Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
NRG Stadium, Houston
Written by Sporty Jordy
When and where: December 8, 2019, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 1:00 PM ET
The Denver Broncos will head into NRG Stadium on Sunday hell-bent on complicating the AFC South picture for the Houston Texans. A win for the Broncos would put the Texans neck-and-neck with the Tennessee Titans for the division crown. The Broncos recently ruined any long-shot hope the Los Angeles Chargers had of sneaking into the backdoor of the playoffs, while the Texans are coming off a much-needed marquee home win over the New England Patriots.
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Broncos are still dangerous
It would be unwise to get caught sleeping on the Broncos nearing the end of the season. Look at what they did to Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers. They effectively ended whatever hope the team had left of sneaking into the backdoor of the playoffs.
The Texans would do well to take notes considering they are locked in a tight race with the Tennessee Titans for the divisional throne.
Say what you want about rookie quarterback Drew Lock and the Broncos offense, but the defense remains a top-10 unit in points allowed. Even if it isn’t always pretty, opposing teams are having a hard time punching the ball into the end zone against the Broncos defense. They’re also the fifth-ranked passing defense in the league. So Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is going to have a tough outing for a second consecutive week.
Lock is fresh off his first regular season game in the NFL, and there is hope he’ll settle down more in the offense on Sunday. The Broncos could certainly help him along in that process by leaning on the combined rushing efforts of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman against a Texans defense allowing an average of 111.1 rushing yards per game.
Freeman (ribs) has been limited at practice and is officially listed as questionable for the game. Safety Will Parks (hand) is on that list as well after missing practice this week. Von Miller is also back
on the practice field after missing the game against the Chargers.
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