QB Matt Schaub - Atlanta Falcons
|6-5, 237||Born: 6-25-1981||College: Virginia||Drafted: Round 3, pick 90 (2004)|
2019 Week 7 vs LAR (6 / 6 / 65 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
He found Hooper with 5:00 left in the flat for a short gain. He found Justin Hardy against a soft zone up the seam to get across midfield and then Austin Hooper to the 14 in the same area of the field. He returned to Hardy once again in the right flat for 10 yards and then back to Hooper up the right seam for Atlanta's only score of the afternoon.
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (39 / 52 / 460 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
He converted his first third down with a short flat route to Austin Hooper to extend the initial drive. He followed up with a short pass to Devonta Freeman to the opposite flat near midfield. Calvin Ridley dropped a short slant on third and six of the first drive after cornerback Shaq Griffin knocked the ball away. The target was at the receiver's back shoulder. Although it should have been caught and secured, the placement made the corner's job easier to defend the target. Schaub began the second series with a play-action out for 25 yards to Julio Jones. Schaub worked a variety of play-action passes in this game and got Atlanta past midfield with a pair of throws. He took pressure up the middle but found Austin Hooper for a couple of yards to prevent the sack. James Carpenter's replacement Wes Schweitzer committed a false start to force a third and long. Schaub overshot Jones on a skinny post during the third series. Schaub found Jones a couple of times later in the drive, but one of them was a pass interference on Jones up the right sideline while Schaub fired the ball under pressure up the middle. Mychal Kendricks anticipated Schaub's passing lane on a skinny post to Jones later in the drive and made a leaping interception. He found Jones on a play action out route against zone late in the half. Once again Schaub was just behind Justin Hardy on a slant that Griffin broke up at the catch point. Seattle's safety Akeem King dropped what should have been an easy interception on second down from the Seattle 35 late in the half. No receiver was in the area. He lost a fumble at the end of the half against a three-man rush on a Hail Mary situation. Schaub found Hooper on a play-action throwback screen for a big gain to begin the second half with a 35-yard gain. He found Julio Jones on a fin route to reach midfield during the second drive of the third quarter and then a pair of targets to Jones late in the third quarter on the following drive to get Atlanta to midfield once again. He found Jones for 22 yards on a slant that was actually accurate early in the fourth quarter but then threw a hospital ball to Ridley on a corner route thrown behind the receiver inside the 10. Ridley hit his head on the turf after catching the ball, taking the hit and holding on. Schaub led Atlanta's two-minute offense to a drive that cut the lead to 10 points with a play-action touchdown under pressure with a low throw only where Austin Hooper could make the catch. After a three-and-out by Seattle, Jones caught a deep out on a well-anticipated throw by Schaub but came up limping after the wrap at the boundary. He then found Ridley across the middle to get Atlanta to the Seattle 45 on a 30-yardpickup. Schaub drove Atlanta with less than three minutes left to cut the lead to seven points with 1:17 left and another shot at an onside kick.
2016 Week 14 vs LA (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
He entered the game to begin the fourth quarter. He handed the ball off most of the time. He threw a tipped pass intended for fullback Patrick DiMarco that was nearly intercepted and in position for an easy pick-six.
2015 Week 12 vs CLE (20 / 34 / 232 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
A blocked field goal and a punt return touchdown helped disguise some of Matt Schaub's struggles. The Ravens opened the game committed to the run and tried to give Schaub some easy completions to get him in a rhythm. Schaub's first two incompletions came when he was under pressure behind a makeshift offensive line forcing a field goal attempt. Schaub underthrew Chris Givens on his first throw downfield but he hauled in the pass for a 48 yard gain. Schaub capped the drive with a check down to Buck Allen who split a pair of Browns defenders on his way to the end zone. Schaub and Aiken could not connect on a deep comeback route because of an apparent miscommunication. Schaub was intercepted by Karlos Dansby his next throw and Dansby returned the interception for a touchdown. Schaub never saw Dansby and the pass may have been picked by Tramon Williams if Dansby didn't get his hands on it. Schaub responded well following the pick six by putting together a scoring drive. First Schaub showed good timing with Aiken on a curl route. Then kept the drive alive with a 4th and 2 conversion to Juszczyk in the flat. Finally, he capped the drive with a perfect throw to the boundary for a 15 yard Aiken touchdown. Backed up at their own 1 yard line Schaub converted a 3rd and 10 with a throw over the middle to Crocket Gillmore for 14. On 4th and 1 on their own 25 yard line Schaub converted on a quarterback sneak up the middle. Schaub kept the drive with a nice throw to Boyle for a nice gain followed by two big plays to Aiken before settling for a field goal. Trying to set up a game winning field goal, Schaub was intercepted by Williams who jumped in front of Aiken on an in route.
2015 Week 13 vs MIA (32 / 46 / 308 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Schaub was unable to get the Ravens in any sort of offensive rhythm. Schaub's lack of arm strength is evident on sideline throws and his pocket presence and awareness leave much to be desired. The Ravens went three and out on their first possession after Schaub couldn't connect with Givens on back to back plays. Schaub connected with receiver Daniel Brown for a 52 yard touchdown but a questionable pass interference call nullified the long score. The drive ended with Olivier Vernon beating James Hurst around the edge for a sack. Despite keeping extra blockers in to protect Schaub the Dolphins were able to apply pressure and hit Schaub often. Schaub looked old and feeble each time he was hit and began to look more concerned about the pass rush than his receivers late in the game. Jimmy Clausen was nearly called to action on two occasions. First, Schaub banged his head on the field then appeared to suffer a shoulder injury but remained in the game. Schaub made a nice throw to Jeremy Butler for 22 yards between the safeties and linebackers on a post route. Schaub was stuffed on a 4th and 1 from the Dolphins 3 yard line on a quarterback sneak. Schaub appeared to gain ground but a mass of bodies gave Harbaugh no reason to challenge. Schaub was intercepted on a batted pass the following possession by Reshad Jones. Schaub's next three attempts went towards Buck Allen. The first two were completed for modest gains but Derrick Shelby saw the third one coming, tipped the pass, came down with the batted ball and outraced Schaub into the end zone. Schaub came out slinging after the pick six and was able to get a field goal before halftime. First he found Givens on a deep back shoulder throw for 36 yards. On a very similar route Schaub completed to Givens gaining 20 more yards this time between a safety and corner. However, Schaub had Kamar Aiken open for a 20 yard touchdown on a crossing route but threw well behind Aiken and forced the field goal attempt. Schaub put together a touchdown drive thanks to Brent Grimes. Grimes allowed back to back completions to Butler and Givens for 24 yards then made no effort to push Buck Allen out of bounds as he raced down the sideline for a 41 yard touchdown. Schaub was sacked on 3rd and short with Kamar Aiken and Buck Allen open in the middle of the field. The following possession was another three and out featuring 3 check downs to Buck Allen. Schaub helped move the offense into field goal range with a 17 yard completion to Daniel Brown who found the soft spot in zone coverage. Schaub was again sacked by Vernon to stall another drive.
2014 Week 8 vs CLE (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub threw his first pass of the year for the Raiders on a fake field goal of sorts. The veteran first dropped the snap then overthrew an open Mychal Rivera for an easy interception.
2014 Week 13 vs STL (5 / 9 / 57 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub started red hot, completing 3 of his first 4 passes for 34 yards, but was blindsided on his next drop back and fumbled the ball away. He had an interception dropped on the next drive and threw a terrible pick six on his third. On that play he was rolling left and made an ill-advised throw across his body for an easy interception. Schaub's arm strength looked fine in the game but his decision making left much to be desired.
2014 Week 16 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub came in due to Carr's injury but couldn't get the play off and had to burn a timeout. That timeout gave Carr time to get back on the field.
2013 Week 1 vs SD (34 / 45 / 346 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub opened the game with an interception. Maybe he should have seen Jarrett Johnson before he tried to find Andre Johnson in the flat, but Johnson crouched down before jumping into the air to tip his pass into a teammate's hands. After that play however, Schaub played very well. He had a few bad plays, but he also extended a few plays before making accurate passes to receivers down the field. Most of Schaub's attempts were focused on Andre Johnson, but his first two touchdowns went to tight ends. The first came from the one yard line, as Owen Daniels was wide open after some quick play action to Arian Foster. The second was further out, but only by a few yards as he found Garrett Graham in a tight window over the middle of the field. That trend of stealing touchdowns continued in the fourth quarter. This time Schaub mostly focused on passing to DeAndre Hopkins to move down the field before he connected with Daniels again for an easy touchdown in the redzone. Hopkins did bail Schaub out on one severely underthrown deep ball to keep the drive alive before that point. He was helped with Brian Cushing's defensive touchdown, but Matt Schaub was undoubtedly impressive within the Texans' offense.
2013 Week 2 vs TEN (26 / 48 / 298 / 3 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub threw a touchdown with his first pass as the Titans didn't cover Garrett Graham at the goalline. That came after Ben Tate and Arian Foster had brought them to that point with consecutive carries. Even though the early lead was cancelled out fairly quickly, Schaub played very cautiously early on in the game. When the offense began to expand, Schaub almost exclusively focused on passing the ball to Andre Johnson. He was nearly intercepted when he forced a ball to Johnson down the sideline, before he was intercepted as he panicked under pressure and forced a throw to nobody in particular. The Titans were able to get a notable amount of pressure on Schaub. That pressure disrupted many throws, but he was able to punish them on a perfect touchdown pass to Owen Daniels midway through the third quarter. Behind by one, with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Schaub threw an interception. Many initially blamed the rookie reciever DeAndre Hopkins for running the wrong route, but it was Schaub who made the wrong read and threw a terrible interception on third and 21 that led to a touchdown going the other way. Schaub eventually helped his team back into a winning position, but much of his work was reliant on Hopkins and Johnson's ability to win the ball over defenders, as Hopkins did for the game winning touchdown. Schaub needs to be able to make use of all of his weapons without focusing exclusively on different players at different stretches. With Hopkins, Johnson, Daniels and Graham, he has no excuses.
