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.
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
When: Sunday, September 23 at 4:25 p.m. ET
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Betting Line: Texans -3 according to Bovada on Sept. 19
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.
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.