Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - Vonnie Holliday, one of three unrestricted free agents signed by the Chiefs in the offseason, is a key part of Kansas City's much-improved defense. In reprising the Kansas City Chiefs' game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, one can find any number of reasons the team was able to escape with a 17-10 win to remain undefeated and set up the first lollapalooza contest of the 2003 NFL season, this Sunday's date at Arrowhead Stadium against the also 4-0 Broncos.
Arrowhead points to tough test - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - The fans at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium have their own version of the national anthem. Their final line goes like this: "O'er the land of the free, and the home of the Chiefs!" Home, sweet home, indeed.
Giving ... and receiving - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 1, 2003 - The scoreboard flashed Shannon Sharpe's latest statistical achievement. The public-address announcer at Invesco Field at Mile High recited it. And the crowd, with its hoots and hollers, acknowledged Sharpe's ascension Sunday into the NFL's top 10 for career receptions. Mike Leach - Sharpe's teammate and fellow tight end but, more accurately, the Denver Broncos long snapper - then used some self-deprecating humor to put the moment in perspective.
Hall could hold key Sunday in Kansas City - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 30, 2003 - Clinton Portis vs. Priest Holmes. Shannon Sharpe vs. Tony Gonzalez. Jake Plummer vs. Trent Green. The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, both 4-0 and among the top offensive teams in the AFC, are exhilarating at the skill positions. Statistics becoming hard to ignore in Plummer's case - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 1, 2003 - John Elway, who won more games under center than anyone in NFL history, had a career-best passer rating of 93.0 in 1998, his 16th and final season with the Denver Broncos. In other words, a QB rating can be as meaningful as a J-Lo engagement. That said, it's hard to ignore how well Jake Plummer has performed the past three weeks. His performances against San Diego (129.5), Oakland (128.5) and Detroit (116.9) are the best three-game stretch in franchise history in terms of passer rating, according to the Broncos' fact finders. Hall could hold key Sunday in Kansas City - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 30, 2003 - Clinton Portis vs. Priest Holmes. Shannon Sharpe vs. Tony Gonzalez. Jake Plummer vs. Trent Green. The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, both 4-0 and among the top offensive teams in the AFC, are exhilarating at the skill positions. But this Sunday, Arrowhead Stadium will be most electric when the football is in the air and headed in Dante Hall's direction.
Fundamentally sound on defense - Kansas City Star
Wed, Oct. 01, 2003 - Aside from adding new talent in defensive end Vonnie Holliday, linebacker Shawn Barber and cornerback Dexter McCleon, the Chiefs placed an emphasis on improving defensive fundamentals like tackling during the off-season. That emphasis was on display Sunday when good tackling prevented Ravens' running back Jamal Lewis from turning decent gains into back-breaking home runs. Safeties Jerome Woods and Greg Wesley did a particularly good job of wrapping up when Lewis got to the secondary level.
Vermel Verbatim - Kansas City Star
Wed, Oct. 01, 2003 - On Denver QB Jake Plummer: "Jake Plummer right now is operating at a 98 quarterback efficiency (rating) which is above the average of NFL Super Bowl winners. He has a better supporting cast than he has ever been surrounded with."
The best of the AFC West - Kansas City Star - Ivan Carter
Wed, Oct. 01, 2003 - A television inside the Chiefs' locker room captured the closing moments of Denver's 20-16 win over Detroit last Sunday, yet most players treated the game as if it were a preseason contest. And unlike Chiefs fans, who would have loved nothing more than to see the hated Donkeys drop a home game to the Lions, Chiefs players certainly weren't rooting against Denver.
Hall turns triple play - Kansas City Star - Ivan Carter
Wed, Oct. 01, 2003 - The Chiefs' Dante Hall is the first player to be chosen an NFL player of the week three consecutive times. Perhaps the NFL could save itself some money by simply re-naming the award. For the third straight week, Chiefs return specialist Dante Hall was selected the AFC's special teams player of the week. Hall, whose 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown accounted for the final points in the Chiefs' 17-10 win over Baltimore on Sunday, is the first player in NFL history to win a conference player of the week award three straight weeks.
Lindsay Evered's Cheerleader Diary - DenverBroncos.com - Lindsay Evered
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - I arrived at the stadium at 1 p.m. and was greeted by an influx of tailgating fans dressed head-to-toe in orange and blue with music resonating from their cars and the smell of barbecue filling the parking lot. The atmosphere in and around the stadium was charged with a nervous excitement - this is it - the Raiders and Monday night! Tuesday, September 30
Chiefs tighten hold on top spot - ESPN.com
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 - A win over the Ravens on Sunday leaves the Chiefs in the No. 1 spot for the third straight week. Meanwhile, the Colts, who routed the Saints, jumped past the idle Bucs into the No. 2 spot. The big move near the top was by the Vikings, who jumped from No. 7 to No. 5 after destroying the 49ers.
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