The Denver Broncos (8-4) could find themselves just a game back in the AFC West if they can pull out a win on the road against the Tennessee Titans (6-6). The game will come down to how well the Broncos run defense can contain one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL.
Denver’s defense has been much improved against the run over the last three weeks, giving up just 3.7 yards per carry, which would put them into the top ten in the NFL. For the season, they rank 20th at 4.2 yards per carry. We’ll find out on Sunday if their improvement is for real.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Mile High time at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennesseee.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will be broadcast on CBS with Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (color analyst), and Evan Washburn (sideline reporting) covering the game.
Both Alaska and Hawaii will get the game, along with any location within the BLUE areas below.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Nationally, the game will be broadcast on Sports USA with Larry Khan (play-by-play), John Robinson (color analyst), and Troy West (sideline reporting).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play) and Carlos Valdez (color analyst).
Doubt is still swirling over Trevor Siemian’s availability to play in this game, but the bigger loss is Brandon Marshall being ruled out for this game with a hamstring injury.
Mike Klis leaked that all signs point to Siemian start, but head coach Gary Kubiak seemed a bit wishy washy on that front on Friday.
“I think it’s me watching him come out of practice today more than anything,” Kubiak said of Siemian. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow with soreness. It was good. He did everything we asked him to do yesterday. He probably did a little bit more today. We’re still repping Paxton. We’ll see if we can get there on gameday. We’ll see how he feels.”
Nothing is soothes my pre-game anxiety than when a championship defense is an underdog against a .500 football team. The Titans are getting plenty of undue respect in this game, but people forget that the Broncos have beaten every team like the Titans this season.
The teams the Broncos have struggled against are their own division rivals and teams with speedy pass-catching running backs.
With the run defense appearing to be much improved, giving up 3.7 yards per carry over their last three games as opposed to the 4.2 yards per carry they have on their season average gives me hope.
Now they just need to execute.
Prediction: Broncos 24, Titans 16