Texans vs. Broncos: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 19, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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NFL schedule makers did not give Peyton Manning a soft landing for the QB's return from his neck surgery, as the Denver Broncos will face the Houston Texans in Denver on Sunday. 

This marks the third likely-playoff team the Broncos have faced in three games. They have split their first two matchups against the Steelers and the Falcons

Houston is off to a 2-0 start, and they are on a very short list of teams with a legitimate claim to being called the best in the NFL. 

While the Texans have cruised to a 2-0 start, their victories have come against the Dolphins and the Jaguars. This will be their first real chance to prove they are indeed elite. 


Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado

When: Sunday, September 23 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Listen: NFL Audio Pass

Betting Line: Texans -3 according to Bovada on Sept. 19

Injury Report

Injury information according to NFL.com on Sept. 19. Click the link for updated information. 



DE Antonio Smith, LB Bryan Braman and LB Brooks Reed were all limited at Wednesday's practice. 




S Quinton Carter, TE Joel Dreesen and LB Vonn Miller were all limited in Wednesday's practice. 

CB Chris Harris and G Chris Kuper were both held out of Wednesday's practice. 


Fantasy Impact

The Texans have a great defense. They are first in opposing passing yards and eighth in opponent rushing yards. 

This should cause owners to think twice about starting any Broncos player. 

The Broncos' defense has also been performing well. They are seventh in opposing rushing yards and ninth in opposing passing yards. 

Still, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson are a must start.


Texans Player To Watch: Arian Foster, RB

Foster is off to a solid start, but he has not been as dominant as many expected. He has gained 189 yards, but they have only come at 3.5 yards per carry. That number is noticeably smaller than backup Ben Tate's 4.7 yards per carry.

I don't expect a Foster benching or anything, but the team would undoubtedly like to see him increase his yards per carry. 

Broncos Player To Watch: Peyton Manning, QB

This one goes without saying, right? All eyes of the NFL world have been on Manning as he tries to come back from his numerous neck surgeries. 

The early results have been mixed. In many ways, he looks like the Manning of old. However, his suspect arm strength was on full display while he was chucking interceptions in the first quarter of his last game. 

So keep a close eye on Manning—especially when he winds up to throw it deep. 


Key Matchup: Denver's Rush Defense vs. Houston's Rush Offense

The Texans are a strong and balanced team, but they'd prefer to control the game with their running attack. Denver cannot allow this to happen. 

Denver is in a good position to stymie the Texans' run game. As mentioned above, Denver is seventh in opposing rushing yards, and that is even more impressive considering they are allowing just 2.6 yards per carry. 


Prediction: Texans 27, Broncos 20

The Texans are playing too soundly in all areas of the game for a Broncos team still trying to find their way to handle them. 


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