Coming off their first playoff appearance in franchise history the Houston Texans were fully expected to contend for a Super Bowl berth this season. And after two weeks of play they’ve lived up to those high hopes, winning two games in convincing fashion.
This week Houston HC Gary Kubiak leads his troops back to his old stompin’ grounds, or at least the grounds on which he used to carry around a clip-board, for a date with the 1-1 Denver Broncos in what will be the Texans’ stiffest test so far (4:25 pm Eastern, CBS).
Quick Out of the Gate
Texans fans (and financial backers) couldn’t ask for much more out of their team so far. Houston won its season opener at home over Miami 30-10, covering as 13-point favorites against the NFL odds, then took care of business on its first road trip of the year, beating the Jags in Jacksonville 27-7 and covering as seven-point faves.
Houston made some serious hay vs. the Jags with the two-headed running combo of Arian Foster and Ben Tate, who combined for 184 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
The Broncos, with that guy from all the TV commercials at quarterback, opened their season with a tough 31-19 victory at home over Pittsburgh. But Monday night Mr. Manning threw three first-quarter interceptions, helping put the Broncos in a 20-0 hole, on their way to a 27-21 defeat.
The Denver defense, though, held the Steelers to 75 yards rushing in Week 1 and the Falcons to 67 Monday night. So the battle up front when the Texans have the ball might be key as to who wins Sunday’s game.
A Franchise First?
In their 11 seasons of existence the Texans have started 2-0 four times; they’ve never gotten to 3-0.
What’s Really Important: The Line
Sunday’s game started out at right around a pick ’em at most NFL betting outlets, but as of Friday afternoon Houston had been bet into a two-point road favorite.