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Week 1 vs. IND
Passing: 9 - 17, 107 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / -3 / 0
Schaub had a fairly pedestrian game against Indianapolis on Sunday. Considering Peyton Manning threw for 433 yards on the other side of the ball, it's a bit surprising that Schaub's 107 passing yards were enough to win. That said, Schaub was effective when he had to be, conducting a masterful drive that set the tone of the game early in the second quarter. With the Texans leading 6-0, Schaub took the Texans down the field by completing three straight passes of 20 yards or more including a bullet up the seam to Kevin Walter that resulted in a 13-0 lead for his team. Schaub appears to have plenty of velocity on his passes and his line blocked for him admirably in only surrendering two sacks. His only two mistakes came on a second quarter pass picked off by Melvin Bullet on what appeared to be a miscommunication with Jacoby Jones, and on a deep pass down the left sideline for Andre Johnson that was a hair underthrown. Otherwise, it simply appeared that once running back Arian Foster got going, Schaub's brand of play was not essential to the Texan victory.
Week 2 vs. WAS
Passing: 38 - 52, 497 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Schaub thew a bad interception on the Texans first possession but never faltered after that. His pass protection was mixed and he was sacked five times. He threw a lot of short passes, many times just dumping it to Andre Johnson or Kevin Walters and allowing them to make a play. The emergence of Arian Foster as a running threat certainly helped the passing game. The Texans first touchdown came on play action from the five yard line where Schaub found Jacoby Jones wide open in the end zone. Their second touchdown came on a play action bootleg that Schaub easily got to Walters. As the game went on, the offense clicked and it seemed like Schaub knew where his receivers would be before he even looked. On a critical fourth and 10, he showed his confidence in Andre Johnson when he lofted up a jump ball that Johnson brought down for the game tying touchdown. Late in the game, Schaub spread the ball around and ran the two minute drill effectively which ultimately led to the comeback victory for the Texans.
Week 3 vs. DAL
Passing: 23 - 32, 241 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Matt Schaub's stat line against the Cowboys doesn't tell the whole story. Despite finishing with a respectable completion percentage and nearly 8 yards per attempt, Schaub had a challenging day against the Dallas defense. For starters, even though the Houston offensive line was run blocking as well as they had all season for running back Arian Foster, their pass blocking left much to be desired. Schaub was sacked four times (including three by Demarcus Ware) and had very little time to let the play develop downfield before the pocket collapsed. Most of Schaub's best passes came on slants to Andre Johnson or short passes to Jacoby Jones. On his lone touchdown pass in garbage time, Schaub found Walter with just over a minute to go in the game. On the play, the Texans lined up four wide with Walter all the way to the left and Andre Johnson lined up inside him. Both players ran "in" patterns, which pulled Walter's man towards Johnson. Schaub looked of f Johnson's man then threw out to Walter, who ran in to the endzone untouched. The play was illustrative of the Texans passing game all day wherein the only success Schaub had came with overloading receivers and making quick, short throws. However, Schaub's two interceptions were fairly defensible. The first came on a deep pass to Andre Johnson that was simply too far inside while the second came at the end of the game while the Texans were trying to hurry and move the ball.
Week 4 vs. OAK
Passing: 16 - 29, 192 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 1 / 0
Matt Schaub had another excellent game against Oakland on Saturday. Despite the continued presence of a strong rushing attach, Schaub managed to put together a solid second performance despite throwing for fewer then 100 yards in the first half. The Texans started the game with an efficient drive capped off by a Derrick Ward touchdown run. This drive set the stage for the rest of the game as Ward and Arian Foster provided enough yardage on the ground to reduce the pass rush against Schaub. As a result, Schaub was able to more effectively pick his spots and attack the Raiders' defense. The Texans had Schaub roll out more this week then he did in Week 1 and Week 3. Even when Schaub was under pressure, there was often an exit from the pocket towards one sideline or the other that allowed him to still get a decent throw off. Schaub did falter a bit as the game wound down, unable to connect on third and long late in the fourth quarter which allowed the Raiders to have one final chance at a comeback. Otherwise, he was solid throughout the day. Schaub's best pass came on his first touchdown throw. On the play, tight end Joel Dreessen lined up on the left side of the line and released past the rushing defensive end. Quickly recognizing the blitz, Schaub found the wide open Dreessen for a quick toss and an easy score.
