Peyton Faces an Old Rival

The Broncos will continue the difficult start to their season this Sunday, hosting the Houston Texans. This Houston Texans team is much different than the team that Peyton Manning had become accustomed to playing. Manning has a ridiculous 16-2 record against the Texans in his career.

The Houston Texans may be the best all around team in the AFC. They have two very good running backs, a stud receiver in Andre Johnson and a young upstart defense led by linebacker Brian Cushing and lineman J.J. Watt. They are currently 2-0 and are looking to become 3-0 for the first time in the franchise’s existence.

Keys to the Game: Run the ball with persistence. I think that the Broncos got themselves into some trouble last week when they did not run the ball enough. Against this Houston defense it is vitally important that they are kept off balance. The best way to keep Watt from ruining Manning’s day is by giving the ball to McGahee repeatedly. Even if Denver does not pick up a lot of yards while running it still prevents the defense from selling out on pass plays.

And for the Broncos defense, they must stop Arian Foster and Ben Tate. These two backs can take over games. Schaub is not the greatest quarterback, so if you can prevent the Texans’ offense from gaining traction in the run game it could lead to some mistakes by Schaub. Denver did a good job of stopping Turner last week, but they could not apply any pressure on Matt Ryan, plus Manning gifted Atlanta great field position.

Do not turnover the ball. Manning’s three interceptions and Moreno’s fumble were the difference in the game last week. If the Broncos expect to win this game, it is imperative that they do not give Houston any extra possessions.

Injuries: There are not many injuries to consider for both teams. Chris Kuper, Broncos guard, has been ruled out. Other than that the two teams are very healthy.

Final Analysis: I have no idea who is going to win this game. If you listen to the media, you would think that the Texans are a lock. Denver will definitely make this interesting, but I think the turnover bug will strike again this week. Houston 30 Denver 17.

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