2013 Week 3 vs BAL (25 / 35 / 194 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub didn't start this game very well. He missed receivers on one or two throws that he shouldn't have made, but most importantly he threw to receivers underneath in the redzone to force the offense to settle for two field goals. With the Ravens hanging on after a field goal drive, Schaub threw a terrible interception to Daryl Smith that was returned for a touchdown. Schaub was trying to hit Owen Daniels underneath, but Schaub didn't read the coverage. Schaub didn't make any other crucial mistakes that show up on the stat sheet, but he didn't play well throughout the game. He was too conservative and inconsistent as a passer.
2013 Week 4 vs SEA (31 / 49 / 355 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Schaub's first pass attempt was tipped by Red Bryant as the defensive lineman didn't bite on a hard play-fake from the Texans. His second attempt came on third and eight, when he was rushed out of the pocket and just threw it away. The Texans punted on that drive, but an inaccurate pass that Schaub forced to tight end Owen Daniels would end their second drive. Schaub missed Daniels behind, which allowed the defender to tip the ball into the air for the turnover. Schaub looked better on his second drive as he brought his team into position, before manipulating the coverage with his eyes to find Garrett Graham wide open down the seam for a touchdown. Schaub followed up that touchdown pass with a few more accurate throws on his next drive before he found Foster open in the flat for his second score of the day. A quick turnover after that touchdown gave Schaub and the offense a short field. Schaub immediately threw a pass that should have resulted in his second interception. He forced the ball to Andre Johnson down the sideline when Sherman was in perfect position to pick off the pass. Sherman dropped it however. It didn't come until the fourth quarter, but Schaub gifted Sherman another opportunity for an interception when he floated the ball into the flat while under pressure. Sherman caught it and took it to the end zone for a game-tlying touchdown. Schaub never even looked before throwing, something you especially can't do when playing with a lead. Schaub was nearly intercepted twice in overtime. Once he lofted a pass to the sideline while under immense pressure and once he tried to force the ball past an underneath defender who was only able to tip it. Schaub wasn't intercepted again, but he was unable to extend the Texans drive before being forced to punt. The Seahawks would then end the game with a field goal.
2013 Week 5 vs SF (19 / 35 / 173 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub threw an interception with his first pass of the game. An interception that was returned for a touchdown. Schaub made a terrible read of the coverage. The 49ers baited him by faking man coverage before switching into a zone, but it wasn't anything too exotic and it's something that he shouldn't have been fooled by. Schaub wasn't playing well and missed a few more throws before his second interception. That second interception came early in the second quarter as he was late on a throw to Andre Johnson. Johnson sat down in a curl by the sideline and didn't break on the ball ahead of the incoming defender. In the third quarter, Schaub should have been intercepted again as he threw the ball straight to Eric Reid. Schaub didn't see Reid as he scrambled into the flat and threw down the field. Schaub's third pick came soon after. The 49ers blitzed and dropped a defensive linemen into coverage. That defender went straight into Schaub's passing lane for the easy interception.
2013 Week 6 vs STL (15 / 21 / 186 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub went out injured in the third quarter, but he was effectively playing injured up until that point. That's not a cheap joke. He, unsuprisingly, is a quarterback whose confidence is shot. He looks tentative in the pocket and never really pushes the ball down the field. Schaub is a talented quarterback, but his mind is not right and the offensive system doesn't do a huge amount to help him. An extended period on the sidelines may actually aid him if the injury proves serious.
2013 Week 11 vs OAK (12 / 25 / 155 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Inexplicably, Schaub replaced Keenum late in the third quarter. Every single one of his passes targeted Andre Johnson during his first drive, with two of those thrown wide of the mark. Schaub spread the ball out more on his next drive, but he threw too many inaccurate passes and relied on his receivers to bring the offense down the field. Schaub led two field goal drives, but should have been intercepted on the final offensive play of the game. Schaub didn't do enough to justify taking the place of Keenum.
2013 Week 14 vs JAX (17 / 29 / 198 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Schaub came in with a commanding demeanour. He immediately drove the offense down the field with precise throws before throwing an accurate touchdown pass to Garrett Graham for the touchdown. Schaub was very sharp, making quick decisions that neutralised the pass rush of the Jaguars while completing accurate passes to different receivers. Schaub eventually crumbled. He missed an open Andre Johnson on a crucial fourth down conversion, before throwing a terrible interception when the Texans were trying to score a game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 16 vs DEN (18 / 37 / 176 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
This was the perfect opportunity for Schaub to come out and make a statement. He was in the shop window for the other 31 franchises and whoever will become the Texans new head coach in the offseason. Yet, on a field with a 37-year-old Peyton Manning, he looked twice as old as anyone in the stadium. It all started off poorly when he missed Andre Johnson in the end zone for an open touchdown. Johnson repaid him with a drop in the end zone in the third quarter, but it never really got better for Schaub as he routinely threw inaccurate passes to his receivers, showed bad pocket presence and at one stage threw the ball into the ground in front of him from a clean pocket. Unfortunately, it appears that Matt Schaub's best days are already behind him and he may be fortunate to continue in this league as a backup for much longer.
2013 Week 17 vs TEN (22 / 34 / 229 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Again, Schaub failed to seize an opportunity to raise his stock heading into the offseason. He was inaccurate throughout and regularly looked uncomfortable behind the line of scrimmage. Schaub's first interception came in the third quarter, it was a tipped pass but it was also an inaccurate pass that he forced into a very tight window. Schaub simply looked out of his depth. He threw a few nice deep passes in the second half, but the game was sealed when he badly overthrew a pass down the middle of the field for his second interception of the game.
2012 Week 1 vs MIA (20 / 31 / 266 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)
Schaub continues to be one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. After missing the end of last season to injury, Schaub had an excellent day against a Miami defense that looked slow and out of sync. He completed 20 of 31 passes for a meager 266 yards but was lethal in his efficiency. Schaub was able to find plenty of time in the pocket which in turn gave him plenty of time to look for seams in the defense. His best throw came on a pass to Lester Jean in the first half that looked to be a sideline touchdown before being overruled upon review. On the play, Schaub put the ball only where Jean could catch it with accuracy and the perfect touch. Schaub also showed his veteran savvy by allowing the play to develop downfield on more than one occasion, including a 29 yard completion to Owen Daniels to the left side of the field that saw the quarterback drop the ball between four defenders to his wide open tight end. Schaub also had two great throws to the right side in leading Andre Johnson down field for a touchdown and a big gain. Schaub showed no ill affects from last season's injuries and was able to move around in the pocket with ease.
2012 Week 2 vs JAX (26 / 35 / 195 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Schaub had another cooly efficient game under center as the Texans quarterback. Schaub was content to complete short, safe passes to Arian Foster and Owen Daniels instead of taking needless chances downfield to Andre Johnson. Schaub completed 8 passes between 10 and 18 yards to go with a number of screen passes and quick hitches as the Texans moved the ball efficiently against the Jaguars defense. Despite having a low yard-per-attempt on the day, Schaub appeared in complete control of the offense throughout and had very little trouble moving the ball. He was not sacked and did not turn the ball over as the Texans used a power rushing game that totaled over 200 yards on the ground to overpower Jacksonville. Schaub's contribution served to keep the rushing lanes open, which he did very well.
2012 Week 3 vs DEN (17 / 30 / 290 / 4 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub and the Houston Texans offense could not have had a worse start on Sunday as Schaub was hit for a safety on their first offensive play. However, the following three drives were anything but disappointing. Starting on the 20, Schaub opened the 2nd drive with what has become a staple of the Texan offense, a play-action boot with Schaub finding Kevin Walter for 18 yards. Three plays later, facing a 1st and 20, Schaub again went again to the play action, giving Andre Johnson plenty of time to fake a deep out before turning back up field. Safety Mike Adams jumped the underneath Owen Daniels underneath route leaving Tracy Porter, who appeared to be expecting over the top help from Adams, well behind Johnson. The ball was perfectly thrown by Schaub and Johnson walked into the end zone untouched. The Texans' 3rd drive was easily their most impressive drive, converting four 3rd downs and driving 99 yards (after another false start) for the TD. Schaub completed passes to four different receivers, including all three TEs with the last being a swing pass to Arian Foster for a three-yard TD on a swing pass. Schaub looked very comfortable in the pocket, especially on his 3rd and 11 conversion to Keshawn Martin for 18 yards, who was Schaub's third option on the play. The following drive looked very similar to the first; with a play-action fake giving Schaub plenty of time on the 52-yard TD pass to Walter. Walter sold the outside route to Porter and Schaub again dropped a perfect pass in the middle of the field, allowing Walter to run underneath the bomb and easily walk into the end zone. After his first four drives Schaub was 8/10, for 177 yards and 3 TDs, completing passes to seven different receivers. Clearly Denver planned to make life less comfortable in the 2nd half, but even back-to-back roughing the passer penalties, including one by Joe Mays which not only violently removed Schaub's helmet, but also reportedly took a part of his ear, didn't slow Schaub down. On the first penalty, Schaub again threw a pass up to a streaking Johnson and if it weren't for a tremendous play by Champ Bailey, the perfectly thrown ball would have been another TD for the duo. The Texans' final TD drive saw rookie Lestar Jean turn a relatively short gain into a 46-yard completion, again setting Houston up deep in Bronco territory. Two plays later Schaub found Owen Daniels for a 14-yard TD pass. Schaub did throw one INT, but it took a spectacular play from LB Wesley Woodyard for the blemish. Trying to drive late in the 2nd quarter for at least a FG try, Woodyard essentially made a one-handed grab on the Daniels intended pass.
2012 Week 4 vs TEN (20 / 28 / 202 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Once again, Matt Schaub showed poise and complete command of the offense in leading the Texans to their fourth straight victory to start the season. Despite an average passing line of a 71% completion percentage and 7.2 yards per attempt, Schaub did an excellent job protecting the ball and was not sacked once despite the Texans keeping eight defenders near the line of scrimmage most of the game. Schaub's best pass came on a touchdown to James Casey. Schaub correctly identified the oncoming rush from the right side and placed great touch on a pass to his tight end who was running outside to the left. Interestingly, Schaub continues to target Andre Johnson only when the situation seems to warrant a big play. Otherwise, Schaub is content to spread the ball around to players like Casey and Owen Daniels in the middle of the field. For the season Schaub has a 105.3 quarterback rating and only one interception to go with seven touchdowns.
