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Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos. 3:25. 9/23. **Official GameDay Thread**
These ain't yo' daddy's Texans, Peyton.
Week 3 is upon us, fam. First time for everything week! First win over Manning on the road, first 3-0 start, and first win at Denver. You like the sound of all those, because I damn sure do! 1-0. That's the goal every week! Let's get this W and show the nation who these brothers are! LET'S MUTHA****IN' GO, TEXANS!!!!
The Houston Texans have had little trouble rolling over a couple of overmatched opponents in the first two weeks.
It would seem they'll get a much stiffer test in their third game with a date with an old adversary, but with the way Peyton Manning played last week the Texans could be poised for another lopsided victory.
Houston tries to open with three wins for the first time in franchise history Sunday when it visits the Denver Broncos and Manning, who is looking to bounce back from a forgettable performance.
The Texans are first in the NFL in total defense (196.0 yards per game) and scoring defense (8.5 per game), but that shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering their first two opponents were Miami and Jacksonville. They forced four turnovers in Ryan Tannehill's debut in a 30-10 win over the Dolphins in Week 1 and allowed a franchise-low 117 yards in last Sunday's 27-7 victory in Jacksonville.
Houston, the only NFL team to open 2-0 in each of the last three seasons, expects a much greater challenge this time around.
"These two are behind us, and it's time to start looking forward,'' said Houston coach Gary Kubiak, who backed up John Elway with the Broncos from 1983-91 and later worked on Denver's staff under Mike Shanahan. "We know we've got a huge test coming down there, with Peyton leading the way for them and the type of player he is."
The type of player Manning is, however, isn't completely clear.
After throwing two touchdowns and finishing with a 129.2 passer rating in leading the Broncos to a 31-19 victory over Pittsburgh in Week 1, Manning had three interceptions in the first eight minutes of Monday night's 27-21 loss to Atlanta. The NFL's only four-time MVP insists the picks were because of poor decisions and not his surgically repaired neck.
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What I want to see:
Pressure up-the-gut on Mr. Manning.
Now, I know this might be rather tough with the fact that the 'D' might be in a lot of 2-3-6 (nickel), but still, this means a lot of JJ Watt and Ninja reeking havoc on Denver's interior line. Going to be looking for some twists, stunts, etc to try and get their line feeling the heat, thus making Peyton feel that same heat.
Come out throwing, then pound 'em with the run.
Nothing changes when it comes to that. Throw the ball, get that D on their heels and make them have to stop everyone and everything. Our offense is one of the best in the game. Let's show the nation why that is. I don't think (I'm guessing) we won't feature the muddle huddle as much as we did vs. JAX due to wanting to keep Manning off the field, but I expect some of it.
Help Newton with Miller (or Dumervil).
Chip Miller with a running back or TE as much as possible to slow him down a bit. We can not have Schaub running for his life and/or allowing the dreaded sack-fumble from Miller or Dumervil.
Go for some strips of McGahee/Moreno; watch for their trap runs in the Gun.
The Broncos two RB's have both lost fumbles in back to back weeks. With that said, go for the football. Winning turnover battles might be cliche, but on the road it's huge. Also, don't forget about the Falcons game. ATL had some issues stopping the run when Denver got in the shotgun. McGahee was especially effective.
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