Broncos-Texans Capsule

Updated: December 19, 2013, 11:52 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER (11-3) at HOUSTON (2-12)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE -- Broncos by 9½

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Denver 9-5, Houston 2-12

SERIES RECORD -- Tied 2-2

LAST MEETING -- Texans beat Broncos 31-25, Sept. 23, 2012

LAST WEEK -- Broncos lost to Chargers 27-20; Texans lost to Colts 25-3

AP PRO32 RANKING -- Broncos No. 2, Texans No. 32

BRONCOS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (1), RUSH (14), PASS (1)

BRONCOS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (23), RUSH (11), PASS (28)

TEXANS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (13)

TEXANS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (4), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Broncos have clinched playoff spot, get AFC West title with win and Kansas City loss. Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with win and losses by Kansas City and New England. ... QB Peyton Manning's 4,811 yards passing are most in NFL history through 14 games. ... Manning's 47 touchdown passes are fourth in NFL history and three away from Tom Brady's single-season NFL record set in 2007. ... Manning is 16-3 against Houston with 44 touchdowns. ... RB Knowshon Moreno is 61 yards shy of reaching 1,000 yards rushing for first time in career. ... Julius Thomas has most touchdown receptions by tight end in franchise history with 11. ... DE Shaun Phillips needs two sacks to outdo career high of 11½ in 2006. ... WR Wes Welker had eight receptions for 131 yards for New England against Houston in divisional playoffs last season. He's recovering from concussion. ... QB Matt Schaub will start for first time since Oct. 13 in place of injured Case Keenum. Schaub threw four touchdown passes in Houston's win over Broncos last season. ... RB Ben Tate was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with rib injury. Undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson will start in his place. ... WR Andre Johnson is one catch from reaching 100 receptions for fifth time in career. ... CB Johnathan Joseph has two interceptions in last three games. ... DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 30 sacks, including 2012 and '13, and had 2½ sacks in last game against Denver.

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