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Sunday 12/8/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




TENNESSEE (5 - 7) at DENVER (10 - 2)
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Week 14 Sunday, 12/8/2013 4:05 PM
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TENNESSEE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-7-6.16-47-422.08.7334.9(5.4)1.522.29.1326.7(5.4)1.7
Road Games3-3+0.95-12-319.77.8306.0(4.9)1.320.27.3338.5(5.5)1.8
Last 3 Games1-2-11-11-121.310.0371.0(5.7)1.723.79.0327.7(5.5)1.0
Grass Games4-5-5.14-36-223.29.0342.9(5.5)
TENNESSEE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.08.718.730:1128-117(4.1)21-3361.6%218(6.5)62-335(5.4)(15.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.61219.430:0127-113(4.1)21-3461.4%234(6.9)61-346(5.6)(15.3)
Offense Road Games19.77.818.731:2732-128(4)18-3060.6%177(5.9)62-306(4.9)(15.6)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2211.21930:2027-114(4.2)20-3460.2%222(6.6)61-336(5.5)(15.3)
Defense Road Games20.27.320.229:1726-119(4.6)21-3559.7%220(6.3)61-338(5.5)(16.8)
TENNESSEE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-432.9%0-060.0%3-65(23.5)2-15(6)6-48
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 14-536.6%1-039.5%3-61(23.7)20-2(9.1)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-432.5%1-075.0%3-76(23.9)3-17(6.6)5-49

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-2+4.27-410-238.717.6458.7(6.4)2.126.412.3384.2(5.7)1.7
Home Games6-0+44-15-140.816.7466.3(6.5)2.020.811.0359.5(5.4)1.7
Last 3 Games2-1+0.82-12-131.018.3458.0(6.1)2.326.310.3412.0(5.7)1.7
Grass Games8-0+66-16-238.516.9466.2(6.7)1.921.611.6367.2(5.5)1.4
DENVER - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)38.717.627.030:1731-122(3.9)27-4068.1%337(8.4)71-459(6.4)(11.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.311.620.830:1827-117(4.3)22-3661.4%255(7)64-372(5.8)(15.9)
Offense Home Games40.816.728.230:5632-115(3.6)28-4070.7%351(8.7)72-466(6.5)(11.4)
Defense (All Games)26.412.322.430:4826-100(3.9)24-4159.3%284(6.9)67-384(5.7)(14.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.811.32030:0327-112(4.2)22-3660.7%234(6.5)63-346(5.5)(15.2)
Defense Home Games20.811.020.729:0425-100(3.9)23-4256.0%259(6.2)67-359(5.4)(17.3)
DENVER - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-538.1%1-018.2%2-54(27.2)2-16(9.6)7-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 14-537.1%1-041.1%3-61(24)23-2(9.7)6-51
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-639.6%1-00.0%1-16(23.5)2-17(9.5)7-52
Average power rating of opponents played: TENNESSEE 18.3,  DENVER 18.4
TENNESSEE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/13/2013@ SEATTLE13-20L11.5W42U20-6617-29-157233-15123-31-2532
10/20/2013SAN FRANCISCO17-31L3L41O13-7025-41-298241-15313-21-1960
11/3/2013@ ST LOUIS28-21W-3W41O35-19813-22-165232-16020-35-2032
11/24/2013@ OAKLAND23-19W-2.5W42P29-11430-42-312023-9319-32-2602
12/1/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS14-22L3.5L46.5U36-16221-37-185425-10417-32-1601
12/8/2013@ DENVER            
12/22/2013@ JACKSONVILLE            

