The Broncos play their first home game of the season on Sunday against the Texans, and Russell Wilson will make his home debut at Empower Field at Mile High. The team will look to right the ship in Week 2 and secure their first win of the year.
To get you ready for the big game, we’ve compiled scores and spilled predictions from NFL analysts. Remember, the Broncos are favored by 9.5 points.
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Maybe it’s an overreaction from Week 1, but I just don’t see that much of a difference between the bottom of the league and the middle. The Texans will find themselves near the bottom if Davis Mills continues to miss outside throws, but the defense — bolstered by the ageless Jerry Hughes and a fun, young reliever — will keep Houston in games. There are plenty of predictions to position the Broncos as one of the best teams in the league despite an incredibly inexperienced coaching staff.
Expected score: Broncos 24, Texas 16
After a stunning Week 1 loss in Seattle, the Broncos need to show they can “fight back,” in the words of defensive end Russell Wilson. What was once one of the best home field advantages in the league has evaporated in recent years; The Broncos have had losing records at home in three of the last four seasons after going 6-2 or better at home in three of Peyton Manning’s four seasons at the Mile High. The good news is that Wilson is 9-1 in career openers with 18 TD passes and just three interceptions. And the Texans — after their first tie — have lost 12 of their last 13 non-division games. — Jeff Legwald
Moody’s Predicted Score: Broncos 31, Texas 14
Walder’s predicted score: Broncos 24, Texas 16
The Broncos are playing their home game after losing Monday night to the Seahawks in a must-win game. The Texans played well in tying the Colts last week, but it will be more of a challenge on the road. I think they can hang on in this one, but the Broncos will win it late.
Expected score: Broncos 24, Texas 21
The Texans settled for a tie against the Colts after blowing that big lead at home in Week 1. The Broncos can settle into their home game with Wilson’s failed revenge behind them. Davis Mills faces another tough defense and tends not to play well on the road. The Texans defense will also be gone during a long afternoon against Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon.
Expected score: Broncos 30, Texas 16
Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett was under fire this week for his decision to attempt a record 64-yard field goal instead of going for it on fourth down late in their loss to Seattle last week. … The Texans (0-0-1) fought valiantly to tie the Colts in Week 1 and are now in first place in the AFC South.
The Broncos are trying to bounce back from a disappointing road loss in Seattle last week. Denver leads the all-time series against Houston 5-3 and has won three of the last four games against the Texans. New Denver quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown for 712 passing yards (356 per game), with six touchdowns and an interception for a career-high 120 passes in his last two starts against Houston.
Expected score: Broncos 30, Texas 24
…The Broncos ran the ball well, racking up 433 total yards against the Seahawks. If Denver avoids goal-line mistakes, it should crush a team in recovery mode.
Expected score: Broncos 27, Texas 20
Considering the way Monday night went, I have high, high hopes for the Nathaniel Hackett era in Denver from an entertainment standpoint. If you’re a Broncos fan looking for a bright spot, their offense runs the ball really well. The Broncos ranked fifth among all teams in Week 1 in driving EPA. The offense had structure and they came up with a lot of easy throws to Russell Wilson. They’re not going to mess around at the opponents’ 1-yard line multiple times every week—at least I don’t think so.