GAME PLAN: The Broncos have been blown out in two straight regular-season openers. That's unusual for Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who is usually very well prepared to start the season. Denver's defense had some problems in the preseason, and how well the defense starts against Buffalo will be a telltale sign for the rest of the game, and maybe the first few weeks of the season. Denver's offense will try to pound the ball on the ground with former Bills tailback Travis Henry and pick its spots for some big pass plays.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos CB Dre' Bly vs. Bills WR Lee Evans. The Broncos could choose to move around Champ Bailey to shadow Evans, who is by far Buffalo's most dangerous receiver. If not, the Bills could take some shots down the field to Evans against Bly, who will take some chances and can be vulnerable to deep plays.
Broncos MLB D.J. Williams vs. Bills RB Marshawn Lynch. Williams is
in his first year at middle linebacker, and the Broncos' scheme is
designed to funnel plays to that position. Williams looked uncomfortable at
times in the preseason, but he'll be a big factor in slowing down
Lynch, Buffalo's rookie tailback.
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