Rosenfels got the start Friday against the Colts and Brad Childress indicated that, regardless of who started the first game, the other would start the second – meaning Jackson will start Friday in the preseason home opener against Kansas City.
Rosenfels looked sharp completing his first six passes and finishing the game completing 10 of 13 passes for 91 yards and a passer rating of 95.4. Jackson, on the other hand, had a bunch of overthrows, completing just 7 of 15 passes for a passer rating of just 53.5.
"I thought he had decent rhythm, I thought he knew where he was looking," Childress said. "He got the football up the field and checked the down. He had good command and so he started off this week and Tavaris will kick it off next week vs. Kansas City."
The fact that Jackson will start against Kansas City shouldn't be viewed as an automatic endorsement of his ability to be a starter. The signs point to Rosenfels starting the third preseason game as he makes his return to Houston to play the Texans in the game that most people acknowledge as the most important of the four preseason games – because the starters typically play the entire first half and a series or two after halftime.
It's unclear why there is such a shroud of secrecy surrounding the status of the two quarterbacks, but, for one game anyway, it would appear the Rosenfels has a big advantage in the QB duel.
"I will let coach judge that, but honestly to me, personally I have a lot better to get," Jackson said. "I have a lot more work to do. I will let coach judge the competition. I will let him evaluate that. I feel like I have a lot more work to do."