Broncos swear they're not taking Texans lightly

ARNIE STAPLETON (AP Pro Football Writer)
The Associated Press
Broncos swear they're not taking Texans lightly
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) runs off the field after the Broncos lost 27-20 to the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Teams swear they don't look at their opponents' records. Rankings are another story.

By that measure, the Denver Broncos see one of the league's top teams in the Houston Texans, who have lost their last dozen games and plenty of their best players to injuries.

The Texans (2-12) own the NFL's 11th-best offense and fourth-best defense, and they're ranked second against the pass.

That puts them right up there with the Broncos (11-3) and Seattle Seahawks (12-2), the two teams that oddsmakers favor to reach the Super Bowl.