Mallett entered the game last week and sparked the Texans to two scoring drives, albeit against a more lax Kansas City defense.
Speaking on NFL Network's GameDay First Sunday morning, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport hit on several key reasons coach Bill O'Brien made the switch to Mallett:
Rapoport noted that the locker room supported the quick quarterback change after seeing how Mallett threw the ball in Week 1.
- Mallett impressed the Texans with the way he handled losing the starting gig during training camp and being disciplined for missing a day of practice when he overslept. The team believes he responded like a pro, per RapSheet, continuing to prepare like a starter and staying ready for when his chance came.
- Bad plays doomed Hoyer, who took four sacks, threw a pick and had a fumble in the opener. The team believes Mallett will help eliminate those negative situations. The Texans know their defense, led by J.J. Watt, will keep them in games, they just need the offense to not put them in bad situations like it did Week 1.
Mallett targeted stud receiver DeAndre Hopkins at a higher rate than Hoyer in Week 1. Hopkins caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown on Mallett's two fourth-quarter drives (38.5 percent of the targets). With Hoyer in the game, Hopkins caught four passes on eight targets for 39 yards and a TD (24.2 percent of Hoyer's targets).