Game Plan and Matchups vs. Eagles

Check out the game plan and matchups as the Denver Broncos face the Philadelphia Eagles.

SERIES HISTORY: 11th regular-season meeting. Eagles lead series 6-4. The Broncos won the last meeting, in 2005. The Broncos are 2-1 against NFC East teams this season, with wins against Dallas and the New York Giants and a loss to Washington.

GAME PLAN: The Broncos need to limit Philadelphia's big plays in the passing game. The Eagles have 20 pass plays of 40 or more yards, which is five more than any other team in the NFL. Denver has been pretty good at limiting big plays this season, but needs outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil to provide a pass rush. If Donovan McNabb has too much time he'll hit some long throws.

The biggest thing the Broncos need to do on offense is quarterback Kyle Orton needs to protect the ball. The Eagles have given up plenty of yards, but are tied for third in the NFL in interceptions. The Eagles have been pretty good against the run so Denver's best chance at success could be throwing it, especially to the tight ends, a position Philadelphia has struggled with all year.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos OLB Elvis Dumervil vs. Eagles LT Jason Peters. With the Broncos, if Dumervil doesn't get sacks, usually nobody else does either. Denver needs Dumervil to be a bigger factor than he was last week, when the Raiders shut him out. The Broncos will need some big plays to pull off an upset, and Dumervil could provide some.

Broncos WRs Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal vs. Eagles CB Joselio Hanson. The Eagles have a solid starting cornerback duo in Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown. Hanson is coming off a solid game against San Francisco, but if the Broncos are going to start spreading the ball around it'll probably come when either Gaffney or Royal match up against Hanson. Gaffney and Royal haven't done much lately with Brandon Marshall getting most of the catches, but might need to produce a big play if the Broncos are going to win.

INJURY IMPACT: Renaldo Hill practiced Wednesday on a limited basis. He missed last week's game with an ankle injury, but should be able to return to the lineup.

--RB Correll Buckhalter missed last week's game with an ankle injury but should be able to return. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday but should be ready to play Sunday.

--CB Ty Law was limited in Wednesday's practice because of a hamstring injury. As long as he doesn't have a setback he should return to the lineup.

--WR Eddie Royal, who was knocked out of last week's game, missed practice Wednesday with a head/neck injury. If he doesn't practice this week he could be scratched from Sunday's game.

--LB D.J. Williams was held out of Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. There has been no sign that Williams' injury is serious, and the durable linebacker should play this week.

--S David Bruton missed Wednesday's practice with an illness. Bruton should be able to play this week but his status will be watched



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