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One of the few negatives coming out of last Sunday's 37-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders was the injury to starting center J.D. Walton, who broke his ankle and will miss the rest of the season.
Fortunately for Denver, they have a solid backup at the center position, and one who just happens to be a former Patriot, Dan Koppen.
Koppen filled in nicely for the remainder of the Oakland game following Walton's injury, but playing against his former team he faces Vince Wilfork—one of the biggest and most destructive defensive linemen in all of football.
The 325-pound Wilfork swallows up opposing running backs. If the Broncos want to do anything on the ground, moving Wilfork off the ball will be essential.
Koppen will need help from either of the guards, Manny Ramirez or Zane Beadles, and the fact that he has only worked a little over 30 minutes of game time with Manning will make even the routine snap from center a major focus.