UNLIKELY HERO: Brandon Weeden Leads Texans To First Ever Win At Indy
Prior to Sunday's game, the Houston Texans had never won in Indianapolis. In 2002, with their entire future ahead of them as they were inaugurated into the NFL, they could never have known the struggles that lay ahead; the most difficult of which would be triumphing over the Colts.
Even during their best seasons, they just could not win in Indy against their pesky big brothers in the AFC South. The Texans went 0-13 when on the road against the Colts, and there was really no obvious reason to think that their 2015 fate would be any different.
And so they knew that with the division-lead on the line in Week 15, they needed something special to happen. The Texans were looking for a leader and a savior; someone to break the curse and create a new destiny for their maligned franchise. They knew it would take a miracle.
And that miracle finally arrived... in the form of perennial backup and noted adversary of oversized-flags, Brandon Weeden.
He was an unlikely champion; just the sort that a down-on-their-luck-Texas-football-team-in-search-of-new-beginnings needs. Weeden was called upon to step in and save the day when starting quarterback T.J. Yates - the Texans third starting QB of the season - left the game with a knee injury late in the second quarter.
And step in, he did.
Down 10-0 with 1:14 left in the first quarter, Weeden drove the Texans offense to the IND 5-yard line, setting up a 22-yard field goal for Nick Novak. The Texans returned to the second half of the game with a renewed vigor, dishing out a second half shutout and going on to win the game 16-10. Weeden finished a cautious, mistake-free game having completed 11 of 18 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
He wasn't pretty or shiny or fancy. He was functional. Weeden's only job against the pathetic, Andrew Luck-less Colts was to not do anything stupid. AND. HE. NAILED. IT
Weeden went 0-3 as a starter for the Cowboys earlier this season before being acquired by the Texans in mid-November. Before coming into Sunday's game, he had thrown 30 career interceptions to his 28 touchdowns. At best, he is a serviceable emergency backup. At worst, he is a woefully mediocre, uniformed space-filler that takes snaps from the center.
But for at least one glorious, beautiful Sunday in December, Brandon Weeden reigned supreme as king of the AFC South. He is the hero that the Texans never wanted, yet always deserved. No one knows how long it will take to watch him again fall from grace.
(My guess is that it will be approximately one quarter into Week 16.)
Game-saving Brandon Weeden may be a distant memory by the end of next week, but for now, we celebrate. Cheers to you, Weeden. May you continue to be just a little less dysfunctional than the other crappy and/or injured quarterbacks in your division!
Oh, and congratulations on mastering the complex Texans offense...
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