Not many bright spots for Broncos

Poor performances, an ejection, turnovers and a heart-stoping injury were some of the images from Sunday's game against the Ravens. Read what they're saying about the game in today's news reports.

More pain, no gain - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, October 27, 2003 - The Broncos' hope, like their offense's production, is shrinking. Their season, like their lineup, is unraveling. What looked so promising weeks ago now looks utterly sobering, like the scene that surrounded linebacker John Mobley as he was carted off the field Sunday with a spinal cord contusion that kept him hospitalized in Baltimore overnight.

Manhood missing in action - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Of all the insults on this lowdown, disgusting afternoon in which a 26-6 loss to Baltimore did not begin to describe the humiliation of Denver, maybe the worst indignity was laughter. As Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis slowly finished dressing after the game, he laughed with a teammate, laughed at the Broncos, laughed at the lame way in which the losers attempted to act mean.

Pressure's on: Patriots pivotal - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, October 27, 2003 - The first half of the Broncos' season ended Sunday afternoon. Their whole season could be over next Monday night. If the Broncos play as pathetically and indolently on offense against the New England Patriots as they have in the past three games, the second half of the year won't matter. The once powerful Broncos - who wouldn't have scored a touchdown if they had stayed on the field until Halloween - were cut off at the pass and shut down at the run Sunday by the exceptionally average Baltimore Ravens.

Mobley's injury chilling to Broncos - Denver Post
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Broncos starting linebacker John Mobley is expected to return to Denver today after suffering a spinal cord contusion Sunday. But trainer Steve Antonopulos could not provide any hint when Mobley would return to the field.

Broncos succumb to Lewis' punishment - Denver Post - Jeff Zrebiec
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis saw it in the faces of the Broncos' defenders. It was the look of fatigue, and to Lewis, proof of an afternoon well spent.

After eight, not so great, meaning Monday night is whole enchilada - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, October 27, 2003 - A Todd Heap of notes ... It's too late to beat the Ravens. Question is, is it too early to call the Broncos' Monday nighter against the Patriots a must-win? From the sound bites coming out of the dressing room Sunday, the answer is no.

Battle of premier linebackers - Denver Post - Patrick Donnelly
Monday, October 27, 2003 - Long after his teammates had showered, dressed and dragged themselves to the bus, Broncos middle linebacker Al Wilson sat alone Sunday in front of his locker. He had made six tackles, jarred the ball loose with a monster end-zone hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap and harassed quarterback Kyle Boller all game.

This pecking order annoying Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 27, 2003 - If anything, the Denver Broncos should be used to the feeling, since leaving Baltimore battered and bruised has become somewhat of an annual tradition. In 2000, an impotent Broncos offense couldn't move the ball. An oddball second quarter, replete with an ejection, bad defensive penalties and poor special teams, marked the 2002 loss here. And in both instances, Baltimore's Lewises - Ray and Jamal - made the key plays.

Fallen Mobley 'tough' for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 27, 2003 - Al Wilson had been in this position before, kneeling helplessly beside an injured teammate. Two weeks ago, he watched as fellow Denver Broncos linebacker Ian Gold saw his season end because of a serious knee injury. Sunday, it was John Mobley lying face down and motionless on the grass at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium with 1 minute, 37 seconds left in the first half.

O'Neal's doghouse gets deeper, darker as he's declared inactive - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 27, 2003 - A year ago, Deltha O'Neal watched the Denver Broncos-Baltimore Ravens game from the locker room after being ejected for bumping an official. Sunday, he watched from the sidelines in street clothes, his fall from grace reaching a new low when he was declared inactive for the first time in his four-year career.

Baltimore's defense shines again - Rocky Mountain News - John Lindsay
October 27, 2003 - Needing a win Sunday against the Denver Broncos to hold on to their lead in the AFC Central, the Baltimore Ravens turned to a familiar face and unit - linebacker Ray Lewis and his ferocious defensive mates. The result was an all-too-Ravens- like 26-6 victory against Denver at M&T Bank Stadium. It marked the Ravens' fourth consecutive win against the Broncos, three of them coming here. All featured Lewis and his pals on defense hitting the Broncos early and often.

Kanell felt OK, fared poorly - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 27, 2003 - By Sunday morning, quarterback Danny Kanell was no longer sick to his stomach. By Sunday afternoon, though, he was feeling about as bad as when the weekend started.

