • KCMikeG

            That’s a compliment coming from you. Thanks for your brilliant response.

          • 44WinMag

            No problem Forrest.

          • KCMikeG

            My favorite Gumpism. Stupid is as stupid does….

    • KCMikeG

      Could have sworn that not matters more than winning. I feel bad for those still looking for something to complain about and to doubt our Chiefs. Come join us as we savor every sweet moment of the greatest season ever in KC. Reid will take care of the rest.

  • Danny W

    I think we can give Keenum more than he can handle but I hope he turns out to be a good quarterback. Love his game and wish the Chiefs would have picked him. Most accurate quarterback I’ve ever seen.

  • tomflex

    Smart move by Kubiak to start Keenum at this time. Keenum is the Man around Houston and demand from fans and probably upper management to get his chance grows exponentially with each loss. Kubiak knows if he starts Yates (best choice) against the Chiefs devastating defense, the disasterous outcome will fall squarely on Kubiak and Monday could be designated as moving day.
    Starting Keenum gives the fans and bosses what they have been screaming for and no matter what happens Kubiak slides another week…

    • Danny W

      Are you down in Texas? You seem to have a pretty good gauge on that club.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Keenum can get himself out of trouble with his feet, that’s why he’s starting over Yates. Playing in Arrowhead stadium against the league’s best scoring defense and pass rush though? Rough, rough assignment. I don’t envy him at all.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    20-17, Chiefs.

    • Davé

      I say unless the defense scores some points I don’t see much hope of getting past ten points for Texas.