Why this game is intriguing: The Texans have quietly rolled to a perfect record with two easy wins over below-average teams from the Sunshine State (Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars). A few more folks will pay attention to Houston this week, when the Texans visit Denver to play Peyton Manning -- a serious challenge for a secondary they believe is improved. And don't think things will be easy for the Texans' offense, either, which will have to block Denver's active front in order to spring productive and cerebral running back Arian Foster. One thing in Houston's favor: Denver has a short week of preparation after the Monday night game. For years, the Texans measured themselves (and their season) by how they did against Manning. Some things never change.
What to watch: The news that Broncos rookie Brock Osweiler was preparing to come in to throw a potential Hail Mary against the Atlanta Falcons should not have been jarring. Plenty of teams have implemented similar tactics through the years, with former Patriots backup Michael Bishop being the example that always stands out to me. But it was something to note. Concerns about Manning's arm strength and health will be part of this year's narrative, and his ball did appear to wobble more than normal on Monday night. There's so much to look forward to in a great matchup, but all eyes will be on every one of Manning's throws, particularly his deep ones.