GAME PLAN: Perhaps this is the week Denver's running game gets back on track. Washington, despite having Albert Haynesworth in the middle, has been surprisingly vulnerable against the run, ranking 25th in run defense. Conversely, the Redskins are the top-ranked pass defense in the league. The Broncos have to block Haynesworth and get the running game going early.
On defense, the Broncos have to take advantage of a Redskins offensive line that allows a lot of sacks. If quarterback Jason Campbell has time to throw, he can be reasonably effective. The Broncos have to make sure Santana Moss doesn't beat them for any big plays. Moss is easily Washington's top playmaker.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Redskins CB Carlos Rogers. As with most cornerbacks, Marshall has a big size advantage over Rogers. The Broncos like to get Marshall the ball quickly and let him get up field. Rogers will have to have a good tackling day or the Broncos could pick on him for a few big plays.
Broncos OLB Elvis Dumervil vs. Redskins LT Levi Jones. The Redskins will turn to Jones, who was only signed recently and hasn't started a game this season, to start at left tackle, because right tackle Mike Williams is hurt. The Broncos will unleash Dumervil on Jones to test his mobility. Dumervil has 10.5 sacks this season.
INJURY IMPACT: OT Ryan Harris didn't practice Wednesday and probably will be out this week. He has a toe injury and sat out last week. The coaching staff hasn't completely ruled him out, however.
S Josh Barrett is dealing with a lingering hamstring issue. He played through it Monday, but then was out of practice Wednesday. He is a key special teams player, and will be monitored this week.
WR Brandon Marshall sat out Wednesday's practice with a back injury. The injury isn't considered serious, but his progress bears watching during the week.
DE Ryan McBean returned to a limited practice after missing Monday's game with a knee injury. If he continues to make progress, he has a chance to play this week.
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