Defensively, the Broncos have to force Titans QB Vince Young to make some mistakes. He has 10 interceptions this season. Denver's chances of winning increase dramatically when it forces turnovers, so expect an aggressive attack at Young, with CBs Dre Bly and Champ Bailey looking to make big plays.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos interior offensive line vs. Titans DT Albert Haynesworth -- Last week when Haynesworth didn't play, the Titans allowed 166 rushing yards. They hadn't allowed 100 in any other game this season. That's all the proof needed that Haynesworth has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL this season. Denver's interior line isn't huge, but it has to find a way to neutralize the massive Haynesworth inside.
Titans RDE Kyle Vanden Bosch vs. Broncos OLT Matt Lepsis -- Lepsis had a miserable game against Detroit two weeks ago, one of the few poor performances he has had at left tackle for the Broncos. He had a solid game against Kansas City's Jared Allen, and it gets no easier for Lepsis this week. Vanden Bosch has five sacks this year.
Broncos MLB D.J. Williams vs. Titans QB Vince Young -- The Broncos might not designate a spy for Young, but Williams will be important in containing him. If the Broncos can keep Young in the pocket, they'll have more opportunities to force some turnovers in the passing game. INJURY IMPACT:
--S John Lynch practiced Thursday and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan pronounced him ready to go. Lynch said he is completely over the symptoms of a stinger he suffered a little more than two weeks ago.
--RB Travis Henry could miss this week's game. He was limited and looked "fairly good," according to Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, in practice Thursday. He is certain to miss practice Friday because he has a hearing with the NFL over a one-year suspension in Phoenix. Because the Broncos play on Monday night, Henry will have an extra day to recover and possibly play.
--QB Jay Cutler said the nerve in his injured lower left leg is still bothersome, and could affect him most of the season. But Cutler played through the injury last week and will continue to play.
--TE Tony Scheffler has gone through both practices for the Broncos this week. He has a chest injury but will play against Tennessee.
--RB Paul Smith has an injured calf and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. He would be a loss for the Broncos because he is a special teams standout.
--DE John Engelberger has a separated shoulder but continues to practice through it. He was a full participant in practice Wednesday.
--K Jason Elam has a strained right calf but participated fully in
practice Wednesday and will play this week.
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