Have you dreaded a Houston Texans game this year more than tomorrow's affair against the Denver Broncos? I know I haven't. Peyton Manning & Co. are going to ROLL the good guys. Yes, realize I'm giving away the "PUT YOUR NAME ON IT" section of this week's entry.
Sure, any given Sunday and all that jazz. Unfortunately, that strikes me as pablum for the 2013 Houston Texans. They haven't resembled a mediocre football team in quite some time. They are the worst team in the league. The Broncos may not be the best team in the league, but they're eons better than Houston. Let's move on to the predictions before I start weeping, shall we?
1. In his return to the starting lineup, Matt Schaub will look better than Case Keenum has in weeks. That's not saying much, but the difference in QB play will be noticeable. Houston's running game will be abysmal, especially without Ben Tate, and the Texans will be down big early, so expect Schaub to throw a ton. He'll throw an interception (not a pick-six), but he'll also finish with more than 300 yards passing.
2. Peyton Manning needs to throw four (4) more TD passes to break Tom Brady's record of 50 in a single season. If nothing else, you can say you watched Peyton set the record for most touchdown passes thrown in a season, because it's happening at Reliant Stadium tomorrow. What's more is that you won't even have to watch into the fourth quarter to see it happen. Peyton's fourth TD pass of the day will come before the midpoint of the third quarter. It would be fitting if it was to Brice McCain's man so the true yin and yang of the NFL (e.g., one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and one of the worst cornerbacks in the league) were prominently featured in a record-breaking moment.
3. Randy Bullock will miss his first field goal since Houston's loss to Arizona back in Week Nine. Don't worry, though. It'll happen early. This game will not be close enough for Bullock to miss a pressure-packed FG in the fourth quarter.
PUT YOUR NAME ON IT: Ugly. It's gonna be ugly. I expect the Broncos to pour it on and for Houston to mostly be unable to do anything about it. I look for a gabrage TD late that'll make it seem slightly closer than it really was. Still, it's a twenty point loss for the home team. Broncos 41, Texans 21.