Game Plan and Match-ups v. Kansas City

In the first meeting between Denver and Kansas City, the Broncos forced turnovers, got pressure on the quarterback and limited the Chiefs' playmakers, such as TE Tony Gonzalez (in photo).

SERIES HISTORY: 95th meeting. Chiefs lead series, 52-42. The Broncos won the first meeting between the teams this season, taking a 27-11 decision at Arrowhead Stadium last month. That was a departure from the norm in the series, because road teams have dominated. The last time the Chiefs won at Denver was 2000.

GAME PLAN: In the first meeting between the teams, the Broncos forced turnovers, got pressure on the quarterback and limited Kansas City's playmakers. TE Tony Gonzalez was especially quiet, with three catches for 29 yards. The Chiefs will make adjustments, but the Broncos have to perform well in the same areas to win again.

RB Selvin Young had 109 yards against Kansas City a few weeks ago, and QB Jay Cutler managed the game well. The roles could be reversed, with Cutler and the passing game carrying most of the load. That's because the Broncos are beat up at tailback heading into this week's game.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos OLT Matt Lepsis vs. Chiefs RDE Jared Allen -- The last time the teams played, Allen had a sack, but for the most part Lepsis played a solid game against him. Allen had two tackles in the first meeting. Lepsis isn't coming off a great game against Oakland, and his performance against Allen will be important for the Broncos offense.

Broncos front seven vs. Chiefs RB Kolby Smith -- In the first meeting, the Broncos did well against Priest Holmes, holding him to 65 yards on 20 carries. Denver's run defense took a step back last week, giving up a big day to Oakland's Justin Fargas. The Broncos need to control Smith and make Kansas City's pass defense beat them.

INJURY IMPACT: S Nick Ferguson has a knee injury and didn't practice Wednesday. Ferguson could miss some time with the injury.

WR Brandon Stokley missed practice and doesn't know if he'll be able to play Sunday. He has a knee injury, although he played through it for most of Sunday's game.

RB Travis Henry said his knee feels about 80 percent healthy, but he wasn't on the injury report and he will play.

RB Selvin Young has arm and knee injuries, but he practiced Wednesday and he will play.

RB Andre Hall returned to practice. He had a high ankle sprain but should be available this week. He missed last week's game.



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