Here are the five matchups to watch for as the Denver Broncos take on the Houston Texans
Matt Schaub threw four touchdowns against the Broncos last season. Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips needs two sacks to outdo career high of 11.5 in 2006.
With three touchdowns, Peyton Manning would eclipse Tom Brady’s record for the most touchdowns thrown in a single season with 50. Manning will attempt to set the record against the Texans second ranked pass defense.
Left tackle Chris Clark will have his hands full against last year’s defensive player of the year, J.J. Watt. Watt will be looking for his first sack in the last three games. He has 9.5 sacks on the season.
Champ Bailey returns to the lineup this week. He will be covering Texans receiver Andre Johnson who comes into the game ranked fourth in the NFL with 1,295 receiving yards.
With starting running backs Adrian Foster and Ben Tate out for the season due to injuries, the Texans will start undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson. Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton will be key in stopping the Texans “zone” running plays.