Flutie gives Bolts a Jolt

Quarterback Doug Flutie energized the lifeless Chargers last week as he led San Diego to an upset win over Minnesota. As a result, the Broncos are much more focused on the Chargers than they might have been as they try to get the season back on track and make a run for the playoffs. Read about it in today's reports.

Flutie gives Chargers new outlook - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 15, 2003 - At 2-7, the plug has been pulled on the Chargers' postseason aspirations. But after a remarkable offensive performance last week, a 42-28 win over Minnesota, many San Diego fans are wondering why Marty Schottenheimer didn't pull the plug on Drew Brees earlier.

'Greatest run' ahead? - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 15, 2003 - It didn't have the poolside flair of Joe Namath. It lacked even the gold- toothed swagger of Chad Johnson, a Cincinnati receiver who recently predicted an immediate end to Kansas City's unbeaten run. Rod Smith wouldn't even allow his words to be construed as a guarantee.

Opposites attract(ive) - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 15, 2003 - A quick glance at the final stats reveals LaDainian Tomlinson failed to crack the 100-yard mark against the Denver Broncos two months ago. A closer look is more telling of the damage the San Diego running back inflicted.

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos - Rocky Mountain News
November 15, 2003 - The game: 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Invesco Field at Mile High.

Beuerlein's fall offers time to admire Flutie's rise - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 15, 2003 - Steve Beuerlein's new role with the Denver Broncos is providing an extra set of eyes in the coaching booth for offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. But rest assured Beuerlein will be sneaking plenty of peeks at San Diego's offense Sunday when 41-year-old Doug Flutie is running around at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Johnson, Page out for Chargers - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 15, 2003 - San Diego Chargers defensive end Raylee Johnson and offensive lineman Solomon Page will not play Sunday at Denver because of injuries. Johnson missed Friday's practice with a sprained foot and Page has a sprained ankle.

Basketball 'tweener' fills gap for Chargers - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jerry Magee
November 14, 2003 - Union-Tribune"Tweeners" are, as the name suggests, in between in the NBA, players who do not possess quite enough size for one position or quite enough quickness for another. "Tweeners" are, as the name suggests, in between in the NBA, players who do not possess quite enough size for one position or quite enough quickness for another. Antonio Gates recognized this. To the NFL he proceeded, for which the Chargers should be everlastingly thankful.

Friday Notebook: Elam Gets Some Kicking In - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 14, 2003 - Jason Elam has been in good enough shape to resume kicking at practice this week. However, when the team went into field-goal drills, the kicking was split between Elam and punter Micah Knorr, who filled in on extra points during the Nov. 3 loss to New England.

One High School, Two Broncos - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 14, 2003 - Wednesday, Johnny Rutledge's two-and-a-half month wait ended. After being cut by the Baltimore Ravens following a four-year hitch with the Arizona Cardinals, the Broncos signed him to their 53-man roster. An evening earlier, he'd been planning a leisurely evening with his family in Phoenix.

Man in the Middle - James Merilatt - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, November 14, 2003 - In 1959, the National Football League was beginning to make inroads on Major League Baseball as America&rsquos favorite sporting pastime. The Baltimore Colts had defeated the New York Giants the year before for the World Championship in an overtime thriller that is still widely considered the greatest professional football game ever played and television was bringing the game into living rooms across the nation in an unprecedented manner. As a result, the country's collective attention was beginning to swing from the diamond to the gridiron.

Broncology: Post-Bye Success - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 14, 2003 - For a team that has posted just three losing seasons, six playoff appearances and two world championships since the NFL instituted a bye week in 1990, the Broncos haven't had much success in games leading up to one-week respites. But they have found quite a bit of success in games that followed the break.

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