Game Plan and Match-ups

Unless the Packers suddenly find their running game, they will pass the ball to WRs Donald Driver and Greg Jennings a lot against the Denver Broncos.

SERIES HISTORY: 11th meeting. Broncos lead the regular-season series, 5-4-1. Denver is also coming up on the 10th anniversary of its biggest win, a 31-24 triumph over the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at the end of the 1997 season.

GAME PLAN: The Packers might actually try to establish the run, given how bad Denver has been most of the year stopping it. To the Broncos' credit, they were much better against the run last week, but their pass defense is superior. Green Bay hasn't run much this year.

Denver won't have an easy time against Green Bay's defense. The Broncos hope Travis Henry (ribs) is healthy enough to pound out some yards and set up a few shots downfield in the passing game. MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos SS Nick Ferguson and OLB Nate Webster vs. Packers TE Donald Lee -- The Broncos have given up six touchdowns to tight ends, including three against Pittsburgh last week. Brett Favre has always liked throwing to his tight ends, and Lee is having a nice year. The Packers will probably try to test Denver's defense against tight ends.

Broncos CBs Dre Bly and Champ Bailey vs. Packers WRs Donald Driver and Greg Jennings -- Unless the Packers suddenly find their running game, they will pass the ball a lot against Denver. The tight end will see a fair share of balls, but the receivers will play a big part. When Brett Favre tries to take some chances downfield, Bly or Bailey have the ability to turn the game around with an interception.

Broncos ORT Erik Pears vs. Packers LDE Aaron Kampman -- Kampman is a great every-down end who plays the run tough but can get after the quarterback. Pears is in his second season, and after an up-and-down training camp, he has been steady for the Broncos. Denver could choose to give Pears some extra help and let LT Matt Lepsis try to neutralize DEs Cullen Jenkins and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

INJURY IMPACT: --RB Travis Henry didn't practice Thursday, the second straight day he was out. Henry has bruised ribs. He will probably try to practice later this week, and then the Broncos will determine if he can play Monday against Green Bay.

--TE Tony Scheffler practiced for the second straight day on Thursday. Even though he has some soreness in his lower leg, he should be able to play this week.

--CB Champ Bailey was a limited participant for the second straight day of practice. He still has a quadriceps injury and the Broncos aren't pushing him too hard.

--CB Dre Bly has practiced all week despite a separated shoulder. He should be ready to go against Green Bay's dangerous receivers.



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