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Case Keenum will start for Houston Texans in Week 7

It's time to dust off Case Keenum's Conference USA game film.

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak announced Thursday that Keenum will start against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday while Matt Schaub sits out with an ankle injury.

Despite outplaying T.J. Yates in a preseason competition for the backup job, Keenum was relegated to third-stringer for the first six weeks of the season.

When Yates face-planted in relief of Schaub last week, Kubiak was forced to reconsider his pecking order.


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The NCAA's all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions in the University of Houston's quarterback-friendly offense, Keenum went undrafted in 2012 due to questions about his size and arm strength.

More than just a hometown hero, Keenum was a major cog in a preseason offense that led the NFL in offensive yards average (444.2), passing yards (300.2), total yards per play (6.2) and first downs per game (25). He finished the preseason 43-of-63 passing (68.3 percent) for 482 yards (7.7 YPA) with three touchdowns and a 106.7 passer rating.

Keenum will get an opportunity to show that he can be what Yates was not -- a viable alternative to a struggling Schaub. The deck is stacked against him this week, facing the NFL's stiffest defense in one of the league's toughest venues.

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