KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The current path of perfection for the undefeated Chiefs goes through quarterback Case Keenum.
The Houston Texans (2-4) on Thursday announced Keenum would start over T.J. Yates in place on an injured Matt Schaub (ankle, foot) for Week Seven’s contest at Arrowhead Stadium.
Keenum entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Houston, where he holds the all-time college record in passing yards, completions and touchdowns.
He spent the 2012 season on the Texans practice squad and hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular season game.
Sunday will mark the first NFL start of Keenum’s career as well as the first time he’s been active for a regular season game.
The Texans, losers of four straight games, and an untested Keenum face a major obstacle playing in a venue that set the world record as the loudest outdoor stadium in Week Six.
Meanwhile, Houston quarterbacks have been sacked a combined 17 times (Schaub – 15, Yates – 2) and Keenum faces a Chiefs defense ranked first in the NFL with 30 sacks.
Media reactions to Keenum news
Keenum hasn’t played a meaningful game since U of Houston beat Penn State in a bowl game his senior year.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 17, 2013
“His eyes got kinda big.” – @casekeenum7‘s reaction when Kubiak told him he’d start vs. Chiefs. #Texans — Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) October 17, 2013
KC has the toughest defense in the NFL. KC has the loudest stadium in the NFL. Here’s the ball, Case. Good luck. — Nick Mathews (@Nick_Mathews) October 17, 2013
Quotes coming from Houston re: Case Keenum are very similar to those heard in KC when Chiefs made Tyler Palko their starter 2 years ago
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 17, 2013
Four words on Case Keenum start against the Chiefs: Blood. In. The. Water.
— TJ Carpenter (@TJCarpenterWHB) October 17, 2013