Broncos face depleted Lions today

It looks like a mismatch on paper, but as they say --- "on any given Sunday." Read about the match-ups in today's Broncos v. Lions game (2:15 MDT) in today's news reports.

The story of Moses - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - Haven Moses is struggling in slow motion to get his life back, but says he's too busy laughing and searching for silver linings to get depressed. The former wide receiver, who played for the Broncos from 1972 to 1981 and was inducted into the team's Ring of Fame in 1988, plans to ease back into making community appearances for the team next year.

Plummer takes game to new heights - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - One of the millions of viewers to tune into last Monday night's Denver-Oakland game was one of the players who once had tuned out quarterback Jake Plummer. "I was one of his harshest critics," said Tampa Bay's two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Simeon Rice, who played four seasons with Plummer in Arizona, the last one in 2000. "I thought he stunk up the place in Arizona, and I'm just telling you the truth."

Lessons shared - Denver Post - Anthony Cotten
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - There may come a day, perhaps a few years hence, maybe as soon as next season, if potential free agent Al Wilson decides to go to another team, that Terry Pierce becomes the starting middle linebacker for the Broncos.

Date with Chiefs no ordinary game - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - For all the talk about focusing on today, living in the present, the truth is as real as the AFC West race. The Detroit Lions are on the schedule, the Kansas City Chiefs are on the mind. Get ready not for this Sunday, but the next one, when Denver travels to Kansas City for a better matchup than Howard Dean and Wesley Clark. Two teams heading into today's games with unbeaten records.

3-4 defense becoming fashionable again - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson, Joe Rizzo and Bob Swenson were the four horsemen of the Broncos' famed Orange Crush defense that carried Denver to its first Super Bowl in the 1977 season. The four linebackers were the heart of a 3-4 defense that allowed 148 points in 1977, 50 fewer than the legendary 1985 Bears allowed in two more games. The Orange Crush allowed 17 fourth-quarter points the entire season.

Scouting report - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, September 26, 2003 - The Lions' running attack lacks bite. Detroit is averaging just 66.3 rushing yards per game, and in last week's 23-13 loss to Minnesota it failed to score on two plays from the 2-yard line and two plays from the 1-yard line. Shawn Bryson and former Bronco Olandis Gary are tough inside runners, but they lack speed. That means the Lions must run straight up the gut of Denver's defense because Denver's linebackers are too swift to try to run outside.

Broncos want more of the same - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 28, 2003 - "I fell asleep at halftime and woke up in time to see the last touchdown," Detroit quarterback Joey Harrington said as he prepared for today's game at Invesco Field (2:15 p.m., KDVR-Fox). "Denver scored to make it 31-0 and at that point I said, 'These guys are pretty fast, pretty good and I'm going to go to bed.' " Harrington and his teammates wanted to be well-rested and ready to play because their road act is getting tired. The Lions (1-2) have lost 17 consecutive games away from Detroit.

Broncos-Lions breakdown - Daily Camera
September 28, 2003 - KEY MATCHUP: The Broncos receivers vs. the Lions cornerbacks. Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey and Ashley Lelie are all healthy for Denver. Andre Goodman (dislocated shoulder), Chris Cash (knee) and Chris Watson (back) are all out with injuries for Detroit. It's a situation Mike Shanahan should be able to exploit, even though Detroit's top cornerback, Dre Bly, already has three interceptions this season.

Lions-Broncos Scouting Report - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - DENVER -- The Lions are being stretched thin -- to the breaking point in some places, beyond it in others. Injuries have forced Coach Steve Mariucci to patch holes at key positions -- running back, cornerback and the return game. Big plays have exposed weaknesses in the defense. And then there is the road-game losing streak -- 17 straight defeats away from home going into today's game against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

How they match up - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - Lions' running game (30) vs. Broncos' run defense (5). On the surface, this looks like a mismatch. Checking further -- it really is. The Lions got behind in their last two games and had to throw the ball. They've only had 66 rushing attempts in three games, which doesn't produce many yards. But they're averaging only 3.0 yards an attempt, which ranks 29th in the league. The Broncos give up 3.8 yards an attempt. Shawn Bryson is improving for the Lions. Advantage: Broncos.

Game Day: Lions - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - Joey Harrington wants to improve his efficiency in the red zone -- scoring territory inside the opponent's 20. The Lions converted all four opportunities in the season opener against Arizona -- on touchdown passes by Harrington. They missed on their only attempt against Green Bay and converted once in four opportunities against Arizona. "We had too many chances last week that we didn't cash in," Harrington said.

Game Day: Broncos - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - Jake Plummer has taken over the Broncos' quarterback position, but he hasn't taken over the team. Even with a 3-0 record, Plummer looks at it as a collective effort. "This team is not my team," Plummer said in a midweek interview. "It is a collective group of guys who are out there playing hard. If anything, it belongs to the veteran guys who have been here for a while.

One to watch: Broncos linebacker Ian Gold - Detroit News - Mike O'Hara
Sunday, September 28, 2003 - When the Broncos saw Ian Gold on the practice field for the first time, they knew they had a player with exceptional talent. Gold was so impressive at linebacker that the offensive coaches wanted him to switch positions.

Broncos-Lions Capsule and Notes -
Saturday, September 27, 2003 - This week the Broncos host the Detroit Lions (1-2) in Denver for the first time since 1987. It is also the first meeting between the clubs since their 1999 Christmas Day matchup at the Pontiac Silverdome in which Denver took a 17-7 victory. In that game, it was former Bronco and current Lion Olandis Gary who produced one of his finest efforts in a Denver uniform.

Tough Guy - After Decades Battling in the Trenches, Gary Zimmerman Earns his Rightful Spot in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame - - James Merilatt
Saturday, September 27, 2003 - Heading into the 1997 season, the Denver Broncos were at a crossroads. The team entered training camp on the heels of a 13-3 campaign, but still stinging from the most disappointing loss in franchise history – a heartbreaking 30-27 setback to the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars.

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