2012 Week 5 vs NYJ (14 / 28 / 209 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub's success is predicated upon play action. During his team's first drive, Schaub was 2-for-2 on play action passes, delivering both passes to Owen Daniels. Schaub's second completion to Daniels was a thing of beauty. Schaub drew the linebackers up by making a great play fake to Arian Foster. Schaub rolled out to the left and threw a beautiful pass to Owen Daniels for a 34-yard touchdown. During this drive, Schaub completed four of his five pass attempts for 67 yards while picking up three critical third downs. The Texans had a lot of success running the ball, so Schaub made the most of his play action opportunities. For the entire game, Schaub completed 7-of-8 play action passes for 109 yards. The Jets' secondary, namely Antonio Cromartie, did a great job of limiting Andre Johnson. Cromartie blanketed Johnson for the majority of the game, forcing Schaub to check down to his running backs and tight ends. During his third drive, Schaub tried to force the ball to Johnson on a deep crossing route, but Cromartie undercut the route and intercepted the pass. The Jet offense turned this miscue into seven points.
2012 Week 6 vs GB (20 / 33 / 232 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Schaub was on the receiving end of a desperate Green Bay effort, and his stats showed. Schaub saw much pressure from the GB front early, being sacked once along with numerous pressures and hits in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Schaub was able to get slightly more comfortable and find his usual targets more consistently into the second quarter, but that would prove to be a mirage. Schaub's first interception was the result of a miscommunication with his wide receiver Keyshawn Martin. Schaub's night ended early as a result of a dominating Green Bay performance.
2012 Week 7 vs BAL (23 / 37 / 256 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
As has been his habit this season, Schaub was poised and in control against the Ravens during the Texans impressive victory over Baltimore in week 7. Schaub completed nearly two-thirds of his passes for two touchdowns and - more importantly - zero touchdowns in guiding the Texans to their most impressive win of the season. His throws were crisp and Schaub showed excellent judgement in deciding when to try for a large gain and when to take a safe underneath throw. While Schaub focused the bulk of his passes on reliable targets Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, he also spread the ball around to James Casey and Garrett Graham in a successful attempt to keep the Ravens front seven at bay. Schaub was sacked twice although he appeared to be very effective audible at the line to inside runs when an outside rush looked imminent. His best throw came on a 25 yard touchdown pass to Kevin Walter down the middle of the field. On the play, Schaub stood tall as the pass rush came and found his offside receiver streaking down the middle of the field between two safeties. His pass was on target and hit Walter on the run, enabling the score. Schaub took advantage all game of getting Andre Johnson the ball on short passes wherein the receiver was on the run and could gain yardage after the catch. While none of the completions resulted in huge gains, they did help keep the safeties off the line of scrimmage allowing for Adrian Foster, Justin Forsett, and Ben Tate to combine for 177 rushing yards. Schaub is showing increased confidence every week not just as a passer but in controlling the tempo of the offense and leading the team to an offensive style that is well-balanced.
2012 Week 9 vs BUF (19 / 27 / 268 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Fresh off their bye, Matt Schaub and the offense took some time to get the passing game going. After back-to-back drives resulting in rather quick punts to kick the game off (going a shaky two for five, with a couple bad incompletions to open targets), Schaub found his groove on the third drive. The best play fake with boot action team in the league, Schaub opened the drive with a boot. Throwing back across the field away from the boot, Schaub easily connected with a wide-open Kevin Walter for 18 yards. The very next play, Andre Johnson easily won to the inside on a slant for seven yards. Two plays later, after Buffalo had just been gouged by the run game, Schaub again booted left off play action. Owen Daniels, sliding with the protection easily lost the coverage in the play fake and slipped down the sideline uncovered. Schaub again threw to the play fake side, hitting Daniels for a 39-yard TD pass. The following drive, Schaub again found success with the passing game. With CB Aaron Williams finally able to stick with Johnson, Schaub simply threw back shoulder to his favorite target as Johnson killed the route, gave Williams a little push and picked up 13 yards. Following another big run, Schaub again used the play fake, finding an uncovered James Casey running uncovered up the seam for 25 yards. Schaub's best throw would come on the first drive in the 2nd half. After Johnson easily shook Williams again, Schaub perfectly touched a pass over the top to Johnson for 34 yards. Schaub put just the right amount of air underneath the throw, allowing the WR to catch the soft pass in stride and nearly score, just getting tackled at the Bills' four-yard line. It was Schaub again two drives later who would lead the Texans on their final scoring drive of the game. Using the boot action again, Schaub rolled left, looking for Johnson deep down the middle of the field. Seeing solid coverage there, Schaub dumped it to an uncovered Walter in the flat for 10 yards. Two plays later, facing a 2nd and long, Schaub threw a 12-yard strike to Daniels across the middle. Tired of Johnson getting behind the coverage, the Bills' DBs (namely Stephon Gilmore) was well off Johnson and Schaub beat the coverage easily with a 14-yard toss to Johnson on the hitch. Schaub and Johnson again connected four plays later, using the quick slant for 18 yards to the Buffalo nine. Johnson again beat the coverage inside and Schaub threw a dart. Never one to ignore the open receiver, Schaub hit backup TE Garrett Graham on consecutive throws. Graham slipped off the line on the first for five yards on an out for the first catch before Schaub's feet helped buy time to find the TE again. Trying to hit Daniels on the inside, Schaub had to break the pocket before finding Graham for the six-yard TD pass. Just as he has done all season, Schaub was efficient and there to make a play when the Texans needed him to. The game script never called for an all out air assault, but Schaub made sure to get the offense going when it stalled. Schaub did not throw any INTs, nor was he even close to throwing any and handled the Bills' pressure (the majority coming from Mario Williams) without turning the ball over.
2012 Week 10 vs CHI (14 / 26 / 95 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Weather conditions made throwing the ball extremely difficult and it showed in the final numbers that Matt Schaub posted. His only TD pass came late in the second quarter, where he rolled out to his right and threw a perfect little pass to Arian Foster as he scraped along the goal line. Foster made a diving catch despite being well defended by Lance Briggs. Schaub's longest pass was just a 23 yard crossing route to Kevin Walter in the third quarter, but that was caused more by the CB slipping as Walter made his break rather than any specific thing that Schaub or Walter did correctly. Most of Schaubs passes were short dump off and curl routes because throwing the ball deep down the field against the Bears was nearly impossible. His two interceptions came on back to back throws late in the first quarter and early in the second. The first was a short pass to the right, intended for Kelvin Martin and Tim Jennings just jumped the route perfectly and made the pick. On the next series, after a couple running plays to end the quarter, Schaub ran a play action pass and threw it deep down the sideline again. It was unclear who he was targeting but Tim Jennings again jumped in and picked it off. He nearly returned it for a TD, but was tagged on the foot after running into Lance Briggs and falling down. After that, Schaub basically went completely conservative, throwing short passes and check downs to avoid any possible turnover. On the TD pass, he rolled to his right and as Foster broke to the sideline along the goal line, Schaub lofted it perfectly where Foster was able to dive and make the catch, despite being blanketed by Lance Briggs. In the second half, Schaub completed just five passes, including the 23 yard catch and run to Walter. He wasn't good in this game, but given the field conditions, it was about as good as he could have been expected to do. Having Arian Foster to hand the ball to didn't hurt.
2012 Week 11 vs JAX (43 / 55 / 527 / 5 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub had a sensational game against the Jaguars. He threw for career highs in yards and touchdowns and had little trouble hitting his receivers all over the field. Schaub was masterful in leading the offense, connecting on a pair of late touchdowns to Garrett Graham to force overtime before completing a screen to Andre Johnson for the winning score. Schaub's best pass came on the game tying touchdown to Graham. On the play, Graham lined up tight to the right side and then slipped to the back left of the end zone. Schaub faked the handoff and slid to the right side of the pocket before throwing across his body to his wide open tight end. Schaub had a lot of success on deep crosses and showed excellent touch on screen passes to both sides of the field. Even with the normally reliable running game struggling to make big gains, Schaub was excellent at audibling at the line of scrimmage and continuing drives against the Jaguars feeble offense. His yardage total was the second highest in league history and his five touchdowns were the high mark for the season in the NFL. It can not be over stated how in-control of the offense Schaub currently is. His only poor game in a month came in sloppy conditions against the stout Chicago defense. Otherwise, he has been able to complete passes without many turnovers all over the field for the last half of the season.
2012 Week 12 vs DET (29 / 48 / 315 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Once again, Schaub looked completely in control of the Texans offense against the Lions on Thanksgiving. He was not as accurate as last week but still managed to pick up huge chunks of yardage on long passes most of the day. He threw a number of deep balls to Andre Johnson on go patterns and deep crosses that resulted in big gains. His best pass came on a rollout to the right when he found Johnson in stride 20 yards downfield. He had a nine yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels as well. On that play, Schaub took the snap and quickly threw the ball to Daniels who was running a short in route right to the goalline. However, the game was not without its problems for the quarterback. In regulation, Schaub under-threw a wide open Owen Daniels on a go route to the left side. Lions defensive end Kyle Van De Bosch dropped a sure interception inside the Houston ten yard line when Schaub didn't put enough air under a screen pass in overtime. Later, Schaub had an interception in overtime to Chris Houston on an ill-advised throw right to the defender. However, the Lions were not able to move the ball and score giving the Texans another chance. Upon getting the ball back, Schaub completed a 23 yard pass to Andre Johnson on a deep slant. The play moved the Texans in to field goal range and helped them win the game. Schaub continues to be the unsung hero of the Houston offense. He is steady in the pocket and does not give up easy sacks. With Andre Johnson appearing to be back to good health, Schaub continues to be one of the more reliable quarterbacks in the game.
