As we kick off the top five of the Houston Texans games countdown, we include a Monday night game against the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos:
The Broncos won the Super Bowl last season, and it was just in time because they lost a lot of players this offseason. Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Danny Trevathan and Malik Jackson, among others. While Osweiler went from Denver to Houston, Jared Crick went from Houston to Denver to replace Jackson.
Playing in Denver is always tough because of the thin air. On top of that, the Broncos defense was the best in the league last season and will still be fantastic. Led by DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, T.J. Ward and most importantly Von Miller. Miller got a long term deal done yesterday, and the Super Bowl MVP will be back to doing what he does best in 2016.
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The two teams have met five times. The first two were each 31-13 games, one win for both teams. In 2010 the teams met for the third time, and the Texans led 23-10 entering the fourth quarter when Tim Tebow led two touchdown drives to steal a 24-23 win. In 2012 the Texans won 31-25 as Peyton Manning was just coming back from injury and then the Broncos dominated the 2013 meeting 37-13 as Manning set the all-time record for touchdown passes in a season in that game.
Osweiler will obviously know a lot about Wade Phillips’ defense after facing it in practice every day last year. That will give him a leg up, but going against the great secondary of the Broncos will be tough, even with the much improved receiving corps. It will be interesting to see how the Broncos defense performs next season.
This should be a great game, with two great defenses going at it. It will come down to who performs better–Osweiler or Mark Sanchez. There are playmakers on both sides, it comes down to the quarterbacks.