The Houston Texans dropped a heartbreaking 27-24 decision to the Indianapolis Colts at home, a highly disappointing defeat in which the team surrendered eighteen consecutive unanswered points and lost its head coach Gary Koubiak in a frightening collapse at halftime. Even in defeat, perhaps it is very difficult to ignore one of the overwhelming positive aspects of last night’s game; such would be the individual performance of QB Case Keenum, the second-year fan favorite hailing from nearby the University of Houston. Keenum mesmerized the Colts defense and the crowd inside Reliant Stadium, putting on a display highly reminiscent of his fruitful days in college as a UH Cougar opposing Conference USA competition. Upon first glance of Keenum, fans and outside observers most likely would doubt his ability when considering his diminutive stature at 6’1″ and around 200 pounds. But in the first half, Keenum entertained a national television audience with his play.
Perhaps what was most impressive and entertaining for fans and outside observers of last night’s game was the very evident mentality employed by Keenum in his performance. He played with a sort of reckless abandon, appearing to play with no fear whatsoever and with a sort of freedom and enviable bravado. The Texans appeared to feed off his infectious energy on both sides of the ball, taking on his loose and fearless persona. Keenum and the offense put on a mesmerizing display of efficiency, constantly improvising throughout the course of the first half to compensate for his physical deficiencies in stature. His aggressive approach paid great dividends consistently, as it resulted in major plays for chunk yardage through the air.
Second-year Texans QB Case Keenum appears to have ignited the Texans offense with his play. In last night’s game he appeared to play with a chip on his shoulder against the Colts defense. He looked like a quarterback playing with a freedom and with no constraints, like someone playing with nothing to lose. Such a mentality employed by Keenum can likely be attributed to his desire to prove doubters wrong, such as those who passed on him in the Draft because of questions about his stature and about his ability.
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