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NFL Week 9 -- Colts at Texans

Two 2012 playoff teams from the AFC South, battling once again for division ... oh, wait. This isn't what we expected. Sure, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have lived up to -- surpassed, even -- expectations. But then there are the Houston Texans and their well-documented issues, which led them to choose Case Keenum over a healthy Matt Schaub at quarterback this week. Can Houston steal one from the seemingly locks-to-win-the-division Colts? Indy is missing Reggie Wayne, after all.

Which team will win Sunday's game at Houston?

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  • The Colts are third in the latest ESPN Power Rankings. What do you make of this?

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  • Are the Colts legit Super Bowl contenders with Reggie Wayne out for the season?

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  • Assuming they make the playoffs, how far will the Colts go this season?

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  • Trent Richardson is averaging 3.0 yards per carry this season and 3.4 for his career. Will he become an elite running back?

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  • Who should start for the Texans when both are healthy?

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  • Will Matt Schaub ever start a game for the Texans again?

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  • How many games will the Texans (2-5) win this season?

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  • Will Gary Kubiak coach the Texans in 2014?

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Keenum to start over Schaub

Matt Schaub is finally healthy, but the Texans don't have enough confidence in him to give him back his starting role. The team has announced that Case Keenum will start at quarterback on Sunday against the Colts. Keenum threw for 271 yards and a touchdown in Week 7's close loss to the Chiefs -- but perhaps more importantly, he did not throw a crippling pick-six, which seemed for a while like a requirement to be the Texans' QB.

Who should start for the Texans when both are healthy?

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  • Would you want your favorite team to pursue Matt Schaub if it had a vacancy at quarterback?

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  • Will Matt Schaub ever start a game for the Texans again?

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  • What chance do you give the Texans of beating the Colts in Houston this Sunday?

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  • How many games will the Texans (2-5) win this season?

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Texans most disappointing team?

What's worse than losing 34-3 at one of the NFL's top teams? Losing 38-13 at home against one of its weakest ... and losing your starting quarterback to an injury ... then watching his backup succumb to the same trend that plagued your top guy. Yes, it's pretty murky down in Houston, where the Texans were humbled by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Under-fire Matt Schaub went down with an ankle knock, which actually delighted some fans, but backup T.J. Yates promptly threw an interception returned for a touchdown -- something Schaub had done a record four straight weeks. Houston went 12-4 last season. Is its 2-4 start more disappointing than the struggles in Atlanta and the Giants' side of the Meadowlands?

Which is the most disappointing team this season?

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  • What chance do the Texans (2-4) have of reaching the playoffs?

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  • If you were a Texans fan, would you want the team (2-4) to tank the rest of the season and play for a better draft pick?

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  • How many games will the Texans (2-4) win this season?

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  • If Matt Schaub were healthy, who should start at QB for the Texans?

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  • How long will Gary Kubiak last as Texans coach?

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  • What do you make of the recent behavior of some Texans fans?

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Schaub, Texans reach new low

Which is worse: Losing a game you had in hand, or having never had a chance to win? Quarterback Matt Schaub, coach Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans can ponder this question after squandering a 20-6 lead against the Seattle Seahawks a week ago, then seeing Schaub's improbable pick-six streak continue (four in a row) in a 34-3 loss at the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. That drops the Texans to 2-3, one loss fewer than they experienced all of last season. Are they done?

Which is more true about the 49ers' 34-3 win vs. the Texans?

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  • Is Gary Kubiak on the hot seat?

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  • T.J. Yates played in the fourth quarter Sunday. Should he start for Houston next Sunday against St. Louis?

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  • How much better would the Texans be with T.J. Yates at quarterback?

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  • How many games will the Texans (2-3) win this season?

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  • Which team will win the NFC West?

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  • Which is the best team in the NFC?

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NFL Week 5 -- Texans at 49ers

There's a burning anger, literally, in Houston, after the Texans squandered a 20-6 lead over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday thanks in (large) part to quarterback Matt Schaub's inexplicable interception. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a similar bit of panic seems to have subsided, as the 49ers clobbered the St. Louis Rams in the wake of two straight blowout losses. Neither Super Bowl contender is where it wanted to be through four weeks. But one will be in better shape after five.

  • Which team will win the Texans-49ers game in San Francisco?

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  • What do you make of fans burning Matt Schaub jerseys?

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  • Which team is more dangerous right now?

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  • Will Matt Schaub's streak of 7 straight games with an INT continue?

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  • The Texans reportedly have an out on Matt Schaub's contract extension from last season. Will he be Houston's QB in 2014?

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  • Jerry Rice has said he would be willing to consult with 49ers receivers. Should Jim Harbaugh take him up on the offer?

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