Matt Schaub in Prime Time is Not Nearly as Good as Matt Schaub During the Day

Matt Schaub, QB of the Houston Texans, in four night games this season:

vs. the Jets (MNF win): 14-for-28 209 yards, 7.5 ypa, 1 TD, 1 INT
vs. the Packers (SNF loss): 20-for-33, 232 yards, 7.0 ypa, 0 TD, 2 INT
vs. the Bears (SNF win): 14-for-26, 95 yards, 3.7 ypa, 1 TD, 2 INTS
vs. the Patriots (MNF loss): 19-32, 232 yards, 7.3 ypa, 0 TD, 1 INT

This is not an indictment of Schaub, who is a great play-action QB, and probably one of the 10 best QBs in the NFL.

(Fun fact: Schaub and Tom Brady are the only starters this year not to lose a fumble.)

He played well against the Jets, not against the Packers, the weather was poor in Chicago, and then made one really costly decision on a pass near the end zone against the Patriots that hurt badly. It’s not like he’s out there pulling a Lindley.

The Texans, though, might be 0-4 in the above games instead of 2-2 if the Jets were any good (had the ball late with a shot to win the game, but failed), and if Jay Cutler had not been knocked out and replaced by Jason Campbell in the second half.

If QB rating is your thing, why are Schaub’s four lowest performances – based on that metric – in night games?

Translation: Houston needs to hope for a home playoff game during the day. [H/T: Sean Pendergast]

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