Game Plan and Match-ups

The Denver Broncos will face the Oakland Raiders and former Bronco Gerard Warren on Sunday.

SERIES HISTORY: 94th meeting. Raiders lead the series, 53-38-2, Broncos are 7-1 in the last eight meetings. The teams have split two playoff games. Denver swept the season series last year.

GAME PLAN: Unlike last week, when quarterback Jay Cutler took some chances, the Broncos need to be a bit cautious. Oakland shouldn't be able to come to Denver and win as long as the Broncos don't hand them any points with turnovers or on special teams. Travis Henry should get plenty of carries, which could set up some well-timed shots downfield in the passing game.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos OG Chris Myers vs. Raiders DT Warren Sapp. Myers will be making only his second career start, in place of Ben Hamilton. Hamilton is still recovering from a concussion. Containing Sapp could be a key for the Broncos running game.

Raiders OT Barry Sims vs. Broncos DEs Elvis Dumervil and Simeon Rice. Robert Gallery's struggles in his career have been well documented and forced him inside to left guard. Sims takes his place and will have two tough opponents. Dumervil is a fast upfield rusher. Rice is still working his way into football shape, but is another tough challenge on passing downs.

INJURY IMPACT: CB Domonique Foxworth did not practice Wednesday and is still walking with a limp. He's unlikely to play this week.

DE Tim Crowder returned to practice. He had a setback with his sprained ankle last week. If he can stay healthy, he could make his NFL debut this week.

TE Stephen Alexander didn't practice Wednesday. He has been slow to recover from a calf injury. CB Karl Paymah returned to practice. He suffered a concussion in Denver's last preseason game.

OG Ben Hamilton continues to sit out with a concussion. The team is being cautious with his return.

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