WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 CT
WHERE: Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver
TV: FOX, Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya
SERIES: 12th meeting. Broncos lead series, 6-4-1. The Broncos have won all five meetings in Denver, the last 31-10 in 1999. The teams' most recent encounter was at Green Bay in the 2003 regular-season finale, a 31-3 Packers victory that earned them the NFC North title when Minnesota was upset by Arizona at the same time. The interconference teams' lone postseason matchup yielded a 31-24 Broncos victory over the heavily favored Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at San Diego on Jan. 25, 1998.
PREDICTION: Broncos 20-17
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Broncos' defensive weakness is in their inability to stop the run consistently, but they have shown improved tackling of late and the Packers are dead last in the NFL averaging just 65.7 yards per game on the ground. On the road in primetime, don't be surprised to see Green Bay give the running game a shot early on. But most likely it will be QB Brett Favre utilizing a plethora of screens and slants to pick up small chunks of yardage to set up his shots downfield. ... The Broncos have an opportunity to dominate time of possession with their far superior running attack. RB Travis Henry is leading a ground game averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and Denver could wear down Green Bay's defense in the high altitude. Coach Mike Shanahan said he's pleased with the play of QB Jay Cutler, but he does need to cut down on the mis-reads that led to a pair of interceptions Sunday night.
KEY INJURIES: Packers RG Junius Coston (ankle sprain) will be replaced by Jason Spitz; WR Ruvell Martin (back strain) is questionable. Broncos: Henry (bruised ribs) might wear extra pads to protect the injury; CB Champ Bailey (thigh) has returned to limited practice and is likely to play; CB Dre' Bly (separated shoulder) and TE Tony Scheffler (sore leg) will play.
FAST FACTS: Favre is second all-time on Monday nights with 7,547 passing yards and 55 touchdowns. ... Henry is averaging 5.0 yards per carry in the fourth quarter.