Russell Wilson beats volatile Broncos after Texas 16-9

Denver (AFP) – Russell Wilson overcame a slow start and a series of boos in his Denver debut Sunday to lead the failing Broncos to the Houston Texans 16-9.

The Broncos have been tagged (1-1) 13 times for 100 yards, the first time in four years they’ve played back-to-back double-digit penalty shootout games.

But they took it out in defense, catching Houston (0-1-1) with a hat-trick of field goals by Kaymee Fairburn.

Having completed just six of his first 20 throws, Wilson went 4-for-4 in a scoring drive by the Broncos that featured a 35-yard shot to Courtland Sutton wide open and a 22-yard bonus for a tight finish to Eric Soubert who put Denver ahead 13-9 in early in the fourth quarter.

Wilson, who finished 14 of 31 for 219 yards with a single TD and interception, followed that up by directing a clock-chewed campaign that ended with Brandon McManus’ 50-yard field goal to lead seven points with 3:41 remaining.

Davis Mills defended the Texas move when Randy Gregory scored his first sack in the Broncos just before the two-minute mark to help block Houston’s attempt to tie it.

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