GAME PLAN: The Broncos should be able to stretch the field against a Chiefs defense that has given up more 40-yard pass plays than any team in the NFL this season. The Chiefs have also given up plenty of rushing yards, but the Broncos shouldn't be conservative this week in the passing game.
The Chiefs have a new look on offense after giving dynamic Jamaal Charles the ball as their top tailback. Matt Cassel is capable and Chris Chambers has emerged a legitimate weapon since Kansas City acquired him, so the Broncos can't let up. Kansas City gives up a lot of sacks, so the Broncos need to dial up the pressure this week.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos LT Ryan Clady vs. Chiefs RDE Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey has had a productive second season playing end in Kansas City's 3-4, but will face a tough challenge Sunday. The Broncos have a big left side of the line with Clady and guard Russ Hochstein, and they will be in charge of neutralizing Dorsey.
Broncos LB D.J. Williams vs. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles. Williams stays on the field on all downs, and has good speed from sideline to sideline. The Broncos need him to contain Charles, who is one of Kansas City's best big play threats coming out of the backfield.
INJURY IMPACT: LB Wesley Woodyard missed practice Tuesday with a neck injury but was back on the field Wednesday. He should be able to play against Kansas City. S Brian Dawkins was held out of practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. The veteran safety has missed a few Wednesday practices for rest during the season. He should play Sunday. OT Ryan Harris has practiced this week and the Broncos expect him to be able to play this week. He has missed four straight starts with a toe injury. WR Eddie Royal has a thigh injury but practiced in full on Wednesday. He doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing this week's game.
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