(DENVER) — The Houston Texans are coming off the first playoff berth in franchise history last season, and they are starting to look elite this season.
Houston stayed unbeaten and moved to 3-0 with a 31-25 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Texans trailed 5-0 after a safety and a field goal in the first quarter, but charged back with 21 straight points and took a 21-11 lead into halftime. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub led the offense with 290 yards passing and four touchdowns, while Arian Foster ran for 105 yards in 25 carries.
Peyton Manning tried to lead a late comeback for the Broncos (1-2) for the second straight game, but again came up short. Manning threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns, but had 26 incompletions. “It’s hard to think about anything, really, besides losing two games in a row in a tough fashion,” Manning said.
Denver only managed 59 yards rushing.
The Texans got a scare in the third quarter when Schaub’s helmet was ripped off on a violent hit that left his ear bleeding, but he finished the game. The hit was called a roughing the passer penalty on Denver’s Joe Mays.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN