Broncos v. Jaguars Game Preview

The Denver Broncos take on the Jacksonville Jaguars and running back Fred Taylor (in photo) at INVESCO at Mile High on Sunday. Check out our preview of this week's game.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at Denver Broncos (2-0)
Sunday, 4:05 ET
GAMEDATE: 9/23/07
TV: CBS, Dick Enberg, Randy Cross
SERIES: Sixth meeting. Broncos lead the regular season series, 3-2. The teams didn't play last year, but are meeting for the third time in the last four years. The Jaguars won, 7-6, in 2004 and lost, 20-17 in 2005. The clubs met twice in the playoffs. The Jaguars scored a stunning 30-27 upset win at the end of the 1996 season, when the Broncos were favored to go to the Super Bowl. The loss probably prevented them from getting a three-peat because they won the Super Bowl after both the 1997 and 1998 seasons. The next year, the Broncos beat the Jaguars, 42-17, en route to their first Super Bowl victory.

PREDICTION: Broncos 20-16

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Jaguars' pedestrian group of receivers matches up terribly against CBs Champ Bailey and Dre Bly. It's going to be difficult for QB David Garrard to make any headway through the air, so there's no time like the present for RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew (135 combined rushing yards in two games) to display the same punch they provided on the ground last season. ...
Productive trifecta: Broncos RB Travis Henry leads the NFL in rushing (267 yards), QB Jay Cutler is fourth in passing yards (573) and WR Javon Walker is tied for the league lead in receptions (17). Still, the Broncos have sweated out two wins because they have just three touchdowns. Expect TE Daniel Graham, who has just four catches, to be move involved as the Broncos try to cash in more in the red zone.

KEY INJURIES: Jaguars: OG Chris Naeole (back) and DT John Henderson (blow to the head last Sunday) are expected to play; WR Matt   Jones' status (heel) is uncertain. Broncos: CB Domonique Foxworth (ankle) is expected to return this week; OG Ben Hamilton (concussion) appears unlikely to play.

FAST FACTS: Taylor needs 415 rushing yards to become the 21st player in NFL history with 10,000 for his career. ... The Broncos are the only NFL team to have a 100-yard rusher and receiver in each if its first two games.


--WR Matt Jones, who sat out practice with a heel injury Wednesday, saw limited duty Wednesday. He said he suffered the injury in the Falcons game and doesn't know if he can play Sunday.
--TE Greg Estandia (illness) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session.
--DT Tony McDaniel (knee) returned to practice Thursday after seeing limited duty Wednesday.
--CB Brian Williams (ankle), who practiced Wednesday, was limited Thursday.
--G Chris Naeole, who sat out practice with a back injury Wednesday, returned to limited duty Thursday.
--The Jaguars made one roster move Thursday, signing offensive tackle Andrew Carnahan, a seventh-round pick who was waived in the final cuts, to the practice squad and waiving offensive tackle Ryan Gibbons.

--LB Ian Gold missed practice Thursday. He has a sprained ankle that is sore. The Broncos think he'll play on Sunday but will keep an eye on him as the week goes on.
--CB Domonique Foxworth, who practiced in full Wednesday, was a limited participant Thursday. Foxworth is still dealing with a sprained ankle he suffered in Week 1. If he can't play, Jeff Shoate would be Denver's nickel cornerback.
--LB D.J. Williams is off to a good start. He leads the Broncos with 23 tackles in his first season at middle linebacker.
--CB Champ Bailey is playing on special teams and playing well. He is tied for the team lead with three special teams tackles. Bailey has been the safety on kickoff coverage. The Broncos aren't concerned about him getting hurt on special teams.
--DE Elvis Dumervil has done well as a starter. He comes off the field on some rushing plays for rookie Jarvis Moss, but has held up well and leads the team with two sacks. When Simeon Rice is ready to go into the starting lineup, Dumervil will probably go back to being a reserve.

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