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Aug 6, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak speaks to reporters after training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos are coming to town tonight to face off with the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and while we never need a reason to watch football, there are always certain things to pay extra attention to when it comes to your favorite team during the preseason.

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Familiar Faces

Tonight’s game brings several story lines, the most obvious being the return of some familiar faces roaming the sidelines for Denver. Gary Kubiak is the head coach, and returns to the stadium where he got his first crack at the head job.

After eight seasons in Houston, Kubiak complied a record of 61 wins and 64 losses. He was fired after starting 2-11 in 2013. With three games remaining on the schedule the Texans bumped defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to interim coach. The team lost all those games as well and finished the year 2-14 under the work of the two coaches.

So now Kubiak returns and brings Phillips again as the guy calling the shots on defense. One of the most interesting things to see right off the bat is how Kubiak is greeted by the fans. He had some good years in Houston, but it all came crashing down in the worst way possible for the former Denver Bronco quarterback-turned-coach.

Will he be greeted warmly and thanked for his time here? Or will the fans take this as an opportunity to let him know how much better off things seem with Bill O’Brien at the helm?

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