Broncos-Texans Week 16: Game Capsule

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After dropping their first home game of the season, a 27-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 15, the Denver Broncos (11-3) will take to the road for their last two regular-season games beginning with a matchup against the Houston Texans (2-12) on Sunday. Kickoff at Reliant Stadium is set for 11 a.m. MST.

The Broncos look to stay atop the AFC Standings and clinch the No. 1 seed as well as the Home field advantage for the upcoming playoffs. The Texans lost 25-3 at Indianapolis last week as the Colts secured their first AFC South Division title in 3 years.

Houston has had a turmoil filled season. They fired head coach Gary Kubiak less than 2 weeks ago and while interim head coach Wade Phillips has prior experience, Texans Owner Bob McNair will be making big changes at the end of the season.

“This has been a very disappointing year,” McNair said. “We started with such high hopes. To have this string of losses is unacceptable.”

Sundays game, (Dec. 22, 2013) is set for an 11 a.m. MST kickoff at Reliant Stadium in Houston. CBS has the broadcast, which means that Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (color commentary) will call the game.

The last time these two teams met was on September 23, 2012 in Denver. The Texans prevailed by the score of 31-25 as Houston Quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 290 yards and 4 Touchdowns, including a 60-yarder to Wide Receiver Andre Johnson. Defensive End J.J. Watt had 2.5 Sacks. The only time the Broncos visited Houston was 5 years ago on December 13, 2007. The Texans won that game as well, 31-13.

Besides the Broncos (453.4), the Eagles (414) and Lions (405.3) are all three averaging more than 400 total yards per game. That is on pace to tie for the most of any season in NFL history (2011 and 2012). However, Denver is close enough to challenge the single-season record for total yards per game, set in 2011 by the New Orleans Saints (467.1).

NOTES

BRONCOS 

  • Denver has scored 535 points in 2013, the 8th-most by a team in one season in NFL history (NE, 589). 55 points in the next two game will surpass that mark. They are averaging 38.2 points per game and should easily break that record.

  • Quarterback PEYTON MANNING threw two Touchdown passes in the Broncos’ 27-20 loss to San Diego last week and now has 47 TD passes in 2013, the 4th-most in a single season in NFL history. With two games to play in the regular season, Peyton needs four more TD passes to surpass Tom Brady’s single-season NFL record of 50 in 2007.

  • Manning has led the league in Touchdown passes three times in his career and can tie Drew Brees, Len Dawson, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young for the most seasons leading the league in that category (four).

  • Peyton has passed for 4,811 yards, the most ever through the first 14 games of a season.

  • For his career, Manning is 16-3 against Houston with 44 Touchdowns, 8 Interceptions and a 108.5 Rating.

  • RB KNOWSHON MORENO (939) needs 61 rushing yards to register his first 1,000-yard season.

  • Since 2012, WRs ERIC DECKER and DEMARYIUS THOMAS have 21 TD catches apiece, tied for most in the AFC.

  • Decker had 8 catches for 136 yards (17 avg.) in the last game vs. the Texans.

  • WR ANDRE CALDWELL had a career-best 2 TD catches last week.

  • WR WES WELKER had 8 catches for 131 yards (16.4 avg.) in last season’s Divisional playoff vs. Houston (as a Patriot on 1/13/13).

  • TE JULIUS THOMAS (11) has the most Touchdown receptions by a Broncos Tight End in a single season in franchise history.

  • Denver is the 1st team in NFL history to have 4 players score at least 10 TDs in the same season.

  • Right Guard LOUIS VASQUEZ has the best Pass Blocking Efficiency of all Right Guards at 98.6 (per Pro Football Focus).

  • DE SHAUN PHILLIPS (10) needs 2 Sacks to surpass his career-best of 11.5 in 2006.

  • LB VON MILLER attended Texas A&M.

TEXANS

  • QB CASE KEENUM has a 80.7 Passer rating in 4 career home starts.

  • RB BEN TATE rushed for a season-best 102 yards in his last game at home. He needs one rushing Touchdown for a career-high.

  • WR ANDRE JOHNSON (99) needs one catch to reach 100 receptions for the 5th time in his career.

  • Johnson (10) is tied with Hall Of Famer JERRY RICE for most games with 10 catches for 150+ receiving yards in NFL history. For his career, Johnson averages 6 receptions per game, the best mark in NFL history (min. 100 games).

  • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS is averaging 25.6 yards per catch in December (8 catches, 205 yards) and is 2nd among NFL rookies in receiving yards (759).

  • Rookie TE RYAN GRIFFIN had career-high in catches (6) and receiving yards (62) last week.

  • Right Guard BRANDON BROOKS has a run block rating of +14.3 (Pro Football Focus), which is tied for the best among all Right Guards.

  • Since 2012, DE J.J. WATT leads NFL with 30 Sacks. Watt had 2.5 Sacks in the last game at Denver.

  • CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has an Interception in 2 of the past 3 games.

  • LB BROOKS REED is looking for his 3rd straight game with a Sack.

  • LB JOE MAYS spent 3 seasons with Denver (2010-12).

  • The weather forecast for the game calls for Mostly Sunny skies with a Temperature range of 55/78f.

  • Ed Hochuli’s crew will be officiating the game.

  • Denver is favored by 10.5 with the Over/Under set at 51.5 points.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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