Game Plan and Matchups

The Seattle Seahawks will try to complete passes against Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. Williams had an interception last week but also gave up some catches, and whoever he is defending will be a tough matchup.

SERIES HISTORY: 51st meeting. The Denver Broncos lead the series against the Seattle Seahawks 33-17. The former AFC West rivals used to play twice a season. The Broncos have a 20-4 edge in home games. Denver and Seattle met once in the playoffs, and Seattle beat Denver 31-7 in a 1983 AFC Wild Card game.

GAME PLAN: It will be interesting to see how the Broncos mold their offensive game plan around rookie quarterback Jay Cutler's talent and his inexperience. They say Cutler has a clear understanding of the offense but they'll likely have to scale back some. Denver can't rely on its running game carrying all of the load because the Broncos haven't run the ball well in weeks.

Defensively, Denver has to stop the run better than it has the last two weeks. The problem is Seattle also has dangerous receivers and a solid quarterback. They'll need their secondary to have a big game.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos OTs Erik Pears and George Foster vs. Seahawks DEs Bryce Fisher and Grant Wistrom. Pears and Foster had a lot of problems against Kansas City last week. Foster would start again if Adam Meadows can't play because of a hamstring injury, and he and Pears have to slow down Seattle's ends and give rookie quarterback Jay Cutler time to throw.

--Broncos CB Darrent Williams vs. Seattle WRs Darrell Jackson and Deion Branch. The Seahawks, as most teams have done, probably won't test Champ Bailey much. Instead, they'll try to complete passes against Williams. Williams had an interception last week but also gave up some catches, and whoever he is defending will be a tough matchup.

--Broncos DE Ebenezer Ekuban vs. Seattle OT Walter Jones. The Seahawks like to run behind Jones on the left side. Ekuban will spend plenty of time across from Jones and he'll be a key to the Broncos slowing down Shaun Alexander.

INJURY IMPACT: OT Adam Meadows needs to make a quick recovery if he is going to play this week. Mike Shanahan said Meadows might practice by Friday. He has a hamstring injury.

--TE Chad Mustard didn't practice on Wednesday because of a shoulder injury. He is questionable and has a chance to play this week.



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