|09-23-2005, 11:04 AM||#1|
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DENVER/KC MATCHUP USA Today
Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) at Denver Broncos (1-1)
Monday, 9 p.m. ET, ABC
Surface: Grass Sheridan's line: Broncos by 3
Keys to the game: Chiefs RB Priest Holmes is the only opponent to rush for 100 yards at Invesco Field since it opened in 2001 — he has done it twice. So Denver's focus on defense is pretty clear. The Broncos will stuff the box in an attempt to contain Holmes and backup Larry Johnson, often leaving their corners on an island. If Kansas City can take advantage with a big play or two in the passing game, it will have a huge edge. But the Chiefs have yet to strike much of a run-pass balance. The Chiefs' revamped defense has been much improved to this point, but their bitter rivals should pose the biggest test yet. The Broncos are determined to get their sputtering running game untracked, while the Chiefs' goal is to keep the running game in check so they can try to force QB Jake Plummer into mistakes.
Fast facts: Chiefs: Lead series 50-40. ... Have at least one rushing touchdown in an NFL-high 17 consecutive games. ... 20-14 on Monday nights. Broncos: Are 8-25 under coach Mike Shanahan when allowing a 100-yard rusher. ... 22-29-1 on Monday nights.
TV announcers: Al Michaels, John Madden, Michele Tafoya.
Injuries: Chiefs: Out: DT Ryan Sims (foot) Doubtful: LB Keyaron Fox (knee). Questionable: TE Jason Dunn (knee), DE Carlos Hall (back), T Willie Roaf (hamstring). Probable: RB Tony Richardson (ankle/knee), LB Rich Scanlon (shoulder). Broncos: Questionable: RB Tatum Bell (ankle), TE Nate Jackson (hamstring). Probable: RB Mike Anderson (ribs), CB Champ Bailey (shoulder).
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