Many heroes on Monday night

Ashley Lelie, Ed McCaffrey and Shannon Sharpe all made key receptions in Monday Night's win against the Oakland Raiders. Along with Jake Plummer, Clinton Portis, Mike Anderson and a defense that set the tone on the first play, there was no shortage of heroes for the Broncos in the game. Read more in today's reports.

Broncos by knockout - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, September 22, 2003 - Denver wide receiver Rod Smith landed a roundhouse right on umpire Undrey Wash, and the Broncos landed a more potent one on the Oakland Raiders. Smith got tossed out. The Raiders got knocked out.

Hapless Oakland gets raided - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - ORANGE you glad you live in Colorado! ORANGE you glad you love the Broncos! Denver Broncos 31! Oakland Raiders 10! ORANGE you glad!

Old-school Coyer enjoys game in youthful fast lane - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - He looks more like a grandfather than the godfather. Nevertheless, Larry Coyer has become the big, blue voodoo daddy of the nasty Denver defense. How has Coyer worked this magic as the team's defensive coordinator? First, he had to bridge a generation gap and make it clear the only race that matters to this team is the pursuit of a championship.

Attention to Pryce costs Raiders five sacks - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - The unsung hero in the Broncos' victory? Try Trevor Pryce. He withstood the double teams while Bertrand Berry and Reggie Hayward split the Broncos' five sacks. Said Pryce: "They owe me money. Their people beat me up and they get the sacks. What an awful life I live."

Smith ejected for punching umpire - Denver Post
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - This week, the NFL's watchful eye will turn from the Broncos' team to wide receiver Rod Smith. Smith was ejected in the second quarter of Monday night's 31-10 victory over Oakland after he threw a punch at Raiders defensive tackle Chris Cooper but wound up hitting NFL umpire Undrey Wash.

Oakland's offense in disarray - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - A year ago, the Oakland Raiders used a Monday night football game against the Broncos as a springboard to the Super Bowl. This season's prime-time contest may turn out to be the first step toward oblivion.

No motion in backfield - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - It was with some reluctance that coach Mike Shanahan announced his top two running backs, Clinton Portis and Mike Anderson, suffered fairly significant injuries Monday night in the Broncos' 31-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Berry's sack unleashes vindication from start - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - It was lost in the hoopla of quarterback Jake Plummer's starry-starry Monday night. It was overshadowed by wide receiver Ashley Lelie's three-catch, 108-yard performance. And perhaps it was even eclipsed by the ejection of one of the most unlikely of all Broncos - wide receiver Rod Smith. But the play that set the tone for the Broncos' 31-10 Monday night blowout of the hated Oakland Raiders came from Denver defensive Bertrand Berry.

15 minutes to victory - Denver Post
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - Before the first quarter was over, the Broncos found the end zone three times while the Raiders were just trying to get a first down. The Broncos scored touchdowns after the Raiders went three-and-out on their first three possessions. Oakland finished the first quarter with 7 yards of total offense and no first downs.

The Gannon plan - Denver Post
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - Last year, Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon dominated the Broncos' defense, in two Raiders victories. Monday night, the Broncos tried a new approach against the 2002 NFL most valuable player. Here's a look at the Broncos vs. Gannon in the past three games:

Prime-time payback - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 23, 2003 - The Denver Broncos wanted something special for their 50th appearance on Monday Night Football. Rather than a simple uniform change, they provided a uniform demolition of the rival Oakland Raiders. At this rate, they might never want to change out of their all-blue duds after leaving the Raiders red-faced in a 31-10 blowout at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Plummer plunders Raiders - Rocky Mountain News - Paul Willis
September 23, 2003 - This was closer to what the Denver Broncos envisioned when they inked quarterback Jake Plummer to a seven-year, $40 million, free-agent deal in the off-season. Plummer's performance in the Broncos' 31-10 win against the Raiders on Monday night was the antithesis of his sporadic preseason, forgettable performance against Cincinnati in Week 1 and good-with-the-bad outing at San Diego last week.

Broncos runners take a hit - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
September 23, 2003 - The Denver Broncos might have put the hurt on Oakland on the scoreboard Monday night, but the Raiders returned the favor when it came to running backs. Clinton Portis left the game in the second quarter because of what was described as an aggravation of the sternum bruise he suffered last week. But Portis was forced back into action for two fourth-quarter carries after Mike Anderson twisted his knee.

