The Houston Texans beat the Broncos 31-25 yesterday afternoon at Sports Authority Field. Texans QB threw 4 touchdown passes in the game. It’s the 2nd consecutive loss for Denver. Both of their losses come to teams that are now 3-0. The Broncos are 1-2. Rod Smith was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame at Halftime.

Matt Schaub lost a small chunk of his ear after a brutal hit, but still outplayed Manning, throwing for four touchdowns against a confused Broncos defense Sunday to stake the Houston Texans to a big lead on the way to a 31-25 victory.

''We have to learn from this game, address it, be honest, everybody needs to be accountable and try to improve forward,'' Manning said. ''It's not the ideal situation. Everybody would love to be 3-0. That's not the way it is right now.''

It is for Houston, which won its first three games for the first time in the franchise's 11-season history and beat Manning for only the third time in 19 tries - and for the first time ever in a road game.

Manning finished 26 for 52 for 330 yards with no interceptions and two touchdowns. This was his 64th career 300-yard passing game, breaking a tie for the record with Dan Marino. But both of Manning's touchdown passes and 120 of his yards came after the Broncos (1-2) had fallen behind by 20, the way they did in Atlanta last Monday when their rally came up short in a 27-21 loss.

''It's hard to think about anything, really, besides losing two games in a row in a tough fashion,'' Manning said.


Monday Night Football tonight: The Green Bay Packers are at the Seattle Seahawks. Tonight's game is at 6:30 on ESPN.