Texans-Broncos Preview Capsule
HOUSTON (5-3) at DENVER (3-5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE — Broncos by 1 ½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Houston 3-5, Denver 3-4-1
SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 4-2
LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Texans 27-9 on Oct. 24, 2016
LAST WEEK — Texans beat Dolphins 42-23; Broncos lost at Chiefs 30-23
AP PRO32 RANKING — Texans No. 10, Broncos No. 23
TEXANS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (11), PASS (18).
TEXANS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (7), PASS (12).
BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (7), PASS (20).
BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (27), PASS (11).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — WR Demaryius Thomas (36 catches, 402 yards, 3 TDs) visits Broncos five days after Texans acquired him from Denver to replace Will Fuller (ACL). ... Thomas played in 135 games for Denver, including playoffs, since 2010. ... Texans fifth team since 1970 merger to win five consecutive games following 0-3 start. ... QB DeShaun Watson last week completed 16 of 20 passes for 239 yards with five TDs and zero interceptions for 156.0 passer rating. ... Watson’s four games with four or more TDs since entering league in 2017 tied for second-most in NFL. ... RB Lamar Miller only NFL player with 500 yards rushing in each of last six seasons. ... WR DeAndre Hopkins has four TD catches in last three games. ... Hopkins and Steelers WR Antonio Brown only players in NFL with 400 catches and 40 TDs since 2014. ... TE Jordan Thomas had two TD catches vs. Dolphins last week. ... DE J.J. Watt has eight sacks in last six games. Watt had 2 ½ sacks in only career game at Denver on Sept. 23, 2012. ... DE Jadeveon Clowney has multiple sacks in last two road games. ... S Tyrann Mathieu has sacks in two consecutive games. ... Broncos QB Case Keenum tied for league lead with 10 interceptions. ... Keenum appeared in 10 games for Texans from 2012-14, passing for 2,195 yards with 11 TDs and eight interceptions. ... In four home games this year, Keenum has averaged 279.5 yards passing. ... Rookie RB Phillip Lindsay coming off career-high 95-yard rushing game despite two 20-plus-yard gains wiped out by penalty. Lindsay leads NFL rookies with 531 yards rushing. ... WR Emmanuel Sanders now Broncos’ No. 1 option with Thomas traded. Sanders has TDs on rush, receptions and pass this season. ... Rookie WR Courtland Sutton coming off career-best 78-yard game. He’ll start with Thomas on Texans. ... LB Von Miller has 5 ½ sacks, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and fumble recovery at home this season. ... LB Bradley Chubb named Defensive Rookie of the Month for October. Leads all rookies with seven sacks. ... S Dymonte Thomas had first career sack last week. ... RB Devontae Booker rushed for 78 yards on just nine carries at Kansas City last week. ... Fantasy Tip: Hopkins could be big beneficiary of Thomas’ addition, but he’ll go up against star CB Chris Harris Jr. this week while Thomas gets to work against lesser CBs.