Week 5 vs. NYG
Passing: 16 - 34, 196 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
From snap one, Matt Schaub found himself under pressure and out of sorts. His line gave him little time to set up, his running game was nonexistent and some of his receivers didn't make the tough catches they needed to. This does not absolve Schaub of a lackluster effort on his part, but he could only do so much with no support. Several times he was able to move the chains (mostly with the help of all-world WR Andre Johnson and tight end Owen Daniels) but too much of his game was spent running for his life from Giants defensive linemen and linebackers. His one interception was intended for Johnson was just a matter of forcing the ball into coverage that was too tight. The Giants didn't bite on his play-action and Webster had perfect position on Johnson. Schaub was just trying to make too much happen early in the game.
Week 6 vs. KC
Passing: 25 - 33, 305 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Matt Schaub was fairly mediocre against the Chiefs until the fourth quarter started. During the last quarter as the Texans stormed back to steal a victory, Schaub was stellar. In the fourth quarter, Schaub was 11 of 15 passing and led the Texans to three touchdowns. Schaub did throw for two touchdowns even though the Texans clearly prefer to run the ball near the goalline at this point. Schaub's best pass came on a drive extending 31 yard completion to Andre Johnson that led to the game winning touchdown. Schaub had a similarly great pass to Johnson down the left sideline in the first half that represented the team's biggest gain of the first thirty minutes. The Texans are indeed relying on the run more and while the effectiveness of Arian Foster and Derrick Ward are impacting the magnitude of Schaub's numbers, he is getting more time in the pocket and completing a high percentage of his passes.
Week 8 vs. IND
Passing: 22 - 38, 201 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Schaub was harassed, hit and attacked from all sides by an excellent group of defensive ends that love to hit the QB. It's amazing how much better these DE's are at home, isn't it? Schaub never had a chance to get comfortable. Only towards the end of the game, when the Colts were in a prevent defense, did Schaub begin moving the ball successfully. In the second half, Schaub basically threw it to Andre Johnson and then threw it underneath to Arian Foster. No other targets were able to get open, and when Schaub has little time, he seems to focus on Andre. If other teams follow this blueprint for attacking the Texans, Schaub could have some issues as the year progresses, especially if Andre Johnson can't get healthy.
Week 9 vs. SD
Passing: 21 - 32, 266 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 1 / 0
Schaub's stat line looks pretty poor, but he was also done in by some very shoddy hands on the part of his receivers. Early in the game, the Texans were attacking the Chargers with the running game. There was no reason to go away from it because they were wildly successful and picking up chunks of yardage at a time. Schaub wasn't completing a lot of passes during this time, but that was mostly due to the aforementioned drop issues. He was given loads of time to throw, and when the intended targets actually held onto the football, good things usually followed. There was a pass play late in the first half intended for RB Arian Foster in the end zone. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but after a San Diego challenge, the play was changed to an incomplete pass. The precedent for the play seemed to be the Lions' Calvin Johnson earlier this season and his overturned touchdown reception. It was ruled that Foster didn't maintain the catch all the way to the ground. That was Schaub's best opportunity for a score. He was shaken up early in the second half when he was sacked and a defender landed on his ribs. Schaub remained in the game and showed no ill effects, actually playing a bit better after the injury. He left the field briefly to perhaps get re-taped, but jogged back soon after. With the Chargers now focusing on shutting down the run game, Schaub was given even more time to throw. He was finally able to look downfield, but the problem is that his receivers were rarely open. The sequence that ended up doing in Houston came right after Schaub was whistled for a questionable pass interference penalty. Soon after, the Texans attempted to convert the ensuing fourth down sneak by catching the Chargers off-guard. Unfortunately for the Texans, the Chargers were very much on-guard and easily stuffed Houston's attempt. On Houston's final potentially game-winning drive, Schaub was driving deep into San Diego territory when he looked for his favorite target, WR Andre Johnson on a slant pattern. The ball bounced off Johnson's hands, then knee, and finally into the waiting arms of a San Diego defensive back to clinch the Charger victory.
