Plummer v. Favre: Interesting match-up

Green Bay's Brett Favre is one of the "gunslingers" of NFL history. Jake Plummer of the Broncos has had a debut season beyond expectations. It will be interesting to watch these two in action on Sunday when Denver meets the Packers in the NFL regular season finale. Read more about the two quarterbacks in today's reports.

QB Plummer surpasses expectations - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 26, 2003 - On Christmas Day one year ago, Brian Griese woke up and found a pink slip in his stocking. Three days earlier, in the "most important" game of his Denver career, the Broncos' quarterback threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in a loss at Oakland with the AFC West on the line.

Ups and downs - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, December 26, 2003 - He never has fallen face first in a driveway, never tripped over his dog, never aggravated a foot injury getting off his couch. Packers quarterback Brett Favre just plays. Every game. "What he's done on the field,' Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said, 'speaks for itself.'

Throwback QBs - Denver Post - Clay Latimer
December 26, 2003 - Even for a quarterback with ice water in his veins, it could have been a chilling moment. For more than three quarters early in his career, Brett Favre had attempted one dangerous pass after another at Lambeau Field, with nothing to show for it except an endless sequence of incompletions, interceptions and botched plays.

Lelie gets hot at opportune time - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, December 26, 2003 - Ashley Lelie saved the Broncos' regular season. Now he seems a good bet to become a premier postseason player. "I knew it was just a matter of time,' Lelie said after the Broncos' Christmas Day practice. "I knew eventually the ball was going to come back my way and I was going to make some plays.'

Armed and dangerous - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 26, 2003 - Eleven gunslingers - larger-than-life quarterbacks who ran their teams with aplomb, excelled in the clutch and struck fear in opponents -

How the Broncos and Packers match up - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 26, 2003 - Denver has managed four 200-yard-plus performances during its current 5-1 run. That strength should help in the playoffs, when running the ball and stopping the run often is the key in cold-weather conditions.

Broncos report, December 26 - Rocky Mountain News
December 26, 2003 - Player to watch, Ahman Green: The NFC's leading rusher has piled up 1,665 yards to help the Packers lead the conference in rushing. He also is a threat as a receiver, with 49 catches - second most on the team - for 358 yards.

Kennedy says he'll appeal fine - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 26, 2003 - Kenoy Kennedy, the Denver Broncos' hard-hitting strong safety, will appeal a $30,000 fine, the latest in a series of escalating NFL punishments. Kennedy was fined for a helmet-leading tackle last weekend against Indianapolis.

The son rises in mourning - Daily Camera - Michael Wilbon, The Washington Post
December 26, 2003 - It's a relief when anything good can come from so much physical and emotional pain. In the specific case of Brett Favre it was downright uplifting, to see a man so honor his father, who at one point had also been his coach, by not just playing 24 hours after his death, but by playing his best, by playing so magically he elevated his teammates and brought an opponent to its knees.

Packers eye team record for fewest sacks allowed - Green Bay Post-Gazette - Rob Demovsky
Dec. 26, 2003 - If the Green Bay Packers protect quarterback Brett Favre in the same manner in which they have all year during Sunday's regular-season finale against the Denver Broncos, they will establish a team record for fewest sacks allowed in a 16-game season.

Keep an eye on Jake Plummer, Denver Broncos - Green Bay Post Gazette
Dec. 25, 2003 - What to watch for: Plummer has started 11 of 15 games, missing one game due to a shoulder injury and three games due to a broken left foot. The Broncos are 5-1 since his return. Plummer ranks fifth in the NFL with a passer rating of 91.2 and ranks seventh in the AFC in touchdown passes despite missing four games.

Notebook: Loss of Portis won't slow Broncos' run game - Green Bay Post Gazette - Rob Demovsky
Dec. 26, 2003 - Since Mike Shanahan took over as the Denver Broncos' head coach in 1995, he has developed a remarkable knack for finding running backs. When rookie Quentin Griffin ran for 136 yards on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, he became the seventh different running back to have a 100-yard day for the Broncos under Shanahan. If you count the postseason, that number increases to eight.

Scouting report: Broncos at Packers - Green Bay Post Gazette - Rob Demovsky
Dec. 26, 2003 - Packers' run offense vs. Broncos' run defense: The Packers aren't the dominant running team they were a month ago, but they're still effective. Ahman Green grinded out 127 yards on Monday night against the Raiders. The Broncos are holding opponents to only 3.9 yards per carry. Edge: Packers

Broncos can't pick 'em off - Green Bay Post Gazette - Eric Goska
Dec. 26, 2003 - Question: What do the Denver Broncos' defense and the Vikings' Corey Chavous have in common? Answer: Both have made eight interceptions this season. The Broncos, who own one of the best defenses in the NFL this year, have the fewest interceptions of any team. Two players — league leaders Brian Russell of Minnesota and San Francisco's Tony Parrish — have more, with nine.

Spreading Some Holiday Cheer - - James Merilatt
Thursday, December 25, 2003 - The spirit of the season can be infectious during the holidays. It causes otherwise sane people to decorate their houses with enough light bulbs to illuminate most of eastern Europe, wear green and red clothing that should be permanently stored in the back of the closet, and joyfully belt out one off-key carol after another. It&rsquos all relatively amusing, as folks get wrapped up in the most festive time of year.

Thursday Notebook: Spencer Steps Up - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, December 25, 2003 - When the Broncos vanquished the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 on Sunday night, the players received a holiday bonus -- both Monday and Tuesday off. Tuesdays are always days off for the players, but Monday is only a day off when the Broncos win by 15 points or more or don't allow a touchdown. Head Coach Mike Shanahan made an exception, and an extra day of holiday shopping and cheer was in the Broncos' hands. Except for one.

Thursday Notebook: Spencer Steps Up - - Andrew Mason
Thursday, December 25, 2003 - One of the great ironies of fantasy football is that championships are often decided by players who were consigned to the bench or otherwise sparingly used during most of the regular season. If you had Carolina's Stephen Davis or Denver's Clinton Portis last week, your season might have been wrecked. But if you managed to sign Quentin Griffin and his 136 rushing yards or Mike Anderson and his touchdown run to your roster, you might have managed to come through okay.

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