Broncos outlast Bears 15-10

It wasn't pretty, but the Denver Broncos prevailed over the Chicago Bear 15-10 Saturday night in the final preseason road game. Numerous miscues marked the contest before quarterback Jarious Jackson ran the winning score in with just 18 seconds left in the game.

Penalties stain polish - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 17, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Even though the Broncos' starting offense burned all its timeouts during the game's first 20 minutes, an extra one will be called now for a little perspective. Hold off on Jake Plummer's induction ceremony into the Ring of Fame.

Lelie, Portis turning into 1-2 KO punch - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 17, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Nobody realized it at the time. Nobody could. But when the Broncos drafted wide receiver Ashley Lelie in the first round last year, and then running back Clinton Portis in the second, they positioned themselves for the greatest one-two picks the franchise has made.

Right time to shine - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 17, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In just 2 minutes and 44 seconds, quarterback Jarious Jackson not only saved the game Saturday night for the Broncos, he might have salvaged his spot of the final roster.

Middlebrooks showing signs of potential breakout season - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 17, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Broncos have been waiting for 2001 first-round draft choice Willie Middlebrooks to make a big play. The cornerback did in Saturday night's 15-10 Broncos' victory. Two, in fact.

Versatility big reason Droughns has value - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 17, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Reuben Droughns, prides himself on being the Denver Broncos' effervescent everyman. Ask him to do any job, he'll do it, no questions asked.

Broncos lose luster but beat Bears - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 16, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The crisp beginning to the Denver Broncos preseason was replaced Saturday night with a game of fits and false starts. This wasn't Houston, when the Broncos first-team offense consistently moved the ball in an opening win. This time, there was movement all right, only half the time it seemed to occur prior to the ball being snapped.

Broncos may regret trading Dalton - Daily Camera
August 17, 2003 - It has nothing to do with a lost step on the field, trouble off it, a lack of effort in the weight room or a problem in the locker room. But the Denver Broncos plan to trade Lional Dalton in the coming week.

Broncos rally for second preseason win - Daily Camera
August 17, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Fans in Arizona and Pittsburgh were laughing. Actually, if any tried watching on the dish they probably fell asleep. It was a short but somewhat shaky Saturday night for starting quarterbacks Jake Plummer and Kordell Stewart. They both used free agency to get a fresh start with new teams during the offseason, but were up to their tired old tricks here at Memorial Stadium.

Drive to Victory Bursts With Importance - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 16, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A one-point deficit at the two-minute warning with no timeouts and the entire field sitting ahead. It's the scenario of which offensive players dream, the scenario of football heroes. The fact that it took place in a preseason game in front of a stadium that was by that time two-thirds full? Insignifcant. The fact that the final result of the game would have no impact on whether the Broncos could return to the playoffs or not? Irrelevant.

For QBs, a Night of Technical Difficulties - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 16, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When technical difficulties arise in the NFL, there is no "Please Stand By" message like one would expect to see on television. You've got to muddle through, adapt, and make the best of what's given.

Broncos-Bears Notebook: Middlebrooks Steps Up - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 16, 2003 - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Only a nearly caught interception kept cornerback Willie Middlebrooks from a dream evening. After a week that closed with a practice-ending interception on Friday morning and subsequent praise from Head Coach Mike Shanahan, the third-year cornerback was inches away from having his hands on two turnovers in a five-minute span of the second quarter.

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