Gary Kubiak came in as the head coach of the Denver Broncos and walked away victorious as the Houston Texans struggled to get anything going on offense all night. The starters struggled to move the ball through the air or on the ground.
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Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett after Mallet completed only five passes for 23 yards and failed to so much as threaten to score. Hoyer was not much better as he had only 52 yards on seven completions.
The running game did nothing to help early on for Houston as starting running back Alfred Blue put up only 10 yards on four carries after a good game last week. Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk did offer some good play at the running back position though as Grimes had five carries for 23 yards and Polk put up 36 on seven carries.
Polk was also the leading receiver for Houston as he had five receptions for 34 yards on the night. His longest catch was for 11 yards, which is a telling sign for how much the offensive line struggled since most of the completions were dump offs.
The Texans cut the lead to 7-3 after a 32 yard field goal by Randy Bullock. The field goal came on the first drive of the second half. Third string quarterback Tom Savage led a 12-play drive that covered 72 yards but failed to end in a touchdown.
Linebacker Kourtnei Brown was the star of the defense last week after recording two sacks agains the San Francisco 49ers. He once again tried to be the focal point for Houston as he intercepted Osweiler late in the 4th quarter and returned it 69-yards for a touchdown, giving Houston the lead 10-7.
The Broncos capped off a 92-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Corbin Louks from quarterback Trevor Sieman with only 1:44 left to play.
Savage had a chance to pull out the win and looked to be in control but the Texans could not get the ball in the end zone after reaching the Denver 31. Savage finished the night with 168 yards on 15 of 24 passes.
The Texans next game is Sunday, August 30th as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.