The Denver Broncos (1-1) leave Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the first time this year as they travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans (1-1). The Broncos and Titans each got their first win of the year last week and look to continue with their momentum.
The Broncos are coming off a gutsy performance where they were without five of their starters and saw Eddie Royal and rookie Julius Thomas go down as well. The Broncos defense were able to make the plays when they needed to, especially late in the game. Willis McGahee filled in for Knowshon Moreno very suitably with a 100-yard day on the ground and he will definitely be the go-to guy this weekend with Moreno still questionable.
A player not making the trip will be Elvis Dumervil. The sack master did practice this week, but head coach John Fox said he is just not game-speed ready. D.J. Williams, Champ Bailey and Moreno are all listed as questionable with Brandon Lloyd expected to start.
The Titans are coming off an impressive week, beating pretty handily the mighty Baltimore Ravens. Chris Johnson received a hefty contract this offseason, but after two games he has rushed the ball 33 times for 77 yards. That is a 2.3 average and no touchdowns, rushing or receiving. Matt Hasselbeck has been more than a serviceable quarterback for the Titans this year and no one loves him more right now than wide receiver Kenny Britt. Britt has 14 receptions for 271 yards and three touchdowns in only two games.
The Broncos young and aggressive defense are going to have to step up and pray that Champ is healthy enough to be able to cover Britt and get after Hasselbeck. The Broncos have been priding themselves on stopping the run so far this year. They are 1-1 in that respect, and Darren McFadden was able to run over the defense while Cedric Benson was bottled up for the most part. The difference for Denver was a loss and a win.
The Titans defense is going to have to create turnovers like they did against Baltimore last week in order to get another win on the season. If the Titans can keep McGahee in check early, then the Broncos will be forced to throw the ball early and often, throwing off the game plan for the Broncos. Fox's mantra is to run the ball and stop the run—if not, it could be a long day on the road for the Broncos.
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