GAME PLAN: The Broncos are hopeful their improved run defense will mean better results against San Diego. They will stick eight in the box to stop Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson, which will put some pressure on QB Philip Rivers.
Offensively, the Broncos are going to attack. They had a wide-open passing game against Oakland, and that was without WR Brandon Marshall. Denver has usually had a tough time against San Diego's run defense, so expect a pass-heavy game plan.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos WR Eddie Royal vs. Chargers CB Quentin Jammer. The best matchup on the field will be Brandon Marshall against Antonio Cromartie, but that might not be the most important one. Denver can't force the ball to Marshall with the Pro Bowler covering him, so they might try to test Jammer with Royal, who is coming off a huge game.
Broncos C Casey Wiegmann vs. Chargers NT Jamal Williams. Wiegmann is filling in for Tom Nalen, but he knows about Williams. Wiegmann faced Williams twice a year when he was with the Chiefs. Williams has had some stellar games against Denver, but perhaps if he is slowed by some knee issues he won't be as big of a problem to Denver's running game.
Broncos SS Marquand Manuel vs. Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Denver will use its strong safety in the box often this year, and especially in a game like Sunday. Tomlinson has had some big games against Denver and the Broncos will load up against him. Manuel will often line up as a fourth linebacker.
INJURY IMPACT: LB Boss Bailey is practicing without limitations and should be healthy enough to return to the starting lineup. He had been dealing with a high ankle sprain.
LB Louis Green didn't practice on Wednesday and could miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury.
C Tom Nalen was limited in practice, but his return to practice on Wednesday was a good sign for Denver. The Broncos haven't yet put a timetable on when he might play this season. Nalen had two minor knee surgeries this summer.
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