Broncos vs. Texans Week 3 Preview


Will returning home to the comfortable confines of Denver help the Broncos to a Week 3 win over the Houston Texans?

You may be surprised to know that the NFL odds aren’t necessarily in Denver’s favor, even at home. Right now the line is at a pick’em, with some books offering up the Broncos as one-point underdogs.

Clearly a shaky MNF performance last week has shifted the public perspective.

The Broncos struggled against Atlanta’s defense for most of the game, with Peyton Manning uncharacteristically throwing three first-quarter interceptions. He finished 24-of-37 for 241 yards and a  touchdown.

Despite the loss, Willis McGahee ran hard and ran well. The back had 22 rushes for 113 yards and two touchdowns and was able to keep Atlanta’s defense honest for the most part.

It was all too little too late though. The Broncos only had seven points until the fourth quarter, before McGahee got into the endzone twice to make things interesting there at the end.

This weekend will be just as tough for Denver considering Houston’s coming to town.

The Texans have started out the season with two comfortable wins, albeit against hardly the best competition in the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. Nonetheless, they seem to be doing the right things on both sides of the ball and the Broncos will have to be ready.

Manning will have his hands full against Houston, but he has plenty of weapons to get the ball to and the running game will surely help. If McGahee continues to run like that, it’s going to open up a lot of things for this Broncos offense.

And, given Manning was able to orchestrate a Week 1 win on prime-time against the Pittsburgh Steelers, we’re liking his chances of doing something similar versus the Texans.

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