Found September 20, 2012 on
Fox Sports Southwest:
HOUSTON (AP) -- The way Houston is dominating possession time, Peyton Manning might expect to spend lots of playing time on the sideline Sunday.
The Texans (2-0) kept the ball with a punishing running game in last week's 27-7 victory over Jacksonville. Sure, the defense played well again, holding the Jaguars to nine first downs and 117 total yards. But thanks to the well-executed ball-control game plan, the NFL's currently top-ranked defense was only on the field for 38 plays.
It'll be a tougher test in Denver, even if Manning and the Broncos (1-1) are coming off a 27-21 loss to Atlanta. The four-time MVP threw three interceptions in the first quarter, but Texans coach Gary Kubiak has seen Manning beat his team too many times in the past to put much stock in that.
"He's doing all the things he's always done," Kubiak said Wednesday. "He's getting them in the right play, getting them in the right thing to do and he's got a new group that he's doing it with, that's what's impressive. When you've got him, you're always in the ballgame."
Through two weeks, though, Houston's offense has been more productive, averaging 374 yards to 335 per game for the Broncos. And the Texans have flexed their versatility in both games, relying more on the pass in their opening 30-10 win over Miami and turning to their talented tandem of running backs in Sunday's win.
Arian Foster rushed for 110 yards on 28 carries and Ben Tate added 74 yards on 12 carries. Kubiak said he split their rushes to keep them fresh in the Florida humidity, and he talks with running backs coach Chick Harris before each game about how he'll rotate the two.
Foster and Tate had bigger days together last season. They both topped 100 yards rushing in wins over Tennessee and Cleveland.
"We try to feel the flow of the game, which player is playing well with certain plays," Harris said. "Once we get into the flow of the game, we start to see who's hot and who's not, or what plays are more advantageous for certain players, and we go from there. It's all about feel."
Houston finished with 216 yards rushing on a team-record 48 carries and held the ball for a whopping 43 minutes, 17 seconds. Kubiak loves to see that. The Texans are 2-0 this season and 39-15 under Kubiak when outrushing their opponent.
Kubiak told star receiver Andre Johnson at halftime that the Texans were going to continue to run on Jacksonville, and Johnson didn't mind a bit.
"Coach Kubiak was like, Hey man, don't get frustrated,' " Johnson said. "I was like, Coach, just run it down their throat. If they're going to let us keep running it, just keep running it.'"
Johnson finished with three catches for 21 yards. He was more of a focal point in the opener, making eight catches for 119 yards.
"I can go out and receive for 200 yards. If you don't win, then what does it really matter?" Johnson said. "Of course, you're going to have people tell you that you did great for their fantasy league. But I can't worry about how much money they win at the end of the season. My objective is to help this team win Super Bowls."
Kubiak came out of the opener disappointed that Houston generated only 83 yards rushing, although Foster did have two touchdown runs.
Houston went to a "muddle huddle" in Jacksonville, a variation of the no-huddle offense, to set a quick early tempo. Kubiak said the idea was to generate more offensive plays and that panned out well: The Texans ran 83 offensive plays against the Jaguars, a team record for a regulation game.
"There are a lot of different approaches we can take to the game, based on what we think is our strength or our matchup," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "That was last game, so I've got to move on. But it was just something we thought we could do in that environment to help us out."
That would seem to be a smart strategy to at least try against Manning, too -- the longer he's standing with his coaches, the better the Texans' chances of winning the game.
"You've got to respect his greatness," left tackle Duane Brown said. "You see what he's able to do when he's on the field, and keeping him off the field is the best defense for us."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
If Peyton Manning is sore, he's not saying. If his confidence is waning, he'd be the last to let anyone know.
Back on the practice field following his first loss as a Denver Bronco, Manning wouldn't offer much Wednesday when asked if the hits he took against Atlanta had any lasting impact.
''I don't really get into that,'' Manning said. ''...
