Rapid Reaction: Texans 31, Broncos 25

September, 23, 2012
9/23/12
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DENVER -- A look at a game with an entertaining finish:

What it means: The Broncos were game, but for the second straight week, they fell to a good team. Denver is now 1-2.

Similar game as last week: The Broncos didn’t commit turnovers like they did at Atlanta, but they did fall behind against Houston. Still, Denver tried to come back, it couldn’t, and it lost by six points again. Like in Atlanta, Denver’s defense couldn’t hold on third-and-5 from the opponent’s 25 late in the game.

Manning improved: Peyton Manning threw some dandy passes, and the Denver offense heated up late. You can see the progress being made. Manning was 25-of-51 for 310 yards and two touchdowns. After he threw three picks in the first quarter at Atlanta, Manning came back with a clean day Sunday.

What’s next: Denver hosts Oakland next Sunday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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