GAME PLAN: The Broncos have to find some answers on defense. Chad Pennington is completing 69.3 percent of his passes and Denver is allowing a 72.9 completion percentage, so the short game should be a big part of Miami's plan. The Broncos haven't stopped the run lately so Ronnie Brown should get plenty of action as well.
The Broncos might have to win a shootout. Miami's passing defense isn't great either, so perhaps Denver can have a reawakening on offense. They'd like to push the ball downfield, which teams have taken away lately.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Dolphins WRs Ted Ginn and Greg Camarillo vs. Broncos CBs Dre Bly and Karl Paymah. Without Champ Bailey, Broncos opponents won't have to ignore one side of the field. The Broncos will try to keep Ginn and Camarillo in front of them, which could mean a lot of catches for either of them. The Dolphins receivers have each played well lately, so either one could be featured on Sunday.
Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil vs. Dolphins LT Jake Long. Like the Ryan Clady-Joey Porter matchup when the Broncos have the ball, Denver will have its best pass rusher against a rookie left tackle. Dumervil has come on lately after a slow start, so this matchup will be key for the Broncos defense to have success.
INJURY IMPACT: TE Tony Scheffler was limited in practice on Wednesday with a groin injury. He has a chance to play this week but it will probably be a game-time decision.
RB Selvin Young has returned to practice but on a limited basis. Young, who has an injured groin, will be monitored as the week progresses.
WR Brandon Stokley was limited in practice Wednesday but said he feels good and he could be available for the Broncos this week after missing a game with a concussion.
CB Champ Bailey is out four-to-six weeks with a groin injury.
RB Andre Hall has an ankle injury and was limited in practice. After two fumbles against New England, he might be limited to special-teams duty if active.