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Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak had nice things to say about Brock Osweiler after the game. "He's a great kid," Kubiak said. "I talked to him after the game … This team thinks the world of him, these guys were in the same locker room with him for a long time. We won a championship with him, (leaving) is part of football."

Broncos stifle Osweiler, Texans in win

C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker combined for 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 27-9 victory over Houston on Monday Night Football.


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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

A return did matter Monday night for the Broncos and it was Gary Kubiak's. After a week away from the team, per doctors' orders, Kubiak demanded in recent days the Broncos fix the little things and play with more fire. They did all that in a 27-9 win over the Houston Texans Monday night.


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Talib on Brock-"We know he looked up at those passing yds in the 4th Q. & maybe it wouldnt have looked like that if he stayed."

Ian O'Connor ESPN Senior Writer 

Aqib Talib on Brock Osweiler: "We know he looked up at those passing yards in the fourth quarter. And maybe it wouldn't have looked like that if he had stayed."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien was surprised to hear that Arian Foster retired today. He said he has a lot of respect for Foster.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said Derek Newton hasn't even had an MRI yet, so he's not sure how any injury info is out there.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

That's another rough night for DeAndre Hopkins fantasy owners. Hopkins saw 12 targets versus the Broncos, but he produced only 36 yards on five receptions. The lack of consistent play and accuracy from quarterback Brock Osweiler has really impacted the fantasy numbers for the Texans No.1 WR.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans struggled on the road again, losing to the Broncos, 27-9. Quarterback Brock Osweiler struggled in his return to Denver, averaging less than 3.2 yard per attempt, which is the worst in the NFL this season. The Texans have now been outscored 85-22 in three games this year.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos beat Texans 27-9 on ESPN's Monday Night Football to close out NFL Week 7. The ViewFromVegas is they covered as 9-point home favorites and the game stayed under the total of 40. NFL underdogs went 9-6 ATS this weekend and are 54-45-6 ATS (54.5 percent) on the season with two games closing pick 'em. Home and road teams split 7-7 ATS with no home team in London, but road teams lead 50-49-6 ATS with two London games not included. Unders were 9-6, but overs lead 56-50-1 (52.8 percent).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Broncos CBs Aqib Talib and Chris Harris...Challenged routes tonight versus the Texans. Physical. Played with technique. This will be a good tape for young DBs to study. That's how you compete in the secondary.