Tex­ans (5-3) at Bron­cos (3-5)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 9 MATCHUPS - Jon Heath

Sun­day, 4:05 p.m. ET, Bron­cos Sta­dium at Mile High, Den­ver TV: CBS

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 2

Tex­ans’ keys to vic­tory: Hous­ton needs to shut down Den­ver’s rush­ing at­tack. The Bron­cos of­fense has been in­efficient through the air, but RBs Royce Free­man and Phillip Lind­say have com­bined for 918 yards on the ground. If the Tex­ans slow down Den­ver’s run game and put the game in QB Case Keenum’s hands, Hous­ton shouldn’t have any prob­lems shut­ting down the Bron­cos. Keenum has the same num­ber of in­ter­cep­tions (10) as touch­down passes.

Bron­cos’ keys to vic­tory: Keep­ing QB De­shaun Wat­son in the pocket will be im­per­a­tive for the de­fense. Wat­son’s over­all num­bers are down from his elec­tri­fy­ing rookie sea­son, but he’s still danger­ous on the run. The Bron­cos have two ta­lented cor­ner­backs in Chris Har­ris and Bradley Roby, but Den­ver’s se­condary has al­lowed big plays when op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs have ex­tended plays this sea­son. Wat­son is still a threat to make big plays from the pocket, but the se­condary will have an eas­ier task if he’s bot­tled up.

Matchup to watch: Tex­ans QB De­shaun Wat­son vs. Bron­cos OLB Von Miller. Miller has eight sacks this sea­son and Wat­son has been sacked 26 times, the most among AFC quar­ter­backs. On pa­per, this looks like a dream sce­nario for Miller, but he has strug­gled to bring down mo­bile quar­ter­backs in the past.

Who wins? The Bron­cos are hard to beat in Den­ver, but Hous­ton knows Keenum’s lim­i­ta­tions (the vet­eran played un­der Tex­ans coach Bill O’Brien in 2014). In a de­fen­sive strug­gle, the Bron­cos of­fense will come up short.

Tex­ans, 20-17 Bron­cos TEX­ANS SCHED­ULE

L... at New Eng­land... 27-20 L ..... at Ten­nessee ..... 20-17 L .. New York Gi­ants ..27-22 W ... at In­di­anapo­lis ...37-34 W ...... Dal­las ...... 19-16 (OT) W .......... Buf­falo .......... 20-13 W .... at Jack­sonville .... 20-7 W ........... Mi­ami ........... 42-23 Nov. 4 ..... at Den­ver ..... 4:05 Nov. 11 .............. BYE .............. Nov. 18 ..at Wash­ing­ton .. 1 Nov. 26... Ten­nessee ...8:15 Dec. 2 ........ Cleve­land ........ 1 Dec. 9 ...... In­di­anapo­lis ...... 1 Dec. 15... at N.Y. Jets ...TBD Dec. 23 .. at Philadel­phia .. 1 Dec. 30 .... Jack­sonville ..... 1

W .......... Seat­tle .......... 27-24 W ......... Oak­land ......... 20-19 L ...... at Bal­ti­more ...... 27-14 L ....... Kansas City ....... 27-23 L ........ at N.Y. Jets ........ 34-16 L ........ L.A. Rams ........ 23-20 W ....... at Ari­zona ....... 45-10 L .... at Kansas City .... 30-23 Nov. 4 ...... Hous­ton ...... 4:05 Nov. 11 .............. Bye ............. Nov. 18 ..at Charg­ers ..4:05 Nov. 25 ...Pitts­burgh ...4:25 Dec. 2 ..... at Cincin­nati ..... 1 Dec. 9 ...at San Fran . ... 4:05 Dec.15 ...Cleve­land ...TBD Dec. 24 ...at Oak­land ...8:15 Dec. 30 L.A. Charg­ers 4:25

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