The Houston Texans were a hot commodity heading into the season. Many people saw the Texans as a possible AFC champ and things haven’t really changed. They got a couple of layups to begin the season, taking on Miami at home at Jacksonville on the road. Like good teams tend to do, the Texans took care of business in dominant fashion. Things start to get a little bit hairy for the Texans in week three. They get to face off against a familiar foe. Peyton Manning and his Broncos host Houston in a game that will tell us an awful lot about both teams.
The Texans come into this game with a lot of things clicking. Last week, Ben Tate ran the ball well, scoring a couple of touchdowns. Arian Foster was his normally solid self, piling up yardage on the ground and with his hands. Matt Schaub has been unspectacular, but he remains a very good QB on a very good team. More importantly, the defense has looked great in the first two weeks. They are forcing turnovers at an impressive clip. So what can we expect to see out of Houston in week three?
The Broncos looked good in week one, taking down Pittsburgh behind a nice debut from Peyton Manning. They teed off against the Falcons in week two, falling in a Monday night clash. Peyton struggled to some extent in that game, and the Broncos were exposed a little bit. They are going to have some trouble keeping the Houston defensive line out of the backfield. This is going to be an especially tough spot given the short turnaround after the Monday night game. The Broncos will benefit significantly from home field advantage, as Mile High remains probably the most difficult venue in the NFL.
The Texans come into this game as a very short favorite. They are favored by less than a field goal – a sign that bettors are willing to back the Texans even on the road. If they are to win in Denver, they will need to get more out of the passing game. Houston has shown a willingness and ability to run the ball well. They have to get things going with Schaub and Johnson if they are going to get after a good Denver defense. Peyton Manning will look to get on track in week three, but he will find it very difficult against what might be the NFL’s best defense.
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