Osweiler got hooked after throwing two interceptions on his first 11 pass attempts. The Texans survived that and won behind backup quarterback Tom Savage.
It’s a costly move for the Texans, who have guaranteed Osweiler $37 million in his contract, tied with Tyrod Taylor for the third-most among 2016 quarterbacks. It was a hefty deal, given that Osweiler ranked 20th out of 32 quarterbacks in Total QBR with the Broncos last season. The Texans used a combined six quarterbacks in 2014 and 2015 and were hoping for stability at the position -- not having to bench their top guy.
But it became a necessity, given that Osweiler, who has 14 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions this season, entered the day ranked 22nd in the NFL in Total QBR. He’s one of three qualified quarterbacks with more interceptions than touchdowns, along with Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Jets and Case Keenum of the Rams. Osweiler has 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in his past 4 games.
The biggest problem for Osweiler is that he doesn’t throw the ball well downfield. He entered the day with the NFL’s worst completion percentage on throws more than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Of his 16 interceptions, 14 have come on passes of that length. The 14 (including two on Sunday) are the most in the NFL.
The Elias Sports Bureau noted that Savage became the second quarterback in the past four seasons whose first game-winning drive came in a relief appearance. The other was Landry Jones for the Steelers against the Raiders in 2015.