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When the Bron­cos run

The Bron­cos have been medi­ocre on the ground since C.J. An­der­son went down in late Oc­to­ber with a knee in­jury. Kapri Bibbs was a spark be­fore a high an­kle sprain ended his sea­son last Sun­day. Now the Bron­cos are hop­ing for a turn­around from Devon­tae Booker and new­comer Justin Forsett. The Ti­tans’ run de­fense is one of the best in the NFL, al­low­ing an av­er­age of only 92.3 yards a game. Edge: Ti­tans

When the Ti­tans run

Ten­nessee’s DeMarco Mur­ray re­ceived the stamp of ap­proval from Bron­cos linebacker Von Miller, who called him one of the two or three best run­ning backs in the NFL. Mur­ray, quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota and rookie tail­back Der­rick Henry fuel the NFL’s third-best rush of­fense. Den­ver has the league’s fifth­worst run de­fense. Edge: Ti­tans

When the Bron­cos pass

The re­turn of Trevor Siemian would be great for the Den­ver of­fense, which strug­gled last week in Pax­ton Lynch’s sec­ond start. Em­manuel San­ders and De­mary­ius Thomas are on pace to each sur­pass 1,000 yards re­ceiv­ing for the third con­sec­u­tive sea­son. They have an ex­tremely good matchup against a por­ous Ti­tans se­condary, which is al­low­ing more than 270 yards pass­ing per game. Edge: Bron­cos

When the Ti­tans pass

Be­cause of their strong run game, the Ti­tans have caught teams off guard with their pass­ing at­tack. Mar­i­ota’s touch on his deep ball is his big­gest im­prove­ment. Tight end De­lanie Walker is the Ti­tans’ top weapon in the pass­ing game. Ten­nessee has al­lowed only 18 sacks. But the Bron­cos lead the NFL in pass de­fense, sacks and crush­ing quar­ter­backs’ dreams. Edge: Bron­cos

Special teams

Ri­ley Dixon is fi­nally show­ing the con­sis­tency and strong per­for­mance that con­vinced the Bron­cos to draft the punter in April. He has been needed in­creas­ingly more as the of­fense sput­ters. Kalif Ray­mond gave Den­ver a spark as a punt re­turner last Sun­day. The Bron­cos’ Bran­don McManus and the Ti­tans’ Ryan Suc­cop have made bet­ter than 86 per­cent of their field-goal at­tempts. Edge: Bron­cos

Mark Zaleski, As­so­ci­ated Press file

Ten­nessee Ti­tans run­ning back DeMarco Mur­ray helps fuel the NFL’s third-best rush of­fense.

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