Posted Thu Sep 20th by Monty
Streak: Won 2
Series vs. Denver: 1-2
Last time: Broncos, 24-23, Dec. 2010
The Line: Houston (-2)
The Denver Broncos return home to face one of the AFC’s best in Week Three, the undefeated Houston Texans. The Texans have started their season 2-0 for the second year in a row, but they’ve never started 3-0 in franchise history. They will look to change that in Denver on Sunday.
Who’s hot: Defensive end J.J. Watt. The second-year player is tied for second in the league with three sacks. Moreover, he’s leading a Texans defense that has been dominant. They’re the top-rated squad in points allowed (8.5), yards allowed (196.0), and passing yards allowed (124.0). Watt is a big reason why.
Who’s not: The Texans’ schedule so far. Houston beat up on Miami in Week One before trouncing Jacksonville in Week Two, winning by 20 points each game. They have yet to face any team with a quarterback near the caliber of Peyton Freaking Manning.
Matchup to Watch: Broncos run defense vs Texans rushers. Running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate could have easily filled in the “Who’s hot” role (hell, any member of the team could have). But Foster and Tate could really prove to be the Achilles’ heel to the Broncos Sunday. The best defense against Peyton Manning is a long offensive drive, and the Texans would rather keep Manning sidelined than often face the quarterback with a career record of 16-2 against their old division rival.