Game Plan and Match-ups v. Kansas City

The Denver Broncos caught a break when Larry Johnson hurt himself against Green Bay. But now they have to take advantage by playing well against Kansas City's Priest Holmes, who has barely played in the last two years.

SERIES HISTORY: 94th meeting. Chiefs lead series, 52-41. Broncos are 12-34 on the road in the series. The Broncos have the biggest win in the series history, a win in a divisional playoff game at the end of the 1997 season. That sprung Denver to the AFC Championship Game, and the Broncos went on to win Super Bowl XXXII.

GAME PLAN: Denver's game plan will change depending on QB Jay Cutler's health. Even if Cutler plays, some of the bootleg plays and passes designed to get him outside of the pocket might be limited. No matter if Cutler or Patrick Ramsey plays, the Broncos need to establish a running game. Denver hasn't gotten much going on the ground the past few weeks.

Defensively, the Broncos have to stop Kansas City's run game. If the Broncos can make Kansas City one-dimensional, the Chiefs shouldn't be able to dominate Denver through the air.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos OT Matt Lepsis vs. Chiefs DE Jared Allen -- Allen is having a big year, and Lepsis is coming off a disappointing game. Jay Cutler's mobility probably will be limited because of a lower leg injury, making Lepsis' performance all that more important to the Broncos offense.

Broncos front seven vs. Chiefs RB Priest Holmes -- The Broncos caught a break when Larry Johnson hurt himself against Green Bay. But now they have to take advantage by playing well against Holmes, who has barely played in the last two years. Denver is coming off a mediocre game against Lions RB Kevin Jones.

INJURY IMPACT: QB Jay Cutler practiced in full on Wednesday and he should be ready to play this week. Cutler has a lower left leg injury.

S John Lynch still has some tingling sensations in his arm and was limited in practice Wednesday. The Broncos are still hoping he can play this week.

WR Glenn Martinez has some bruised ribs but practiced in full Wednesday and should play this week.

DE John Engelberger sat out practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury. The team will monitor his progress this week.

WR Javon Walker could start running late this week. He might be able to return for the game against Tennessee on Nov. 19.

RB Travis Henry didn't practice Wednesday, but he has insisted his knee injury is not serious. He has a good chance to play this week.



Got something to say - Voice your opinion on any one of our
Broncos Update Community Forums









Mile High Huddle Top Stories