GAME PLAN: Now that the Broncos' pass defense has had two bad games in a row, the Lions won't have any qualms about playing to their strength, which is passing the ball. The Broncos still have confidence in their cornerbacks, despite a rough game against Green Bay. The Broncos also will have to make sure Kevin Jones doesn't have a big day.
Offensively, the Broncos will keep things simple. They will try to run the ball and have Jay Cutler take some shots on play-action passes. Denver needs to figure out its red-zone problems to win at Detroit.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos front seven vs. Lions running game -- Denver tried sticking an extra safety near the line of scrimmage against Green Bay, despite the fact that the Packers couldn't run the ball. The result was Denver gave up some big pass plays and still didn't do that well against the run. The Broncos need their front seven to hold up against the Lions' run, and the defensive backs can worry about the Lions' dangerous receivers.
Broncos TE Tony Scheffler vs. Lions SS Kenoy Kennedy -- Scheffler has emerged as a dangerous weapon for QB Jay Cutler, and a reliable red-zone threat. The Lions, and especially Kennedy, need to keep an eye on him. The Lions have done a decent job this season defending the tight end, but Chicago's Greg Olsen scored a touchdown against Detroit last week.
Broncos OLT Matt Lepsis vs. Lions RDE Dewayne White -- White has 5.5 sacks but has a tough matchup against Lepsis, who is good at protecting Cutler's blind side. If Lepsis can win that battle, it would help the Broncos take a few shots downfield.
INJURY IMPACT: RB Travis Henry practiced in full and should be ready
to play this week against Detroit. He missed Denver's last game with
S John Lynch is waiting for a second opinion on how to proceed after
his most recent neck stinger. He didn't practice Wednesday.
WR Javon Walker (knee) hasn't returned to practice, but he could
return in the next few weeks.
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