Week 10 vs. JAX
Passing: 22 - 32, 314 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 14 / 0
Matt Schaub played a very good game on Sunday in Jacksonville, with Jaguar pressure not being much of an issue. He had time to step in his throws, survey the field and keep the offense moving. Schaub made several nice plays, including one touchdown pass to Andre Johnson at the pylon which was called back by penalty. He executed his play action fakes very well, and overall had a really solid game.
Week 11 vs. NYJ
Passing: 19 - 33, 254 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Until the fourth quarter, Schaub had an incredibly quiet day. The Jets did a good job of stifling the air attack of the Texans. Schaub was largely relegated to completing the occasional pass on a short crossing route but nothing very long. On the plus side, he seemed to show no ill after-effects from the knee issue which hospitalized him earlier in the week.
Schaub had a very good fourth quarter, compiling 163 of his 254 yards during that period, as well as his only touchdown. The Jets defense seemed to really lapse, especially on the 43 yard touchdown throw to TE Joel Dreessen. On the play, Schaub clearly saw a lack of coverage on Dreessen on the left side and quickly got the ball out to his tight end. Dreessen had nobody anywhere near him when the ball arrived and didn't even break stride as he caught it and headed for the touchdown.
Week 12 vs. TEN
Passing: 25 - 35, 178 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Matt Schaub was a beacon of efficiency on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. He sliced apart the Titans' defense with ease in the first half, essentially putting the game out of reach before the third quarter had begun. At one point in the first half, Schaub had completed 10 passes in a row in driving the Texans to two early scores. His first touchdown pass (to Joel Dreessen) came on a play-action pass that Schaub sold so well, Dreessen found himself uncovered in the endzone for an easy score. His second touchdown pass, to Andre Johnson, came on a designed rollout where Schaub faked as if he would run to the endzone and deftly tossed the ball to a wide open Johnson. Notably, the Texans decided to pass the ball in goal-to-go situations against Tennessee. In weeks past, that part of the field had been prime for rushing the ball. Schaub's passes were crisp all day and most effective outside the hashmarks where he had a number of clutch throws to Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Kevin Walter. For the first time since the week two contest against Washington, Matt Schaub looked like a Pro-Bowl caliber passer and team leader in guiding the Texans to a much needed win in a divisional game.
Week 13 vs. PHI
Passing: 22 - 36, 337 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Matt Schaub spearheaded a comeback effort in Week 13 against the Eagles after an underwhelming first half that included an interception by a defensive lineman and ended with a sack where he slammed his head into the ground and had to miss the final offensive play for the Texans. Schaub salvaged his first two quarters on two plays, a long 42-yard throw to WR Andre Johnson that was actually underthrown and also an eight-yard touchdown throw to Jacoby Jones where Schaub rolled to his right to buy time before finding Jones in the end zone. Schaub picked himself and the rest of the team up after halftime, spreading the ball around to Johnson, TE Joel Dreessen and RB Arian Foster to help orchestrate two third quarter touchdown drives, which included a short TD pass to Foster. Schaub's comeback efforts were not enough as the Texans once again gave up a second half lead.
