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Through Week 11 of the 2012 NFL season, the Houston Texans were 9-1, en route to the franchise's second playoff berth. Through Week 11 of the 2013 season, the Texans are 2-8, battling to stay out of the basement of the NFL. So it's understandable if some frustrations bubble to the surface, as they did with an argument between Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson late in Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders. Both players said it was no big deal, but who knows what kind of impact this will have on the future of the team?
Problems in Houston?
The players involved always downplay sideline disputes, but are quarterback-receiver squabbles ever a big deal?
Andre Johnson's future?
After 11 years with Houston and virtually all of the team's receiving records, will Johnson finish his career with the Texans?
Who is in at QB?
Is less than half a season of starts enough for undrafted rookie Case Keenum to earn the starting job?
The Texans' experiment with Ed Reed appears to be at an end, as the team is set to cut him Tuesday. Reed has been something of a cipher for Houston this year, recording only 16 tackles in seven games and suffering a demotion from his starting position in the team's loss to the Colts. Reed described the team's playing and coaching as inconsistent in a recent interview, which may have played a part in the team's decision to part ways with him before the end of the season.
Out of Texas
The Texans weren't winning with Ed Reed, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily the cause of their woes this season.
Reed was one of the best safeties in the game during his time in Baltimore, and is likely a future Hall of Famer, but his stats this year were not up to his usual standards.
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.
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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.
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?