Shanahan's gamble goes awry as Kanell stuffed on fourth-and-1 - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
October 27, 2003 - Maybe Mike Shanahan should have known Lady Luck wouldn't be on his side, given the recent misfortunes that have affected his team. But late in the first quarter, the Denver Broncos coach took a chance - and lost. With Denver leading 3-0 and facing a fourth-and-1 at its 48-yard line, Shanahan decided to send quarterback Danny Kanell over left guard on a sneak rather than attempt to pin Baltimore deep with a punt. Kanell was stuffed by defensive tackle Kelly Gregg.

Ravens throttle struggling Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 27, 2003 - Lional Dalton, a former defensive tackle for both the Ravens and Broncos, summed up this one-sided series succinctly a year ago. "Brian Billick has Mike Shanahan's number," is how Dalton, who lost favor with Denver's head coach last season and was traded to Washington during the preseason, hit the verbal nail on the head. "He owns him."

Thorburn: Broncos still have schedule on their side - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 27, 2003 - It would be easy to kick dirt on the Broncos this morning, or perhaps bury them with it. They are, in Mike Shanahan's words, not a very good offensive football team right now. Which is as obvious as saying that the Colorado Buffaloes aren't a very good defensive team this season. So, despite Denver's 26-6 loss at Baltimore on Sunday, we'll write about the less obvious. The positive. (Hold on, I'm thinking)

Bronco offense takes blame for loss - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 27, 2003 - The Denver Broncos held their own in two phases of the game, but the 26-6 loss to Baltimore at Ravens Stadium was offensive to everyone in the locker room. Mike Shanahan's game plan — without Jake Plummer, Ed McCaffrey, Chris Cole, Ephraim Salaam and even Matt Lepsis — didn't fool Ray Lewis and Co. at all. The Broncos finished Sunday's game with only 194 net yards of offense.

Mobley's injury major blow to defense - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 27, 2003 - When Daryl Gardener injured his wrist during a fight before training camp, the defense was surprised but able to adjust over time. When Ian Gold went down with a knee injury, the defense was stunned but able to adjust at halftime. But when John Mobley went down Sunday with a neck injury, the defense was sick. And the game, which the Denver Broncos were trailing 6-3 at the time, turned into a 26-6 loss to Baltimore at Ravens Stadium.

Ravens bust Broncos - Baltimore Sun - Jamison Hensley
October 27, 2003 - In a game dictated by old-school rules, the Ravens hammered in a daunting history lesson. Once again, Ray Lewis and the Ravens' defense smothered the Denver Broncos. Once again, running back Jamal Lewis ground them into submission. And, once again, for the fourth straight year, the Ravens owned them.

Kanell takes his medicine as target of Ravens' defense - Baltimore Sun - Edward Lee
October 27, 2003 - Denver Broncos quarterback Danny Kanell knew he would be hit, harassed and hurried by the Ravens' defense yesterday. And there was little he could do about it. Making his first start since the 2000 season when he was with the Atlanta Falcons, Kanell threw two interceptions, was sacked twice by linebacker Peter Boulware and earned a passer rating of 33.5 in the Broncos' 26-6 loss to the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Vikings defense snuffs out Broncos' last stand - Baltimore Sun - Brent Jones
October 27, 2003 - You could make a strong case that the two top running backs in the NFL were on the field at M&T Bank Stadium yesterday. But at the end of the afternoon, the Ravens' Jamal Lewis did what premier backs do by rushing for 134 yards, while the Denver Broncos' Clinton Portis had 86, with nearly a quarter of those yards coming with the game decided.

Denver's Recurring Nightmare in Baltimore - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - For the Broncos, the déja vu was inescapable during their 26-6 loss on Sunday. And no matter what name sits on the Ravens' home stadium -- it's been called PSINet, Ravens and M&T Bank during the Broncos' three trips here -- certain constants have remained.

Mobley Departs With Neck Injury - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - The scariest moment for the Broncos in their loss Sunday didn't involve anything to do with the result of the game, but with the health of linebacker John Mobley, who lay motionless on the field for several minutes late in the second quarter. Mobley suffered a spinal-cord contusion, the result of a head-first collision with Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis 1:37 before halftime.

Broncos Eschew Excuses for Offensive Struggles - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, October 26, 2003 - For the Broncos' offense, the offensive numbers for this game spoke as loudly as the final score itself during the team's 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos' six-point output was the lowest in Mike Shanahan's nine seasons as head coach, tied with a defeat to the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 8, 1996 and losses to the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 24, 1995 and Jan. 2, 2000. The Jan. 2, 2000 game also represents the last regular-season game in which the Broncos were kept out of the end zone prior to Sunday.

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