GAME PLAN: If the Broncos can't stop the run for the fifth straight game, the Giants are likely to win. Being better against the run has to be the Broncos' first priority after giving up more than 200 rushing yards against San Diego last week. They have to be more physical up front and play fundamentally sound when the Giants run the ball. Denver would also be helped out greatly by forcing some turnovers.
Offensively, Denver can't fall behind and has to rely too much on the pass in the second half, which has happened throughout its losing streak. If Knowshon Moreno can pass 20 carries, the Broncos offense is probably in good shape.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos RT Tyler Polumbus vs. Giants LDE Justin Tuck. Unless Ryan Harris recovers quickly and starts Thursday, Polumbus will get his fourth straight start. He gave up a key sack on Denver's first possession against San Diego to LB Shaun Phillips, and Chris Simms fumbled. The Broncos need Polumbus to hold his own against Tuck, a dangerous pass rusher.
Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Giants CB Corey Webster. Marshall should see plenty of the Giants' top cornerback. Marshall is coming off a quiet game, but uncertainty at quarterback probably played a part in that. Before that, Marshall seemed to be hitting a hot streak, which he'll try to continue this week.
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks vs. Broncos CB Ty Law. The Giants can spread the field with multiple receivers and test an opponent's nickel defense. That's why the Broncos signed Law, to be an upgrade at the third cornerback spot. Law has played well thus far, but this week will be his toughest test yet this year.
INJURY IMPACT: RT Ryan Harris was limited in a light practice Tuesday. He has missed three straight games with a toe injury, and while he hasn't been ruled out, the short week won't help him much.
--S Brian Dawkins was a limited participant Tuesday. His status for Thursday is up in the air because of a neck injury, and it appears he could be a game-time decision.
--RB LaMont Jordan was held out of practice Tuesday with a back injury. He could miss his second straight game.
--QB Kyle Orton was a full participant Tuesday. He says he feels better and shouldn't be limited in Thursday's game.
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