Portis runs help down "dumb" Raiders

On a day that would have made a duck happy, Clinton Portis slogged through the mud for a career-high 34 carries gaining 170 yards as the Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders 22-8. After the game, Raiders coach Bill Callahan called his team "the dumbest" in America. Read more about the game in today's news reports.

Portis lands lead role - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, December 01, 2003 - Each time Clinton Portis returned to the huddle after another of his game-changing, career-high 34 carries, Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith shouted sweet somethings in the running back's ear.

No red scare with K.C. ahead - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Monday, December 01, 2003 - The Broncos beat America's dumbest team. Why do you think they call them duh Raiders? As Denver slogged to a 22-8 victory on a soggy Sunday, the only upset was Oakland was smart enough to come in from the rain.

WR Cole latest loss on special teams - Denver Post
Monday, December 01, 2003 - Denver's shoddy special teams, already without many regulars, are expected to be without gunner and kick returner Chris Cole for Sunday's showdown with Kansas City. Cole suffered a sprained left shoulder and torn rib cartilage that he said likely will end his season, possibly his Broncos career.

Workhorse reigns in mudville - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, December 01, 2003 - The first five times Clinton Portis felt the football in the sludge Sunday afternoon he dropped a screen pass, was stopped on a stab at the middle for no gain, slipped sweeping left for zero yardage, tried the right side for naught and was forced to take a helmet-dive for minus-2 yards.

Broncos get timing right on big plays - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, December 01, 2003 - For much of this season, the Denver Broncos have sounded like frustrated fishermen, always talking about the big one that got away. Not so Sunday when they made the big plays at the big times and beat the archrival Raiders 22-8.

Portis follows Sharpe's advice - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, December 01, 2003 - It was raining cats and notes out there. ... How impressive was Clinton Portis on the Broncos' final scoring drive, during which he accounted for 62 of the team's 68 yards? Let's put it this way: Shannon Sharpe said he thought he was watching Terrell Davis. Said Sharpe: "I went to him early and said, 'Portis, this isn't a dance type of game here. It's a plow-horse type of game. Basically, get the ball, one cut and get it down the hill.' He took it to heart. That's the toughest I've seen him run in a very, very long time. You can tell deep down he really wanted it." ...

Callahan's comments after game anger team - Denver Post - Joe Nolan
Monday, December 01, 2003 - It was sloppy, mistake-prone football that cost the Oakland Raiders in their 22-8 loss to the Broncos. But an emotional statement after the game became a hotter topic in the Raiders' locker room than the many miscues.

Grime does pay - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 1, 2003 - Denver's offensive linemen resembled the "after" shot in a bleach commercial compared with Broncos running back Clinton Portis late in the fourth quarter Sunday. With the tip of the ball nearly tickling the goal line, Portis stood out as the single setback, not wholly because of his workhorse performance the rest of the afternoon against the Oakland Raiders.

Plummer cheerily takes lumps while Denver runs wild - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 1, 2003 - Jake Plummer knew this probably wouldn't be one of his biggest passing days. Not with the pouring rain. Not with the sloppy field. Not with Clinton Portis finding so much success on the ground. But he couldn't care less.

Sticking his neck out, Wilson beats pain and Raiders - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
December 1, 2003 - The fear hasn't subsided completely, nor has his neck pain. But Broncos linebacker Al Wilson still crossed an important mental hurdle by finishing the game Sunday without further complications medically.

Krieger: Give Portis the ball, again, again, again - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 1, 2003 - It was conditions. It was game plan. It was what they had to do. And it is what they have to do the rest of the way, in a stretch drive Rod Smith describes as the playoffs starting four weeks early. The Broncos offense is Clinton Portis, and Clinton Portis is the Broncos offense. That's never been clearer than the past two weeks.

Lincicome: Raiders produce Dumb and Dumber III - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
December 1, 2003 - Of course, it's Portis. Say that three times real fast and you'll be as dizzy as the Raiders were watching Broncos running whiz Clinton Portis swirl and whirl behind the urgent blocks of center Tom Nalen and guard Dan Neil mostly, for two touchdowns, for 170 yards, for an afternoon of special misery in the most miserable place in football.

Broncos finish sweep of Raiders - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 1, 2003 - The Raiders showed their true colors on Sunday. Silver and black, of course. And also yellow, the shade of choice on a soggy and sloppy afternoon at Network Associates Coliseum. Oakland (3-9) used its unofficial third color to gift-wrap a 22-8 victory and season sweep for the Denver Broncos (7-5).

