Uncertainty as Broncos face Steelers

Pittsburgh doesn't know whether they'll be facing Jake Plummer or Steve Beuerlein in the game against Denver today. And the Broncos are uncertain whether they'll be facing the interception throwing or the touchdown throwing Tommy Maddox. Read about today's game in today's news reports.

QB or not QB? Beuerlein ready - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - During a play last Sunday at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, Chiefs 315-pound guard Will Shields and 323-pound tackle John Tait double-teamed Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce. Even though he stands 6-feet-5, Pryce nearly drowned in a sea of red jerseys. Week after week it's the same thing: Offensive linemen sandwich Pryce, trying to pound him into 295 pounds of bologna.

Steelers' record has hidden dangers - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - Broncomaniacs see Pittsburgh's 2-3 record and start the countdown to the 5-1 mark they expect Denver to sport early tonight. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan sees danger. Broncomaniacs see Pittsburgh was outscored 63-26 the past two Sundays and wonder how wide Denver's margin of victory will be today. Shanahan sees a trap.

Dealing O'Neal just a pipe dream - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - Should a single juicy trade be made before the NFL's Tuesday trade deadline at 2 p.m. MDT, it will be one more than anybody is expecting. This league thrives off Kansas City's human joystick Dante Hall, but it does not jibe with former TV game-show host Monty Hall and his "Let's Make a Deal" ways.

Beuerlein expects to start - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - Although Broncos coach Mike Shanahan did not rule out injured quarterback Jake Plummer for today's game against Pittsburgh, backup Steve Beuerlein is preparing as if he will be the starter. After Friday's practice, in which Beuerlein took a significant number of snaps, the 38-year-old was talking like he would be the starter.

Raiders' merchandise is best seller - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - It might be blasphemy in Denver, but silver and black rule nationwide. Last season, just like the season before, the Oakland Raiders held the top spot when the NFL added up its sales for licensed merchandise. Coming in second were the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs were 10th in 2001.

Raiders' merchandise is best seller - Denver Post
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - Pittsburgh used to be a blue-collar team that relied on Jerome "The Bus" Bettis to take them into the end zone. No longer. Bettis has been replaced by Amos Zereoue most of the time, and the Steelers are more of a finesse team than they used to be. Pittsburgh is averaging just 83 yards a game rushing, 26th in the league. Denver's speedy linebacking corps should be able to control Zereoue or Bettis, which means the Steelers just might come out throwing the football.

DE Davis still has potential - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - Sunday supplement

Extra points - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - Dante Hall hasn't exactly made all the right moves this year. In January, just before his MVP run began, Hall signed a five-year contract extension that included a paltry $1.5 million signing bonus. If Hall had become the unrestricted free agent he was scheduled to be after this season, his signing bonus would be at least triple of what he got.

Vikes dangerous with week to rest - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - While the Broncos battle the Steelers today, the Vikings are enjoying their bye and resting up for next Sunday's game against Denver. Their weekend off should be a relaxing one, especially with this bit of knowledge: In each of the five previous seasons the Vikings have started 5-0, as they are this season, they have made the playoffs.

Broncos attempt to gear up for NFL's top-ranked defense - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 12, 2003 - Al Wilson was given a pop quiz about the schedule moments after the Broncos' one-point loss in Kansas City a week ago. "We played a tremendous football team today and we'll see them again in December," the middle linebacker said after Denver's 24-23 loss made the Chiefs 5-0. "But my focus is on ... who do we play next week? Pittsburgh? My focus is on Pittsburgh. I guess we play them at home, do we? I don't know. I take it week-to-week, I'm telling you."

Kick off scheduel - October 12 - Daily Camera
October 12, 2003 - KEY MATCHUP: Tommy Maddox vs. Deltha O'Neal. Both men are struggling. Maddox has thrown eight interceptions and only five touchdowns this season, despite having arguably the league's best receiving corps to work with. He will have an opportunity to pick on O'Neal, a former Pro Bowler, who is struggling with his confidence after getting beat for a touchdown in Kansas City and fumbling to punt returns.

Dulac's Picks: Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Gerry Dulac
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - The good news for the Steelers is that Denver quarterback Jake Plummer aggravated a shoulder injury, meaning he might not be able to keep looking like John Elway -- at least with his arm. Since an unimpressive performance in the season opener, Plummer has thrown eight touchdown passes with no interceptions in his past four games.

Steelers can't keep slipping - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette
Sunday, October 12, 2003 - That's not a Rocky Mountain high where the Steelers find themselves in Denver today. It's desperation valley. "I think right now there's definitely no room for error and that's how we have to approach it," linebacker and defensive captain Jason Gildon said. "We have three losses right now and we don't have any room for error. Each week we have to be aware of that and prepare accordingly."

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