Krieger: Plummer evokes propitious echoes - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 23, 2003 - The good officials of the Denver Broncos, keeping us apprised of milestones as they passed Monday night, naturally thought of John Elway as they investigated precedent for Jake Plummer's 40-yard sprint late in the second quarter. Their research provided a reward almost too good to be true. Yes, it turned out, Plummer's dash was 6 yards longer than the lengthiest of Elway's long litany of remarkable, unscripted scampers down the field.

Adams: Bowlen cherishes edge in tug-of-war - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
September 23, 2003 - The matchup within the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders matchup Monday night was between owners Pat Bowlen and Al Davis. Bowlen's dislike of Davis' Raiders is every bit as strong as the disdain Denver coach Mike Shanahan holds for his former boss. Since Bowlen gained ownership of the Broncos in 1984, he has built a slight edge over Davis in the victory column.

Lincicome: Ugly dressers, but they did the job - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
September 23, 2003 - Considering that Oakland oaf/kicker Sebastian Janikowski, freshly arrested and accused of assorted civil assaults and redundant idiocy, was allowed to play football Monday night and Rod Smith, solid Denver citizen, was tossed out of the game for inadvertent self-defense, the evening had no chance to be anything but bizarre.

McCaffrey, Lelie both impact win - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
September 23, 2003 - It was a safe bet that Ashley Lelie and Ed McCaffrey would not remain silent through 16 games. So it came as no surprise that the two Broncos wideouts finally emerged from the shadows of the team's offense under the spotlight of Monday Night Football.

Broncos shine in prime time - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 23, 2003 - Broncos 24, Raiders 0 ... at halftime. Al Davis had seen this score before and then witnessed a remarkable Monday night comeback by the Silver and Black. It was Sept. 26, 1988, when Los Angeles — inspired by its intense rookie head coach at the intermission — overcame said deficit to stun Denver 30-27 in overtime at Mile High Stadium.

Woelk: Defense makes Raiders pay this time - Daily Camera - Neill Woelk
September 23, 2003 - It took the Denver Broncos only one play to deliver the message Monday night. It took the Oakland Raiders all night to recover.

Sharpe gets best of Romo - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 23, 2003 - Broncos fans should probably write Bill Romanowski a thank you note. And not for being a part of the back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams here. If the Oakland Raiders' poster boy wouldn't have dislocated Shannon Sharpe's elbow during last year's Monday night matchup, forcing him to miss three critical games, Denver might have made the playoffs and the future Hall of Fame tight end may have retired.

Game 3 report - Daily Camera
September 23, 2003 - HEROES — Bronco defensive linemen Bertrand Berry and Reggie Hayward each had 2.5 sacks. ... Bronco wide receiver Ashley Lelie had three catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. ... QB Jake Plummer threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns and was not intercepted. Plummer also rushed for 48 yards.

Bronco busted - San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - There's no shame in losing to the Denver Broncos in their inhospitable mile-high home, right? Who would've figured their gimpy quarterback, Jake Plummer, would be capable of throwing a 44-yard pass with his separated shoulder, or frisky enough to romp 40 yards on a scramble, the longest run by a quarterback in Broncos' history?

Putting the 'ugh' in ugly all evening - San Francisco Chronicle - Ira Miller
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - The Raiders abandoned the running game again Monday night. But this time, they also abandoned the passing game and the defense game. At least, they got good punting from Shane Lechler. And there's your Raiders' highlight for today.

Inept Raiders continue funk Oakland trails 31-0 before padding stats - Contra Costa Times - Steve Corkran
Tue, Sep. 23, 2003 - The Raiders' one-year dominance over the Broncos came to a slow but sure death Monday night in a resounding 31-10 defeat at Invesco Field at Mile High. In the process, all the problems that surfaced in Oakland's first two games of the 2003 season appeared magnified against a team that didn't call itself the Cincinnati Bengals.

What a Difference a Year Makes - - James Merilatt
Monday, September 22, 2003 - At the end of last season, the Denver Broncos were left with an empty feeling. Not just because they missed out on the playoffs by the slimmest of margins, but also due to the fact that they wasted an opportunity to be a very good team &ndash one that could accomplish great things. Penalties, turnovers, dropped passes and mental mistakes combined to be a lethal concoction &ndash one that ultimately cost the Broncos games and kept them home for the postseason.

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