Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos: Preview and Predictions

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In Peyton Manning's last eight outings against the Houston Texans, he was 7-1 against that team. Will the trend continue, even as the future Hall-of-Famer dons Bronco orange?

Peyton Manning couldn't pull out a Broncos win after a horrid first half on Monday Night Football in Week 2, despite an impressive near-comeback.

The fate of the Denver Broncos still depends upon the defensive personnel, and if they aren't able to shut down the Houston Texans running attack, Denver is in for a long afternoon. And it will be up to Peyton Manning to out-fox Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips for the upper hand in this matchup.

The Texans have as potent of a running attack as any team in the league. Not only do they have a dominant one-cut runner in Arian Foster, but also a versatile backfield threat in Ben Tate.

Houston's run game sets up everything the Texans do, from the passing attack to the defense, and that backfield tandem will need another big outing to get past an opponent that they could conceivably meet in the postseason. 

Check out out pigskin preview for Houston at Denver, an AFC matchup which promises not only wanton carnage but also potential playoff implications. Check out my thoughts on the matter in my video above and leave your own thoughts in the comments. Thanks for watching. 

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