Game Plan and Matchups to Watch

Both the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs have similar offenses. They like to run the ball, then once the opponent creeps up to stop the run they'll start getting the passing game going. Denver had a lot of success against Kansas City's running game in the first meeting between the teams. DE Trevor Pryce (in photo) was particularly effective against the Chiefs.

GAME PLAN: Both teams have similar offenses. They like to run the ball, then once the opponent creeps up to stop the run they'll start getting the passing game going.

Denver had a lot of success against Kansas City's running game in the first meeting between the teams. They were quick to the ball, getting extra defenders around Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson to bring them down.

The Broncos have turned the ball over in previous games at Arrowhead Stadium, but this year Denver has been much better taking care of the ball. The Broncos did turn it over twice at Dallas but that was an aberration. Jake Plummer needs to play another solid game if Denver is going to beat the Chiefs.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

--Broncos DE Trevor Pryce vs. Chiefs offensive line. Pryce moved up and down the line in the first meeting between the teams, lining up at every position. And he made just about every Chiefs offensive lineman look bad. Pryce consistently got pressure on Trent Green and drew a few holding penalties. The Chiefs can't let Pryce dominate them like that again.

--Chiefs DE Jared Allen vs. Broncos LT Matt Lepsis. Allen is the one Chiefs defender that can consistently get to the quarterback. Lepsis has had another solid year. If he can keep Allen away from Plummer, the Broncos should be able to have a decent day passing the ball.

--Chiefs OLB Derrick Johnson vs. Broncos QB Jake Plummer. Plummer took advantage of Johnson's inexperience with a number of bootleg fakes in the first game. Now that Johnson has more than a half of a season under his belt, perhaps he'll be better prepared this time around.

INJURY IMPACT --LB Keith Burns (knee) didn't practice Wednesday. He'll have to make a quick recovery, but he is tough and the Broncos haven't ruled him out yet.

--T Cornell Green (shoulder) probably won't play this week. He is listed as doubtful, but he is feeling better than he did earlier this week and the Broncos are holding out faint hope he'll be ready.

--RB Tatum Bell (chest) should be ready to play. The Broncos are being a bit cautious but Bell practiced Wednesday and said he is feeling good.



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