Week 14 vs. BAL
Passing: 31 - 62, 393 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Outside of the game ending pass that resulted in a game-winning interception, Schaub was masterful against a fantastic Ravens defense. He engineered two long drives late in the fourth quarter to force overtime and even though he only completed 50% of his passes, he shook off a poor first half to play very well in the second. Schaub's 393 yards and 3 touchdowns are further evidence that he is one of a few players in fantasy football that can post huge numbers at a moment notice. His best throw came on the two point conversion that sent the game to overtime. On the play, Schaub calmly surveyed the field, stepped up in the pocket, and threw a bullet to the left corner of the endzone that was hauled in by Jacoby Jones. On the prior play, Schaub completed a tough pass through two defenders to the back of the endzone for Andre Johnson. During the fourth quarter, Schaub was 17 of 24 in leading the Texans to two touchdowns and a two point conversion. He leaned on five different receivers during the stretch run and even scrambled for an 8 yard game when the Ravens coverage gave him no options. Unfortunately, Schaub ended the game on a sour note. After the Texans' defense forced a punt in overtime, Schaub threw an interception from his own 6 yard line that was returned for the game winning score. On the play, Schaub threw off of his back foot and didn't appear to see the Ravens defensive back jumping the route. Without much elevation on the pass, it was easily picked off and returned for the game winning score.
Week 15 vs. TEN
Passing: 35 - 54, 325 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
With the Texans at an early 21-0 disadvantage and no sign of the running game, Schaub simply threw all day long against the Titans. In the first half, Schaub was efficient (completing 9 in a row early on) but was unable to find any of his downfield targets, instead relying on the short passing game (namely dump-offs to Arian Foster), which wasn't enough to move the chains consistently. As the game went on, Schaub did what he could, forcing the ball to covered receivers at times, with mixed results. He seemed to be locked on to Andre Johnson for most of the first half, but it wasn't until he started spreading the ball around that he was able to really hook up with him, which he did in seemingly easy fashion on Johnson's scoring play, as the receiver had a couple of steps on his man in the end zone. Schaub had more success throwing downfield later in the game, but also faced more pressure, which meant he often had to throw off of his back foot, off balance, or while on the run. He was sacked four times, and on one hit looked to be quite hurt. In the end, his arm and determination gave the Texans hope for one more comeback, but in the end it wasn't good enough to beat a defense that knew exactly what was coming. In fact, he even got a lucky break on a desperation throw that was an apparent pick-6, but was called back on an offside penalty. While Johnson was Schaub's favourite target, he also showed a lot of trust in Kevin Walter in clutch situations, and also seemed to look to TE Owen Daniels more often later in the game.
Week 16 vs. DEN
Passing: 23 - 33, 310 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Matt Schaub was his usual confident self back in the pocket orchestrating this passing game for Houston early on, completing passes to challenge all levels of the defense. Schaub read a blitz really well early and completed a pass in the face of pressure to Jacoby Jones perfectly in stride, displaying his unflappable qualities. He completed a beautiful 33 yard pass to Jacoby Jones off play action on the very next play, laying the ball right in Jones' arms. He took a fierce hit at the end of the first half that seemed to affect his performance as he became reluctant to stand in against the blitz and wanted to release the ball more quickly. Schaub's game ending interception came on a lucky deflected pass as it hit off the helmet of a blitzing Brian Dawkins. Schaub performed admirably without his most trusted and best offensive weapon, Andre Johnson.
Week 17 vs. JAX
Passing: 18 - 22, 253 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 1 / 0
Schaub was masterful in the Texans victory against the Jaguars in week 17. He completed 18 of 22 passes for an impressive 11.5 yards per attempt, all without the help of Andre Johnson at the receiver position. Schaub was able to keep the Texans moving the ball by throwing deep outs and crossing patterns where his receivers caught the ball in full stride, thus enabling them to pick up substantial yardage after the catch. Schaub was of course helped by the Texans fantastic rushing performance (243 yards) which left receivers Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones in single coverage most of the day. Significantly, Owen Daniels appears to be fully recovered from last season's torn ACL and provided Schaub with a reliable and effective option on both quick slants and go routes down the middle of the field. Schaub finished the season with 4,370 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes.