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Texans take it to the Broncos as Peyton’s comeback falls short

Houston Texans tight end Daniels gets the ball across the goal line to score a touchdown past Denver Broncos' Harris and Miller in their NFL football game in Denver Reuters

The Houston Texans might just be the best team in the NFL. They sure looked like it on Sunday in Denver.

Houston jumped out to a 31-11 lead against the Broncos on Sunday, then withstood a late comeback attempt by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to hold on and win 31-25.

Few teams in the NFL have the kind of balanced offense that the Texans have. Matt Schaub had four touchdown passes and Arian Foster went over 100 yards, and the Texans showed once again that they can beat teams through the air or on the ground. This offense is really, really good.

And the defense is good, too. The Texans bottled up Broncos running backs Wills McGahee, Lance Ball and Ronnie Hillman all day, and for most of the game they bottled up Manning, too.

However, no one is going to bottle up Manning all day. If anyone doubts that Manning can still play quarterback at a high level, those doubts should have been erased in the fourth quarter in Denver, when Manning marched the Broncos down the field and threw two touchdown passes. Questions were raised last week about Manning’s arm strength, but on Sunday Manning’s arm looked fine. He threw the ball well and had a particularly good pass to Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, a pass that would have put the Broncos right back in the ball game except that Thomas couldn’t get his second foot down before stepping out of the back of the end zone.

Unfortunately, by the time Manning finally got the ball back with a chance to win the game, there were only 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and he was backed up on his own 14-yard line. That was too much to ask for even Manning.

Still, Manning and the Broncos still look like a good team, even with a 1-2 record. They just don’t look as good as the undefeated Texans.

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30 Responses to “Texans take it to the Broncos as Peyton’s comeback falls short”
  1. pats123 says: Sep 23, 2012 7:59 PM

    Great game to watch, but the offensive coordinator of the Broncos handed the game to the Texans with the two straight runs with 4 min left in the game. Those two calls blew 1 min off the clock.

  2. ronaldmexico7 says: Sep 23, 2012 8:00 PM

    To the ….”Still, Manning and the Broncos still look like a good team, even with a 1-2 record. ” I say quit the Manning worship. In the words of Bill Parcells you are what you record says you are, and 1-2 sounds a lot like the Rams.

  3. onzlaut says: Sep 23, 2012 8:02 PM

    With the 49ers loss to the Vikings, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that these Texans are the best in the NFL. JJ Watt with 2.5 more sacks. BEAST

  4. goldrush4949 says: Sep 23, 2012 8:05 PM

    Next week the Texans will lose and someone else will be the best team in the NFL for one week. And on and on it goes…

  5. tdk24 says: Sep 23, 2012 8:09 PM

    The Broncos deserved to lose after committing consecutive roughing the passer penalties. What a bunch of cheats.

  6. raiderapologist says: Sep 23, 2012 8:12 PM

    Welcome to the basement, Bronco fan. At least until next Sunday!

  7. djaehne says: Sep 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    Texans are the best right now. Score 31 points on the road. Defense is bad ass!

  8. razzlejag says: Sep 23, 2012 8:18 PM

    26 incompletions for Manning. Despite the media’s love for him, he just ain’t the same guy.

    No consistent zip and no pinpoint accuracy. He’s good but not VERY good and nowhere near elite.

  9. flsnupe says: Sep 23, 2012 8:23 PM

    Bogus PI on k jack was a horrible call. Refs definitely affected by home crowds.

  10. habsfanatic says: Sep 23, 2012 8:31 PM

    Broncos offense sputtering until the fourth quarter… where have I seen this before??

  11. ghjjf says: Sep 23, 2012 9:17 PM

    At least Tebow was able to actually win in the fourth quarter with the Broncos.

  12. gatorprof says: Sep 23, 2012 9:28 PM

    5 years, 96M$….what a bargain…team is 1-2 and going nowhere fast.

  13. raiderapologist says: Sep 23, 2012 9:33 PM

    goldrush4949 says: Sep 23, 2012 8:05 PM

    Next week the Texans will lose and someone else will be the best team in the NFL for one week. And on and on it goes…
    ———–
    Someone always says that when their team loses a game they should have won.

  14. davidcl77 says: Sep 23, 2012 9:38 PM

    Perhaps #18 should cut out all the commercials and get back to work. 1-2 won’t cut it. Another 1-4 start? Lucky they play Oakland next week. Wait til they play Brady,…..

  15. milehigh85 says: Sep 23, 2012 9:45 PM

    Hats off to the Texans… Damn good showing on both sides of the ball. Now can someone please explain to my donkeys that they all get paid to play 4 quarters??? This “try to comeback from 20 pts down in 8 minutes” is getting old fast.

  16. eagleswin says: Sep 23, 2012 9:53 PM

    On the plus side, Manning is still finding time to make plenty of commercials.

