Game Plan and Matchups vs. Chiefs

Check out the game plan and matchups as the Denver Broncos face the Kansas City Chiefs.

SERIES HISTORY: 99th regular-season meeting. Chiefs lead series 53-45. The Broncos won 44-13 earlier this season at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos have swept the Chiefs 11 times in their history. The last sweep came in 2007.

GAME PLAN: The Broncos will be fine if they can replicate what they did in the first meeting. They ran the ball very well, picking up a season-high 245 yards, allowing quarterback Kyle Orton to pass only when necessary. The problem for the Broncos is they haven't rushed for more than 100 yards in a game since that Dec. 6 meeting with the Chiefs.

Defensively, the Broncos have to bottle up Jamaal Charles, who is playing very well lately. They did a good job against Charles in the first meeting, and a great job against Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel. The Broncos frustrated Cassel, who was benched in the fourth quarter. Kansas City had 128 passing yards.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos LT Ryan Clady vs. Chiefs ROLB Tamba Hali. In the last game between the Chiefs and Broncos, Hali had three sacks. Clady, who was named to his first Pro Bowl this week, wasn't responsible for all of the sacks but his blocking will be the most important key in Denver doing a better job containing Hali, who has 7.5 sacks this season.

Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs. Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe. In the first game against the Chiefs, Bowe was suspended so Bailey covered Chris Chambers -- and held him to 11 yards. Bowe probably will be deemed the Chiefs' top receiver by Denver's coaching staff, so Bailey will draw that matchup. Bowe is a bigger receiver than Chambers, but Bailey has never had much problem against big, physical receivers.

Broncos WR Brandon Marshall vs. Chiefs CB Brandon Carr. Carr did well in a matchup against Bills receiver Terrell Owens, and could get the equally physical Marshall in coverage this week. Marshall caught seven of Denver's 15 receptions and had a touchdown in the first meeting against the Chiefs. The Broncos have gone far away from the spread-it-out approach from early in the season and focused most of their efforts on getting Marshall the ball repeatedly, so this matchup will be huge for the Chiefs.

INJURY IMPACT: WR Brandon Marshall injured his hamstring early in practice Wednesday and was listed as limited on the injury report. If Marshall is not 100 percent against the Chiefs, the Broncos could be thin at receiver.

WR Eddie Royal missed practice again with a head/neck injury. He missed last week's game with the injury and isn't guaranteed to return this week.

TE Daniel Graham was out of practice Wednesday with a knee injury, suffered in Sunday's game. Graham's injury isn't considered serious but he will be monitored this week.

CB Ty Law was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Law has missed two straight games with a hamstring injury.

LB Spencer Larsen missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury, but returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He should be able to play if he continues to improve.



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