The Houston Texans haven’t played a game since last Thursday night, but in a few more days they will be at the Denver Broncos looking for their sixth straight win.
Going into Week 9, the Houston Texans are tied with the New England Patriots with a five-game winning streak, which is the third-longest current winning streak. The only two teams who have longer winning streaks currently are the Los Angeles Rams with eight straight wins and the New Orleans Saints with six straight wins.
This Sunday, the Texans will be on the road for the fifth time this season in their ninth overall game where they will be in Colorado at Mile High Stadium to face the Denver Broncos as the Texans are 5-3 overall. In conference games this season, the Texans are 4-2, and on the road they are 2-2. With the Broncos being 3-5 overall, they are 2-2 at home.
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The Broncos lead the all-time series at 4-2 with Denver winning the last two meetings in 2013 and 2016, with the most recent game being on Oct. 24, 2016 in Denver by a 27-9 score.
A lot has changed for both teams since that game. The starting quarterbacks are no longer Brock Osweiler (Texans) and Trevor Siemian (Broncos), as both have upgraded at the position with the Texans now having Deshaun Watson and the Broncos having Case Keenum, though he’s struggled at times this season.
Even with the changes at quarterback being drastic, maybe the biggest change is the Texans now having Demaryius Thomas on their side as they made a trade for the longtime Broncos wide receiver this week.
If the Texans hadn’t made a trade to replace Will Fuller on the roster following his ACL tear, the Broncos would most likely would have had all the momentum entering the Week 9 game. By adding a veteran wide receiver who has played in Pro Bowls and in a Super Bowl, though, the Texans made a good move that should keep the offense on their current success rate.
Thomas won’t have to be the top wide receiver on the Texans, but he is still skilled enough to not only make plays, but he will take some extra pressure off DeAndre Hopkins. That is the main goal of this offense as Hopkins is possibly the top wide receiver in all of the NFL.
The Texans enter this game with a new swagger of sorts following their win last Thursday over the Miami Dolphins.
If the Texans offensive line can keep the opponent off of quarterback Deshaun Watson, while the rushing game of Lamar Miller stays at the high level he’s played at the past couple weeks, then yes, the Texans can and will win their sixth straight game of the season to move to 6-3 overall headed into their bye week.