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Comeback Falls Short Against Houston
For the second straight week, the Broncos fell behind early only to fight back in the fourth quarter. But the Houston Texans held on for a 31-25 win Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Big Plays Derail Broncos
The Texans' ability to beat the Broncos deep was a big reason that Denver suffered a loss on Sunday.

Notebook: Another Strong Finish
The Broncos' second straight fourth-quarter rally fell just short yet again, with both losses coming to teams that are now 3-0.

Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos vs. Texans: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press after Sunday's 31-25 loss to Houston.

Broncos vs. Texans: Manning
Peyton Manning talks to the press after Sunday's 31-25 loss to Houston.

Sounds from the Locker Room
Locker room reaction following Sunday's 31-25 loss to the Texans.

Broncos vs. Texans: BTV Highlights
Field level highlights from Sunday's 31-25 loss to the Texans.

Texans Hold Off Broncos For 3rd Win - ESPN Video - ESPN
Matt Schaub threw for 290 yards and four touchdowns as the Texans advanced to 3-0 after defeating the Broncos 31-25.

Raiders Rally Past Steelers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Darrius Heyward-Bey carted off the field as Sebastian Janikowski's 43-yard field goal lifts Raiders to 34-31 win over Steelers.

Ryan Powers Falcons Past Chargers - ESPN Video - ESPN
Matt Ryan throws three touchdown passes and Falcons' defense forces four turnovers en route to 27-3 win.

Sunday Blitz: Chiefs-Saints Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Chiefs rallying to top the Saints in overtime 27-24.

NFLPA Not Happy Over Referee Lockout - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter with the latest on the negotiations between the NFL and their locked out referees.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' fourth quarter rallies by Manning may be deceiving - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Now that it's getting repetitive, perhaps those 20-point, fourth-quarter deficit rallies to make it close aren't encouraging.

Former Broncos coaches Kubiak, Phillips enjoy Texans' victory - The Denver Post
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips posed a question to the fans above the visiting team's tunnel Sunday, seconds after Houston completed its 31-25 victory over the Broncos.

Broncos' Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas out of sync - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
With the Broncos closing in on what would have been a much-needed touchdown early in Sunday's loss to Houston, it looked like Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas were strangers.

Manning, defense off the mark as Denver Broncos fall to Houston Texans - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Some things just go together. Popcorn and butter. Stadiums and noise.

Rod Smith inducted into Denver Broncos Ring of Fame - The Denver Post
With the Broncos trailing 21-11 at halftime Sunday, former wide receiver Rod Smith felt obligated to change the collective mood during his Ring of Fame induction ceremony.

Does Broncos Rod Smith have NFL Hall of Fame credentials? - Lindsay Jones
Through most of his record-setting career, Rod Smith never thought that he might one day be worthy of reaching the Hall of Fame.

Broncos in three-way tie for last in AFC West | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Next week’s game against Oakland looks a little more interesting, doesn’t it?

Britton Colquitt's punt sets up Elvis Dumervil safety | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Elvis Dumervil sacked Matt Schaub in the end zone on the Texans’ first offensive snap here today.

Nick Ferguson honors Darrent Williams on Broncos Alumni Day - Mike Klis
The Broncos are inducting Rod Smith on Alumni weekend and among the players who returned for the ceremony was Nick Ferguson, the former strong safety for both the Broncos and Houston Texans.

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos far from a finished product - ESPN
These new-look Denver Broncos are on the right track. But they are far from a finished product. Peyton Manning and the Broncos teased the home crowd in an impressive season-opening win over Pittsburgh two weeks ago. However, Sunday, fans were given a dose of reality.

NFL makes example of Denver coaches - AFC West Blog - ESPN
John Fox and Jack Del Rio will be examples to coaches around the NFL.

Division News

Oakland Raiders' Darrius Heyward-Bey hospitalized after hit - ESPN
Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is in stable condition in a Bay Area hospital after suffering a neck injury, a source familiar with the injury told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Marcus Allen ends long-running feud against Oakland Raiders - ESPN
The long-running feud between Marcus Allen and the Raiders is over.

Raiders score final 13 points of game to beat Steelers | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders and Steelers played some wild games when they were two of the best AFC teams in the 1970s and they had a throwback to those days in Oakland on Sunday.

Big offensive edge translates to small Steelers lead | ProFootballTalk
Anyone looking for evidence of how damaging turnovers and penalties can be need only look at the second quarter in Oakland.

Crennel: "We got the first pickle out of the jar" | ProFootballTalk
It was a rough start this year for the Chiefs, who entered Sunday’s game at 0-2 and facing an uphill challenge in the Superdome against the Saints.

McCluster exits with elbow injury on controversial play | ProFootballTalk
In a play that was reminiscent of last year’s Victor Cruz maneuver at Arizona, Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster left the ball on the field after injuring his elbow while falling to the ground. - Charles, Succop lead Chiefs past Saints
Ryan Succop delivered a huge kick in the gut to the reeling New Orleans Saints. - Falcons rout Chargers to remain undefeated
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons looked right at home in San Diego - again.

This Weeks Match up

Matt Schaub lost a piece of his ear | ProFootballTalk
Evander Holyfield has some company in the fraternity of athletes missing a piece of their ear.

NFL News

Referees' mistakes, shaky calls Week 3 themes - ESPN
Suspect officiating decisions during several games contributed to a chaotic third Sunday of the NFL season.

Union asks NFL owners to end officials' lockout, cites lack of a safe working environment - ESPN
The NFL Players Association sent an open letter to team owners calling for an end to the lockout of on-field officials and hinting that it's a violation of the contract between the players and the league.

Ref says he gave the 49ers two challenges they didn’t have | ProFootballTalk
The replacement referee working today’s 49ers-Vikings game didn’t know the rules about when a coach can challenge a call.

Locked-out officials want paid for missed time | ProFootballTalk
The good news is that, according to Jay Glazer of FOX, the NFL and the locked-out officials will talk early this week to try (key word: try) to solve the labor dispute.

NFLPA accuses owners of "greed" for locking out referees | ProFootballTalk
The executive committee of the NFL Players Association has formally asked the league’s owners to end the referee lockout, accusing the owners of greed for keeping the best refs off the field.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Advanced NFL Stats: How Much Time Does It Take to Get into FG Range?
You wouldn't know by reading this study. It sets up a multiple regression model that uses a kitchen-sink approach to estimating the time needed in the end-game to get to the 35-yd line, commonly accepted as FG range.

Ogletree slips on a banana peel, or replacement ref’s hat | ProFootballTalk
Replacement refs are no longer funny, but they have proven themselves capable of slapstick.

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