Inside The Villain’s Venue: Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans


Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean (18) reaches for the ball in front of Denver Broncos strong safety Chris Harris (25) during the third quarter at Sports Authority Field. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s hard to believe that the 2013 is winding down. The Denver Broncos have their final two games on the road with this week’s matchup against the Houston Texans.

While the Texans are 2-12, there’s still the old adage, “Any given Sunday.” This team has nothing at all to lose, so we reached out to Stephen Forsha, editor of Toro Times to get his take on Sunday’s game and the Texans’ season in general.

Let’s go Inside the Villain’s Venue!

Predominantly Orange: While Matt Schaub will get the start, who do fans want to see under center?

Toro Times: Since it is official that Keenum is out, I believe most Texans fans would still rather not see Schaub in as the starting QB against the Broncos. This will most likely be his final home start with the club. I’m curious about the reaction the veteran QB will receive this Sunday when he steps onto the field.

PO: Give me three reasons for the Texans’ collapse this season. 

TT: Reason No. 1 is the coaching of the team. Gary Kubiak is a good football coach, knows a lot, but the offense this season was too stale and dull for my liking. In one word it was predictable.

Reason No. 2 is injuries. When a team loses Arian Foster, Owen Danies and Brian Cushing, then add in Ben Tate playing over half the season with four broken ribs, this team didn’t have the depth to overcome the injury bug that bit them this season.

Reason No. 3 is quarterback play. Keenum did a respectable job for the Texans this season being the first time he’s played during the regular season. Schaub has been basically awful and has more interceptions than touchdown passes in 2013. Not a good stat to have.

PO: What major off season moves do you see this team making? 

TT: Besides hiring a head coach, I see this team making a change at the QB position. I don’t see them cutting Keenum, but I have the feeling he’ll have some competition whether it be from free agency or by drafting a QB that could possibly be their future franchise player.

Houston also needs to sure up their outside linebackers, defensive backs and possibly look for a second running back if Ben Tate leaves via free agency, plus with his recent injuries how much longer can Foster hold up at the running back position … it is a question that needs to be asked and answered this offseason.

PO: Peyton Manning has Houston’s number, but how do you think the Texans will try to slow him?

TT: If the Texans can get a semblance of a pass rush against the Broncos’ offensive line they will have a chance to stop Manning, but in my honest opinion besides J.J. Watt the Texans don’t have a chance against the Broncos and Manning this Sunday.

PO: Finally, your prediction for Sunday?

TT: I predict a lot of sorrow for the Texans in their final home game of the 2013 season. The Broncos will win this game by a 37-10 score.

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