Broncos get in the win column

The Denver Broncos defense continues to dominate and the offense showed signs of improvement in a 19-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.

Offense struggles despite first win - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, August 22, 2004 - The goal, basic and obvious - to score touchdowns - remains elusive for the Broncos' first-team offense. Continuing an increasingly annoying August trend of offensive ineffectiveness, the Broncos' first unit is still shy of celebrating a full ride down the field. However, Denver's first-unit offense did improve upon its point-a-series plan that plagued it the first two games.

Denver defense continues to dominate - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 22, 2004 - The worst thing that can be said about the Broncos' first-team defense is prized cornerback Champ Bailey got beat deep Saturday night by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Koren Robinson. But that's nitpicking considering how the No. 1 unit has performedin Denver's three preseason games. Denver's first string played the first half of a 19-3 victory at Qwest Field, limiting the Seahawks to 87 total yards, four first downs and three points.

Lelie, Smith snag first passes of the preseason - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders and Bill Williamson
Sunday, August 22, 2004 - Ashley Lelie insisted he wasn't worried. He insisted his collar wasn't getting tight. "I'll be involved in the offense," he said last week. "Really, we haven't gotten that many reps yet, so I'll get my chances." The Broncos' third-year wide receiver uttered those words when reporters pressed him for answers as to why he had yet to catch a pass in the first two preseason games. Lelie answered with more than words Saturday night in preseason game No. 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Broncos notch first victory of preseason - Daily Camera
August 22, 2004 - Scoreless in Seattle. The Denver Broncos' first-team offense took some baby steps toward respectability on Saturday night during Denver's third preseason game, a 19-3 victory over Seattle at Qwest Stadium. Jake Plummer didn't throw any interceptions and finally completed his first passes of the year to starting receivers Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie. There were fewer dropped balls, Quentin Griffin continued to run well, and coach Mike Shanahan's offense was able to move the football against Ray Rhodes' defense.

Thorburn: Broncos will need fans to be patient - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 22, 2004 - Patience. That appears to be the word of the year for the Denver Broncos and their fans. On Saturday night, against a solid Seattle squad expected to contend in the NFC, the Bronco first-teamers took a 6-3 lead into the halftime locker room. Patience.

Sluggish Seahawks buried by Broncos - Seattle Times - José Miguel Romero
Sunday, August 22, 2004 - If last night's Seahawks-Broncos exhibition game was a Super Bowl preview, as some have predicted, the Seahawks are in trouble. Alas, it's only the exhibition season. And although the Seahawks took one to the chin from the more physical and aggressive Broncos, the only thing the Seahawks have to worry about is a couple of days of hard practices at training camp for their shortcomings.

Little offense, big worry - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
August 22, 2004 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan doesn't seem concerned. Quarterback Jake Plummer says not to worry. Now that the 2004 edition of training camp is over, it seems time to be both concerned and worried. The Broncos offense this preseason has been as anemic as a hospital patient needing a blood transfusion. However, this patient won't find any quick cures. The Broncos have too many new faces in key positions to gel quickly. Maybe it won't even happen until well into the regular season.

Broncos show some life - but not enough - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sun, Aug. 22, 2004 - Jake Plummer didn't throw an interception Saturday night, but that's about the only progress the Denver Broncos' offense made. The Broncos won the game, 19-3, over the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field for their first win in three exhibition games. The Broncos' starting offense managed two field goals in two quarters and has yet to score a touchdown in three exhibition games.

Seahawks get a slap of reality in 19-3 loss to Broncos - Seattle Post Intelligencer - Clare Farnsworth
Sunday, August 22, 2004 - It was billed as the preseason home opener for a team that many are touting as a Super Bowl contender. But what transpired Saturday night at Qwest Field was a super-sized reality check for the Seahawks, who came out uninspired and were slapped around by the Denver Broncos 19-3. "It might have been the best thing that ever happened to us, honestly," coach Mike Holmgren said. "Because (the players) have had a little bit of smoke blown their way, feeling pretty good about who they are and what they are. All of a sudden, they realize that nothing in this league comes easy." Especially when it comes to playing the Broncos in the preseason.

Anderson Soldiers to Stellar Night - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, August 22, 2004 - It took the words of wide receiver Rod Smith to truly put Mike Anderson's splendid, 120-yard, one-touchdown performance during Saturday night's 19-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks into focus. For a decade, Smith has been a mainstay at the Broncos' offseason workouts. If the facility was open for players to lift weights and run windsprints, Smith was there without fail, not only pushing himself, but exhorting his teammates, leading by words and by example. But he often takes particular interest in players who he feels might need encouragement the most. This offseason, one such player was Anderson, whose 2003 season was dominated by the four-game league substance-abuse suspension that kept him sidelined through much of the year's stretch run.

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks -
Saturday, August 21, 2004 - With rain covering much of the Seattle area during the afternoon, kickoff came at Qwest Field with a temperature of 62 degrees after the rain had stopped. Out of action for Denver tonight were Lenny Walls, Jashon Sykes and Terry Pierce. The Broncos won the coin toss and received the opening kickoff.

First Team Offense 'Much, Much Better,' But TDs Still Elusive - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 21, 2004 - During a full 30 minutes of work during Saturday night's 19-3 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks, the Broncos' first-team offense ran 42 plays -- well beyond the original 20-to-25-snap target range offered by Head Coach Mike Shanahan in the days leading up to the game. It had steadily progressed throughout the half, advancing from a 5-play, 18-yard duration to back-to-back 9-play possessions and eventually a 13-play, 67-yard march that devoured 7 minutes and 52 seconds. But that lengthy drive -- which consumed more than half of the second quarter -- failed to net a touchdown.

Broncos-Seahawks Notebook: First-Team 'D' Remains Stingy - - Andrew Mason
Saturday, August 21, 2004 - The closing act for Denver's first-team defense showed that it's not perfect; a 45-yard pass from Seneca Wallace to Koren Robinson set the Seahawks up for a field goal that broke the shutout the Broncos were pitching early in the contest. But with only nine points allowed in roughly four quarters of work this preseason, one play didn't make the defensive effort a failure. It just showed the Broncos that there is some road left to cover for it to graduate from solid and productive to helping make the difference between a second-place, wild-card finish and achieving the higher goals that the franchise hasn't known in six years.

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