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Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman together averaged 6.8 yards per carry in Week 4. The Broncos potentially will have to play without Freeman on Sunday because of a high ankle sprain he suffered against the Cardinals, so Devontae Booker might have to contribute more. The Chiefs rank 23rd in rush defense (118.9 yards allowed per game) and the Broncos are eighth in rushing (125.1 yards). The Broncos have the advantage here and will need to capitalize on it.

An AFC West title or a playoff appearance might seem like long shots at this point for the Broncos. But neither is out of the question. The Broncos have lost six consecutive games to the Chiefs dating back to 2015, but a win this weekend would go a long way toward salvaging the Broncos' season. They will have to play their best football of the year after a week of off-field drama.

24Life:Do you have any strength and conditioning tips or advice for everyday athletes — any recommendations of things they can do to prepare and repair their body for the long haul?

Loren Landow:Consistency is the key. Implementing a program that covers all basis of mobility, stability, strength and conditioning. Staying healthy in the long haul key components are: 1) Listening to your body. When the body is tired or injured, listen to the warning signs. 2) Make sure that your program has some variety — this will help from becoming stagnate in training but can also reduce the likelihood of repetitive or overuse injury. 3) Be proactive with hydration and caloric intake throughout the day, but pay close attention pre- and post-workouts. 4) Make sure to include off days, de-load weeks and optimal recovery time during training — doing this will allow you to stay more consistent in your training throughout the year.

Sanders said it was "humbling," to hear other teams were asking about him.

"It's a credit to me changing my off-season protocol," he said. "Last year, you were (all) writing I might be out of here. Now it's, 'They're not trading me.'"

An upset win over the Chiefs on Sunday would put the Broncos at 4-4 and likely curb any trade talks.

"This is a season-changing game," Harris said. "This is a game to get us back rolling."

Hogan will backup Keenum on Sunday against the coach team that picked Hogan in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft, only to waive him after training camp: Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's definitely ironic," Hogan said. "These things have a funny way of coming full-circle."

The folks in KC, despite giving Hogan the boot, are glad to see him seize the opportunity.

"(Hogan) has got sniper vision and great eyes," Reid said. "He sees everything. I'm pulling for him. I'm one of his fans. I like the way he goes about his business. He's a brilliant kid and loves to play the game — dirty, dirty tough."

And they really need another strong performance from two former first-round picks: Tackle Garett Bolles (first round 2017) and cornerback Bradley Roby (first round 2014). The pair have struggled at times this season, but each had their best outing of 2018 in the Broncos' 45-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last week.

Bolles wasn't penalized for the first time since the opener and the Broncos largely kept quarterback Case Keenum out of harm's way. Roby finished the evening with his first interception of the season and played aggressively. Just three games ago against the New York Jets, Roby suffered his worst game as a pro as three New York touchdowns could be traced to him.

"I just want to win," Roby said. "I don't feel like I'm worried about mistakes or whatever, but I do want to make more plays and perform like I know I can. When we ball as a defense, I want to be helping make that happen."