The Texans lost to the Chiefs by a final of 17-16 on Sunday. Keenum made the start for the injured Matt Schaub and played well, throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown. He even had a chance to lead the Texans to a come from behind win. But a fumble stopped the comeback attempt cold with less than two minutes left in the game. Coach Gary Kubiak had no issues with the team's effort.
“We played hard. They’re a good football team. My hat’s off to them. I’m proud of my team’s effort. I’m just disappointed in the result,” Kubiak said.
Kubiak liked what he saw from his offense with Keenum at the controls.
“I liked the way we functioned for a team that made a big change,” Kubiak stated,
As for Keenum, well, the former University of Houston was just happy to be there.
“It’s my first NFL start. I’ve been working for this my whole life,” Keenum said. “There’s no better stage to have my first start than there was here.”
The losing streak is now at five games, and the Texans also likely lost linebacker Brian Cushing for the rest of the year with a torn left knee ligament and broken leg. It was the same leg that Cushing hurt last year, an injury that also ended his season early.
Cushing’s injury wasn’t the only one the team had to deal with. Running back Arian Foster left the game early after aggravating a hamstring injury. He thinks he will be able to play when the team faces the Colts at Reliant Stadium on November third.
And the Texans played with heavy hearts following the death of former Oilers coach Bum Phillips Friday night. After a fourth quarter sack of Kansas City’s Alex Smith, JJ Watt celebrated by putting on an imaginary cowboy hat, Phillips’ trademark.