2012 Week 13 vs TEN (21 / 35 / 207 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Once again, Matt Schaub was in complete control of the Texans' offense against the Titans. He avoided being sacked all day and smartly completed short passes both in the flat and across the middle rather than force the ball deep where the Titans' defenders were waiting. His best pass came on a play action touchdown throw to James Casey. Casey lined up as an H-back and slipped out of the backfield to the right side uncovered for an easy score. On the play, Schaub did an excellent job not looking Casey's way until just as he was about to throw it, making sure that Casey remained uncovered for the catch. Schaub completed just under two-thirds of his throws and was stellar in reading the defense and spreading the ball around to receivers that were single-covered. His longest pass on the day came on a 54 yard touchdown strike to Lester Jean. On the play, Schaub lofted the ball high to Jean who was streaking down the left side. The Titans' defender tried to make a play on the ball but could not reach it, thus allowing Jean to catch it in stride and score his first career touchdown.
2012 Week 14 vs NE (19 / 32 / 232 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Despite his best efforts, Matt Schaub simply could not get the offense going against the Patriots. His long passes were well-defended and his short passes rarely resulted in many yards after the catch. His best pass came on a crossing pattern to James Casey. On the play, Schaub stepped up in the pocket to buy time for Casey to get downfield. Schaub threw a nice long pass to his streaking fullback for a large gain. Otherwise, Schaub completed five passes of more than 19 yards but was only able to convert four of fifteen third or fourth down conversions. Schaub was intercepted once by Devin McCourty as well.
2012 Week 15 vs IND (23 / 31 / 261 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub returned to form against the Colts after a difficult game last Monday against the Patriots. He completed nearly 70% of his passes and showed excellent discipline in not throwing the ball in to tight coverage. While Schaub did absorb 3 sacks, he made a number of timely throws on and passed for 13 first downs as the Texans controlled the clock and the flow of the game. Schaub's best throw came on a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson. On the play, Johnson lined up split to the right and ran a quick slant. Schaub correctly identified where the pass-rush would come from and fired a quick pass ahead of Johnson between two defenders. Johnson did the rest, side-stepping a tackler and coasting across the goalline for a touchdown. Schaub did underthrow Johnson on the game's first drive, turning a sure touchdown in to "only" a 52 yard gain. Schaub continues to play well within the offensive scheme and returned to making good decisions after last week's failures.
2012 Week 16 vs MIN (18 / 32 / 178 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
As has been the case for the last few weeks, Matt Schaub has had difficulty moving the Texan offense with any consistency. His primary problem seems to be accuracy outside of the hash marks. Early in the year these throws were an excellent way to open the middle of the field for Andre Johnson on go routes while also loaning the run defense for Arian Foster. Schaub is now under throwing close receivers and overthrowing deep receivers to the outside. As a result, the defense can keep a safety between the hashes, limiting the effectiveness of Johnson and Foster. Schaub made a number of good throws to Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels but was unable to get either of them the ball on the run. Missing in the Texans passing game in recent weeks are the deep balls outside of the hash marks that open up running lanes for Foster and Tate. His best throw came on a rollout to the left where Schaub evaded the pass rush, stepped up, and hit Garrett Graham for a solid gain.
2012 Week 17 vs IND (24 / 36 / 275 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Schaub let his team down in their most important game of the season. He had two terrible interceptions, one underthrown when James Casey was wide open downfield in the first half, and another on the Texans last possession of the game when he tried an ill-advised deep ball to a well-covered Andre Johnson. The Texans tried to lean on the run and short passing game early, but they played from behind for almost the whole game, and Schaub had to take the offense on his shoulders. The Colts got pressure at key moments that Schaub couldn't escape, and Andre Johnson did drop a potential touchdown. Against a weak pass defense, Schaub couldn't muster a touchdown pass, and that was too much for the Texans to overcome.
2012 Week 18 vs CIN (29 / 38 / 262 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
A long time coming, Schaub finally got his first playoff start and while it was far from spectacular, he did enough through the air to compliment the running game in the Texans' victory over Cincinnati on Saturday. After opening with a quick three and out, Schaub and the Texans took over deep in their own territory. As he did with considerable frequency, Schaub looked to his TE to get the offense going, hitting Owen Daniels over the middle for 17 yards. After three successful runs, Schaub went play action but was forced to check down to Arian Foster underneath for an eight-yard gain. Two plays later, Schaub went back to Daniels, but the TE sat down in the coverage while Schaub expected him to continue the route resulting in an incompletion on 3rd down. The following drive, Schaub opened again with a short toss to Daniels for six yards before hitting WR Kevin Walter on a shallow crosser on 3rd down to pick up a 1st down. Schaub went back to play action and this time was able to find Andre Johnson down the field for an easy 19-yard completion. After sneaking for a 1st down, Schaub was forced to check down on 3rd down to on a short dump to Walter to bring on the FG team. After opening the next drive with a short swing to Foster, Schaub made a costly mistake on 3rd down. Having already ran a considerable amount of short angle routes outside, Schuab and the Texans went back to the well. Coming out of the backfield, James Casey went straight to the marker/sideline. Schaub's throw was well behind Casey (and late), missing in the worst way possible and Leon Hall was able to snatch the poor throw out of the air and maintain his balance before returning the INT for a TD. Despite the INT, Schaub and the Texan offense responded well. After another failed screen kicked off the next drive, losing four yards; Schaub hit TE Garrett Graham on a crosser for 19 yards. Two plays later Schaub hit Daniels over the middle again for seven yards before going back to him on the same play two plays later for another seven-yard gain. Schaub dropped back to throw the next play on 3rd and goal, but missed a very open Johnson just inside the end zone. Johnson was open, but the throw was a bit too wide and the WR was unable to make the TD catch. Schaub and the offense got one more drive before halftime and nearly marched down the field for another score. After connecting with Daniels for eight yards, Schaub hit Johnson on a dig for 11 yards. Three plays later Schaub was hit as he threw to Daniels, resulting in a wobbly throw, but Daniels was able to make an incredible adjustment for a 19-yard gain. The drive fizzled as Schaub's throw on 4th down sailed and Daniels couldn't maintain control as he was hit. With a short field on their first drive out of halftime, Schaub and the offense were finally able to find the end zone. After getting some help from a Manny Lawson penalty to extend the drive, Schaub dumped it off to Foster in the flat for an 11-yard gain. The following play Schaub delivered a strike to Johnson down the middle for 22 yards to get the offense to the Bengal five-yard line and ultimately led to a Texans' TD (their only of the game). After converting on the next drive's first 3rd down with a 13-yard completion to Foster, Schaub hit Daniels again on a short outside throw to set up another short 3rd down before ultimately having to punt. The offense was given great field position after an INT and Schaub completed consecutive throws to Johnson and Daniels to get the offense inside the Bengal ten, but again were forced to kick a FG as Schaub (reoccurring theme all game) went safe and short to Foster on 3rd down. Schaub was able to complete both his throws the following drive, but the latter to Walter was just short of the marker forcing another punt. With dwindling time and six-point lead, Schaub's most important completion of the game came on the game's final drive. Facing a 3rd and two, Schaub went play action and after ample time in the pocket, went short to Graham just beyond the sticks. The throw was high, and exposed the TE to a brutal hit, but Graham was able to maintain control for the 1st down and the resulting victory. Certainly not Schaub's most impressive game, he was able to do enough to work the offense consistently into scoring position (they're going to need TDs next weekend). He did have one costly turnover, but was able to quickly move on from the pick-six and promptly regain the lead. Schaub was quick to check down on Saturday, which kept the QB clean (wasn't sacked once), but also severely limited the big plays (their longest being a 22-yard completion to Johnson). Averaging an abysmal nine yards per completion, the passing offense will have to be more explosive in New England.
2012 Week 19 vs NE (34 / 51 / 343 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Don't let the numbers fool you; Schaub continued his late season struggles in Sunday's game against the Patriots. After opening the game with tremendous field position, Schaub missed on consecutive throws to bring on the FG team. After perfectly putting the 2nd down throw on James Casey's hands (who couldn't hold on), Schaub badly missed a very open Andre Johnson in the back of the end zone. While the following drive opened with three consecutive completions, all over 10 yards, the offense again sputtered as Schaub missed Johnson on 2nd down before checking down to Owen Daniels for five yards on the crosser. Schaub opened the next drive with a perfect back shoulder throw to Johnson for 14 yards, but missed his next two throws, including what should have been at minimum a 1st down to a slanting Arian Foster who was moments from running away from the LB. Schaub rushed the throw and Foster was unable to adjust quickly enough to catch the low throw. Another drive, two more completions early, including a strike to Johnson across the middle for 16 yards and a swing pass to Foster for 12. However, the drive stalled again with consecutive incompletions on 2nd and 3rd down. Schaub opened the a 3rd consecutive drive with a completion to Johnson, this time picking up 13 before a nice completion to Devier Posey on a deep crosser for 24 yards. After missing Daniels on his next throw, Schaub completed a pass to Posey on a screen but lost two yards on the play. Facing a 3rd and long, Schaub again played it safe as he dumped the ball off to Garrett Graham underneath for a five-yard gain. Through five drives, Schaub and the offense could only score three points (doing so on a very short field). The string of four straight punts was broken finally, but Schaub had nothing to do with it (another strong KO return followed by five straight runs from Foster). Schaub did however get the offense moving just before half, opening with an 11-yard completion to Casey. Schaub went short again the following play, hitting Daniels over the middle for 11 more yards. After an incompletion, Schaub dumped to Daniels again, picking up five yards and getting the Texans into FG range. First drive out of halftime looked boringly similar to the struggles in the 1st half. Trying to work Daniels behind the line of scrimmage off play action, the play was easily snuffed out by New England and went for a loss. The following play Schaub did a nice job avoiding pressure and getting outside the pocket, but curiously threw the ball away just as he had avoided pressure. Working out of his own end zone, Schaub hit Foster on another swing pass and the RB picked up 28 yards. Two plays later, Schaub again did a nice job escaping pressure but bounced the ball off his knee and was forced to take a "sack" as he dove on the loose ball. Schaub responded well, with one of his better throws, zipping a 22-yard completion to Johnson for the 1st down. Schaub went back to the short game, hitting Casey in for five yards before swinging the ball to Foster again for a short gain. Schaub made a critical error on 3rd down, however, as he tried to place the ball over LB Rob Ninkovich but didn't put enough air underneath the throw. Ninkovich was able to extend and make a great play, intercepting the short pass. The following drive saw the same short passing game and thus, the final result wasn't much different than the majority of the Texans' drives. Schaub opened the drive with an eight-yard completion to Graham over the middle before again going short of the sticks with another eight-yard completion to Kevin Walter on the next 3rd down. Facing a 4th and short, Schaub airmailed Posey deep down the field as the Texans turned the ball over on downs and all but sealed their fate. Schaub's best throw of the night came on the following drive, as he finally was willing (and able) to throw the ball down the field. With Posey essentially locked up in coverage running down the sideline, Schaub did a spectacular job of throwing his WR open. The ball was perfectly placed, and though it appeared Posey couldn't corral it before sliding out of bounds, the replay official overturned the incompletion resulting in Schaub's first TD pass of his playoff career. Despite the TD, a massive deficit and a ticking clock; Schaub just couldn't the offense vertical on the final scoring drive. Throwing the ball ten times, Schaub only completed two passes over ten yards and burned nearly five minutes of game time in the process. By the end of it Schaub did have another TD pass, this time to Foster from two yards out, but it was much too little too late. Schaub's struggles continued (the inability to vertically attack) and it proved to be too much for the Texans to overcome. Despite scoring 28 points, they only had two scoring drives begin on their side of the 50, with the defense playing well off to prevent the big play on the latter of those drives. Unwilling, or unable, to attack vertically allowed the Patriots defense to condense the field considerably.
