Season starts today vs. Bengals

Lots of questions for the first Sunday of NFL football. Will Jake Plummer become the quarterback that can lead the Broncos back to the playoffs? How will Denver's retooled defense play? Are the Bengals under new coach Marvin Lewis really improved? Answers start at 11:00 MDT as Denver plays their opener at Cincinnati.

Couch potatoes unite! - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong,
Sunday, September 07, 2003 - Are you ready for some football, couch potatoes? What's that? Yeah, you're right. Dumb question. Of course you're ready for the start of the NFL season. It's what we do this time of year. That and count the Rockies' laundry list of what-ifs. It's here, all right, couch commandos. And to think, you haven't vacuumed the crumbs out of your sofa from last year.

Tortoise pace of star worrisome - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Sunday, September 07, 2003 - Clinton Portis was nowhere to be found. For an NFL running back who dashed for 1,508 yards as a rookie, he sure was running late ... and painfully slow. "He's not here," said Broncos vice president Jim Saccomano, as fidgety as a bumbling conductor who cannot make the train run on time.

Lewis brings a new style - Cincinnati Enquirer- Mark Curnutte
Sunday, September 7, 2003 - Marvin Lewis made it his business to know everyone's name at the Bengals' training camp in Georgetown, Ky. The cooks in the kitchen. The maintenance workers. The secretaries. "He always called me 'the hardest-working man in Georgetown,'" says Bobby Downs, banquet coordinator at the Georgetown Conference Center. "I felt good around him." The Bengals' new head coach is attentive to detail, he's interested in other people, he's in control but with a touch of humility.

Daugherty: Time for redemption has arrived - Cincinnati Enquirer- Paul Daugherty
Sunday, September 7, 2003 - A Bengals win would go long way toward restoring city's image A Denver columnist had fun with us this week. He chewed some old chestnuts. You know the ones. You've eaten them half your life: The Bungles, Si Leis, Larry Flynt, Jerry Springer. Jerry once paid a hooker with a check. Who knew? It would be nice if someone got a little more creative with his rips.

Dillon record motivates both Bengals, Broncos - Cincinnati Enquirer- Mark Curnutte
Sunday, September 7, 2003 - Mike Shanahan talked reluctantly about the last time his Denver Broncos visited Cincinnati. Corey Dillon discussed that game briefly with Denver media on a conference call Wednesday. Willie Anderson declined to reflect on the events of Oct. 22, 2000, when Dillon set the single-game NFL rushing record of 278 yards in a 31-21 upset of Denver.

Broncos (0-0) at Bengals (0-0) - Daily Camera
September 7, 2003 - TODAY: The Denver Broncos (0-0) play the Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at Paul Brown Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. Broncos eager for first test - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 7, 2003 - CINCINNATI — From 1998-2001, the Denver Broncos opened each season on a Monday night in the national spotlight. Last year, despite coming off an 8-8 record, they hosted the defending NFC champion St. Louis Rams in a must-see TV pilot episode.

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