GAME PLAN: The Broncos are a passing team, but they'll have to run the ball this week. The Raiders are far better against the pass than the run, having allowed at least 192 rushing yards in four of their last five games. The Broncos have at least three tailbacks to rotate in and stay fresh if they want to run the ball often.
On defense, the Broncos will probably sell out against the run and make the Raiders beat them passing the ball. Oakland has broken 200 yards passing only once this season.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha hasn't been tested much this season but the Broncos likely won't ignore his side of the field, especially if he is matched up against Marshall most of the day. Marshall hasn't had a huge game in a while, and it would be impressive if he can have a 100-yard game against one of the NFL's best cornerbacks. The Broncos also think that the Raiders might leave Asomugha on the right side, which would allow them to manipulate matchups against him.
Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil vs. Raiders LT Kwame Harris. Dumervil appeared to be coming on when he had a pair of sacks against New England. He hasn't had a sack in three straight games. If he's going to have a breakout game it could be this week. The Raiders have not been able to protect their quarterback very well, allowing at least four sacks in four straight games.
INJURY IMPACT: CB Champ Bailey practiced some on Wednesday. He has missed a month with a groin injury, and the Broncos won't rush him back. He will have to show he is close to healthy before coming back.
RB Selvin Young did a few things during the warmup period of practice Wednesday, but was listed as a non-participant in practice. That's a sign that Young won't play this week and might miss some more games after that.
S Marlon McCree is out this week with an ankle injury.
LB D.J. Williams, who has a knee injury, did some light jogging during the open period of practice Wednesday but has been ruled out of this week's game.
LB Nate Webster did some light running on his injured knee in the open period of practice. He is out for this week's game.
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