Broncos face "old" foe today

The Denver Broncos face a familiar foe today in the Oakland Raiders and it may mark the final time they see players such as Jerry Rice.Read more about today's key divisional matchup.

Coaches' hot seat has room for eight - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - Despite soaring energy bills in Colorado, someone turned up the heat in Mike Shanahan's office. It's pouring in, which is not all that surprising. The heat is on extra high in coaches offices all across the league. From New York to Oakland, head coaches are getting blasted in what is a preview of the ultimate jolt that is bound to hit them after this season. This is how it works at this time of year.

Big play missing from 'D' - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - With John Mobley and Ian Gold out for the season, how much has Denver lost by playing Jashon Sykes and Donnie Spragan?

Krieger: By own standards, Shanahan not getting job done - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
November 29, 2003 - And now, for Chapter 2 in our series of Rivalries That Used To Matter, we recall a glorious tradition known as Raider Week. It was big. Tom Jackson was quoted. Mike Shanahan was asked if Al Davis still owed him money. Davis snarled, or at least declined comment.

Broncos' mission: regain swagger - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - Beginning to creep into the Broncos' locker room, as well as their mind-set, is the culture of losing this team is trying to fend off. But as the losses begin to mount - four in their past five games, and five in their past seven - so do the doubts.

What makes a winner? Give and take - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - When it comes to success in the NFL, running the football effectively still matters to a lot of teams, but it's not the be-all and end-all. Ball control? It's a good thing, too, but time of possession is not the most telling statistic.

Reeves traveling old road - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - The question had to be asked, what with Dan Reeves saddled with the worst record of his coaching career: Is his job in jeopardy?

Scouting Report - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - This should be the Broncos' biggest advantage today. The Raiders are ranked 30th against the run, allowing 146.9 yards per game. Plus, they are without linebacker Bill Romanowski and defensive tackle John Parrella, two of their best run stuffers.

End of line nears for Raiders' Rice - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - Lost in the hullabaloo over whether Daryl Gardener will play for Denver again - and my strong feeling, for the record, is no - is the fact this might be the final time the Broncos play against wide receiver Jerry Rice.

Broncos hope to add to Raiders' long list of woes - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 30, 2003 - Jake Plummer is new to Broncomania, but quite familiar with Raider Nation. Denver's quarterback shared his favorite Oakland moment while preparing for today's Broncos-Raiders game at Network Associates Coliseum .

Broncos (6-5) at Raiders (3-8) - Daily Camera
November 30, 2003 - The Raiders lead the all-time series 52-32-2 (.616). Denver won the first meeting this season, 31-10 on Sept. 22 at Invesco Field. Mike Shanahan is 13-4 (.765) against his former team.

One problem, two solutions - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 29, 2003 - Mike Shanahan and Bill Callahan, who speak in clichs publicly, both have had active players colorfully air the team's dirty laundry through media outlets this season. Each head coach handled the distractive situation differently.

Broncos-Raiders Capsule and Notes - Denver Broncos.com
Saturday, November 29, 2003 - For the 86th time these two bitter rivals will take the field and smash each other in search of victory. It's Raiders week with a matchup at Network Associates Coliseum. Denver previously stung Oakland with a 31-10 victory in the club's home-opener by jumping out to a 24-0 halftime advantage.

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