Texans' offense could be ideal defense vs. Manning

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 19, 2012
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.
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