Matt Schaub sets record with a pick-six in fourth straight game
Matt Schaub did not waste much time Sunday night getting his name in the NFL record books … though, he probably would prefer he not to be.
On the third play of Houston’s game in San Francisco and Schaub’s first pass, the 49ers’ Tramaine Brock returned an interception for a touchdown. The turnover marked the fourth straight game in which Schaub had fired a pick-six, setting a new NFL record. Dating to last season, opposing teams have scored off a Schaub INT if five of the Texans’ last seven games. (GIF below via Bleacher Report.)
Brock joined the Titans’ Alterraun Verner, the Ravens’ Daryl Smith and the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman in victimizing Schaub this season. The pick-sixes by Smith and Sherman each came in a Houston loss.
Following last week’s game, in which the Texans blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead and lost to Seattle, one Houston fan was caught on tape burning a Schaub jersey in the stadium parking lot. The heat on Schaub continues to ratchet up, too, seemingly with each passing week. The Texans’ 2-2 start — not to mention the 4-1 and 3-2 records of Indianapolis and Tennessee, respectively — have left many folks in that fan base wondering aloud if a QB change might be in order.
The options behind Schaub are rather unappealing, though. T.J. Yates, who quarterbacked a Houston playoff win over Cincinnati, is Schaub’s backup. He has not started a game since the 2011 playoffs and has yet to throw a pass this year. Behind him is third-string rookie Case Keenum.
For better or worse, the Texans are locked in with Schaub for the immediate future. Lately, there has been more failure than success.