Sunday night, November 3, 2013 may well be remembered as the evening everything changed in the history of the Houston Texans.
The Texans will be facing the 5-2 Indianapolis Colts in a game that could be defined as a make-or-break contest which could change the look and the fate of the not just this year, for but perhaps for many years to come.
Unless you have been under a rock or in a coma for the past two weeks, you already know that former Houston Cougar great Case Keenum will be taking to the field as the stating quarterback for the Texans.
He got his first NFL start two weeks ago on the road, which resulted in a 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Houston had a bye during week eight and earlier this week, head coach Gary Kubiak announced that Keenum would be given the starting job vs. the Colts.
Many fans around Houston have been suggesting, pleading and demanding that Keenum replace the ailing Matt Schaub for weeks.
Any head coach that allows the fans to dictate personal selection does not need to be a head coach.
I admire Kubiak for sticking to his guns and keeping Schaub as long as he did.
After all, he is they head coach and such decisions fall solidly on his shoulders.
However, with that being said, by delaying the decision to start Keenum may have cost the Texans the very prize they are chasing and, as many have stated, ended the ultimate goal this year; to make it to the Super Bowl.
There is no doubt to me that the Texans have one of the most talented team in the NFL, but things have not got their way this season.
New blood was needed in the quarterback position and Keenum may just be the punch that is needed to salvage the season.
I have covered Keenum from his final year as a high school quarterback at Abilene Wylie High School, through his six years at the University of Houston and his years as a practice squad player for the Texans.
Keenum is not the best quarterback in the NFL. In fact, he is far from it.
Is he the best quarterback ever to come out of University of Houston?
Many could debate that statement from now until the end of time and never agree.
Is Keenum the best quarterback, right now, on the Houston Texans roster?
I say YES.
I stated at the end of training camp that the Texans would carry three quarterbacks this season and Keenum would be the number three signal caller.
My statement went even further to predict that Keenum would be the next starting quarterback for the Texans, after Matt Schaub.
Today, Keenum and the Texans will be on prime time television, with the entire nation watching on Sunday Night Football.
The 25-year old Keenum will have more pressure on his shoulders that almost anyone on the field at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The Texans, his coaches, and the fans have placed a great deal of pressure and importance on this game and his performance.
No matter what the outcome; no matter what happens on the field at Reliant Stadium on Sunday evening, November 3, 2013, Case Keenum is going to give it his all.
After all, what else would you expect from a young man starting his first NFL game in front of the home crowd?
Keenum has the ability, the confidence and the skill to give the Houston fans something to cheer about, not just for one night, but for many years to come.