Broncos will try to break Ravens' jinx

The Denver Broncos have had considerable trouble with the Baltimore Ravens. Due to quarterback injuries on both sidesm the game will probably feature the running of Clinton Portis against Jamal Lewis, the leading rusher in the NFL.

Game faces - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - How's this for a Fab Four? In an NFC showdown today in Tampa, Fla., it's Cowboys coach Bill Parcells vs. the Buccaneers' Jon Gruden. Or, to put it another way, it's General George S. Patton incarnate squaring off against a baby-faced coach with the maniacal grin and the passion of Vince Lombardi. In an AFC showdown in Baltimore, it's Broncos coach Mike Shanahan vs. Ravens coach Brian Billick. Or, to put it another way, it's the mastermind vs. his alter ego with the giant ego.

Wanted: a Gardener-variety victory - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - For the third consecutive week, the Broncos will make more defensive changes with the hope their luck also changes. Among other possible moves, the snakebit and Snakeless Broncos will insert defensive tackle Daryl Gardener into the starting lineup to beef up the line at a time when Denver's confidence could be on the line.

Time for true test of genius - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - Julius Caesar was appraised and praised as an offensive genius. After he kicked Pompey's assets up the Aegean and down the Nile, Caesar was named Rome's dictator for life in 45 B.C.(before Christ).

Kanell probable to start vs. Ravens but Jackson ready - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - There's no truth to the rumor the Broncos are going to sign 43-year-old John Elway as their new quarterback. Then again, considering the current state of the Broncos' quarterback corps, maybe that's not such a far-fetched idea.

Lewis' greatness built on skill, smarts - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - It's a statement made so frequently, and with such conviction, NFL fans take it as gospel. Essentially, the statement goes something like this: "Ray Lewis is the greatest linebacker and greatest defensive player of his era." But why is Lewis the game's most revered, and the same time, the most feared defensive player?

Patriots stand tough in AFC East - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - New England knows something about "Cowboying Up." It's what the Boston Red Sox did until five outs remained in the American League Championship Series. It's what the Patriots are doing now. With at least eight notable injuries they have suffered, with the Lawyer Milloy controversy they have endured, the Patriots were supposed to be finished long before they arrive in Denver for next Monday night's game against the Broncos.

Broncos run time after time - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - In your opinion, when will Mike Shanahan and Alex Gibbs come into the 21st century and get larger offensive linemen?

Scouting report - Denver Post
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - With quarterback Danny Kanell starting his first NFL game in nearly three years, the Broncos need a strong running attack, but Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Co. will likely shut down Portis.

It's Griese's time against Chargers - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - For those who terribly miss former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese, tune in Monday night to see him. Miami Dolphins coaches spent last week pondering scenarios in which Griese could play against the San Diego Chargers. This represented a marked change to their previous attitude, when they rejected any suggestion Griese could play soon.

Extra points - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - When Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss is inducted into the Hall of Fame, the first replay to be shown is not any of his receptions, but the "catch and release" play he made last Sunday against the Broncos. It's a play for history, and for the top of his highlight reel.

Broncos try to break Raven hex - Daily Camera
October 25, 2003 - KEY MATCHUP: Jamal Lewis vs. Clinton Portis. Forget about Kyle Boller and Danny Kanell/Jarious Jackson for a moment. The team that runs for the most yards will win this game. The Ravens lead the NFL, averaging 186.3 yards per game on the ground; the Broncos are averaging 148.7.

Denver 0-3 against Billick's Baltimore teams - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 25, 2003 - Edgar Allan Poe, not knowing it at the time, summed up his hometown Ravens' matchup with the Denver Broncos better than any sports writer could. Poe on Mike Shanahan's quarterback situation: "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dreamed before."

Broncos depleted in bid to buck a losing trend - Baltimore Sun - Jamison Hensley
October 26, 2003 - As the Denver Broncos deal with their quarterback crisis, the Ravens are looking to extend a three-year blitz on their AFC foes. This lopsided series - which resumes today at M&T Bank Stadium - has featured the Ravens inflicting as many emotional scars as physical ones, which is a bad omen for a Broncos team carrying one healthy passer.

Ravens scouting report - Baltimore Sun - Sun Staff
October 25, 2003 - With the NFL's top ground game, the Ravens are the only team in the league with more yards rushing than passing. Jamal Lewis has rushed for 100 yards in five straight games and has broken a run of at least 17 yards in each game during that stretch. But the league's leading rusher has averaged only 3.4 yards per carry in two meetings against the Broncos, whose leading tackler (Al Wilson) roomed with Lewis at the University of Tennessee.

Broncos-Ravens Capsule & Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Saturday, October 25, 2003 - Denver and Baltimore meet for the third consecutive year with the Broncos having fallen to the AFC North club in each of those meetings. This year the teams are smarting from Week 7 losses and will rely on their big backs to get them a win. When it comes to the running game, both teams are evenly matched.

Bronco Dan's Fantasy Corner: Week 8 - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Saturday, October 25, 2003 - Patience is a virtue, in life and in the world of fantasy football. Every year, the first few weeks of the NFL season cause fantasy owners across America to push the panic button. They've used a high draft choice to select a big-name player that they think will be a productive scorer week in and week out, only to watch him fizzle in the first month of the year. With one of their best players not producing, their fantasy team inevitably gets off to a slow start.

Fantasy Focus: Still Sharpe - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, October 25, 2003 - It's hard to find a productive tight end in fantasy football. In fact, if you don't manage to get a tight end in the first few picks of your draft, then the pickings are typically pretty slim, and the extreme difference between a top-shelf tight end and one on the second tier can be the difference between a championship and also-ran status.

Broncos-Ravens Capsule & Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Saturday, October 25, 2003 - Denver and Baltimore meet for the third consecutive year with the Broncos having fallen to the AFC North club in each of those meetings. This year the teams are smarting from Week 7 losses and will rely on their big backs to get them a win. When it comes to the running game, both teams are evenly matched.

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