Texans Vs. Broncos: John Fox, Jack Del Rio Fined For Yelling At Refs

Following a close loss Sunday, Broncos Head Coach John Fox and Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio were both fined for yelling at replacement referees a week earlier.

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Joe Mays destroys ear, will miss 1 game

Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays will miss one game and lose $50,000 for taking off a piece of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub's ear.

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Broncos' John Fox, Jack Del Rio Fined For Yelling At Replacement Refs

Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio have been fined for their criticism of the NFL's replacement officials during Week 2's Monday night loss to the Atlanta Falcons, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Fox received a $30,000 fine while Del Rio was charged $25,000.

Schefter reported on Sunday that the NFL even called into Atlanta during last week's game to tell the coaches to cool off their behavior directed at the officials. During the game, Fox and Del Rio were actively pestering officials on calls in which they didn't agree.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports said the NFL told the replacement officials to "be more assertive" in dealing with the league's head coaches. Ray Anderson, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, told La Canfora the league sent out a memo warning coaches that the league would be very strict regarding the behavior such as that seen by Fox and Del Rio.

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Peyton Manning 'Just ... Average?'

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos certainly didn't look like one of the NFL's elite teams on Sunday, as the Houston Texans came into Mile High Stadium and defeated Denver, 31-25.

Manning's stat line Sunday was fairly pedestrian, completing 26-of-52 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Though Manning didn't throw an interception and did throw for over 300 yards, a 50 percent completion rate is hardly Manning-esque.

SB Nation's Bomani Jones wasn't too thrilled with what he saw from Peyton Manning on Sunday -- daring to muse that the Hall of Fame quarterback could just be average at this point in his career.

But are they [the Texans] so good that they made Peyton Manning look average? Or is post-injury Peyton just ... average? The Broncos' passing game fared better than the Dolphins or Jaguars did against Houston, but when did we start comparing Manning to Ryan Tannehill and Blaine Gabbert? Even when one accounts for Sunday's drops and the reasonable time it will take for Manning and his receivers to get comfortable with each other, Manning completed just 50 percent of his passes and averaged 6.3 yards per attempt. His passes don't have much zip and, until the Texans were up by 20, he looked pedestrian at best.

"Pedestrian at best" is not what John Elway had in mind when he brought Manning in to be Denver's quarterback. Still, it's early, and there's plenty of time for Manning and the Broncos to get right. The Broncos will look to even up their record at 2-2 next Sunday, when they host the Oakland Raiders.

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NFL Standings, Week 3: Despite Loss, Chargers Stay Atop AFC West

The San Diego Chargers retained sole possession of first place in the AFC West despite being routed at home by the Atlanta Falcons, as the Denver Broncos were unable to capitalize at home against the Houston Texans.

The Chargers took a 27-3 beating from the Falcons, who have now beaten two AFC West teams. That put the Broncos in position to climb into a first-place tie, but they were unable to complete a fourth-quarter rally against the Texans in a 31-26 loss. That, combined with the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders' first wins of the season, leaves Denver in a three-way tie for second place.

Things have a chance to get all kinds of weird in Week 4, as the Chargers face the Chiefs and the Broncos face the Raiders. If Kansas City wins, they'd be in a tie for first with the Chargers and the winner of Denver-Oakland. At the same time, the Chiefs, as well as the loser of Denver-Oakland, would be at a real disadvantage -- albeit early on -- at 1-3.

AFC WEST W L T PF PA Streak
San Diego 2 1 0 63 51 Lost 1
Denver 1 2 0 77 77 Lost 2
Oakland 1 2 0 61 88 Won 1
Kansas City 1 2 0 68 99 Won 1

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Texans Vs. Broncos Final Score: Houston Downs Denver, 31-25

The Houston Texans defeated the Denver Broncos, 31-25, on Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw four touchdown passes in the victory.

Schaub connected with Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and Kevin Walter for touchdowns in the first half, and found Owen Daniels for a second-half score. Schaub completed passes to eight different receivers in the balanced effort.

Schaub's pass to Daniels gave the Texans a 20-point lead, but the Broncos came storming back, picking up two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Peyton Manning hit Brandon Stokley with a 38-yard strike just over five minutes into the quarter. Then, Manning found former Texan Joel Dreessen for a 6-yard score on Denver's next possession.

Houston would bear down and salt the game away on their final possession, as Schaub hooked up with Johnson for a key first down, which allowed the Texans to run the clock down to 33 seconds before having to punt the ball back to Denver.

Peyton Manning threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Decker caught eight balls for 136 yards in the losing effort.

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Schaub overcame an interception and quite a bit of pressure from the Denver defensive line to throw for 290 yards and four touchdowns.

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With Denver playing from behind for the entire second half, Willis McGahee didn't see much action. He carried the ball just 12 times for 36 yards.

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Did They Cover?

The Broncos were favored by a point, and that would have come to fruition had they been able to score on the final drive. But, the Texans win here, as well as in the game.

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Next Week

Houston: Sept. 30 vs. Tennessee Titans; Denver: Sept. 30 vs. Oakland Raiders.

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Texans Vs. Broncos Inactives: Knowshon Moreno Out For Denver

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. This means rookie running back Ronnie Hillman could see his first NFL action with Moreno out.

Not that Moreno has done much for the Broncos this season, with just 15 yards on eight carries in two games. But he was named the Broncos' No. 2 running back behind Willis McGahee earlier this season, though his fumble last week against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football may have factored into the rookie replacing him this week.

Both third-string quarterbacks, Caleb Hanie for the Broncos and John Beck for the Texans, are inactive for this game. Take a look at the inactive list for both teams.

Denver

Guard Chris Kuper
Center/Guard C.J. Davis
Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga
Linebacker Steven Johnson
Wide receiver Andre Caldwell
Running back Knowshon Moreno
Quarterback Caleb Hanie

Houston

Quarterback John Beck
Wide receiver DeVier Posey
Cornerback Roc Carmichael
Cornerback Brandon Harris
Inside linebacker Tim Dobbins
Tackle Andrew Gardner
Guard Brandon Brooks

Read more on the Broncos at the Mile High Report and SB Nation Denver. Head over to the Battle Red Blog and SB Nation Houston for more on the Texans.

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Texans Vs. Broncos: Game Time, TV Schedule, Injury Updates And More

After back-to-back games against teams considered favorites to make the playoffs, the schedule doesn't lighten up for the Denver Broncos as they'll face a very tough Houston Texans team in Week 3. The Broncos faced SB Nation's No. 8 team in Week 1, No. 4 team in Week 2 and now face the No. 2 team in Week 3.

With Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson on offense, it's no secret why the Texans offense is respected around the league as an explosive one. But perhaps even more impressive is the Texans defense that currently ranks as the top unit in the league.

While the Texans have won each of their first two games by 20 points, they did so against the Dolphins and Jaguars. They haven't faced the quality of teams that the Broncos have so far and Denver will easily be their toughest test yet.

For the Broncos to pull out a win, though, they'll need a better performance from Peyton Manning than they received on Monday night when he threw three interceptions in his first eight passes.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 23; 2:25 MT

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.

TV Schedule: CBS

TV Distribution Map: The506.com

Radio Schedule
Broncos: 850 KOA
Texans: 610 AM/100.3 FM/1010 AM

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NFL Picks, Week 3: Texans Picked To Stay Perfect With Win Over Broncos

As is always the case when the Denver Broncos play now, the spotlight is on Peyton Manning, but it is the team on the other sideline that should be getting the attention. Even Peter King can't stop talking about Manning, but eventually he gets around to the 2-0 Houston Texans and says that the pass rush should be enough to propel the visitors to a win on Sunday.

[Manning] needs to use his tight ends on shorter throws and be a chain-mover, not a mad bomber. Even if he does that in this game, the pressure he'll face from the Texans -- from Connor Barwin, Brooks Read and J.J. Watt, mostly -- will be more than enough to throw him off his game.

The Texans have made minced meat of Florida so far this season, beating the Dolphins and Jaguars handily, but the Broncos are their first real test. The Houston pass rush that King notes has six sacks on the year, which is good, but not outstanding.

What will be more interesting is the Texans' attempts to run the ball. They are off to a good start on the ground, averaging 150 yards rushing per game, but the Broncos defense is allowing just 2.6 yards per rush this year.

Mile High Report has everything you could want on Manning and the Broncos. If you want a look at the Texans, Battle Red Blog has you covered.

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Week 3 NFL Picks And Predictions: Texans Vs. Broncos

Expert picks for Sunday's Houston Texans-Denver Broncos game have the road Texans taking this game.

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Week 3 NFL Odds: Texans Vs. Broncos

After opening as 1-point favorites, the Denver Broncos are currently 2-point underdogs as they prepare to host the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon.

Not every book appears to be the same, as some favor the Texans by just 1 point, but others are giving them 3 points. The over-under point total is set at 46 points. The 2-0 Texans are averaging 28.5 points per game, while Denver is averaging 26. Houston's backfield of Arian Foster and Ben Tate give the Texans the sixth-ranked rushing offense.

While those numbers don't seem to match up with the over-under, it is defense that is dictating that line. While Denver ranks a respectable eighth in total defense, Houston is the best in the league, giving up a stifling 196 yards per game on the young season.

For all of the odds on this week's NFL games and more, check out Odds Shark. as well as SB Nation's NFL odds page. For more on the Broncos, head to Mile High Report.

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Week 3 NFL Picks: Texans Vs. Broncos

The Denver Broncos (1-1) enter Sunday's contest with the Houston Texans looking to deliver the road team its first loss of the season. Denver already experienced that in Week 2 with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Peyton Manning threw three interceptions in the first quarter, an uncharacteristic happening, before the team attempted a rally in the fourth quarter, which fell short.

But that was on the road for the Broncos. They are back at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, where they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-19, in the season opener. A few better throws by Manning, another 100-yard rushing performance by Willis McGahee and the strong defense Denver has had to start the season (No. 8 in total yards allowed) and the Broncos could be in the win column again.

However, the Texans have allowed the fewest yards (392) and points (17) through Week 2. Defensive lineman J.J. Watt has three of the team's sacks. In addition to the stout defense, quarterback Matt Schaub has completed 69.7 percent of his passes and the ever-dangerous running back Arian Foster has rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns already.

Can Peyton Manning recover from Monday's lackluster performance? Will Von Miller, Champ Bailey and the rest of the defense stifle Houston's offense?

Prediction: Broncos 27, Texans 24 - We've seen Good Manning and Bad Manning so far this season. In-between Manning will show up this week, but Matt Prater winds up kicking a field goal for the Broncos.

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