Game Plan and Match-ups v. Chicago

If the Denver Broncos can shut down Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson, they'll take the matchup of their cornerbacks against Chicago's passing game.

SERIES HISTORY: 13th meeting. Broncos and Bears are tied, 6-6, in the series. The last meeting was 2003, when Kordell Stewart led Chicago to a 19-10 victory at Denver.

GAME PLAN: With so much turmoil at the running back position, the Broncos will give Jay Cutler many chances to make plays. Cutler is coming off a very good game in which he threw two long touchdowns and had no interceptions.

Defensively, the Broncos will try to put the Bears in a spot where they have to challenge Denver's cornerbacks in the passing game. The Broncos are significantly better when they force even one interception, and the Bears have thrown many this season.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos P Todd Sauerbrun vs. Bears PR/KR Devin Hester. Broncos special teams coach Scott O'Brien has to decide what to do with Hester, the most dangerous returner in the game. Having Sauerbrun, who also handles kickoffs, gives the Broncos more options. Sauerbrun is talented enough to kick away from Hester, but he also has the kind of leg to drive Hester deep by the time he catches the ball. Sauerbrun said he doesn't expect the Broncos to kick away from Hester.

Broncos front seven vs. Bears RB Cedric Benson. Benson showed a bit of a spark last week. The Broncos have been playing better against the run, but the nightmares of the early season aren't completely forgotten. If the Broncos can shut down Benson, they'll take the matchup of their cornerbacks against Chicago's passing game.

INJURY IMPACT: RB Travis Henry didn't practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. The Broncos don't know if he'll be available this week.

RB Selvin Young has strained ligaments in his knee. He didn't practice Wednesday but he could play Sunday at Chicago.

WR Glenn Martinez didn't practice Wednesday because of a sore ankle but could return Thursday.

WR Javon Walker had a full practice Wednesday and said his injured knee felt good. He could return this week, his first game action since Week 3.



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