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said that players in Denver Broncos offense are still in the process of getting to know each other and “all continue to learn” as he discussed the substandard offensive output — at least for an offense led by him — during Sunday night’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Discussing a [...]
The best way for the Houston Texans to defend Peyton Manning in Denver on Sunday may be to keep him off the field.
The Texans (2-0) dominated possession with a punishing running game in last week's 27-7 victory over Jacksonville.
Sure, the defense played well again, holding the Jaguars to nine first downs and 117 total yards. But thanks to the well-executed ball-control game...
When word got out last year that Peyton Manning was not going to play in 2011, I for one was devastated. I'm not a Colts fan just a huge NFL fan that knew I would miss the man, if for anything, his pure passion and knowledge of the game.I'm not going to throw a bunch of stats or anything to really make you think in this article, anyone who is a football fan knows, his stats...
The Atlanta Falcons defense was off the hook last night when they took on the Manning led Denver Broncos. The Falcons kept the pressure on Manning all night long. They sacked Manning 3 times and intercepted him 3 times in the first quarter alone. The Falcons saw a great game by William Moore, Robert McClain and Thomas DeCoud who each had one of those Manning interceptions. The...
DREAMS CAN COME TRUE
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has one thing in particular he wants to accomplish when facing the Broncos on Sunday: “I want to have No. 18 on my sack list."
I understand the economy is rough, but converting an old Peyton Manning Colts jersey into an Andrew Luck jersey isn’t a very good luck, as you see from the picture above.
It would have been better to just wear the Manning jersey and not alter it, or buy a Luck jersey.
Who converts a Manning jersey to a Luck jersey? #ThisRedneck @nflrt twitter.com/AndrewLucksHea…
Each Tuesday during the 2012 fantasy football season Mike Harmon and John Halpin hop on the internet to talk all things football in their weekly Fantasy 15 podcast.
This week Harmon and Halpin recap the latest referee shortfalls, Peyton Manning's ineffectiveness and Michael Turner, boom or bust.
>> Listen to Fantasy 15 for September 18
>> Listen to Fantasy 15...
Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton is known for speaking his mind. Not to the point of Joe Namath, but the former great for the Minnesota Vikings has no problem telling you what he thinks of current NFL quarterbacks.
In the past, Tarkenton has been more than willing to knock Brett Favre. I miss those rants.
But now, Tarkenton has taken to calling out Peyton Manning and Tom Brady...
Denver had a late second half rally to get with in a one possession game, but at the end of the game, the unspeakable, horrendous, first half play of the Broncos was too much for Manning and the team to overcome. As always, when the day is over we have to have a winner and a loser and yes, a hero and a zero.Let’s start with the zero today. It would be easiest to point the finger...
Michael Turner's DUI arrest last night after his Falcons beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos treated fans to another soothing yet empty team statement that tells nothing. Most NFL franchises have the routine down pat. For those that don't, This Given Sunday shares this template of what to say when the fertilizer hits the ventilator.
The [insert team name...
Arian Foster and the powerful Texans offense have not been broken a sweat through two games this season, but they will be grasping for some air at the Mile High.
Peyton Manning is back and is not better than ever since everybody feels as if they are an expert of some sort when breaking down arguably the greatest quarterback that has ever lived.
Manning struggled miserably against...
Kramerica Sports weekly player rankings are based on Yahoo Sports standard scoring settings.
Positional ranks are based on numerous factors, including opposing defense, historical data, player health, gut feelings, and other classified variables.
Play of the Week - The 49ers defense continues to prove that they are the top unit in the National Football League. Look...
The Houston Texans are a team set in its ways. Under head coach Gary Kubiak, now in his seventh season as the Texans’ head man, the team has been known for it’s offensive prowess, particularly the zone-blocking running scheme. In the early part of Kubiak’s tenure, the Texans frequently shuffled their tailback position trying to find somebody who would stick. Heading into...