Thorburn: Playoff road still long one for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 1, 2003 - There is no joy in Mirer-ville. The Broncos left the field caked in mud and smiles after a must-steal at Network Associates Coliseum. But playoff tickets are still far from the printing press in Denver, where fans shouldn't get too excited about Sunday's victory over an oafish Oakland outfit. "We've got to be the dumbest team in America," head coach (for another four games) Bill Callahan pointed out after his team committed 11 penalties and three turnovers to drop to 3-9 in its defense of the AFC championship.

Portis runs 'up gut' to pave way to win - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 1, 2003 - On Denver's first offensive play, the screen was set up for a home run, but Clinton Portis stumbled out of the batter's box. The Broncos' running back dropped Jake Plummer's pass as he struggled moving sideline-to-sideline at Network Associates Coliseum. Things weren't much better for Portis running the ball in the opening quarter Sunday on a saturated field. He averaged 1.7 yards on nine carries before making the necessary physical and mental adjustments.

LB Wilson ignores neck pain - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 1, 2003 - After Sunday's game, a columnist asked Al Wilson if he was intimidated by the 11-1 Kansas City Chiefs, who can clinch the AFC West in six days at Invesco Field. "I can't believe you asked me that," the Denver Broncos' middle linebacker said following his team's 22-8 victory over Oakland at Network Associates Coliseum. "Hell no. I'm not intimidated by nobody."

Raiders are getting dumb and dumber - San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Monday, December 1, 2003 - Raiders coach Bill Callahan threw down the gauntlet Sunday and, in turn, may have lost what little authority he has left over his contentious, bedraggled 3-9 team. Frustrated and furious following a hideous 22-8 loss to AFC West rival Denver at a rain-soaked, half-filled Coliseum -- an especially ugly affair featuring 11 penalties, three lost fumbles and zero trips to the end zone for the first time in nearly three seasons -- Callahan mercilessly ripped his mistake-prone squad.

Auditions begin today for Al's 2004 Raiders - Oakland Tribune - Monte Poole
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - The owner is 74 years old, cranky as ever. The team is caught between today's unrest and tomorrow's uncertainty. The fans crave the change so transparently inevitable. The head coach could get fired. The defensive coordinator probably will get whacked. The offensive coordinator is likely to go. The special teams coach? Well, the heat is so intense his gut catches fire every time his phone rings. The overhaul of the Raiders is less than a month away, and even though we all know it's coming the only thing we know for sure is the three truly significant questions will be answered by the same authority. We refer to Al Davis, overlord, cool breeze and last broad line of accountability for the franchise.

Portis guts Raiders defense with 34 carries, 170 yards - Contra Costa Times - Ann Tatko
Mon, Dec. 01, 2003 - Even Clinton Portis could have told the Raiders that there's no secret to his game plan. The Denver Broncos win by running the ball. Case in point: Sunday's 22-8 victory over the Raiders at Network Associates Coliseum. As if needing further proof, a steady rain fell throughout the game -- the kind of conditions that make a ground game a prerequisite. Yet, the Raiders couldn't stop the run.

Weather or Not, Broncos Found a Way at Oakland - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - Sunday's 22-8 win for the Broncos over the Oakland Raiders was a television progammer's dream and an equipment manager's nightmare. Rainy, muddy conditions greeted the teams when they received their first glimpse of the field prior to kickoff. It was the rainiest Broncos game since the Thanksgiving weekend win at Seattle three years ago. But that game took place on FieldTurf, where the only substance that kicks up from the playing surface are the small rubber granules of ground-up sneakers and tires. In Oakland, it's mud from the grass, a good portion of which wasn't laid down until mid-October over the baseball infield that services the Oakland A's.

Broncos-Raiders Notebook: Defense Shuts 'Em Down - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - When it comes to shutting down an opposing offense, it always helps to have a little bit of a clue as to what they'll run. But according to linebacker Al Wilson, the Broncos had much more than that about the Raiders during their 22-8 win at Network Associates Coliseum.

Portis Pounds Way to Huge Day - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 30, 2003 - Against the Oakland Raiders, Clinton Portis' effort was every bit as beautiful as the day was ugly. The rainy, misty conditions turned the field at Network Associates Coliseum into a boggy moor. So prevalent was the muck that it seemed to preclude any measure of success for a back who relies on precise cuts and subsequent bursts of speed. Yet the Broncos' second-year running back seized control of the game and the Broncos' season with it, carrying the football a career-high 34 times for 170 yards during Denver's 22-8 win over Oakland.

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