2011 Week 1 vs IND (17 / 24 / 220 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
A solid running game quickly opened up the play action pass for quarterback Matt Schaub and the Texans. Schaub frequently bootlegged and moved well in and out of the pocket. He threw well on the run for the most part, but on a few occasions overthrew his receiver, including a high pass that Andre Johnson tipped but couldn't bring in, which resulted in an interception. Texans receivers were getting open most of the day, while the offensive line kept the pressure to a minimum. Schaub's second interception came when he delivered the ball straight to linebacker Gary Brackett who had dropped into coverage after having faked a pass rush. Other than a few overthrows, Schaub did a good job leading his receivers and allowing them to catch the ball in stride. He was late on one or two occasions, including missing an opportunity for a touchdown to Owen Daniels. In the red zone there was a fairly even mix of rushing and pass attempts. The Texans did not target their running backs in the passing game, with Steve Slaton receiving the lone running back reception on a screen play.
2011 Week 2 vs MIA (21 / 29 / 230 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Texans started off the game moving the ball well, but had difficulties early in the game getting into the end zone. Four times the offense was in the red zone in the first half but came away with a field goal. There were a fairly even mix between run and pass in the red zone. The offensive line was inconsistent, starting out strong but then committing penalties and allowing pressure that killed drives. Schaub was accurate including on deep throws where he and Andre Johnson nearly connected on what would have been a deep over-the-shoulder touchdown had Johnson been able to hang onto it. Once the Texans opened a ten point lead early in the 4th quarter, they put the passing game on the shelf and Schaub spent the rest of the game handing the ball off to Ben Tate.
2011 Week 3 vs NO (22 / 39 / 373 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Saints did not blitz very often until the fourth quarter, instead dropping their linebackers into zone coverage. Early in the game Schaub had a lot of time to throw and showed good accuracy, getting the ball to receivers in a position they could catch and run. The Texans used a lot of play action and boot legs as they normally do. Schaub moved the Texans up the field continually in the first three quarters, but the team had difficulty converting on red zone opportunities and came away with field goals. Later in the game the Saints brought more pressure and Schaub made some poorer decisions, including an interception that was his fault. There were two other passes that defenders had their hands on, though one of them turned into a tip drill that ended up in the hands of Kevin Walter who ran it in for a touchdown.
2011 Week 4 vs PIT (14 / 21 / 138 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Houston utilized a balanced, if not run-first, attack all game long. The game was complete opposite to what Pittsburgh and their opponents usually do in that Houston bullied the Steelers up and down the field - no more impressively than a 19 play, 10:55 drive that opened the game with a touchdown. Houston used multiple empty-backfield shotgun sets on first downs of that drive to allow Schaub to throw without the pass rush of an obvious passing down. He lost his top receiver, Andre Johnson, due to a hamstring injury, which caused the attack to get much more conservative - so much so that this game was much closer than it should have been.
2011 Week 5 vs OAK (24 / 51 / 416 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
To say that Matt Schaub's performance against the Raiders was inconsistent and unsteady would be an understatement. In short, he showed the arm-strength and elusiveness that make him a top flight quarterback while also making mental errors that should not be made by a veteran of his stature and experience. Schaub threw a number of great passes against Oakland, particularly to the middle of the field. He had a short touchdown pass and a long bomb to the middle to Kevin Walter that displayed the versatility of his ability. Schaub also made a number of throws where he clearly wasn't on the same page as his receiver and ended the game with an interception that should have never happened. In the games final sequence, Schaub bought time and threw a hail mary to the goalline that was caught by Joel Dreessen. After spiking the ball, Schaub found himself at the goalline with 8 seconds to go and down five points. On the next play, Schaub wasted too much time before making a decision, took off running to the goalline, and pulled up for a soft toss to the endzone that was intercepted as time expired. Schaub completed fewer then half of his passes against Oakland yet still managed 16 first downs and 416 yards through the air. His best pass came on a play where he connected with Joel Dreessen for a 56 yard touchdown. The pass itself was a simple long-toss to the wide open Dreessen, but the way Schaub set up the play by selling play action and rolling to his right showed exactly how formidable he can be at the position. Schaub will continue to be dogged with critics who think he can't perform under pressure until he is able to consistently convert at the end of close games.
2011 Week 6 vs BAL (21 / 37 / 220 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
With Andre Johnson on the sideline due to injury, the Ravens brought a lot of heat in the form of blitzes, though not as many as Schaub faced the week before against the Raiders. While the Texans offensive line did a fair job of pass blocking, the Texans had a lot of passes attempted over 15 yards, and Schaub held on to the ball long enough he frequently took hits after getting the pass away. He looked banged up by the end of the game, with the trainers working on his calf on the sideline. The passing game was made more difficult by the mediocre output of the running game which resulted in the Texans frequently being behind schedule in down and distance. Schaub ran fewer bootlegs than usual though it wasn't clear whether that was due to Schaub's health or if the Ravens were defending it well so it wasn't used.
2011 Week 7 vs TEN (18 / 23 / 296 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
If you're going to lose a star wide receiver like Andre Johnson for a stretch of games, it must be nice to have another stud like running back Arian Foster. 119 of Schaub's 296 yards went to Foster as did nearly one quarter of his targets--another quarter going to tight end Owen Daniels. Schaub had no problem finding any of his receivers as the Titans struggled to get consistent pressure on him throughout the day. As a result, Schaub threw a lot of pretty passes to his targets and it made the game look easy. He even got the bench depth involved, such as tight end Joel Dreessen on a short 10 yard pass in the second quarter. Schaub read the field quickly and spotted Dreessen alone in space at the five yard line and threw a nice touch pass to Dreessen who jumped into the end zone untouched. It was that kind of day for Schaub, one where everything came easy in a must win game for the Texans.
2011 Week 8 vs JAX (16 / 30 / 225 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 1 rush)
Schaub took no time to get into rhythm while he still waits for his favorite target to return to the lineup, and led a 12-play, 80 yard drive to open the game, capping it off with a 2-yard run for the TD. He found the going a little rougher as the game went on, with the next 6 possessions ending in 4 punts, a fumble, and a missed FG following a Jacksonville turnover. The fumble came on a play where Schaub was stripped of the ball and the Jaguars picked it up and ran it down inside the Houston 10, leading to a game-tying TD. Schaub began the second half just as he began the first, leading a TD drive to start the half. The drive culminated in a 7-yard TD pass to TE Joel Dreessen, but was nearly intercepted by Jacksonville S Dwight Lowery. Schaub spent most of the remainder of the game handing off to RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate, but he did just enough to get the job done with the help of an aggressive, stingy defense.
2011 Week 9 vs CLE (14 / 23 / 119 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 0 / 1 rush)
Schaub's opportunities for big numbers were limited by the Texans' dominant performance on the ground, throwing only 23 passes, compared to 40 rushing attempts by Schaub and the running backs. The Texans continue to glide right along in WR Andre Johnson's absence, making them a serious threat in the AFC when the Pro Bowl receiver returns. Schaub and the Texans chose to stick with a short passing game, throwing 16 of 23 passes to backs or tight ends, with a long completion of only 22 yards, but the Texans' QB found the end zone on a 2-yard run. The play did not appear to be designed as a QB draw, but it looked as though Schaub saw something in the defensive coverage before the snap and the read was proven right as he dropped back, walking in for the easy TD. He threw one interception as the ball was tipped over the middle and then picked off by LB D'Qwell Jackson. For the Texans, though, this game was all about the defense and the running game, posting a franchise record 261 rushing yards in the game
2011 Week 10 vs TB (11 / 15 / 242 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
The Texans scored a touchdown on their first play from scrimmage when Schaub found an uncovered Jacoby Jones deep upfield and the receiver made a move and took it to the end zone. The Texans started out the game throwing the ball, but by the end of the first quarter were back to a balanced offense. Schaub utilized the bootleg very effectively, at one point in the game having gone four for five on it including the Jacoby Jones touchdown. In the red zone, Schaub dumped a quick pass towards Derrick Mason to beat a blitz, but Mason didn't see the ball and it was picked off. Luckily for Houston, Mason knocked the ball free and after a challenge the interception was ruled incomplete. Schaub had a fair amount of time to throw throughout the game, and even showed uncustomary mobility on one play as he avoided two defenders who got their hands on him. His second touchdown was a dump off to Arian Foster who made the rest of the play with help from poor tackling on the part of the Bucs. The Texans running game really took off in the second half and Schaub had little need to throw, only passing three times. Overall Schaub looked sharp this game, with most of his incompletions the result of intentionally throwing the ball away.
2010 Week 1 vs IND (9 / 17 / 107 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 2 vs WAS (38 / 52 / 497 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 3 vs DAL (23 / 32 / 241 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 4 vs OAK (16 / 29 / 192 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 5 vs NYG (16 / 34 / 196 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 6 vs KC (25 / 33 / 305 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 8 vs IND (22 / 38 / 201 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 9 vs SD (21 / 32 / 266 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 10 vs JAX (22 / 32 / 314 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 11 vs NYJ (19 / 33 / 254 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 12 vs TEN (25 / 35 / 178 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 13 vs PHI (22 / 36 / 337 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 14 vs BAL (31 / 62 / 393 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 15 vs TEN (35 / 54 / 325 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 16 vs DEN (23 / 33 / 310 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 17 vs JAX (18 / 22 / 253 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 1 vs NYJ (18 / 33 / 166 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Schaub had a day he would rather soon forget, but he didn't really play badly. He had two or three errant passes, but mostly he was just ill-prepared for the variety of relentless blitzes Rex Ryan threw at him all day. Schaub seemed to take a hit on every second or third dropback. The few times Schaub did have time to look downfield, there was nothing open for him, surely due mainly to Darrelle Revis, who was blanketing Andre Johnson. Schaub probably missed his favorite secondary target, Kevin Walter, who missed the game with a hamstring injury. Schaub still hung in to make tough throws into small windows, although the pressure seemed to affect to his mindset late in the game. Schaub's only interception came when he just had to get rid of the ball downfield to avoid a crushing sack. Chalk this one up to a great game plan by Rex Ryan more than a failure by Schaub.
2009 Week 2 vs TEN (25 / 39 / 357 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was fantastic, twice rallying the Texans back from deficits to ultimately win the game in Nashville. Schaub completed 25 of 39 passes for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Texans offensive line held off the Titans pass-rush effectively, giving Schaub plenty of time to throw regardless of down and distance. Schaub completed passes to six different players and had five completions of more then 20 yards each, highlighted by a 72 yard touchdown to receiver Andre Johnson. Schaub was effective at all points in the game and had only one or two throws that looked to be poor. His passes were crisp and it was evident that both Schaub and the Texans offense as a whole gained confidence as the game wore on. Schaub absolutely shredded the Titans defense, regularly frustrating Courtland Finnegan and Michael Griffin on passes outside the hash marks. Just as interestingly, Schaub was able to find open receivers all over the field despite the fact that the Titans were only rushing 4 players on most snaps and that the Texans running game was essentially non-existent.
2009 Week 3 vs JAX (26 / 35 / 300 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Matt Schaub was again very effective for the second week in a row. Schaub had touchdown passes of 8, 1, and 18 yards and finished the day with 300 yards passing (26/35). Schaub spread the ball effectively and showed great poise in the pocket all game. He had one interception. His longest completion was for 25 yards to Andre Johnson but Schaub finished the game with 6 completions of 18 yards or more.
2009 Week 4 vs OAK (11 / 22 / 224 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / -1 / 0 rush)
Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub had a deceptively effective game against the Raiders. Despite only completing 11 of 22 passes, Schaub made a number of clutch throws to put the Texans in scoring position. The Texans finally found a successful running game meaning that Schaub didn't need to throw nearly as much as usual, particularly in the 2nd half. He had 224 yards passing (more then 10 yards-per-attempt) and completed three passes for more then 40 yards. Schaub just missed another long 15 yard completion on a ball to Owen Daniels that was bobbled and should have been caught. Furthermore, his lone interception was on a deep ball to the endzone towards the end of the first half and another long completion was disrupted by pass-interference on the defense. Schaub (and the Texans as a whole) were not particularly effective on third down passing situations but did manage to convert 7 passing first downs. Schaub displayed excellent touch on most of the balls he threw but was forced to "throw it away" more then normal as the Texans worked to control the clock and minimize mistakes. Schaub also might have had better numbers if not for a pass interference call on a deep pass to Andre Johnson, a defensive holding call on another pass to Johnson, and a roughing the passer call on another incompletion.
2009 Week 5 vs ARI (35 / 50 / 371 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Sunday's game against the Cardinals was a tale of two halves for Schaub. In the first half, Schaub was under constant pressure and forced to throw on the move a significant amount of the time. On the first snap of the game, Schaub fumbled the snap, perhaps an omen of things to come. Left tackle Eric Winston had a bevy of problems keeping the blitz at bay which led to Schaub being flushed from the pocket to the right side on a regular basis. In the event that Schaub did complete a throw, it was often for minimal gain. In short, both Schaub and the Texans offense looked woefully out of sync in the first half. The second half was a different story all together. Schaub began getting time in the pocket and as a result found a number of receivers wide open all over the field. He completed 14 passes of more then 10 yards (11 in the second half). Schaub was most successful on comeback and crossing routes between 10 and 20 yards downfield. On one drive in the 4th quarter, Schaub took the Texans from their own 24 to a touchdown on the back of 7 passes in an 8 play drive that took only four minutes off the clock. Schaub's lone mistake in the second half was a big one: he delivered a pass intended for Kevin Walter on a short out pattern to the right side of the field as the Texans looked to tie the game, but the pass was intercepted by Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie and returned for a touchdown. Up until the pick, Schaub had completed 11 straight passes. Schaub had one more crack at a comeback and navigated the Texans to a first and goal situation from the 6 yard line. He quickly completed a screen pass to running back Steve Slaton who was stopped just short of the goalline. The Texans elected to run the ball on 2nd and 4th down (Schaub threw an incompletion on 3rd down) and were stopped both times, essentially ending the game.
2009 Week 6 vs CIN (28 / 40 / 392 / 4 / 1 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)
Though he was sacked twice, Schaub frequently had plenty of time to throw and took advantage. The Texans used misdirection and a variety of traditional and bubble screens to get Andre Johnson and Steve Slaton open for big plays and runs after the catch. Schaub also found Owen Daniels open frequently underneath. Schaub's only bad pass, an overthrown ball over the middle, was picked off.
2009 Week 7 vs SF (20 / 30 / 264 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 9 / 0 rush)
Schaub had another effective game against San Francisco, passing for 264 yards on 66% passing to go with a touchdown and no interceptions. Schaub was sacked twice appeared pressured more then he was against Arizona two weeks ago and Cincinnati last week. That said, he most often was able to escape from the pocket and avoid losing yardage when the 49ers defense was applying pressure (he dinished with 9 yards on 5 carries, none of which were designed runs). Even when favorite-target Andre Johnson left with an injury, Schaub continued buzzing the ball all over the field, this time keying in on tight end Owen Daniels. Schaub was particularly effective passing the ball between the hash-marks to his receivers on fly patterns and crossing routes. To date, he has been one of the league's best passers and appears to be growing more and more comfortable spreading the ball around the field.
2009 Week 8 vs BUF (25 / 34 / 268 / 0 / 2 pass, 7 / 7 / 0 rush)
Schaub led a sputtering Houston offense on the teams first 4 drives (2 INT's, a fumble, and a punt). The INT's were a result of a tough Bills pass-rush and a tipped ball by Andre Johnson. Schaub did not really settle into any kind of groove until midway through the second quarter. He found his groove in large part thanks to the newfound ground game giving him extra time in the pocket. From that point forward, Schaub ran the offense efficiently up and down the field, and led the Texans on 6 straight scoring drives to finish the game. For the most part, Schaub chose to work on the Buffalo defense underneath the zone coverage looks he was faced with all game. Due to the emergence of Ryan Moats in the red zone Schaub did not tally a TD pass in week 8, however look for him to move forward with strong outings in the coming weeks. This was a rare balanced attack by the Houston offense.
2009 Week 9 vs IND (32 / 43 / 311 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
Schaub has had better days then he had on Sunday, but his performance certainly was good enough to put the Texans in a position to win. Unlike the Colts, the Texans had moments where they passed the ball downfield and looked to be in position to make a game of things. In the 4th quarter, they had a 12 play drive that ended in a touchdown in advance of a quick drive that put them in position to tie, only Kris Brown missed a 42 yard field goal at the end of the game. Schaub only seemed to miss Owen Daniels on plays deep to the middle of the field. Otherwise, he seemed comfortable sending the ball all over the field, from deep outs and go routes to Jacoby Jones to deep crosses and sideline routes to Andre Johnson. Schaub did have one touchdown pass on a short pass to Ryan Moats at the end of a 12 play drive. Otherwise, his most effective work came between the 20's when Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones worked deep enough to soften things up for favorite target Andre Johnson. Schauib was only sacked twice on the day but was constantly harassed by the Colts defense, particularly Dwight Freeney.
2009 Week 11 vs TEN (25 / 39 / 305 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
You definitely can not fault Schaub for the loss in this one. He was hyper-efficient as long as he had time to throw. The Titans were very aggressive rushing the passer, so they did force him into some bad throws, but it was the Titans pressure that caused most incompletions or stalled drives, not any shortcoming of Schaub. He moved around well in the pocket, found secondary receivers, delivered the ball on target and on time, and made the necessary throws to give Kris Brown a shot to send the game to overtime. His deep ball to Andre Johnson was a savvy throw that led Johnson to the open field, and he was very calm throwing a long pass from his own end zone. Schaub has quietly joined the fantasy elite this year and proven that he is a durable QB after all. He's a strong QB1 for the stretch run.
2009 Week 12 vs IND (31 / 42 / 284 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Schaub's game - much like the Texans entire performance - was a tale of two halves. In the first half, Schaub was ruthlessly efficient, leading the Texans to a 17-0 lead midway through the 2nd quarter and a 20-7 lead at halftime. He completed 14 of his first 17 passes for 152 yards to start the game, engineering long scoring drives that kept the Colts offense off the field. In the 2nd half, things went south in a hurry. He closed out the game completing 17 of 25 passes but only managed a woeful 132 yards (5.28 yards per attempt) to go with two interceptions and a fumble with just over 3 minutes to go in the game. Schaub did have two touchdowns, an early toss to Vontae Davis where he rolled out to the right and found Davis in the back left of the endzone, and a quick strike to Jacoby Jones with less then a minute to go in the game. Schaub was most accurate on rollouts and on passes outside of the hashmarks. He continues to look to Kevin Walter in Owen Daniels' absence as offenses key in on Andre Johnson.
