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After starting off the year with three straight losses Womens Adam Gotsis Jersey , the Houston Texans have embarked on an extraordinary gridiron journey to reel off five straight victories. That trek of success has propelled them to the top of the AFC South with a realistic shot at winning the division or at the very least securing a wildcard playoff berth. That is a stark contrast to what we have witnessed with our beloved Denver Broncos, who started off the year with two impressive wins but have lost five out of their last six games. A loss at home to the Texans would more than likely eliminate the Broncos from playoff contention and cast an even darker and ominous cloud over their 2018 season. Can the Broncos get back on track and begin to salvage their season with a win on the road in Houston or will the Texans run wild and extend their winning streak to six games?Let’s take a deeper look at the Texans and how they have went from a 4-12 squad a year ago to one of the hottest teams in the National Football League.A quick glance at the Texans’ offenseThe Texans’ offense is an above-average unit, but one that has big-play potential. They rank fifteenth in the league in points scored (24.6) and yardage (379.0) per game. Their rushing offense is eleventh league-wide averaging 123 yards per game, with their passing attack coming in at eighteenth overall amassing 256 yards per contest.Missing half of his rookie campaign due to a season-ending knee injury, second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson has come back strong and been a primary reason for the team’s offensive success to date. In half a season of play, Watson is completing nearly 65 percent of his passes and has thrown for 2,176 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has also continued to establish himself as a threat running the ball, amassing 230 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries.All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has undoutedbly been Watson’s favorite target. Through eight games, the former Clemson product has reeled in 53 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns. He is on pace for his best season statistically since his 2015 campaign where he caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Texans’ wide receiving corps suffered a huge blow when Will Fuller was lost for the season after suffering an ACL tear against the Miami Dolphins. In order to replace Fuller http://www.thebroncosfootballa…..-authentic , the Texans became late-night bidders and acquired Demaryius Thomas before the trade deadline. With Hopkins and Thomas, the Texans have one of the best wide receiver duos in the league. The two could be in for huge games with the Broncos having a few players in their secondary ruled out for tomorrow’s game.After enduring a relatively mediocre beginning to his 2018 campaign, running back Lamar Miller is starting to hit his stride as of late. In his last two games, Miller has rushed 40 times for 233 yards and two touchdowns and has gotten better as the season has progressed. There is no question the Texans would love to establish the run and help him achieve his third straight 100-yard game. When Miller is out of the game, the ball is placed in the hands of Alfred Blue who has rushed the ball 79 times for 258 yards and 1 touchdown on the year.A quick glance at the Texans’ defenseOne of the primary reasons for the Texans’ positive overall transformation has been their success defensively. After struggling immensely in that regard in 2017, the Texans have had an incredible turnaround on that side of the ball. In fact, it may be one of the most under-heralded story-lines of the season across the league.Last season, their defense allowed the most points in all of football. This year they have improved demonstrably in that regard surrendering just 20.9 points per game — ninth best in the league. In terms of yardage allowed, they are also ninth best allowing 334.9 yards per game. Their rushing defense is staunch and is only giving up a paltry 95.1 yards per contest which ranks seventh-best in the league. Their passing defense is ranked twelfth overall, allowing 239.8 yards per game. Their defense also has a penchant for forcing turnovers, reeling in seven interceptions and recovering seven forced fumbles.It all starts up front on the Texans’ defense who have a formidable pass rush headlined by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. They rank eleventh in the league with 21 total sacks with the aforementioned duo combining for 12.5 sacks. They also do a great job of opening things up for their highly-touted linebackers Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney, who have been all over the field this year making plays and are on pace to break 100 tackles each this season. Those are the four key players the Broncos will have to account for on each and every snap on Sunday.While Tyrann Matheiu and Kareem Jackson are their most well-known and respected members of their secondary http://www.thebroncosfootballa…..