Prime time for Broncos tonight

The Broncos travel to Indianapolis to meet the play-off bound Colts on a nationally televised ESPN game tonight at 6:00 MST. Denver is desperately searching for a play-off berth, while Indianapolis is looking to gain home field advantage. Read about the game in today's reports.

Day into night - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - It may be the closest thing to an actor taking the stage on Broadway during the Tonys, or perhaps a singer performing at the Grammys. A full house of eager fans, along with a nationwide audience that includes most of your peers. The chance to showcase your abilities with the spotlight focused directly upon you.

Manning might motor out of Indy - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - Now this is something Saints wide receiver Joe Horn might really want to get on the horn to call his buddies about: Indianapolis should be declared the NFL's biggest danger zone. The Colts are in far greater danger of losing Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning than anyone realizes. Manning is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Broncos win would be elite feat - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - Prime time is time for something else. "Time for a little respect," pronounced former Indianapolis and current Denver defensive end Bertrand Berry. Off the Broncos go to Indianapolis to seize it.

Mannings fine family of passers - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - It's easier for both a father and his son to be voted presidents of the United States than for the combination to be voted MVPs of the NFL. There have been two father-son Commanders-in-Chief: John Adams and son Q and George Bush and son W. (W, barely).

Strength key asset to Portis - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - What is Clinton Portis' time in the 40-yard dash?

Colts-Broncos scouting report - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - Clinton Portis has 10 100-yard games this season, including six in a row, but he's listed as questionable for tonight's game with a high ankle sprain. Even if Portis does manage to play, it's doubtful he'll be anywhere near as effective has he has been. That means the Broncos probably will have to rely on Mike Anderson and Reuben Droughns, two former tailbacks who have been playing mostly at fullback. Denver's top-ranked running attack will suffer.

Green tint for Silver & Black - Denver Post
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - The dumbest team in America is on the verge of making a forward-thinking move that will rid it of its moniker and the head coach that coined it. When the season ends, look for the Raiders to fire Bill Callahan and replace him with Dennis Green, the former Minnesota Vikings head coach.

Spotlight & extra points - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - This is how big football is in this country: Monday morning's headline in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans blared Joe Horn's celebration in a "Hold the Phone" headline that nearly matched the one trumpeting the capture of Saddam Hussein. The headline, and our priorities, are out of whack.

Race for MVP - Denver Post
Sunday, December 21, 2003 - Heading into the final two weeks of the season, there are a number of candidates with a chance to be voted the NFL's most valuable player. Here are their credentials through 14 games of the season -

Broncos have hands full even if Portis plays - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 21, 2003 - Life is a beach for Clinton Portis. In one week the Broncos running back's right leg was bruised and battered (sprained, actually) by a 300-pound Brown, and then his ego was massaged with a Pro Bowl bid.

Broncos (9-5) at Colts (11-3) - Daily Camera
December 21, 2003 - Indianapolis has the NFL's top-ranked passing offense (273.7 net yards per game) with quarterback Peyton Manning having an MVP-caliber season. Denver's defense is ranked a respectable seventh against the pass, but its young secondary has not faced a group of receivers like Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley.

Colts decide they want it all in playoffs - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
December 21, 2003 - Greed is good. Just ask Gordon Gekko, Michael Douglas' egomaniacal financier in the 1987 hit movie "Wall Street." Or just ask the Indianapolis Colts. They already have secured their fourth playoff appearance in the past five seasons. Now, they want more. Greedy?

Familiar script for Colts-Broncos matchup - Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell - Tony Grossi
December 21, 2003 - Consider it another prime-time rerun, minus the snow and wind and biting cold. The Colts and place-kicker Mike Vanderjagt share ESPN's stage tonight with the Denver Broncos. The game carries playoff ramifications for each team. Sound familiar? Thirteen months ago, the Colts and Broncos met in Denver. They were co-stars on ESPN's Sunday night game, and each was positioning itself for a playoff push.

QB has no need to scramble - Indianapolis St - Phillip B. Wilson
December 21, 2003 - The Indianapolis Colts have beaten up Steve McNair twice and made Michael Vick look like the most boring quarterback in the NFL. Now it's Jake "The Snake" Plummer's turn to scramble. That is, if the opportunity arises. The Denver Broncos quarterback says he doesn't enter a game with the mind-set that he must improvise out of the pocket. But if the Broncos (9-5) are going to knock off the Colts (11-3) tonight at the RCA Dome in an ESPN game with AFC playoff implications, Plummer may need to ad lib, which is considered one of his strengths.

Portis Bears No Ill Will for Former Coach - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, December 13, 2003 - The bait was dangled in front of running back Clinton Portis like a fresh piece of meat in front of a foraging bear. Questions about the young running back's dealings with his head coach of two college seasons, current Browns coach Butch Davis, flew at him during his weekly press conference. Reporters from all mediums carried ladles with their laptops and cameras, attempting to stir the pot and create a public schism between the running back and his former coach.

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