The Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans are going to meet on Sunday in Week 3 as a part of a great slate of games. Few are going to be as important as this one. The Texans know that they can possibly go a game up on the field in the entire conference with a victory, while Denver knows that it might be two back in the AFC West already if this is lost. These two could also very well be division winners, and this might be the difference between finishing as the #2 or #3 seed in the AFC, which obviously makes a massive difference.
But for Denver, the key is going to be forcing a very disciplined Houston team into mistakes. Knowing how well RB Arian Foster and RB Ben Tate run the football makes life difficult on opposing defenses, especially with WR Andre Johnson on the outside to make some remarkable catches on balls that come anywhere near him.
The Broncos have forced just one turnover in two games, and that turnover came when DB Tracy Porter stepped in front of a QB Ben Roethlisberger pass in the fourth quarter of the first Sunday of the season and raced it 43 yards to pay dirt. DE Elvis Dumervil, who has had 52 ½ sacks in 77 games in his career, has yet to log a sack this year, and he only has a total of 7 ½ tackles for the campaign as well.
Yes, Denver does rank No. 8 in the league in total defense at just 279.5 yards per game, but last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons was proof that the unit just isn’t quite what it needs to be yet.
Denver opened up the week as a slight favorite on the NFL odds over the Texans, but since that point, Houston has flipped over to a two-point choice of the oddsmakers.