Denver has made it back-to-back scoring drives, moving the ball 74 yards in 16 plays on a scoring drive that concluded with a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning to tight end Joel Dreessen.
Manning found wide receiver Brandon Stokley for two first downs early in the series, and also found tight end Jacob Tamme for an 11-yard gain.
The drive was kept alive when an incomplete pass on fourth-and-16 drew an illegal contact flag. Following the drive-sustaining penalty flag, Stokley added another reception, this one for nine yards.
Later, Denver moved 26 yards to the Texans’ 1-yard line when pass interference on Houston was called in the end zone.
The Broncos lost yardage on first and second down, but Manning fired a third-down touchdown pass to Dreessen, who hauled in a deflection off the hands of wide receiver Eric Decker.