A few days after Selvin Young led the way with more than 150 yards against Kansas City, the Broncos rushed for 72 yards as a team against Houston, which doesn't have a great run defense.
The Texans, on the other hand, rushed for 158 yards and won the game.
"Anytime that you can't run the football, and they were doing a pretty good job of running the football, it comes down to them getting the job done and us not," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.
Travis Henry didn't start, but played more than Young. He had 34 yards on 10 carries. Young had 34 yards on eight carries. The Broncos haven't given up on Henry being an effective workhorse back for them, but he still seems like he isn't 100 percent after dealing with a knee injury for most of November.
The Broncos were thrown off when the Texans committed so many extra defenders to stopping the run.
"You put nine, 10 guys in the box, no one is going to be able to run the football," Young said.
The discrepancy between the two running games certainly showed as Denver's defense wore down in the second half.
"Anytime that you can't run the football -- and they were doing a pretty good job of running the football -- it comes down to them getting the job done and us not," Shanahan said. "They did a much better job of stopping the run than we did running it, but it hasn't been done many times this year."
-- Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was disappointed at his team's play, but congratulated Texans coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak was Shanahan's offensive coordinator for 11 years.
"I just said 'Hey, great job, you had your team ready to play and you outplayed us and outcoached us," Shanahan said.
-- Tight end Daniel Graham hasn't caught many passes this year, but his worth was obvious when he left Denver's loss against Houston in the first half with an ankle injury. Without Graham, the Broncos' running game struggled.
"A guy like that where you can look at one side, whichever he's on, and understand it's going to be dominated," running back Selvin Young said. "We'd have loved to have him."
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
--WR Brandon Stokley was inactive against Houston because of a knee injury. He should be back with a few extra days in between games, but his knee has been sore for a while.
--LB Ian Gold injured his knee in the first quarter against Houston. Even if he misses a couple of weeks, that will mean he is done for the rest of the season.
--LB Jamie Winborn replaced injured Ian Gold for most of the game against Houston. If Gold misses time it will give the Broncos a chance to take a long look at Winborn, who they just gave a contract extension to.
--TE Daniel Graham sprained an ankle against Houston and missed most of the game. He was walking with a limp afterwards and said he didn't know if he would miss Denver's next game.
--DE Elvis Dumervil was held without a sack against Houston.
Although Dumervil has become a very good pass rusher for the Broncos this
season, he is prone to some inconsistency. He had three sacks in Denver's
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