Peyton vs. Texans' pressure

Denver has kept heat off its QB, but Houston presents steep challenge

Originally Published: September 22, 2012
By Dean Oliver | ESPN Stats & Information Group
Peyton ManningKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesPressure hasn't often reached Peyton Manning with the Broncos.

You've heard that controlling the line of scrimmage is critical to winning in football. It's a phrase that can mean a lot of things, but for the passing game, it means controlling pressure on the quarterback.

This weekend has a matchup of two teams that are good at this quarterback-pressure game. The Texans are good at getting pressure on a quarterback, and they meet the Broncos, which -- especially with Peyton Manning -- are very good at avoiding it.

Still, Houston's preferred method of pressure raises some interesting issues for Manning and the Broncos.