By Eric Schmidt

The Denver Broncos (1-1) will return again this year to take on the Tennessee Titans (1-1) in Tennessee. The Titans lead the all-time series 20-14-1, but the Broncos have taken four of the last five meetings between these two clubs, the last being a 2010 26-20 Broncos win in Tennessee.

What to watch for when the Broncos have the ball-

The Broncos have started the 2011 season just like they started the 2010 campaign, with injuries all over the field. The Broncos started last week’s game missing five starters and lost two more during their game against the Bengals. Denver gets a few key players back this week, but will it be enough?

CB Champ Bailey is likely out for this game but Denver hopes to get DE Elvis Dumervil, RB Knowshon Moreno and WR Brandon Lloyd.

The Broncos need to cut back on penalties. Heading into week three, the Broncos lead the league with 17 penalties. It will be tough to win on the road if that trend continues on Sunday.

Denver is going to have to improve on their 28th ranked run defense this week.

What to watch for when the Titans have the ball-

The Titans are coming off a home upset win over the Baltimore Ravens in week two despite still not being able to run the ball. Chris Johnson has only 77 yards on 33 carries, a 2.3 yard per rush average. This could be the week Johnson breaks out despite the fact that he was held out of practice on Wednesday.

The Titans have the league’s third best pass defense. The Broncos have been banged up at the receiver position and that could make for a long day for Broncos QB Kyle Orton. And don’t forget the bad blood last season between Titans CB Cortland Finnegan and Orton last year with Orton calling the corner a dirty player.

Titans WR Kenny Britt was bothered with a tight hamstring this week during practice, but expect him to be ready to go against the Broncos.




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