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Texans head to Mile High City for final road game


The Houston Texans (5-9) close out their 2010 road slate against the Denver Broncos (3-11) at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 3:05 p.m. CT.

While the Texans haven't played at Denver since 2004, the setting for Sunday's game is a familiar one for a number of Houston's coaches. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will be standing on the visitor's sideline in Denver for the first time ever, after spending a combined 20 years coaching and playing for the Broncos.
Kubiak played nine years in Denver (1983-91) and coached another 11 years there (1995-2005) before taking the reins in Houston in 2006. Six other coaches on the Texans' staff have either coached, played or coached and played for the Broncos, including offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and defensive coordinator Frank Bush.
Houston is averaging 377.7 yards of offense per game to rank fifth in the NFL and joins Philadelphia as the only teams in the league to rank in the top 10 in passing (fifth, 255.8 yards per game) and rushing (tied for 10th, 121.9 yards per game). The Texans are the only team in the league to have at least one player ranked among the top five in passing, rushing and receiving yardage.
QB Matt Schaub has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four consecutive games and ranks fourth in the NFL with 3,807 yards passing. RB Arian Foster leads the NFL with 1,345 yards rushing, 1,895 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns. WR Andre Johnson completes the offensive triumvirate, ranking fourth in the NFL with 1,216 receiving yards.
The Texans defense has a combined eight sacks in the last two games and ranks sixth in the AFC in rushing defense, giving up 101.9 yards per game.
Denver is in search of its first win under interim head coach Eric Studesville, who will be in his third game at the helm on Sunday. Last week, rookie QB Tim Tebow accounted for two touchdowns in his first career start in a 39-23 loss to Oakland, tossing a 33-yard score to AFC receiving leader Brandon Lloyd and scoring on a 40-yard run. Tebow is expected to make his second start Sunday against the Texans. Lloyd is second in the NFL with 1,264 yards receiving and averages 18.9 yards per reception.
The all-time series between the Texans and Broncos is split at one apiece, with Houston winning their last meeting, 31-13, on Dec. 13, 2007 at Reliant Stadium.

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