Denver Broncos 17 - Houston Texans 10
The Broncos discovered the key to taking out the mighty Texans: Tear Arian Foster's MCL. The Texans running attack looked unstoppable early in this one, but once Foster went down Schaub was forced to air it out more, with disastrous results as he threw 4 interceptions (3 to Tracy Porter). The Broncos offense was pretty shoddy all day, but they protected the ball better which made all the difference. They also had an incredible goal-line stand in the 2nd quarter, stuffing Ben Tate three times from the 1 to force a field goal.
Peyton Manning was off all day, going 5 of 16 for 116 yards, 1 TD and 1 pick.
Schaub was even worse though, going 7 of 15 for 134 yards, 0 TDs and 4 picks.
Willis McGahee carried 8 times for 52 yards, while Chris Gronkowski converted two short carries for 1st down (one on 4th).
Arian Foster carried 4 times for 38 yards (9.5ypc) before going down, while Tate carried 16 times for 55 yards (3.4ypc) and 1 TD. Clearly, Foster going down was the difference.
Demaryius Thomas had 2 catches for 77 yards and the TD.
Andre Johnson had 3 for 71.
The Broncos D got huge games out of Tracy Porter (6 tackles, 3 picks), Von Miller (7 tackles, 2 for loss on 3rd down), and Chris Harris (pick 6 for the Broncos first score). Dumervil also had another sack. Also worth noting that Prater just missed a 61 yard FG that clanged off the left upright.
The Texans got a sack from JJ Watt and a pick from Antonio Smith.
gg Doom! Always an awesome feeling when I can grab a win against you, although I think we both know losing Foster completely changed your gameplan (so much for throwing it 5 times, lol). Lucky for you it's only 5 weeks, could've been worse.
Indeed, great game. Your defense is quite talented, though I have trouble believing Porter can blanket Andre all day. Probably my playcalling though, as I was lost when Foster went out.
I'm sure I'll see you again down the road.