Many thought before this season that this matchup was going to be huge in terms of seeding in the AFC playoffs. Well, many were wrong though it’s huge for both teams in different ways. The Broncos are looking to secure home-field advantage across the AFC, whereas the Texans are looking to secure the first overall pick. Here’s what to watch for in today’s Texans/Broncos game!
12:00 PM CT, December 22, 2013
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
- Peyton Manning - There will likely be some records broken today at Reliant Stadium. Manning just needs 3 TD passes to tie Tom Brady‘s record of 50 TD passes in a season. Manning needs 665 passing yards to beat Drew Brees‘ single-season passing record. He should be able to break one, and put himself in great position for the other record.
- Matt Schaub - Case Keenum is suffering from a right thumb sprain which puts Matt Schaub under center for “Fan Appreciation” day at Reliant Stadium. How will the
wishy washyfans react? Who knows, but if Mr. Schaub throws a pick, or worse (or better depending on how you look at today’s game) a pick-6, there are sure to be some interesting reactions in Houston.
- Dennis Johnson - With Ben Tate placed on Injured Reserve, it’s Dennis Johnson who will be receiving his first career start. Johnson was undrafted this past season and played with the Texans in the preseason. After being cut by the Texans and joining the Browns for a bit, the Texans scooped up Johnson again, believing in his ability. Johnson now gets a chance to show off his talent, and the big concern here is his fumbling issues. With a great game today and the following week, the Texans may be looking at their backup RB next season.
- #PenaltiesOnParade - Here’s a reminder for how bad it’s been over the last two weeks.
Stat of the day – Case Keenum has 327 passing yards in last two games. Texans have 321 penalty yards in the same span.
— House Of Houston (@HouseOfHouston) December 17, 2013