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Old 09-21-2012   #1
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Two games into 2012, the Houston Texans have an NFL-best 76 rushing yards to the right side of the offensive line. 11 carries have gone that way for Houston, and at 6.9 yards a pop, those rushes have been successful. It might seem like a random statistic, but it’s incredibly pertinent to those interested in the Texans, who began the campaign with a pair of new starters at right guard and right tackle, with Antoine Caldwell and Derek Newton there respectively.

Newton played all 83 snaps in last week’s 20-point victory at Jacksonville, withstanding the heat and humidity that day in north Florida. But Sunday in Denver a whole new challenge awaits in the Mile High City with defensive end Elvis Dumervil and linebacker Von Miller.

“He’s going to face the quickest guys he’s seen off the ball,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “And he’s probably going to be a little late off the ball because of the noise.”

So far in 2012, the Dumervil and Miller tandem has a combined 14 tackles, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries. Although Dumervil started at right defensive end Monday night against Atlanta, and Miller was listed as the strongside linebacker, Kubiak pointed out that the two will play at different points on the field.

“Wherever they line up they both line up all over the place,” Kubiak said. “We actually let our guys line up offsides in practice.”
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Selected second overall after Cam Newton that season, Miller was everything Denver wanted and more. Now, he’ll go against a 7th-rounder from the same draft class in Newton, who has turned heads with his improvement, athleticism and ability in the Texans’ offense.
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