The home fans have cheered Matt Schaub's ankle injury, the season went into death spiral mode against the St. Louis Rams and the head coach collapsed at halftime of Sunday's demoralizing loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
We now have two games worth of film that suggest Keenum is less of an emergency fill-in and more of a potential solution for a franchise at a crossroads with Schaub.
Although the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions went undrafted out of the University of Houston due to size and arm-strength concerns, Keenum's most impressive quality has been his willingness to attack defenses down the field. He'd rather give his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball than check down to a safer throw that won't move the sticks.
Despite two close losses to the Chiefs and Colts, Keenum has already made the Texans one of the most fun teams to watch. The coaches have opened up the offense to accentuate Keenum's athleticism as an exciting risk-taker with moxie to spare, calling to mind a young Tony Romo or Jake Plummer.
It's no coincidence that Johnson found the end zone more times Sunday night than he had in his previous 20 games combined. Keenum has made the right reads, kept his composure, showed respectable pocket presence and flashed a quick release, allowing him to highlight the talents of a Hall of Fame-level talent at wide receiver.