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Case Keenum will start at quarterback this week for the Houston Texans

The Houston Texans, with their season slipping away, made a decision at quarterback that screams, "Oh heck, why not?"

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Case Keenum, who has never appeared in a regular-season game, will get the start this week at Kansas City. Houston coach Gary Kubiak announced Keenum would start over T.J. Yates, replacing injured Matt Schaub. The 6-0 Chiefs have one of the loudest home crowds and one of the fiercest pass rushes in the NFL.

Good luck, kid.

Keenum was a college star at the University of Houston. He finished his college career as the NCAA all-time leader in passing yards (19,217) and passing touchdowns (155). He is one of two players to have multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons in college. But he was viewed as a product of Houston's system (which was guided by current Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin) and went undrafted in 2012.

Kubiak said Keenum did well through camp and has continued to improve in practice. Kubiak also seems to be searching for anything to turn around a team that is coming off back-to-back blowout losses and sits at 2-4.

Maybe Keenum will instantly help the Texans turn things around. But he is getting thrown into about the most difficult situation imaginable for a NFL debut.

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