December road game woes

With Clinton Portis questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts, it becomes more imperative for quarterback Jake Plummer to have a big night if the Broncos are to break out of their December road game slump. Read the latest on the Broncos and the Colts in today's news reports.

Transformation needed - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 18, 2003 - The world was a much different place the previous time the Denver Broncos won a game on the road in December. Back then, Mike Anderson, not Clinton Portis, was tearing through opposing defenses.

Kings of kick - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, December 18, 2003 - When the Indianapolis Colts host the Broncos on Sunday night, Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt could make NFL history. Broncos linebacker Ian Gold is one man who won't be betting against him. Vanderjagt has made 38 consecutive field-goal attempts, leaving him two short of the all-time record of 40, set by Gary Anderson with Minnesota from 1997-98. Vanderjagt has been, in the words of Broncos kicker Jason Elam, "simply phenomenal."

Candidates await picks in Pro Bowl - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 18, 2003 - Like a pollster who can forecast voting results, tight end Shannon Sharpe usually can pinpoint the number of Broncos selected to the Pro Bowl. When the voting tallies and teams are announced tonight, Sharpe is forecasting three or four.

Gingerbread plan - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, December 18, 2003 - My working partner for The Denver Post, Patrick Saunders, and his wife Nancy began baking gingerbread cookies in the forms of Denver Broncos. Each year at this time, they bake the Broncos, then bring in the gingerbread men for the media to chew up - though we don't spit them out.

Berry looks to make Colts wince - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 18, 2003 - An undersized "Indianapolis Colts" defensive end has molded himself into one of the AFC's most successful pass-rushers. Dwight Freeney isn't bad, either. Bert Berry is having a career season for the Denver Broncos while starting on a full-time basis for only the second time in his career. His total of 11 sacks ties him with Freeney for third in the AFC and likely has earned Berry a sizable pay increase this off-season in free agency. And it all began in Indy, where he'll play Sunday night.

Road woes - Rocky Mountain News
December 18, 2003 - The Broncos haven't won a road game in the final month of the season since they beat New Orleans 38-23 on Dec. 3, 2000.

Broncos hope Portis will be able to practice Friday - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 18, 2003 - The artificial playing surface in Indianapolis and the fate of the AFC's other wild-card hopefuls won't factor into the decision whether to play injured running back Clinton Portis, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.

Krieger: Plummer's 'big future' on line at Indy - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 18, 2003 - When Mike Shanahan guaranteed Jake Plummer "a big future" in Denver the other day, you just hoped, for Jake's sake, he didn't get too mushy about it. The last time Shanahan shared such affection for a quarterback, it ended rather badly.

Harrison too good to be true? - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 18, 2003 - Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn, Eddie Kennison and Joe Horn. Question: What, besides making headlines for all the wrong reasons, do these four wide receivers have in common?

Broncos not banking that 9-7 good enough - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 18, 2003 - The Denver Broncos might not have to win again to get in. With Miami and Baltimore faltering down the stretch, there is a chance Mike Shanahan's team, which was left out of the playoffs at 9-7 last season, could be the No. 6 seed in the AFC even if it loses its final two games at Indianapolis and Green Bay.

Changes fail to disrupt O-line - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
December 18, 2003 - Another week, another change. The way the season has unfolded, Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd wouldn't know how to react if he wasn't plugging in another left tackle, replacing his right guard or addressing another injury-troubled position. When the Colts attempt to clinch the AFC South title Sunday night in the RCA Dome against the Denver Broncos, they'll do so with a starting offensive line altered yet again.

Harrison involved in garage incident - Indianapolis Star - Matthew Tully
December 18, 2003 - Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison is facing criticism following an alleged run-in with city police in a Circle Centre parking garage Saturday. The incident, which resulted in no arrests or charges, came after a Cambridge City man reported his car was scratched by another vehicle in the garage.

Plummer Has Teammates Believing in Him - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - Thirteen games into his career with the Denver Broncos, quarterback Jake Plummer was faring better by almost every possible measurement than he was during his six seasons in Arizona.

Wednesday Notebook: Portis Questionable - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 - Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan knew exactly what all of the assembled media members wanted to ask at the start of his Wednesday afternoon press conference. So he had a little fun with them with the first words of his briefing. "Clinton Portis is at full speed, ready to go," he said, smiling, as he stepped to the podium at the Broncos' Dove Valley practice facility on Wednesday. "Practice is open today, too."

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