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2011 Game-By-Game: Week 3

Posted May 16, 2011

In Week 3 of the 2011 season, the Broncos head on the road for the first time to take on the Tennesse Titans.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Over the next few weeks, we'll take a look at the Broncos' 2011 schedule game-by-game, including a recap of what happened the last time the teams clashed, matchups to keep an eye on and more.

Below is a closer look at Week 3's game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field.

Week 3: at Tennessee Titans
• DATE: Sunday, September 25
• TIME: 11 a.m. MDT
• LOCATION: LP Field
• TELEVISION: CBS
• OPP. 2010 RECORD: 6-10
• ALL-TIME VS. OPP.: 14-20-1
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THE LAST TIME: The Broncos snagged their first road victory of the 2010 season 26-20 against the Titans at LP Field in Week 4.

The defense held the NFL's 2009 rushing champ Chris Johnson to just 53 yards in a game that put the team's record at 2-2 early in the season.

Both Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal topped the 100-yard receiving mark and Kyle Orton continued his early-season hot streak with 341 yards passing, giving him the second-most passing yards through the first four games of the regular season in NFL history.

"You knew Chris Johnson was the key," Robert Ayers said. "We knew if we could slow him down good things would happen to us. We knew that was the goal and we feel like we accomplished it -- and most importantly we got the W."

Links: Closing Time | Nowhere to Run | The Morning After: Week 4 | Gamecenter

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Who will start at quarterback? For the second consecutive week early in the 2011 season, the Broncos have a chance to face a rookie quarterback. This time it would be the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Washington's Jake Locker. Some questioned the Titans taking the former Huskies signal caller before new Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert -- so it will be fun to see whether Locker will prove his moxie or struggle against Denver's veteran secondary.

KEY MATCHUP: Tennessee running back Chris Johnson vs. Denver's run defense
Just as Ayers said after last season's matchup, whenever a team plays the Titans, slowing down Johnson is typically the key. Holding the Pro Bowler to 53 yards on 19 carries in 2010 equaled a victory. If the Broncos hope to make it four-in-a-row against Tennessee -- they also won in Nashville, Tenn., in 2004 and in Denver in 2007 -- the defense will likely have to turn in a similar effort.

NOTES: The trip to Tennessee will be the team's first road game of the season...The Broncos have never lost to the Titans -- their 20 regular-season losses in the series came when the franchise was still the Houston Oilers.