Houston (4-2) at Denver (4-2)
When: Monday, October 24th 2016
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: ESPN
The Denver Broncos will try and snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. The Broncos offense is looking to get back on track after scoring less than 20 points in back-to-back losses to Atlanta and San Diego. Quarterback Trevor Siemian came back from missing the Atlanta game, but couldn’t get the offense rolling last week in San Diego. The running game needs to get going as well with lead back C.J. Anderson running only 21 times for 78 yards total in the last two weeks and he has yet to break 100 yards in a game this season. The defense is still the core of this team and are ranked fourth in overall defense (295.0) and 1st against the pass (182.3). Aqib Talib leads the team with three interceptions including one returned for a touchdown. Von Miller is second in the league in sacks (7.5) while Derek Wolfe has added 4.5. Denver needs a win tonight to keep pace with the Oakland Raiders atop the AFC West standings.
The Houston Texans will look to extend their lead in the AFC South with their second win against an AFC West opponent. The Texans beat the Chiefs in Week 2 and are hoping to build off the momentum of their dramatic comeback win over Indianapolis last Sunday night. Houston scored two touchdowns in the final 2:37 to force overtime and won it on a 33 yard Nick Novak field goal to improve to 4-0 at home. Houston’s two road losses have come at New England and Minnesota and the Denver game tonight makes that the toughest road schedule in the NFL. Brock Osweiler, who started his career in Denver before signing with Houston in the offseason, has thrown an interception in every game this season and has a QB rating of just 74.1 (30th in the NFL). Much like Denver, the Texans are solid against the pass (2nd), but very poor against the run (28th). Linebacker Benardrick McKinney, who had 37 tackles of last season, leads the team with 29 this season to go along with his three sacks.
Houston has been blown-out on the road both times this season and Denver is looking to take their frustrations out on someone. Look for Denver to get something generated on the ground tonight, while the defense abuses Osweiler all night.
Pick: Broncos -9