-authentic , there is one under-the-radar player who has made an impact in his first season with the team. That’s rookie safety Justin Reid out of Stanford. He has been a revelation as of late, earning four consecutive starts and amassing 39 tackles and two interceptions. He has been the most active member of their secondary and appears to be progressing each and every game. It certainly looks like they found a gem in the third round with Reid. Make no mistake, the Texans’ top-ten defense is for real and poses a real threat to shut down the Broncos’ offense.Two Keys to the GameBroncos’ offensive line versus Texans’ defensive frontOne of the biggest concerns for me in respect to tomorrow’s game is how the Broncos’ offensive line will perform against the Texans’ ferocious defensive front. The key match-up in my eyes is Garett Bolles going up against Jadeveon Clowney. Can Bolles handle his speed and power off the edge and put together a consistent performance or will he continue to underwhelm and implode at the most inopportune of times? If the Broncos’ offensive line can’t protect Case Keenum (who definitely needs to get the ball out a lot earlier), things could get ugly real quick.Will the Broncos’ secondary be able to cover DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas?With Bradley Roby being sidelined, it’s expected that Traimaine Brock will be matched up against Demaryius Thomas and Chris Harris Jr. locked in on DeAndre Hopkins. Darian Stewart is also out for a second-straight game, which will make the Broncos’ defensive back end even more vulnerable. I’m extremely worried about the Broncos’ ability to contain both Hopkins and Thomas on the field. The No Fly Zone has turned into the Frequent Fly Zone this season and has given up a lot of big-time plays. This will be a huge test for them and I have no doubts that Thomas will bring his best going up against the franchise that just jettisoned him away for a fourth round draft pick.Hart’s PredictionThe Texans are scorching hot, the Broncos are on the verge of collapse. One team is headed in the right direction, one team is on a familiar road to nowhere. The Texans’ defense is one of the best in the league and their aerial attack has a lot of offensive firepower. Unfortunately, I think both of them will cause problems for the Broncos on Sunday and result in a victory for the Texans.Texans 27, Broncos 24.Horse Tracks: Brandon McManus is the NFL’s highest-ranked kicker according to Pro Football Focus Good morning, Broncos Country.When it comes to Pro Football Focus and their ranking system — sometimes we love them, sometimes we don’t. However Youth Derek Wolfe Jersey , we chalk up today’s morning news regarding kicker Brandon McManus in the “We love it!” category.According to Pro Football Focus, McManus is the highest-ranked kicker in the league through three games this season with an overall grade of 80.8. I’m not exactly certain how they calculate grades for kickers, but by my calculations — he gets a perfect 100 — because he hasn’t missed anything thus far! To date, McManus is a perfect 4/4 on field goals with a long of 53, including a 36-yard game-winning kick against the Oakland Raiders. He has also been a perfect 7/7 on extra points.After all, his knack for big-time kicks and coming through in the clutch was the reason why Broncos Country gave him the nickname McMoney several years ago.McManus signed a three-year extension making him the league’s fourth-highest paid kicker last September, but struggled mightily during the 2017 season. He converted on just 75 percent of his field goal attempts. It was an extreme drop-off in efficiency and ten percentage points lower than his 2016 and 2015 campaigns. With that in mind, it is certainly nice to see him (as well as the rest of the special teams unit) rebounding early on this season.Let’s hope that McManus’ precision continues in this week’s battle for the AFC West lead against the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as throughout the rest of the season.As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.Horse TracksBroncos Injury Report: Tramaine Brock misses Friday’s practiceDymonte Thomas, Adam Jones, Brandon Marshall and Shelby Harris were limited in participation.Broncos linebacker Von Miller among those who have caught Rocktober fever“I’m pretty excited about it Youth Brandon Marshall Jersey ,” Miller said. “If we get the Rockies in (the playoffs), it’d be great.”Broncos pleased with Bradley Chubb’s edge rush, developing coverage skillsChubb has played more snaps in his first 3 rookie games than did Myles Garrett, Joey Bosa and Jadaveon Clowney.Broncos Briefs: Best way to contain Chiefs offense? Keep the footballThe Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran looks at strategy and the Broncos’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.Denver columnist calls Chiefs “soft” before game vs. BroncosAhead of the KC Chiefs’ “Monday Night Football” game against the Broncos, a Denver Post columnist called the Chiefs soft and suggested the Denver defense get after Patrick Mahomes.Hail to the Chief: Patrick Mahomes is making all the moves all at once — The UndefeatedFormer Denver Broncos cornerback Domonique Foxworth takes a look at the quick rise of Patrick Mahomes.Kyle Shanahan was the ball boy when Anthony Lynn played for BroncosKyle Shanahan said Anthony Lynn “is someone I’ve been close to my whole life.” On Sunday, they’ll test each other from opposite sidelines.Todd Gurley: L.A. Rams ‘can’t be beat right now’ – NFL.comRunning back Todd Gurley was feeling pretty confident Thursday night after totaling 156 total yards from scrimmage in the Rams’ 38-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.Antonio Brown’s slow start; plan for Josh Rosen; Mack for MVP? – NFL.comWhy is four-time All-Pro Antonio Brown off to a quiet start this season? And should Bears dynamo Khalil Mack be considered the MVP front-runner? Bucky Brooks tackles those topics and more.Mike Zimmer: ‘Never been this poor in pass coverage’ – NFL.comThe Vikings gave up 556 yards of total offense Thursday, including Jared Goff’s otherworldly 465-yard, five-touchdown performance. Not surprisingly, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was not pleased.Jared Goff and Sean McVay quickly becoming one of the NFL’s great pairs | Pro Football WeeklyQB, head coach appear perfectly in sync as Rams move to 4-0 with Thursday shootout over Vikings.
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