Wade Phillips had to be pleased by the performance of his defense against the Houston Texans on Saturday night. Denver didn’t allow a point until more than seven minutes into the third quarter. The first-team defense, which saw action into the second quarter, allowed just 63 yards of total offense. The second unit allowed just 43 of their own in the first half.

In total, Denver allowed just 282 yards and 18 first downs. Most impressive was the fact that Denver kept Houston out of the end zone on offense, including a fourth-down stop late in the game that would have extended what was a three-point lead at the time.

Ultimately, Houston’s offense accounted for just three points in the 14-10 loss. Denver lit up the stat sheet on defense, sending Texans quarterbacks to the turf five times in the game.

It was a sack that eventually sealed the victory when Shaquil Barrett took Tom Savage to the turf with roughly :30 on the game clock and Houston driving. The sacks were really the story of the game and the preseason thus far.

The Broncos are getting penetration from all sides, and virtually every player, as evidenced by this tweet from Broncos VP of Public Relations Patrick Smyth…


Smyth wasn’t the only observer active on Twitter throughout the game. The experts from Mile High Sports were active throughout the game, offering these thoughts on the dominating play of the defense.