St. Louis Rams
The Rams won their second game of the season in Week 5 against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Sam Bradford completed 19 passes for 222 yards to go with three touchdowns, marking the second time this season that he was able to find the end zone three times. Of the three scores, wide receiver Austin Pettis managed to catch a pair of them, finishing the contest with four catches for 49 yards. Pettis has four touchdowns on the season and has become Bradford's most reliable target this season.
In terms of the running game, both Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson have proved ineffective for the Rams. Their inconsistency led coach Jeff Fisher to go with fifth-round pick Zac Stacy in the backfield against the Jaguars. Stacy ran the ball 14 times for 78 yards before leaving the contest with a rib injury. Though he did sit out practice earlier this week, he is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Houston and should get the majority of carries.
Quarterback Matt Schaub has struggled the last two weeks for the Texans. In Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, Schaub completed 19 passes for just 173 yards to go with three interceptions and he did not find the end zone. Schaub's performance also marked the fourth week in a row that he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The pick occurred early in the first quarter and set the tone for the 49ers' defense, which went on to hold Schaub and the Texans to just three points in the game. Though coach Gary Kubiak called it a tough decision, Schaub will get another shot to work things out and will start in Week 6.
While seeing Schaub struggle is bad news for the Texans and for his fantasy owners, the Texans also have to deal with the departure of Owen Daniels, who will be out for at least eight weeks with the displaced leg fracture he suffered against the 49ers. That means Schaub will have to turn to back-up tight end Garrett Graham. Graham had touchdowns in three of the first four games this season. The only knock on him is that he doesn't block as well as Daniels. Hopefully the Texans will provide Schaub with enough protection to get Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins going as well.