Texans fall to Broncos 27-9

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DENVER — After a strong effort from the Houston Texans in the first half, the Broncos left the field with a 27-9 win.

There was a glimmer of hope for Houston fans in the first quarter when the team led after getting two field goals by Nick Novak, but by halftime the Texans trailed the Broncos 14-6. The Denver Broncos scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to rebound from a slow start. CJ Anderson had one TD run and Demaryius Thomas hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos had 96 yards rushing in the first half and Texans QB Brock Osweiler struggled going 9-17 with just 46 yards in the half.

Texans did manage one last field goal early in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-9. The Broncos would never allow the Houston to get closer as they scored a third touchdown before Brandon McManus added two field goals in the fourth, ending the game at 27-9.

The team is now 4-3 for the season.

On the injury front, Texans' right tackle Derek Newton suffered a severe leg injury. The offensive lineman was dropping back to block Denver's Von Miller when his left knee buckled and he was taken out of the game halfway through the first quarter.

Head coach Bill O'Brien says his team must get more consistent on both sides of the ball and they hope that will happen next week when they face the Detroit Lions.