Game Plan and Matchups v. Bills

Check out the Denver Broncos Game Plan and the key matchups against the Buffalo Bills.

SERIES HISTORY: 34th meeting. Bills lead series, 17-15-1, although the Broncos won the last meeting in memorable fashion, rushing on to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired for a 15-14 victory. The Broncos have also won five straight games in the series. Buffalo won the only playoff meeting, a 10-7 victory in the 1991 AFC Championship Game.

GAME PLAN: The Broncos don't look like they have a whole lot of options on offense. The running game didn't play well last week, which is a result of having five tailbacks on injured reserve. They will pass the ball a lot against the Bills, even if the temperature is in the teens as expected, using a short passing game to keep drives going with a few shots downfield.

Against Buffalo's offense, the Broncos are likely to stack the box, roll coverage to receiver Lee Evans' side of the field and see if the Bills have any other weapons that can beat them. Bills quarterback Trent Edwards will likely be making his first start after missing a couple of weeks with a groin injury.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Bills CB Leodis McKelvin or Terrence McGee. McKelvin has had a good rookie season but he'll face a tough test in Marshall, who still has a chance to reach 100 catches this season. Marshall will also have a huge size advantage when he goes against McGee. The Broncos are at their best when Marshall is heavily involved in the offense. Expect plenty of double coverage to Marshall's side, which could free up Eddie Royal for some big plays.

Broncos RBs Tatum Bell, Selvin Young and P.J. Pope vs. Bills front seven. The Broncos don't have any power runners left after Peyton Hillis' season-ending injury. If the Bills can stretch out plays and not let the Broncos backs beat them to the outside, they should be able to keep Denver from having a big day on the ground.

INJURY IMPACT: --OT Ryan Clady missed a second straight day of practice with an ankle injury. He has said he anticipates he'll play, but he would likely have to show something in practice Friday for the coaches to consider activating him Sunday. Undrafted rookie Tyler Polumbus is the only backup tackle on the roster. --G Chris Kuper has a broken bone in his left hand and didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday. The Broncos might hold him out of the game, unsure if he can be effective playing with a cast. Rookie Kory Lichtensteiger is Kuper's backup. --CB Champ Bailey was limited in practice Thursday. He said he feels closer to returning this week, but the Broncos are still probably going to make him a game-time decision. --S Vernon Fox missed two straight days of practice with a concussion. The Broncos might hold him out this week, especially because Josh Barrett has emerged recently at safety. --WR Brandon Stokley was held out of practice with a foot injury. Although he hasn't practiced this week, he has been optimistic about his chances of playing. He didn't practice much last week but played against Carolina.

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