Week 7 MNF Preview
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
8:30PM EST at Sports Authority Field
67F – 54F Partly Cloudy with 4mph winds
Den -7.5 O/U 39.5
Week 7 Monday Night Football Preview
The defending Super Bowl champions Denver Broncos (4-2) host the Houston Texans (4-2) in tonight’s Monday Night Football game. This is the 6th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Broncos leading the series 3-2. The Texans lead the AFC South while the Broncos are in 3rd place behind the Chiefs and Raiders in the AFC West.
Denver running backs vs Texans front seven
Only three teams are allowing more rushing yards per game than the Texans (126.3) and without J.J. Watt players like McKinney, Mercilus and Clowney will have to continue to step up to reverse that trend. Since week 3 the Broncos have averaged just 77.3 rushing yards per game at 3.25 yards per carry. With Denver experiencing inconsistent quarterback play, this could be the week the Broncos try to get C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker on track.
Brock Osweiler returns to Denver
Just under a year ago Brock Osweiler started his first NFL game as a Denver Bronco. The 4th year quarterback shined in Denver and his promise earned him a big contract with the Texans via free agency. Now Brock returns to Denver to face one of the league’s best defenses. In the first six games this season Osweiler has completed only 59’% of his passes with 8TDs, 8INTs and 12 sacks. Osweiler has earned the reputation as an inconsistent gunslinger and will have a tough test this week against his former team that now has 21 sacks on the season.
Lamar Miller will be key
Last week Miller finally had a big game against the Colts. He was used heavily in the run game (24 for 149yds, 1TD) and contributed in the passing game as well (3 for 29yds, 1TD). Denver’s run defense ranks 22nd overall in the league and the Texans will try to use Miller to exploit a weak run defense in an effort to take pressure off of Osweiler and to try to minimize his tendency to make mistakes.
Siemian needs to get back on track
Trevor Siemian led the Broncos to an impressive 4-0 start, helping Denver fans to forget all about Brock Osweiler. After an injury in week 5, Siemian returned last week in a disappointing primetime loss to the Chargers. After a long week to help recover from his injury and the return of coach Gary Kubiak from illness, Denver will look to reestablish Siemian against a banged up Texans secondary.
Cody Latimer (DEN-WR)- Questionable (concussion)
Jonathan Grimes (HOU-RB)- Out (ankle)
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