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Broncos defeat Texans in 16-9 defensive battle

The Denver Broncos will host the Houston Texans in Week 2 action. Here are all the live updates from that game.

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The Denver Broncos are in must-win mode in Week 2 after dropping their first game in one of the ugliest games we’ve seen from this team in a long time. Three trips inside the five yard line and only scored three points on those drives, ultimately losing by a single point. That is about as bad as it gets.

You have to believe the Broncos will come out and play the Houston Texans well. They must win this game and right the ship early. The AFC West is just too good for Denver to be stumbling against non-playoff caliber teams.

Kickoff is set for Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:25 p.m. Mile High time at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado and will air on CBS. If you are looking for an online stream elsewhere, fuboTV will be streaming this game.

In-Game Updates

12:55 PM MT: Denver announced their inactives and the list includes multiple starters. Those ruled out for this game will be wide receiver K.J. Hamler, inside linebacker Josey Jewell, right tackle Billy Turner, and guard Quinn Meinerz. They also put rookie second-rounder Nik Bonito on the inactives list. Not to mention Justin Simmons is on injured reserve for the next four games.

2:50 PM MT: Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy landed awkwardly on his shoulder on an incomplete pass from Russell Wilson. He would leave the game and has been ruled questionable to return.

3:11 PM MT: The first quarter would end in a Broncos 3-3 tie with the Texans. Denver’s offense has seemed out of sync with Wilson starting the game just 2/9 for 32 yards. Check out the full first quarter recap.

3:30 PM MT: Another shoulder injury knocked another Broncos starter in this game with cornerback Pat Surtain II leaving the game midway through the second quarter. He has also been ruled as questionable to return.

3:54 PM MT: The second quarter was more of the same for the Broncos red zone woes. In six quarters, the Broncos would finish 0/6 in the red zone touchdowns. Facing another fourth down from the 1 yard line, Denver elected to kick the field goal to tie things up before halftime. Check out the full second quarter recap.

4:09 PM MT: To start the second half, the Broncos officially ruled both WR Jerry Jeudy and CB Pat Surtain II out for the rest of the game.

4:45 PM MT: The third quarter ended with the Broncos committing enough penalties to satisfy even the worst Raiders teams of years’ past. Combine that with poor coaching and poor playcalling and the Broncos are down 9-6 to enter the fourth quarter. Check out the full third quarter recap.

4:50 PM MT: Denver’s offense finally go hot with a 35-yard completion to Courtland Sutton and then after back-to-back runs, Russell Wilson fired a bullet down the seam to tight end Eric Saubert for a 22-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 13-9 lead early in the fourth quarter.

5:29 PM MT: The Denver Broncos close out for the 16-9 win over the Houston Texans. They are 1-1 and will be on prime time in Week 3 to take on the San Francisco 49ers.

My Prediction

In partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, I am covering all my picks this year on TallySight. In our weekly Thursday morning post, we’ll also include the results from MHR’s Yahoo community pick’em group as well. Our staff also submitted their score predictions. Collectively, we expect a 28-16 victory for Denver today. I think the Broncos will come out on fire with a 35-16 win.

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