[Houston at Denver, 4:15]
"There's legal and I think there's also -- etiquette and football don't really go together -- but there's a code of conduct."
-- Broncos safety John Lynch, who broke his tailbone last week after being blocked -- legally -- 30 yards away from the ball by the Falcons' Brian Finneran. No word on how he feels about Denver's legal yet unethical cut-blocking.
Last week, Atlanta delivered a textbook lesson on how to beat the Broncos: Jump out to a big lead early and make them play catch-up, thus taking away the run.
Denver ranks fourth in the league in rushing at 137.6 yards per game, but last week was forced to pass to make up for an early deficit. Quarterback Jake Plummer responded with a huge game, numbers-wise, throwing for a team-record 499 yards and four touchdown passes, but the running game is the Broncos' bread and butter (and Plummer has thrown five interceptions in the past two games).
Running back Reuben Droughns had only 15 carries for 49 yards, his first start this season where he failed to reach the century mark (the Broncos are 32-7 over their past 39 games with a 100-yard rusher). Meanwhile, the Texans' steadily improving defense held the Jaguars to 39 rushing yards on 12 carries last week and hasn't allowed a touchdown in the last six quarters.