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...