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2013@ INDIANAPOLIS33-39L-6.5L54.5O20-6429-49-365331-12121-38-2131
11/10/2013@ SAN DIEGO28-20W-7W56U22-8425-36-313135-13119-29-1980
11/17/2013KANSAS CITY27-17W-7.5W49U36-10424-40-323125-14421-45-2001
11/24/2013@ NEW ENGLAND31-34L-1L53.5O48-28019-36-132431-11634-50-3243
12/1/2013@ KANSAS CITY35-28W-5W50.5O31-13222-35-403225-15926-42-2931
12/12/2013SAN DIEGO            
12/22/2013@ HOUSTON            
12/29/2013@ OAKLAND            
TENNESSEE: This team is built for power blocking up front (they spent big on guards, getting free agent Andy Levitre and drafting Chance Warmack) and lots of bodies to clear the way for Chris Johnson. They use a lot of big sets, with two tight ends or a fullback. They have mixed in quite a few zone stretch plays to better fit Johnson's skill set. They figure to give around 40 percent of early down reps to Shonn Greene, a more traditional power back. They also use zone read looks to take advantage of Jake Locker's athleticism. New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was the QB coach before his promotion, and he's as responsible for Locker's progression in the passing game as anyone. They still rely on a lot of screens and quick-hitters, especially with Kendall Wright and Johnson. They'll likely incorporate more deep shots this season, especially if Kenny Britt is healthy. Britt and the other outside receiver in three-wide sets, likely rookie Justin Hunter, work outside and primarily downfield. Their tight ends are greatly underutilized. Delanie Walker is athletic, but his inconsistent hands will likely keep him from grabbing a big receiving role. When the Titans reached the red zone, they leaned heavily on Johnson, but often asked Jamie Harper to finish drives. That role will likely go to Greene this year. Although the Titans allowed the most points in the NFL and recovered just five fumbles, they also scored nine non-offensive touchdowns (5 defense, 4 return) and finished second in the league with 19 picks. DE Kamerion Wimbley and OLB Akeem Ayers will continue to rush frequently off the edge, and the signing of Colts LB Moise Fokou will push underperforming MLB Colin McCarthy in training camp. The free-agent additions of safeties Bernard Pollard and George Wilson will help instill fear into opposing wideouts.
DENVER: This is basically Peyton Manning's offense, which means they take what opponents give them when it comes to the running game. Offensive line coach Dave Magazu has brought zone blocking back to Denver, even if it's not to the extent that it was during the Mike Shanahan heyday. Rookie Montee Ball should lead the committee, as he's their best runner and an effective pass protector; there's no such thing as a 'running down' with Manning. It will essentially be a hot hand situation between Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman for the rest of the snaps. Manning is essentially doing the same thing he did in Indianapolis. It's a lot of pre-snap adjustments and, because of his deteriorating arm strength, more quick hitters. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will work on the outside as receiver 1 and 1A. They'll go to a three-receiver base with Wes Welker coming in, and the former Patriot will likely take over as Manning's No. 1 target. Joel Dreessen is more of a blocking tight end, though he does see a few safety-valve targets. Jacob Tamme's playing time figures to drop with Welker's arrival. The Broncos remained a balanced team in the red zone, mostly because opponents often kept extra defensive backs on the field against Manning. The Broncos tied the NFL lead with 52 sacks in their first year under DC Jack Del Rio in 2012, but departed with DE Elvis Dumervil (11 sacks) due to an agent fax machine error. However, OLB Von Miller (18.5 sacks) remains along with versatile OLB Wesley Woodyard (117 tackles). The addition of playmaking CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (16 INT, 4 TD in career) helps make up for losing CB Tracy Porter, and future Hall-of-Famer CB Champ Bailey is still playing at a high level. Having the NFL's easiest schedule also helps a lot.
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(CORRECTS Broncos' injury info)

*Titans-Broncos Preview* ========================


Though several key players are dealing with injuries, one very important member of the Denver Broncos will return to the field Sunday.

Four weeks after open-heart surgery, coach John Fox will be back on the sideline when the Broncos host the Tennessee Titans with a chance to clinch a playoff spot.

"Obviously, the doctors feel good about me getting back to work," Fox said. "I actually would have preferred to be back sooner, but there was a pretty hard deadline of four weeks post-surgery and I honored that and here I am."

Interim coach Jack Del Rio, who led the team to a 3-1 record in Fox's absence, will return to his duties as defensive coordinator.

The Broncos (10-2) welcome their coach back after a critical victory last week, 35-28 over Kansas City that gave them a one-game lead over the second-place Chiefs in the AFC West. Peyton Manning threw for 405 yards and five touchdowns - four to Eric Decker - as Denver grabbed the tiebreaker over Kansas City and took control of the race for the top seed in the conference.

The Broncos, which won without four defensive starters, can secure a postseason berth with a win or tie Sunday. They'll also get in if Miami or Baltimore loses or ties.

Derek Wolfe was placed on injured reserve and fellow defensive lineman Derek Wolfe is uncertain to return this season after being hospitalized Friday with seizure-like symptoms suffered on the way to Kansas City. Defensive backs Rahim Moore and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie are uncertain for this game.

Manning's 41 touchdowns are 12 more than anyone else's total. He's thrown at least seven to five teammates.

"I think he showed people why he's so great," said Decker, the AFC offensive player of the week. "How we run our offense, we're very versatile as far as going inside, outside, left, right, whatever it may be."

Tennessee could provide a test as it has the seventh-best pass defense in the NFL at 212.6 yards allowed per game. The Titans have recorded 31 sacks, and they'll face a Denver team that's allowed 15 to tie Detroit for the fewest in the league.

The bigger issue for Manning, however, may not be the Titans defense. Much has been made of his struggles in cold weather, and Sunday's forecast calls for high temperatures in the teens and a chance of snow.

Manning has a 7-6 regular-season record when the gametime temperature is below 40 degrees, the most recent such contest being a 34-31 loss to New England on Nov. 24 in which he threw for a season-low 150 yards and went 19 of 36.

"We'll definitely be outside and probably the worse the weather, the better for us," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "Hopefully there's a big snowstorm to give us a great chance to win."

The Titans (5-7) need a victory to stay in the thick of the wild-card hunt. A 22-14 loss to Indianapolis last week likely ended their chances of winning the AFC South, as they're three games behind the Colts with four to play. Tennessee, though, is one game out of the sixth and final seed in the AFC.

"If everyone wins out, then we're out. I guess that's how it works," Munchak said. "All we can do, again, is the obvious. You got to win all four games and hope they lose one, a couple teams that are ahead of you. We got a couple tough ones ahead. We've made it harder without a doubt, so we have to win a game this weekend which most people don't think we have a chance to win."

Mistakes killed the Titans' chances of winning last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick had four turnovers, including an interception with 33 seconds remaining after driving into Colts territory. Tennessee also had six penalties for 74 yards.

"That's been our biggest thing all season," defensive tackle Jurrell Casey said. "Mental errors when it comes to crunch time we just can't snap out of it and get these wins."

Titans tight end Delanie Walker is uncertain to play Sunday. Walker, second on the team with 45 receptions, suffered a concussion last week and will be reviewed through the league's concussion protocol system.

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