DENVER — Former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler had a rude return to Denver on Monday night as his new team, the Houston Texans, were thumped, 27-9, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
It was the first game back for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak after suffering a complex migraine after the Oct. 9 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Kubiak coached the Texans from 2006 to 2013.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Broncos, who have not lost three in a row since 2011. And their running game finally clicked, churning out a season-high 190 yards. C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker ran in touchdowns for the Broncos.
Osweiler was greeted with boos as the Broncos forced the Texans to go three-and-out to open the game. The Broncos opened their first drive with a three-and-out as well.
After a handful of three-and-out’s for both teams, the Texans took a 3-0 lead with a 43-yard field goal with 7:15 to play in the first quarter.
Another Texans field goal made it 6-0 after the first quarter.
The Broncos offense finally got going in the second quarter with Anderson scoring from 7 yards out to make it 7-6 with 9:10 to play in the first half.
Later in the second quarter, quarterback Trevor Siemian threw a 4-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas to make it 14-6.
The Texans closed the gap to 14-9 in the third quarter with another field goal. But late in the third quarter, Booker ran it from a yard out his first NFL touchdown to extend the Broncos lead to 21-9.
After a Texans turnover, two Broncos field goals in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring.
Osweiler left the Broncos after last season as a free agent for a $72 million contract with the Texans. He started five games for the Broncos last season after Peyton Manning was injured.
But in the final regular-season game, he was benched at halftime and Manning came in to lead the Broncos to victory to secure home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs.
After all the talk leading up to the game, Osweiler hugged it out with his former Broncos teammates and coaches afterward.
The Broncos improved to 5-2 and will play host to the San Diego Chargers at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.