DENVER — The Broncos are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Monday night. Denver will host the Texans at 2:25 p.m. MST Sunday which means a short week for the Broncos. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw 3 interceptions against the Falcons, is o.k. with the quick turnaround.
“I think it certainly helps,” Manning said. “It is Week 2. We got back late Monday night and you get right back to work on Wednesday. I hope we can build off the way we finished the game. We got a little rhythm. I can’t remember who it was that said I looked ‘dejected’ on the bench. I couldn’t really disagree more because [of] the fact that we continued to fight and compete. I think it was more of a determined look.”
The Texans (2-0) have a potent offense starting with quarterback Matt Schaub. Houston has one of the top receivers in the NFL in Andre Johnson. Their biggest strength looks to be the run game. Arian Foster and Ben Tate have been tough to stop to start this season.
“I think they rattle teams early,” said Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey. “They’re up-tempo, quick passes here, screens there, and I think they get people on their heels. Guys don’t know how to stop it. If you don’t take them out of their rhythm, they’ll put up 40 on you easy. We saw that the first two weeks. We’re aware of it, and we’ve just got to make sure we come out strong.”
But that’s not all. The Broncos are about to face the number 1 defense in the NFL. The Texans are confident they can get to Manning.
“I am excited about it,” said Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. “I want to sack him too. I want number 18 on my sack list.”
“They are playing at a high level,” Manning said . “I think [Houston Defensive Coordinator] Coach [Wade] Phillips has brought a different dimension to their defense and they have some new players. [Houston CB Jonathan] Joseph was a big-time free agent acquisition at corner for them. I played against him in Cincinnati. He’s playing at a very high level right now. [Houston DB Kareem] Jackson was a young corner and now he’s a third-year corner that’s been in the NFL for three years now. He’s playing at a high level, too. There’s a lot of changes there. I can’t draw a whole lot from previous history when it comes to those kinds of things.”
The Broncos are 2 point underdogs against the Texans.