Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos: Texans Preseason Week 3 Game Preview

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Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos: Texans Preseason Week 3 Game Preview
Patric Schneider/Associated Press

The embarrassing loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1 of the preseason left the team and its fans with questions about the potential of the Houston Texans.

Maybe that shutout loss was a bucket of ice water over the head because it sure seemed to wake them up from whatever funk they were in and got them moving.

Suddenly all the areas of concern, like the pass offense and pass defense, became strengths as the Texans took it to the Atlanta Falcons for all 60 minutes in what was a truly dominate performance. However, all those tests they passed against Atlanta are about to look like midterms in comparison to the final they're about to take.

The Falcons are thought of as a team capable of having a big bounce-back season for good reason, but all the things they do well are done much better by the Texans' next opponent.

Preseason games are all about measuring yourself, working to improve specific areas and finding out where your team's strengths and weaknesses exist. If you want a litmus test for the potential of the Texans during the 2014 season, not one will push their limits and provide more answers than the Denver Broncos.

This game will also give the team and especially the rookies their first test in dealing with distractions. With Houston practicing on the road all week and then having to deal with questions about J.J. Watt's contract situation and the injury to Jadeveon Clowney, how it responds and reacts will be key.

Despite it still being "only the preseason," if the Texans are as impressive against the Broncos in Denver, considering all the circumstances as they were against Atlanta, you can start to get excited and hope that they're capable of a bounce-back season like the Kansas City Chiefs had in 2013.

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