The Broncos (3-5) return from their bye week looking to build upon their Week 8 win over the Jaguars. Stick here for live updates and analysis as Denver takes on the Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Inactives (9:34 a.m.): Broncos inactives today include recently signed running back Marlon Mack and rookie defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike in addition to safety Justin Simmons (knee) and the five players already ruled out due to injury: LT Cam Fleming (quad), OLB Baron Browning (groin), WR KJ Hamler (hamstring), TE Andrew Beck (hamstring) and CB Darrius Phillips (illness). — Parker Gabriel
A fall feel (8:54 a.m.): Good morning from Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Denver quarterback Russell Wilson is on the field a little more than two hours before kickoff getting loose and playing catch. It’s going to feel like fall here today. Currently 32 degrees with a breeze out of the north that has the wind chill in the low 20s. Only supposed to get up to the low 40s this afternoon. Sounds like Derrick Henry weather. — Parker Gabriel
Scouting report (8:52 a.m.): Check out how the Broncos match up with the Titans in Kyle Newman’s scouting report.
Mark Kiszla, columnist: Broncos 20, Titans 13
Can’t speak for the gloom-and-doomsayers on the prediction panel of your Denver Post, but they don’t call me Mr. Sunshine for nothing. Whether it’s a gimpy Ryan Tannehill or overwhelmed rookie Malik Willis at quarterback, I see the Denver defense being able to ignore the pass and become a royal pain for King Henry. If I’m wrong? With a 3-6 record, the Broncos will be fresh out of “must” wins remaining on their schedule, and no amount of hugging by coach Nathaniel Hackett will be able to lift downcast spirits in the locker room.
Kyle Newman, beat writer: Titans 17, Broncos 16
The Titans’ offense gets a boost with the likely return of Ryan Tannehill, which ends up being the X-factor in this game. The Denver defense will have enough problems containing Derrick Henry — let’s call it 120 yards for the NFL’s best tailback by a mile — while the Broncos offense takes a step back. The Titans’ ability to pound the rock with Henry stands in stark contrast to the lack of a dominant No. 1 tailback with the visitors. Tannehill’s late TD pass to Austin Hooper seals the win.
Parker Gabriel, beat writer: Titans 20, Broncos 17
Denver returns off its bye week and is the fresher team, but still has injury issues like Randy Gregory (IR), Baron Browning and KJ Hamler. More than that, though, the question is if one win and three long touchdown drives against Jacksonville is enough reason to believe the Broncos are really on the right track offensively. There’s reason for skepticism, and also reason to believe a rugged Tennessee defense will be a stiff test. Neither of these teams have scored more than 24 points in a game this season, so anything other than a slugfest would be a surprise.
Sean Keeler, columnist: Titans 21, Broncos 17
Denver rolls in off the bye second only to Houston among NFL squads in missed tackles per game (6.75), according to Pro Football Reference. The Titans rank fifth in the league in broken tackles on rushes per game (2.62). What could possibly go wrong? The Broncos are 4-8 since 2021 in games decided by seven points or fewer; Tennessee is 10-4. In a tilt that could come down to coaching late, Nathaniel Hackett vs. Mike Vrabel is no stinking contest.
Broncos-Titans NFL Week 10: Must reads
Kiszla: The real Russell Wilson is way easier to cheer for than Mr. Unlimited
All we really need from Russell Wilson is touchdown passes, not another sermon. Absent victories for the Broncos, what we want to see is more of the man and less of the brand.
Behind the rockstar sunglasses, there’s a quarterback that likes the old-school R&B groove of “Easy” by the Commodores. And that Russ is a lot easier to cheer for than a robot that does high knees in the aisle of the team plane. Behind that Mr. Unlimited alter ego, there’s a 33-year-old guy that still rises before dawn every day to do his late father proud. That’s cool.
In the middle of last week, he took to Twitter, posting a photo to celebrate the birthday of the king in his crowd, Harrison Wilson III, his father, who passed away in November 2010 at age 55. Read more… — Mark Kiszla
Can Broncos OLB trio make George Paton’s big trade bet pay off?
Life without Bradley Chubb begins for the Broncos on Sunday in Nashville.
The planning for life without Bradley Chubb, however, began in earnest eight months ago.
That’s when Denver general manager George Paton signed outside linebacker Randy Gregory to a long-term contract in free agency. Around the same time, Broncos personnel approached Baron Browning about moving from inside linebacker to the edge.
Then, in late April, Paton used his top draft pick, No. 64 overall, on Oklahoma standout Nik Bonitto. Read more… — Parker Gabriel
Broncos’ newest captain, S Kareem Jackson, is also the oldest: “He’s been a leader from the jump”
Denver defensive back P.J. Locke responded to the prompt with a knowing smile and a bit of a snort.
Got a minute to talk about Kareem Jackson?
The veteran safety came up this week in the Broncos locker room, of course, because the week started with head coach Nathaniel Hackett announcing Jackson had been named a full-time defensive captain in the wake of the trade of Bradley Chubb to Miami. Read more… — Parker Gabriel
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