3 things to watch

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1. Red zone kings

Ten­nessee has been lethal in the red zone this sea­son, scor­ing touch­downs on an NFL-lead­ing 72.5 per­cent of their trips inside the op­po­nent’s 20-yard line. Mar­cus Mar­i­ota is a ter­rific run­ning and pass­ing threat. He has thrown 32 touch­down passes and no in­ter­cep­tions in the red zone in his NFL ca­reer. The Bron­cos have a done a good job in red zone de­fense, al­low­ing touch­downs on just 51 per­cent of op­po­nent’s drives inside their 20.

2. Justin Forsett

Den­ver’s sign­ing of the 31-yearold tail­back has re­ceived more fan­fare than usual, be­cause of his pre­vi­ous suc­cess in coach Gary Ku­biak’s sys­tem. Sun­day’s game against the Ti­tans will of­fer the first glance at how much Forsett, who was re­leased by two teams this sea­son, has left in his tank and what if any change it will have in Devon­tae Booker’s game.

3. Third-down stale­mate

How the Bron­cos fare against the Ti­tans’ of­fense on third down could go a long way to­ward de­ter­min­ing the win­ner Sun­day. Ten­nessee ranks fourth in the NFL, con­vert­ing 47 per­cent of its third-down chances. The Bron­cos’ de­fense also ranks fourth, al­low­ing a 37 per­cent con­ver­sion rate. It’s a mat­ter of which team im­poses its style more. Den­ver’s de­fense feasts off third-and-long sit­u­a­tions, while Ten­nessee’s of­fense thrives on third-and-short plays.

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