Osweiler, Kubiak face former teams Monday night

DENVER (AP) — This is Brock Osweiler's chance to stick it to the team that benched him for their Super Bowl run and Gary Kubiak's shot at sticking it to the organization that canned him in 2013.

The Houston Texans (4-2) and Denver Broncos (4-2) are two division leaders with plenty of defensive chops and playoff plans who have some troublesome early selves Monday night.

Intriguing subplots include Osweiler facing the team he spurned after spending four seasons as Peyton Manning's longtime backup and presumed successor and Kubiak facing the team that fired him in 2013 shortly after he suffered a mini-stroke.

Kubiak is coming off another health scare , this time a complex migraine, which can mimic a stroke and which sidelined him for Denver's lackadaisical loss at San Diego last week that didn't exactly help him heed his doctor's orders to get some rest.

Both men are trying to keep emotion at bay as they try to beat the teams that gave them their first chance in the NFL to be in the positions they're in now.

"We're facing a good team, that's what I know," Kubiak said. "Obviously, I respect the organization. (Texans CEO) Bob McNair gave me a tremendous opportunity as a coach and I'll always cherish that."

Osweiler, who signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans in March, insisted he still has great respect for the Broncos and John Elway even though Denver's general manager didn't make an early push to keep him in Colorado.

"I think we have a great relationship," Osweiler said. "In fact, I saw John up in Idaho this summer and we were able to visit for a few minutes, catch up and ask how the family is doing.

"Once again, I have nothing but respect and appreciation for John Elway. He gave me my first opportunity in the National Football League. He stuck with me for four years and really at the end of the day for John, nothing but love, respect and appreciation."

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