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

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.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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,…..

  8. 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.

  9. 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……

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. “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.

  16. 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 ?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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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