AFC Game Of The Week
Houston Texans (4-2) at Denver Broncos (4-2)
Texans: I’m still really unsure what to make of them. On paper, they looked as if they would be a nice looking team but you can’t always go by that. Their offense has struggled to put up points at times and Osweiler hasn’t looked like the man they signed for $72 million. He did silence me in their last game on Sunday night by bringing the Texans back from 14 points down over the Colts. For once all season long, he finally had command and control of their offense. As far as their defense is concerned, they haven’t looked too bad even without Watt on the field. They’re 4-2 and in first place in a bad division and everyone thought the Colts had this division won with Andrew Luck returning back from injury, but it just hasn’t panned out that way. Brock Osweiler was supposed to be the guy to replace a legend after he announced his retirement. Now, he’s back in Denver, this time as a visitor when he leads his new team to Denver to face his old team.
Broncos: Now many people knew what to expect from them this year. You lose your two quarterbacks, a vital piece in stopping the run in Malik Jackson and a solid linebacker in Danny Trevathan. Despite that, the Broncos opened up the season with four straight wins and everything looked to be well with the defending champs. They haven’t looked too great in their last two games. The Falcons came into Denver and outplayed them in every phase of the game and last week in San Diego, the Chargers got started early and never looked back and the Broncos are struggling to stop the run and the absence of Malik Jackson is definitely showing. You always need that guy in the middle of your defensive line to clog things up and those big nose tackles are what I refer to as “pocket pushers”. They don’t necessarily have the speed to rush the passer, but they can do more than enough to collapse the quarterback’s pocket and be a disruptive force. They’ll look to snap that two-game losing streak when a familiar face returns on Monday night.
Texans Player To Watch: Lamar Miller– If you look at the tape of the Broncos last two games, the running game really hurt their defense. I expect Houston to establish a nice run game early on and that will force Denver to load the box and Brock can use his play-action to throw the football down the field. He had a nice game last week and will look to build off that.
Broncos Player To Watch: Brandon Marshall: This is the linebacker I’m talking about, not the receiver. He has to provide a spark and be key in trying to put the game in Osweiler’s hands.
Prediction: It wasn’t the nicest way to end a relationship between a player and the front office, but that’s what happened. I like Denver at home to bounce back and snap that two-game losing streak. Broncos 27 Texans 20