Preview: Houston at Denver

When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, October 24, 2016
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colorado

Brock Osweiler was instrumental in the Denver Broncos' run to a Super Bowl championship, but he was still allowed to walk via free agency in the offseason despite an obvious need at quarterback. Osweiler returns to the Mile High City off his best performance of the season when the Houston Texans visit the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

Osweiler went 5-2 in place of an injured Peyton Manning last season, but Denver was unwilling to meet the asking price -- a four-year, $72 million contract -- to keep him. "Bottom line I'm going to treat this game no different than any other game," Osweiler said. I'm going to go out and have a great week of practice and I'm going to understand the challenge ahead of us, but I'll look forward to that challenge." The move not to pursue Osweiler has looked brilliant as former seventh-round draft pick Trevor Siemian guided the Broncos to a 4-0 start. However, Siemian missed one game to injury and Denver's has sputtered in back-to-back losses to Atlanta and San Diego, scoring a combined 29 points.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Broncos -9. O/U: 40.5

ABOUT THE TEXANS (4-2): Osweiler's numbers were nondescript at best through much of the first six games, but he tossed a pair of touchdowns in the final 2:37 of regulation to spark a comeback in Houston's 26-23 overtime win over Indianapolis last weekend. Running back Lamar Miller, also a marquee free-agent signing in the offseason, is coming off his best game by rushing for 149 yards and scoring his first two touchdowns -- one on the ground and one receiving. Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a season-high nine receptions against the Colts, but his longest catch went for only 12 yards.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (4-2): Defense carried Denver to the Super Bowl title last season and it ranks No. 1 in yards against the pass (182.3) and in sacks (21), but the running game is struggling to get untracked. Lead back C.J. Anderson has failed to rush for 50 yards in four consecutive games and is starting to lose touches to rookie Devontae Booker. Siemian, who suffered a shoulder injury in Week 4 that caused him to miss one game, has not been picked off since Week 2 and has a pair of top wideouts in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, who have combined for 67 receptions and six touchdowns.


1. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak will be back on the sideline after missing one game due to illness.

2. Houston is 4-0 at home and 0-2 on the road, losing the two away games by a combined 58-13.

3. Broncos LB Von Miller has 12.5 sacks in his last eight games, playoffs included.

PREDICTION: Broncos 26, Texans 16

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Houston 4-2 W1 18.0 21.2 4-0 0-2 4-0 0-2 1-0 2-0 3-1
Denver 4-2 L2 23.3 18.0 2-1 2-1 3-2 1-0 0-0 0-1 2-1

Last Meeting

Houston Denver
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
8/22/15 DEN 14 HOU 10 282 71 211 383 121 262

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
HOU O. Aboushi 0.0 0 0 0
DEN C. Anderson 0.0 0 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
HOU O. Aboushi 0 0 0.0 0
DEN C. Anderson 0 0 0.0 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
HOU O. Aboushi 0 0 0.0 0
DEN C. Anderson 0 0 0.0 0
TDs Player TD
HOU O. Aboushi 0
DEN C. Anderson 0
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
HOU B. Osweiler 59.0 1402 8 8
DEN T. Siemian 64.9 1054 7 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
HOU L. Miller 125 520 4.2 1
DEN C. Anderson 94 330 3.5 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
HOU D. Hopkins 31 354 11.4 3
DEN D. Thomas 31 416 13.4 3
TDs Player TD
HOU W. Fuller 3
DEN C. Anderson 4

Quickchart Matchup

Houston Off vs  Denver Def
327.7 yards
295 yards
4.1 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
5.7 yards/attempt
5.6 yards/attempt
Denver Off vs  Houston Def
323.3 yards
315.7 yards
3.8 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
6.4 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Houston Overall Denver
4-2 W/L 4-2
3-2-1 ATS 4-2-0
3-3-0 O/U 3-3-0
18.0 Pts For 23.3
21.2 Pts Against 18.0
Houston A/H Denver
0-2 W/L 2-1
0-2-0 ATS 2-1-0
1-1-0 O/U 2-1-0
6.5 Pts For 23.7
29.0 Pts Against 21.0