Broncos v. Eagles Game Plan

The Denver Broncos face a unique challenge this week because the Philadelphia Eagles have all but given up the running game. The Broncos will have to get pressure on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and get some sacks.

GAME PLAN: Denver is tied for last in the NFL with eight sacks. They'll also need a big performance by cornerback Champ Bailey against Eagles receiver Terrell Owens.

It won't be easy for Jake Plummer to continue his streak of games without an interception, which now stands at five in a row. The Eagles will blitz Plummer a lot and try to force him into some mistakes.


Broncos ORT George Foster vs. Eagles LDE Jevon Kearse. Foster did pretty well against Giants DE Michael Strahan before a costly holding penalty late in the game. Foster is a former first-round pick who has played well, and the Broncos might take advantage of his size advantage against Kearse in the running game.

Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs. Eagles WR Terrell Owens. This is perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL vs. the best receiver in the NFL. Bailey had some trouble with Giants WR Plaxico Burress' physical style last week, and he'll get more of the same against Owens.

Broncos OLBs D.J. Williams and Ian Gold vs. Eagles RB Brian Westbrook. Westbrook hasn't been much of a factor as a runner this season but he is very dangerous as a receiver. The Broncos will probably use plenty of looks against Westbrook but many will probably involve their fast outside linebacker tandem of Gold and Williams.

INJURY IMPACT: S Sam Brandon was upgraded to doubtful for this week's game with a pectoral injury but he didn't practice and is unlikely to play. The Broncos have their bye after this week's game so there is little reason to rush Brandon back.

CB Lenny Walls didn't practice Wednesday because of a groin injury. He is questionable but will probably have to practice this week if he is to play against Philadelphia.

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