3 things to watch

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1. Pro­tect­ing Siemian

Bron­cos quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian per­formed well in Week 1 when he had time to throw, but he was both­ered by pres­sure off the edge too of­ten. The Charg­ers sacked Siemian four times and hit him nine times. Den­ver is depend­ing on tack­les Garett Bolles and Mene­lik Wat­son to clean up their mis­takes against a Dal­las de­fense that sacked Eli Man­ning three times last week.

2. At­tack­ing the out­side

Dal­las could be with­out start­ing cor­ner­back Or­lando Scan­drick, who suf­fered a frac­tured left hand against the Giants. That may be the open­ing the Bron­cos need to fre­quently tar­get De­mary­ius Thomas and Em­manuel San­ders, who com­bined for eight catches for 93 yards in last week’s vic­tory. Look for the Bron­cos to at­tack Chi­dobe Awuzie, the sec­ond-round pick out of the Univer­sity of Colorado, if he’s moved into the start­ing lineup for Scan­drick.

3. Win­ning third down

The Bron­cos con­verted 8 of 15 third-down chances and held the Charg­ers to 3 of 12 on third­down con­ver­sions Mon­day night. The Cow­boys had a nearly iden­ti­cal suc­cess rate on third down in their win over the Giants, con­vert­ing 8 of 15 and lim­it­ing New York to 4 of 12. Which team can repli­cate its Week 1 re­turns Sun­day?

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