Keenum Plays Well, But Texans Lose 5th Straight
Kansas City (CBS Houston) – For his first start as an NFL quarterback, Houston Texans’ Case Keenum looked composed and in control, but his effort wasn’t enough as he was handed his first loss in the NFL in a 17-16 loss to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
Keenum threw for 271 yards on 15 for 25 passing and one touchdown playing much of the game without star running back Arian Foster who left the game with a hamstring injury in the first quarter. Keenum didn’t throw an interception, the first time in a game this season there hasn’t been a pass intercepted off a Texans QB.
The Texans defense did what it could to help the offense, getting a fumble recovery and an interception, but the Texans only turned those two turnovers into three points. The defense also lost a key player as Brian Cushing left the game with a knee injury in the 3rd quarter.
The Texans got on the board first with the first of three field goals from Randy Bullock, good from 48-yards for the 3-0 lead in Arrowhead stadium.
The Chiefs answered back with an 82 yard drive capped off by a Jamaal Charles 1-yard touchdown run to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. Charles finished with 86 yards for Kansas City.
The lead would switch back to the Texans on the first play of the second quarter as Case Keenum would get his first career touchdown pass on a 29 yard throw to rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
The Chiefs got back on top in the second quarter after a 97-yard drive lead to a busted play that Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith ran in from five yards out. The Chiefs would never surrender the lead again after taking the 14-10 lead on Smith’s run.
The Texans would kick two more field goals in the second half but the Chiefs answered one of them and held onto the lead 17-16 to improve to 7-0 on the season. The Texans loss is the fifth straight for the defending AFC South champions and drop to 2-5 on the season. They have a bye week next week before hosting the division leading Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football on November 2nd.
Ben Tate stepped in for Foster running for 50 yards in support of Keenum, but the effort of veterans like Tate and Andre Johnson (4 catches 89 yards) weren’t enough to get Keenum his first win.