2009 Week 13 vs JAX (19 / 27 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Schaub had a decent game considering he missed most of the first quarter after being planted in the turf Derrick Harvey. Schaub hurt his non-throwing shoulder and went to the locker room before returning in the 2nd quarter. He quickly led the Texans on a scoring drive to get them back in the ball game and worked the ball all over the field from both the pocket and on the move. His best passes came on 5 step drops to the middle of the field where he continually hit David Anderson and Andre Johnson for solid gains. He also was very accurate to the outside of the field, particularly on quick-outs and screen passes. Schaub's numbers were depressed a bit due to missing two seres while his shoulder was worked on, but all in all he had a productive day. One trend that is continuing, however, is the Texans insistence on changing things up close to the goalline. Instead of letting Schaub and Andre Johnson play pitch and catch til someone shows they can be stopped, the Texans have started getting cute with halfback option passes and draw plays.
2009 Week 14 vs SEA (29 / 39 / 365 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Schaub was downright amazing against the Seahawks, leading the Texans to a 24 to 0 lead midway through the second quarter. His first pass of the game was a 64 yard bomb to a streaking Andre Johnson for a touchdown. The pair hooked up again in the 2nd quarter when Schaub found Johnson on a crossing pattern 10 yards downfield and led him perfectly for the catch. Johnson did the rest, weaving through defenders in to the endzone. Schaub was effective all over the field against Seattle but was particularly impressive on deep routes to the right side of the field and timing routes to the left side of the field. Schaub did fumble the snap on one Red Zone 3rd down, leading to a field goal instead of a touchdown. Otherwise, he had perhaps one of his finest games as a Texans. Schaub is clearly a better quarterback when Kyle Shanahan goes with what works (Schaub to Johnson) instead of making cute playcalls like Half Back Passes.
2009 Week 15 vs STL (28 / 40 / 367 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / -3 / 0 rush)
Schaub had another productive game with 367 yards on 70% completions. His lone touchdown came on a bootleg to the right side wherein he found a wide-open Kevin Walter for the score. On a first quarter drive, Schaub also had a wide-open Joel Dreessen at the goalline but his tight end was unable to hang on to the ball. Schaub is having a great deal of success on bootlegs and playaction passes. He is staying patient in the pocket and the Texan line is giving him time to wait for Andre Johnson to get open. Schaub has thrown for 732 yards in the last two weeks and has eclipsed 4100 yards on the season with two games to play and is averaging 8.2 yards per pass attempt. Schaub's accuracy on deep passes has helped make the Texans one of the most potent offenses in the league.
2009 Week 16 vs MIA (20 / 31 / 286 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Schaub had another fantastic day for Houston, pouncing on the Dolphins in leading the Texans to scores on their first 5 drives building a 27-10 lead. Schaub was most effective on playaction passes and received plenty of help from his offensive line in keeping him protected. His two touchdown passes came on a quick slant to Andre Johnson on 4th and 1 from the Miami 10 yard line and on a hitch route to Jacoby Jones that Jones turned to the outside and took to the endzone. Once again, the Texans offense was super-productive by not getting to fancy: let Schaub and Andre Johnson play catch and the points will come. If anything, the Texans started too fast; Schaub accounted for 85% of his passing yardage and both touchdowns in the first half. When the Dolphins finally made a comeback in the 2nd half, the Texans offense was unable to get jump-started and add more points.
2009 Week 17 vs NE (24 / 39 / 303 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Schaub had a fairly uneven day. Early on, he threw a pass to Jacoby Jones, only Jones couldn't haul it in. The deflection went straight to Darius Butler who returned it for a 96 yard touchdown. Schaub also failed to convert on 3rd and 4th down from the New England 5 yard line in the first half. However, he more then made up for it with a series of passes down the middle of the field to Jones in the second half which ultimately sealed the Texan victory. Schaub's best throw of the afternoon came on a crucial 3rd down toss to Jones between two defenders that extended the Texans' game-tying drive. Schaub finished the season with 4770 yards on 67.9% passing to go with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions
2008 Week 1 vs PIT (25 / 33 / 202 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 4 / 1 rush)
Schaub came out throwing short passes early and marched the Texans to midfield but a questionable decision by HC Gary Kubiak to go for it on fourth down energized the Heinz Field crowd and put his team in an early hole. Schaub was sacked twice on their second drive and following another touchdown by the Steelers, his team was now behind 14-0. During the first half Schaub was able to complete many of his short passes, but the speed of the rush and the solid tackling of the Steelers' defenders prevented any major yards after the catch. His first attempt in the second quarter to WR David Anderson on a shallow cross was intercepted on an athletic play by LB Lamar Woodley. Schaub was under heavy pressure from LB James Harrison on the play. Following that drive, his next series had the same result after his second interception of the game. Just before halftime the Houston Offense registered its lone score of the half after a short field was given to it following a Pittsburgh fumble. Even then, after starting in the red zone, three plays yielded a negative four yards and they had to settle for a field goal. The last gasp was a short drive that ended just before the half. Schaub opened the third quarter, now down 28-3, with a quick three and out missing Johnson on a key third down. The subsequent drive started out promisingly, but netted another punt after gaining the midfield stripe. By now the rout was on. The best drive in the game for Houston got started in the fourth quarter after a short punt and Schaub hit WR Kevin Walter and Johnson with intermediate gains. A rare deep ball to Johnson drew a pass interference penalty and put Houston in scoring range. Walter ended the drive with a fourteen yard TD catch. After another three and out, Schaub engineered the games' third and last score taking the team on a 75 yard, eleven play drive against mostly second team defenders. He found the end zone on a short scramble.
2008 Week 3 vs TEN (17 / 37 / 188 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
Matt Schaub was not able to guide the offense through the air for the majority of the first half. He missed on his first six attempts, and most of those passes were not catchable. His first interception was caused by his throwing the ball short to a receiver that was covered. His second interception was the result of a poor decision to force the ball to a double covered Andre Johnson while throwing off of his back foot. That pass was returned for the final score of the game. Schaub passes were generally not on target, which caused his receivers to have to reach and attempt to make tough catches. He was under pressure by the Titans front four most of the game and the Texans were able to counter that by having him throw the ball on designed roll out passes.
2008 Week 4 vs JAX (29 / 40 / 307 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
Schaub was very effective passing against an aggressive Jacksonville pass rush. He usually made the right decisions in terms of which passes to attempt and when to scramble, averaging just under five yards per scramble. Schaub took what the defense gave him, which was mostly short and intermediate passes, and capitalized on them. He displayed good poise in leading his team to score-tying drives several times, and as a result kept his team in the game until overtime. Schaub had good rapport with Owen Daniels, Steve Slaton and Kevin Walter, targeting them a combined 26 times out of the 40 total passes he threw.
2008 Week 6 vs MIA (22 / 42 / 379 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 15 / 1 rush)
Schaub had a rough start, throwing two early - and costly - interceptions. Both were off of throws to Andre Johnson, who he got in synch with eventually. Schaub-to-Johnson became the routine, but Schaub was also able to spread the ball around when Johnson was covered. Schaub showed up in the clutch engineering the game winning drive finishing it off with a QB keeper from the 4 yard line with three seconds left on the clock.
2008 Week 7 vs DET (26 / 31 / 267 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Matt Schaub continued his strong play of late as he completed 26 of 31 passes for 267 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He led three scoring drives in the first half, all of which totaled more than 70 yards, and the Texans took a big lead into half time. Both of his touchdown passes went to TE Owen Daniels from one and two yards out, the second of which proved to be the difference in the game. Schaub did have two fumbles and lost one, but Detroit was unable to turn it into any points.
2008 Week 8 vs CIN (24 / 28 / 280 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)
Matt Schaub was in the zone against the Bengals struggling defense. He completed 24 of 28 passes for 280 yards and three scores. Schaub was in complete control of the offense and basically did whatever he wanted, when he wanted to in the passing game. Schaub connected with David Anderson from six yards out for his first score on a 91 yard drive and later added two touchdown passes of seven and 39 yards to WR Kevin Walter. He continued to look very comfortable in the pocket, made the right decision every time, and knows his bread is buttered with WR Andre Johnson, who he's been locked onto. Schaub did have -2 yards rushing on four rushes, but this was a superb outing for the Texans QB.
2008 Week 9 vs MIN (11 / 16 / 139 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
There was intense pressure on Matt Schaub and he took a hard hit in the late second quarter. He played the rest of the quarter, but was benched after half time. He wasn't horrible, but he didn't seem to move the team up and down the field very well. He also had two fumbles lost and an interception that was intended for Vonta Leach. It did not look horrible but Schaub was not impressive either.
2008 Week 14 vs GB (28 / 42 / 414 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub saw his first action since week 9 after missing four games with a knee injury. He showed no signs of rust. Schaub was able to roll out and scramble without problems. He also showed that he could stand in the pocket and take a hit in order to deliver a pass. Schaub's 414 passing yards were a career high. Charles Woodson nearly intercepted a Schaub pass in the first half. Schaub was penalized for intentional grounding once in the game.
2008 Week 15 vs TEN (23 / 39 / 284 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
Coming off of a career game last week, Schaub played another excellent game. He was able to stand in the pocket and throw the ball away at the last minute despite being under pressure. He did not get rattled until late in the game despite absorbing three roughing the passer penalties. Schaub did make some questionable decisions that could have hurt the team as he chose to throw the ball away to the feet of a potential receiver on three occasions in order to avoid getting sacked. On the first attempt he was his with an intentional grounding penalty, but he was able to get away with it on the other instances as the official ruled that either the receiver was close enough to the ball or was behind the line of scrimmage. He only turned the ball over once, on a sack where he did not see the pass rusher coming and had the ball knocked away. The turnover was in Texans territory and led to the first points of the game.
