DENVER (Sept. 22, 2003) -- For one night, Jake Plummer -- sore shoulder and all -- outdid John Elway. Plummer threw two first-quarter touchdown passes and ran for another Monday night as Denver improved its unbeaten record by routing Oakland 31-10. Plummer also broke one of Elway's team records with a 40-yard scramble that set up a field goal. Elway's longest run of his 16-year career was 34 yards.
Broncos Make Statement in Dominant First Quarter - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 22, 2003 - How do you answer the harping criticisms that go along with a two-game losing streak to the arch-rivals and a three-game losing streak in prime-time home games? For the Broncos, the answer was simple -- by starting the game with all the subtlety of Hurricane Isabel. One play into the game, the Broncos defense demonstrated that this night would be different, when the team's defensive line collapsed Rich Gannon's pocket, leading to Bertrand Berry's third sack of the season.
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