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 plan, the NFL's current No. 1 defense was only on the field for 38 plays in Jacksonville.
Manning and the Broncos (1-1) are coming off a 27-21 loss to Atlanta on Monday night. The four-time MVP quarterback threw three interceptions in the first quarter, but the Texans have seen Manning beat them too many times in the past to put much stock in that.