The Denver Broncos (3-5) keep finding ways to lose close games to good teams, so with the Houston Texans (5-3) coming to town they definitely need a bring home a win if only to give them all the confidence knowing they can win these types of games.
Ending the Texans five-game winning streak would definitely be the kind of boost that this Broncos team can use heading into the Bye.
Collectively, the Mile High Report is staring another Broncos loss in the face, this time a 27-24 home defeat to the Texans. Individually, our score predictions varied wildly. I added those below.
Broncos 31, Texans 20
Every time I do these prediction posts, I look at the Broncos schedule (as if I forgot) and realize this team has played a brutal schedule the first half of the season. The only loss against a bad team came against the New York Jets after a deflating loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. At 3-5, this team is clearly better than their record, but they need to prove it by actually beating a team with a winning record for a change. That starts this week. - Tim Lynch
Texans 37, Broncos 17
This has all the makings of a potential beatdown, and not in a good way.
Last time Denver played the Chiefs close, they got blown out the next week by a far inferior New York Jets team. This time, they have the red hot Texans with a young QB in Deshaun Watson who is regaining last year’s form and looks to be finally recovering from his knee injury.
Add in Houston’s fierce pass rush, and the fact that the franchise just traded its longest tenured player signaling a potential white flag on the season, and this has all the makings of a classic embarrassment game that we Bronco fans have become all too familiar with over the last few years. - Jeff Essary
Broncos 24, Texans 22
I’m going to bank on the hope that Sutton shines with his new opportunity, and that the returns of Jared Velheer and Su’a Cravens give the Broncos just enough of a boost to get over the top. For the first time in a while, the Broncos are on the short list side of the pre-game injury reports, so perhaps there’s some wiggle room. Especially with 4 CBs on the Texans’ injury report- 2 out, 2 questionable. For the offense, the challenge presented by Watt & Clowney is undeniable. But then so is the challenge presented by Miller & Chubb. These two pass rushing duos may decide the course of the game. - Taylor Kothe
Texans 30, Broncos 27
If recent home history is an indicator, the Broncos will have all the firepower to win this game. They’ve held the Chiefs and Rams to season lows even in defeat. But they also just traded away DT, so there might be some revenge factors going on there for Houston. Most of me thinks the Texans will win because Deshaun Watson is a freak of nature, but the rest of me thinks that if the Broncos can ground the Chiefs and Rams, then they can ground the Texans at home. The only thing is, is that Bradley Roby and Adam Jones won’t be playing, and the last I checked, Yaidom kinda sucks (even though I think he’ll eventually be really good). Von Miller also has been hobbled all week by a knee injury and on Friday was wearing a “pretty hefty” knee brace. This doesn’t sit well with me at all. - Pete Baron
Texans 33, Broncos 27
As I said on the MHR Radio Podcast with Ian St. Clair, turnovers lead to points, and both of these teams are prone to giving the ball away. Keenum will be constantly harassed by JJ Watt and Jadaveon Clowney. Deshaun Watson has been known to throw a pick or two. It looks like this could end up being a high scoring game. Not outrageous, but enough to be interesting. Unfortunately, I think the Broncos find a way to lose it in the end. 33-27 Texans. - Adam Malnati
Texans 24, Broncos 17
As Jeff noted, the week after Denver’s first loss to the Chiefs, it got embarrassed by the Jets. I don’t think Sunday’s game against the Texans will be that lopsided, but it has that potential to be. Watt, Clowney and that Houston pass rush could make Keenum a permanent fixture in the Whatever It’s-Named-Stadium’s turf. The thought of Bolles, Turner and Veldheer against Watt and Co. ... eek! My only hope is that when Thomas is shown on the screens wearing a Texans jersey prior to the game, Broncos Country gives him a Rocky Mountain Thunder show of appreciation. - Ian St. Clair