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Horse Tracks: Broncos battle versus formidable Packers nears

The Denver Broncos will host the Green Bay Packers in a battle of unbeaten teams in prime time on Sunday Night Football. Are you ready for the Broncos most important game of the year to date?

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Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country!

We are just a handful of days away from the Denver Broncos biggest game of the year when they square off against the undefeated Green Bay Packers at home on Sunday Night Football.

The Broncos enter the game as underdogs, but here is an interesting fact to consider: the team has never lost a home game leading at that half during the Peyton Manning era. Could the recipe for a victory against one of the NFL's most formidable franchises be as easy as keeping a first half lead? It's doubtful, especially with the Packers being led by the league's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.

The team certainly has their hands full this weekend.  Green Bay boasts one of the best offenses in the NFL and much to the surprise of many football analysts, they have a formidable defense as well. If Denver wants to come out of Sunday's gridiron battle with a victory, they are going to have to put up the fight of their lives and play a complete game in all three phases — which has not been done all season long.

Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak had several observations of note on the forthcoming battle of two undefeated squads, with the first tidbit regarding each teams' high level of play and praise of Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

"Two good football teams. Obviously, the quarterbacks speak for themselves and what they've done in their career. Two teams that are very solid, playing very well in a lot of areas. When you don't give up points, you're going to win in this league. That's what these two teams have done. I'm very impressed with the job [Packers Head Coach] Mike [McCarthy] does and how consistent they've been. We know we've got our work cut out for us. We need to have a great week as we prepare."

Kubiak also had positive things to say about the Packers defense, who can get after the passer and have been effective in limiting opposing quarterbacks' ability to have big games.

"First off, they're multiple. Fifty-two [Packers LB Clay Matthews] is going to play all over the place. [Packers Defensive Coordinator] Dom [Capers] does a great job of getting him involved. He's an inside player, an outside player, nickel, he plays everywhere. Obviously, [Packers OLB] Julius [Peppers] is still playing at a very high level. They've also been a very good team at getting their hands on the ball, as well. I would say the multiple looks that Dom was going to give you on a given day is probably the tough part."

If the Broncos want to be effective offensively against Green Bay's defense, they will need to do several things to slow down their vaunted pass rush, second in the NFL in sacks only to our beloved Broncos.  A steady dose of the running game (in which Green Bay is average defending) should help wear down their defense and provide Manning an opportunity to get vertical down the field.  Additionally, it will be important for the offense to incorporate a handful of running back screens into their offensive game plan.  If executed correctly, they have proven to be effective in combating against the pass rush.

Two undefeated teams, but only one can reign supreme after Sunday Night.  Who is it going to be Broncos Country us or them?  Sound off in Horse Tracks and give your keys to winning this weekend against the Packers.

As always, thanks for reading and enjoy the plethora of Broncos and NFL related articles below in Horse Tracks.  Have a great rest of your week!

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