  17. mrbigass says: Sep 23, 2012 9:58 PM

    I watched Manning pretty much pick apart my Texans for years. This was not the same Manning.

    I watched many of his throws that were off target floaters that were nowhere near catchable. 26 for 52? That was Manning? The media and the Broncos can go on and on about how he’s fine and his arm strength is ok but sure didn’t look that way. Yeah, he had a little comeback but the old Manning wouldn’t need to.

    He’s done and I’m bettin’ by mid-season they’ll be sayin’ the same……

  18. nmrdr795 says: Sep 23, 2012 10:44 PM

    Broncos look good. The line just needs to give manning more time. I still dont see what people see in john fox dude is always a loser. Oc did call two runs after every pass was hitting its target. This is also there tough stretch. And mannings first year in the broncos system there only going to get better….if mannings head stays in one piece.

  19. djaehne says: Sep 23, 2012 11:02 PM

    Maybe the key to Manning’s success would be to start out down by 20 point much earlier in the game so there is more time for his comeback play.

  20. vietnambob2473 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:29 PM

    If they would let Peyton run the hurry up before they get behind, there wouldn’t be any need for a comeback.

  21. whatwouldlombardido says: Sep 23, 2012 11:36 PM

    Am I the only one who saw Manning throw four or five near interceptions in the game? If the Texans had DBs with HANDS that’s not even a game in the 4th quarter.

  22. linedrivehit says: Sep 23, 2012 11:38 PM

    The Broncos are 1-2…. where’s Tebow?

  23. nodindenver says: Sep 24, 2012 12:13 AM

    Just like I thought it would be with this D; A bunch of Track Meets! Manning is just fine.; Ramirez was beat like a drum all game and the rest of the O line was not much better. Ball still gets to where it needs to be but, D Thomas is no Megatron, and he was too busy getting his pinky back in shape when he should have been working with Manning. If the Cos do not find a way to put some legal stains on the opposing QBs jersey this season will be a lot of show and no GO!

  24. dino2997 says: Sep 24, 2012 2:15 AM

    Like several Bronco’s fans have said before. I am so glad that they traded Cutler to the Bears. Have fun with Manning and his “leadership”

    -Signed,

    Bears Fan

  25. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Sep 24, 2012 5:22 AM

    “If anyone doubts that Manning can still play quarterback at a high level, those doubts should have been erased in the fourth quarter in Denver, when Manning marched the Broncos down the field and threw two touchdown passes.”

    So he gets a couple of garbage-time touchdowns, struggles for three quarters, throws several pick-able balls that were dropped and yet he’s playing at a high level? Give me a BREAK.

    “Unfortunately, by the time Manning finally got the ball back with a chance to win the game, there were only 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter”

    He had four quarters to win the game… he just sucked for three and a half of them.

    I always thought this guy was overrated when he was a Colt; now you guys are just proving if he takes a dump in the middle of the field, you guys will find a way to say it smells sweet.

  26. hjworton46 says: Sep 24, 2012 5:34 AM

    Steelers, Falcons, Texans; pretty tough start. Schedule makes better than 9-7 highly unlikely. Secondary is second best as ever. Oline are under performing. Not much wrong with passing game that playing time won’t cure. Wonder how PMs neck feels ?

  27. trefkennedy says: Sep 24, 2012 5:56 AM

    Idk why everyone acts like Schaub can’t throw for 4700-4800 yards again

  28. murf17 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    So Peyton throws for 330 yards and 2 TD’s against the “number 1″ D and all people talk about is the number of incomplete passes. If you really watched the game you would see that he was running for his life all game bc his line was brutal yesterday and there were several dropped passes that went right through guys hands. His QB rating is higher then Brees right now but everyone loves the saints despite being 0-3 plus manning had less interceptions and has played a tougher schedule. He has thrown picks in only one game and is averaging 275 yards a game despite missing 20 months and getting 4 neck surgeries. Has anyone looked at the AFC West and not think that Denver is the best team. SD got blown out at home and did not even score a TD. KC blows and if OAK thinks Carson is going to play well for a whole season good luck. I live in Cincy so I’ve seen it first hand. Hang in there Bronco fans and sit back and enjoy the comments from the rest of the division as they look for anything to give their season hope.

  29. jjackwagon says: Sep 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    smurf17 – You live in Cincy thereby admitting you have no fn clue. AFC West division games start next weekend so Peyton will have to opportunity to put his money where your mouth is.
    The Broncos are, what their record says they are, a 1-2 team tied for the cellar and only one game out of the division lead. Welcome to the AFC West.

  30. malvaren18 says: Sep 24, 2012 1:40 PM

    The broncos could of done better if the receivers could of actually cut the ball, manning did a great job throwing it now if the receivers actually cut it, this game would have been won by the Broncos

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