Texans turn to Tom Savage as QB for game against Bengals

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HOUSTON — Tom Savage will be the Texans starting quarterback Saturday night when Houston hosts Cincinnati, Bill O'Brien announced Monday.

After Brock Osweiler threw two early interceptions Sunday against Jacksonville, Savage came in and led the Texans to a comeback 21-20 win.

"This week, I feel like Tom Savage gives us the best chance to win," O'Brien said. "I'm going to give him a week to prepare as a starter, see what he can do for us Saturday night against the Bengals."

Houston selected Savage in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Texans signed Osweiler in free agency before this season, but he's struggled as the starting quarterback, throwing 16 interceptions, and just 14 touchdowns.

"I have a ton of respect for Brock Osweiler," O'Brien said. "It's a hard thing to do as a coach. It's what they pay me to do, make decision like this in the best interest of the team."

The Texans are 8-6 and control their own playoff fate.  The most direct route to repeating as AFC South champions would be to win their final two games of the season.