Texans snuff out Broncos' rally try
DENVER — Fall behind by 20. Mount a comeback. Lose by six.
The ugly interceptions didn't play into Peyton Manning's second straight defeat, but much of the rest sounded like a broken record.
Matt Schaub lost a small chunk of his ear after a brutal hit, but still outplayed Manning, throwing for four touchdowns to stake the Texans to a big lead in a close win.
"I felt fine," Schaub said. "I just lost a piece of my ear. I was bleeding and my helmet came off."
Manning was 26-for-52 for 330 yards; his 64th 300-yard game broke a tie for the record with Dan Marino. But both of Manning's TD passes came after the Broncos had fallen behind by 20, just like Monday's loss in Atlanta.
"Everybody would love to be 3-0," Manning said. "That's not the way it is right now."
It is for Houston, which won its first three games for the first time in the franchise's 11 seasons.