Osweiler will be Houston's starting quarterback for Week 13's road game against Green Bay, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Osweiler will remain the starting quarterback despite throwing three interceptions and no touchdown passes in a disappointing home loss to the Chargers. Osweiler hasn't been very good on the road this season -- the team has lost four of five while Osweiler has a 67.3 QB rating -- but the Packers' pass defense ranks 21st in the NFL.
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien was vague when responding to a question about replacing Osweiler with backup Tom Savage, telling Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans would "focus on improving and correcting mistakes." Osweiler threw three interceptions without a touchdown in Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Chargers, and the team is last in the NFL in offensive touchdowns scored. We could cherry-pick other statistics to illustrate how poorly Osweiler has been this season, so naturally, the questions are starting. O'Brien showed a quick hook last season when quarterbacks didn't perform, but in 2016 he's stuck with Osweiler, owner of a $72-million contract. The next two games are against poor pass defenses (Green Bay, Indianapolis), so if a change were to made, now would be a good time.
Osweiler completed 22 of 37 passes for 246 yards with no passing touchdowns and three interceptions Sunday against the Chargers. He also rushed three times for 23 yards and a touchdown in the 21-13 loss. Osweiler took things into his own hands on a 1-yard keeper to open the scoring in the second quarter, but struggled from there on out with no more touchdowns and three interceptions the rest of the way. The three picks were a season high, and give the former Broncos quarterback a 12:13 touchdown to interception ratio with zero 300-yard passing performances in his first season with the Texans.
Osweiler completed 14 of 27 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in Jacksonville. It wasn't pretty, but Osweiler did just enough to propel his team to a 24-21 road victory. His touchdown passes went to a pair of unexpected targets in Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson. The offseason acquisition has played well enough to maintain the starting job, but isn't asked to shoulder much of the load most weeks as the Texans rely mostly on their running game and defense. Osweiler has been held below 200 passing yards in four of his past five games.
Osweiler completed 20 of 29 passes for 186 yards with a touchdown and interception in Sunday's 20-13 victory over the Lions. He also lost three yards on three rushes. While the fact that the Texans walked way with the victory is of overriding importance, the concerns regarding Osweiler persist after another lackluster outing. He averaged only 6.4 yards per attempt, and he's now failed to hit the 200-yard mark in three of his last four games, a fairly improbable feat for an NFL starting quarterback in an era that's heavily geared towards offense. While Osweiler's performances are enough to get by with in games in which the defense is able to exert its will on the opponent, Houston may well find itself at a disadvantage any time they have to keep pace or play from behind, a scenario that's already come to fruition on a couple of occasions this season. Following a Week 9 bye, Osweiler will face off against another underwhelming signal caller in Blake Bortles when the Texans tussle with the Jaguars.
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