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RB Jacob Hester - Denver Broncos

5-10, 226Born: 5-8-1985College: LSUDrafted: Round 3

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Week 8: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is a crucial AFC West showdown between two of the hottest offenses in the NFL - it should be an exciting, fast-paced game under the Thursday Night lights in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tomorrow. The Broncos will bring throw new lead back Ronnie Hillman (55/240/2 rushing and 8/52/0 receiving this season) to the forefront of the war in the trenches on Thursday night - he's been outstanding since Montee Ball suffered a multi-week groin injury. He went over 100 yards combined as Denver crushed San Francisco last weekend (14/74/2 rushing with 4/29/0 receiving), while backups Juwan Thompson (6/30/0 rushing) and C.J. Anderson (2/9/0 rushing) chipped in around the edges. Look for Hillman to be the main man again this week. The Chargers' rush D is ranked 13th in the NFL this year, averaging 106.9 yards given up per game, with three rushing scores surrendered to date. K.C. upset this team 23-20 at San Diego last week (with 39/154/1 rushing to their credit), and Oakland gave them a scare two weeks ago (20/114/0 rushing during a narrow 31-28 win for the Chargers). Lately, the San Diego defense has been slipping in this phase of the game. Advantage, Hillman and Denver.

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Schedule

8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders