Plummer receives honor for game

After his first regular season game as a Bronco, Jake Plummer critics were already doubting his value. What a difference a couple of weeks makes, as Plummer is being honored as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against the Oakland Raiders Monday night. Read about it in today's reports.

Backfield looks bruised - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - Broncos fullback back Reuben Droughns meets Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski during Monday night's game at Invesco Field at Mile High. A team rich in running backs is starting to run low on them.

NFL to salute Plummer - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - While toiling in the Arizona desert for six NFL seasons, awards were as scarce as fresh water for quarterback Jake Plummer. But three games into his career with the Broncos, Plummer is sipping success. Today, the NFL will name Plummer the AFC offensive player of the week for his performance Monday night in Denver's 31-10 thrashing of the Oakland Raiders.

Better than believed - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
September 24, 2003 - John Madden was merely regurgitating general opinion during ABC's telecast Monday night when he gave his oft-repeated take on the Denver Broncos defense. "They don't have a great front four, and their corners are suspect," the color analyst commented. "But the linebackers move all over the field and make tackles."

Kennedy doubtful he'll play Sunday - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer, Lynn DeBruin and Dusty Saunders
September 24, 2003 - Kenoy Kennedy hasn't missed a pro start that wasn't the result of a league-mandated suspension. But now the Denver Broncos' fourth-year strong safety is forced to listen to his body to determine his readiness. Problem is, he isn't sure what message his body is sending after he severely sprained his left ankle against Oakland on Monday night.

Plummer is AFC Player of the Week - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 24, 2003 - In six seasons in Arizona, Jake Plummer never threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter. In three games with the Denver Broncos, he has done it twice - against San Diego on Sept. 14 and Oakland on Monday night.

Gannon's image, confidence cracked - Marcos Breton, The Sacramento Bee
September 24, 2003 - This can't be Rich Gannon. This can't be the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player playing like Kordell Stewart on a bad day - or Stewart on a good day, for that matter.

Broncos 'D' finds itself in the zone - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 24, 2003 - It happened to Michael Jordan and Patrick Roy during the playoffs. A pitcher feels it during a no-hitter, and Barry Bonds has enjoyed it for the last four or five years. For the special players on special nights, the game seems like it is being played in slow motion.

Oct. 5 game against Chiefs looms large - Daily Camera
September 24, 2003 - The Broncos are 3-0 in the standings, including two road wins and another victory over their principal rival. On the scoreboard, they haven't trailed all season and have led for 92 percent of the minutes played.

Weak Lions secondary becomes more depleted - Detroit Free Press - George Sipple
September 24, 2003 - The Lions are backed into a corner at cornerback. The loss of Andre' Goodman to a season-ending shoulder injury weakens a unit already crippled by season-ending injuries to starter Chris Cash (knee) and backup Chris Watson (back).

Lions are a work in progress - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
September 24, 2003 - ALLEN PARK -- If you are a Lions fan whose hopes remain unfulfilled by the team's sluggish start, that's OK. Lead with your heart. It's part of being a fan. But if you expected more, that's another matter. You failed to heed the warning signs. Past performance meant nothing. Hopes are one thing. Expectations are another.

Plummer Earns AFC Offensive Player of the Week - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - Sixteen days after starting the season by posting a 21.7 passer rating, Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer is at the top of the AFC. Plummer's effort in Monday night's 31-10 win over the Oakland Raiders -- which included two passing touchdowns, one run for a score, the longest run by a quarterback in team history -- was enough to earn him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for Week 3.

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