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When the Bron­cos run

C.J. An­der­son and Ja­maal Charles com­bined for 121 yards on 30 car­ries in the vic­tory over the Charg­ers. An­der­son’s 20 car­ries matched his most in a game in two sea­sons. The Cow­boys had the top rush­ing de­fense in the NFL last sea­son and al­lowed only 35 yards on 12 car­ries in their vic­tory over the Giants last week. Edge: Cow­boys

When the Cow­boys run

After al­low­ing a 21-yard rush on an old-fash­ioned trap play to start Mon­day’s game against the Charg­ers, the Bron­cos set­tled in and largely shut down Melvin Gor­don. Ezekiel El­liott (104 yards rush­ing vs. Giants) and the bal­ly­hooed Dal­las of­fen­sive line present a stiffer chal­lenge. Edge: Cow­boys

Spe­cial teams

Isa­iah Mcken­zie’s 31-yard punt re­turn vs. the Charg­ers was the long­est in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game for the Bron­cos since 2015. Cody La­timer had a 36-yard kick­off re­turn and made a huge stop on punt cov­er­age. Dan Bai­ley made all four of his field-goal at­tempts against the Giants. Edge: Bron­cos

When the Bron­cos pass

Trevor Siemian spread his 17 com­ple­tions to seven dif­fer­ent re­ceivers against the Charg­ers, and the 98 yards re­ceiv­ing on five catches by tight ends rep­re­sented a wel­comed new di­men­sion in the pass­ing game. The Cow­boys were prone to giv­ing up big plays in the pass­ing game last sea­son. Edge: Bron­cos

When the Cow­boys pass

Dak Prescott ex­cels at tak­ing what’s avail­able in the pass­ing game. He’s thrown only four in­ter­cep­tions in 498 ca­reer pass at­tempts. Their vic­tory over the Charg­ers marked the sixth time in the past seven reg­u­lar-sea­son games the Bron­cos have sur­ren­dered fewer than 200 yards pass­ing. Edge: Bron­cos

John Leyba, The Den­ver Post

Bron­cos run­ning back C.J. An­der­son ran for 81 yards in Mon­day night’s vic­tory over the Charg­ers.

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