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Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos: NFL Preseason 2014 Preview

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During Week 3 of the NFL preseason, the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans will square off on Saturday, Aug. 23 in Denver. Both teams will have joint practices with each other this week leading up to that matchup. The Texans will be looking to build off their win last week while the Broncos will look to stay undefeated in preseason.

The third week of the preseason is normally what fans and the media refer to as the dress rehearsal. During the game, we will be seeing a whole lot of Peyton Manning and the high powered offense of the Broncos go up against No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and the revamped Texans defense for the majority of the game. This will give coaches of both teams a chance to see what players will take the field during Week 1 of the regular season.

For the Texans, all eyes will be on the offensive side of the ball. We know how well their defense has played, but there has not been much to be seen from the offense, especially from starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The team traded Matt Schaub this offseason and are not fully confident in backup Case Keenum to give him the starting reigns just yet. The team is talented at the running back and wideout positions. The big question is can Fitzpatrick help the team win some games?

As for the Broncos, their main focus will be on the defensive side of the football. The offense is pretty much intact except for the running back position. With the first team defense playing the majority of the game, we will get to see how much of a force they can be for an extended period of time. This will be a true test for them. While players like Chris Harris and Von Miller will most likely not play, the Broncos’ defense will be one to watch. As the old saying goes, offense wins games but defense wins championships. For Broncos fans, they are hoping this defense can do exactly that.

I will also be looking to see if UDFA running back Juwan Thompson gets a heavier workload. It’ll be interesting if the Broncos give him first-team reps to see what he can do. Minus the goal line touchdowns from Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, they haven’t done enough to impress me as far as backing up Montee Ball when he returns.

Texans-Broncos is going to be a clear matchup between a high-powered offense and a solid defense. Those battles are always fun to watch, and that is just one of the many reasons why fans should be tuning in Saturday night.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.