2008 Week 16 vs OAK (19 / 36 / 255 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Matt Schaub had a tough time coming up with the big plays the Texans needed to beat the Raiders on their home field. He finished 19 of 36 for 255 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception, and two rushes for ten yards on the ground. Schaub struggled to come up with any game changing plays, most notably to his favorite target WR Andre Johnson. The Raiders did a nice job containing Johnson while bringing pressure on Schaub, as they finished with three sacks for the game.
2008 Week 17 vs CHI (27 / 36 / 328 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Schaub played with poise and confidence, and was very accurate when given a little time. He executed an offense that called for him to make a quick decision and pass the ball very well. Schaub and Johnson were in sync throughout the game, and Johnson received the lion's share of Schaub's passes and the two converted on all but two of them. Schaub not only was excellent in the short passing game, but also connected on all eight of his intermediate and deep passes, showing good touch and enough arm strength to get the ball to his receivers.
2007 Week 1 vs KC (16 / 22 / 225 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Schaub has to be pleased with his first regular season start as the Houston quarterback. He finally got away from being the backup at Atlanta and is in a position where he can show what he can do. He responded with an overall good performance completing 16 of 22 passes for 225 yards and one touchdown. He guided the Texans as they controlled the line of scrimmage and the time of possession. He did make one bad choice which cost him as it led to his only interception. He should compile good stats as he gains more confidence and as he gets more familiar with his teammates.
2007 Week 2 vs CAR (20 / 28 / 227 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Schaub managed the offense very well in this game. He completed 71 percent of his passes, picking up 227 yards. He threw for two touchdowns, both of which were to Andre Johnson. His did not have any turnovers in the game but that was thanks to instant replay. He threw a bad pass that appeared to be intercepted at the Carolina five yard line. The play was reviewed and overturned. The drive continued and four plays later, Schaub hit Johnson for their second touchdown of the game.
2007 Week 3 vs IND (27 / 33 / 236 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Schaub was under pressure by the Colts defense all game. He was forced to move around in the pocket in order to find time to hit his receivers on deeper routes, or he would target his tight ends and backs on short routes. He only made one bad decision, throwing an ill advised pass into double coverage while in the red zone that was intercepted. He followed that interception with 13 straight completions to end the game.
2007 Week 4 vs ATL (28 / 40 / 317 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
Schaub played well and helped his depleted receiving corps by making accurate throws and giving them a chance to run after the catch with his ball placement. Schaub also demonstrated good mobility and athleticism in evading the pass rush and running with decent speed at times. Considering he was without some of his primary weapons at receiver and running back, Schaub showed he has the ability to make other players better with his accuracy and touch. He looked to be equally comfortable making shorter throws as well as deeper passes.
2007 Week 5 vs MIA (20 / 34 / 294 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Schaub did not manage to throw for a score against Miami, but did enough to continue to get his team in scoring position and come through in the end for the victory. He completed 20 of 34 passes for 294 yards, and did throw an interception. He also had three rushes for six yards on the ground. Schaub showed the qualities you want in any quarterback, showing poise and leadership, especially on the game winning drive.
2007 Week 6 vs JAX (19 / 31 / 259 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Schaub completed 19 of 31 for 259 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, while being sacked, he fumbled and the ball was returned 77 yards for a Jaguars touchdown. With the game out of hand he was pulled and replaced by Sage Rosenfels.
2007 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 9 / 23 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub injured his ankle midway through the first quarter after a sack. He limped to the Texans locker room shortly after the play. It was reported as a left ankle sprain but, he did return to the game after getting the ankle taped. Schaub would get knocked out of the game again when DT Albert Haynesworth was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit and drove him into the turf. He would not return to the game after being knocked out a second time. Schaub and QB Sage Rosenfels had a bad first half as both combined for only 29 yards passing and they mustered only one first down in the first half.
2007 Week 8 vs SD (11 / 18 / 77 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub was largely ineffective while in the game. He's been battling several injuries pretty much all season long, and now he gets one more to add to the list. After throwing his second interception of the game to CB Antonio Cromartie, Schaub turned to head back upfield to get into position to make a tackle. But before he could even turn all the way around, LB Stephen Cooper absolutely laid into Schaub's facemask, sending the QB hurtling towards the turf. Before he even hit the ground, you could see the pain on his face. And once he was down, he stayed down. Eventually, Schaub made his way to the sidelines but he looked extremely dazed and was clearly in no position to return. Sage Rosenfels took over at QB, but was unable to match the comeback theatrics of a week ago.
2007 Week 11 vs NO (21 / 33 / 293 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Schaub played with excellent poise, and looked very comfortable executing the Texan's offense. He did not appear rusty after missing games due to injury. Fifteen of his 33 passes were of the intermediate or longer variety, as he looked to gain as many yards as he could when he threw the ball. Schaub made most of his plays in the pocket, and did not appear very comfortable throwing on the rare occasions he was flushed from the pocket. The focus on the running game to preserve their lead kept his passing numbers from being even greater.
2007 Week 12 vs CLE (22 / 36 / 256 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Schaub posted decent passing yardage but struggled for most of the day due to the fact that Andre Johnson was shut down by Browns DB Brandon McDonald. As a result, Schaub was forced to his second and third reads on the play, and while he did have time to make the reads, he was clearly rattled by the coverage on his biggest passing weapon. Of his two interceptions, one came on the Cleveland 37 yard line in the midst of a very effective drive. His second came on an under-thrown deep pass to Andre Johnson. Despite the interceptions, Schaub did have time to go through his progressions and find open receivers. He was only sacked twice, both on blown coverage assignments by the offensive line.
2006 Week 4 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub entered the game in the fourth quarter only to hand off while winding down the clock to end the game.
2006 Week 13 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
When Vick was shaken up in the fourth quarter and had to leave the game for one play, Schaub replaced him, handed off to Warrick Dunn, and then returned to the sideline.
2006 Week 15 vs DAL (3 / 5 / 33 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub was used on a few trick plays in the game where he lined up with Vick in the backfield. He completed a ten yard pass to Michael Jenkins on the last play of the first quarter where the Falcons lined Vick up in the back field and Schaub at quarterback. They tried this lineup again later in the first half and Schaub pitched to Vick on a sweep to the right. They used Schaub on a couple of other trick plays where they lined up Vick and him in the backfield later in the second half. Schaub came into the game with less then two minutes left to replace Vick who evidently hurt his groin.
2006 Week 17 vs PHI (15 / 21 / 175 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Schaub entered the game when starting QB Michael Vick hurt his ankle at the beginning of the third quarter. His first two passes were incomplete on second and third and long. On the next series he hit WR Roddy White on a deep cross. The pass was at White's feet, but he did a nice job of securing the reception and picking up extra yards after the catch. He nearly threw an interception three plays later. He hit the deep safety in the hands on a ball targeted to White. While holding for the field goal attempt on the following play Schaub fumbled the ball around and didn't get it set. He pulled the ball up and rolled out to his right hitting backup TE Eric Beverly, but they were well short on the attempt. On the following drive Schaub marched the Falcons downfield completing six of seven passing attempts capped off by his nine yard touchdown pass to TE Alge Crumpler. The highlight of the drive was the touch he put on a lobbed pass to RB Jerious Norwood down the right sideline. He fit the ball into a very narrow window. Late in the game the Falcons had a chance to tie up the game down by seven. They had the ball inside the two yard line on third down. Schaub started to roll out to his right after taking the snap, but tripped over his own feet falling to the ground getting sacked. On fourth down he tried to force a pass into WR Michael Jenkins, but it was knocked away by a defensive back.
2005 Week 2 vs SEA (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub entered the game late when Michael Vick left with hamstring cramps. Schaub didn't complete a pass, but lofted a nice ball into the end zone that allowed WR Brian Finneran to draw a pass interference penalty. Schaub's only other attempt was on fourth and fourteen to end the game.
2005 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 14 / 39 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 56 / 0 rush)
Schaub relieved Vick in the second quarter and contributed to the Falcons' rushing game with 56 yards of his own. He did not dazzle the crowd with his passing number, just five completions for 39 yards but he did keep the Falcons in control and did not have any turnovers.
2005 Week 5 vs NE (18 / 34 / 298 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Schaub played incredibly well, considering the circumstances. He said he was prepared to start. Still, regardless of how much time Schaub had to prepare, it's still tough going up against the defending champs no matter the circumstances. Schaub started off a bit slowly, as several of his passes weren't exactly where they should have been and it made tough for the receivers to adjust. But as the game went along and he got more into the flow, Schaub excelled. It helped that the Atlanta offense is basically a carbon copy of the offense Schaub ran in college at Virginia, so the learning curve isn't quite as steep. He wasn't perfect, as he was nearly intercepted on three separate occasions, but at times his passes were perfect (such as the pass to Alge Crumpler). What says it all about Schaub's performance is the fact that he was staring at a 15 point fourth quarter deficit to the Patriots and never blinked. He led his team back to eventually tie the game with less than four minutes remaining. About the only thing he did wrong on that last drive was to score with too much time left, enabling the Patriots to march downfield in the opposite direction.
2005 Week 11 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Backup quarterback Matt Schaub was in for only one play and he fumbled the ball in his own end zone which led to the Buccaneers' first touchdown.
2005 Week 14 vs NO (1 / 2 / 48 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Schaub handled field goal holding duties, and then was summoned into the game after Vick went down hard in the fourth quarter. Schaub mostly handed the ball off, as the game was winding down and the Falcons had already sealed their victory. He did have one pass completion, a 48 yard hook up with tight end Alge Crumpler. He also showed scrambled for a ten yard gain.
2005 Week 17 vs CAR (9 / 13 / 110 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Schaub came in to finish the game for QB Michael Vick, who was under constant duress from the Panthers defense. Schaub was able to move the ball against the backup team for Carolina. He completed nine passes for 110 yards and the only Atlanta touchdown of the game. He also threw for a two point conversion to WR Brian Finneran.