The Broncos will take on the Texans at Empower Field at Mile High on Sept. 18 at 2:25 MT.
After a disappointing loss in Week 1, the Broncos return to Denver for their first home game of the regular season. As they welcome the Texans (0-0-1), Russell Wilson will make his home debut and look to get Denver into the win column. While a victory eluded the Broncos in Seattle, their offense showed some promising signs; Wilson connected with Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton for 174 yards and a touchdown, Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III combined to average more than 5 yards per carry and the Broncos converted on eight of 15 third-down tries. The offense's woes — including penalties and a fumble apiece by Williams and Gordon just yards shy of the end zone — are correctable. Against Houston's defense, they'll need to take better care of the football, particularly against defensive end Jerry Hughes. In Week 1, Hughes recorded an interception, a forced fumble and two sacks. Combined with a top-three draft pick in cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., the Texans' defensive unit is not to be overlooked.
On the other side of the ball, Denver's defense will need to play a more complete game than the one a week ago. The Broncos resolved their first-half problems and locked down the Seahawks in the final two stanzas, as Bradley Chubb recorded two sacks and Randy Gregory recorded a forced fumble in the second half. Texans QB Davis Mills was promising in Week 1, but with Pat Surtain II going up against receiver Brandin Cooks, will he be as successful? If Denver's pass rush can get home a bit more often, the Broncos could be in good shape to even their record at 1-1. The biggest question, though, will be how Denver's secondary fares without Justin Simmons, who will miss at least four weeks on injured reserve with a quad injury.
As mentioned above, the Broncos will be without Simmons for the near future, and they'll also be without two other key players in WR KJ Hamler (knee/hip) and G/C Quinn Meinerz (hamstring), who were ruled out Friday. Five Broncos were also listed as questionable: ILB Josey Jewell (calf), Gregory (shoulder/knee), DL DeShawn Williams (back), CB K'Waun Williams (wrist) and OL Billy Turner (knee).
In Houston, the Texans ruled out OL Justin Britt (not injury-related) and listed TE Brevin Jordan (ankle) as questionable.
WATCH ON TV: CBS
Play-by-Play: Andrew Catalon
Analyst: James Lofton
Sideline: Michael Grady
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Analyst: Rick Lewis
Sideline: Susie Wargin
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Analyst: Mike Mayock
Sideline: Marty Cesario
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