Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - Marco Coleman has played in the NFL for 13 seasons. He knows the defense needs the offense and vice versa. Especially when it comes time to win games.
RB Griffin turns ankle but garners game ball - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - Quentin Griffin emerged from Sunday's victory at Tampa Bay with a sprained ankle, a game ball and a boost of confidence. Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Griffin turned his ankle on the Broncos' final offensive play in their 16-13 victory over the Buccaneers. While Griffin could miss practice Wednesday, Shanahan said Griffin's injury is not a high-ankle sprain and he anticipates Griffin will be ready for Sunday's game against Carolina.
Injured back Davis hopes to make impact - Denver Post
Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - Carolina running back Stephen Davis hopes to play Sunday against Denver after missing the past two games with a knee injury. Davis, who had surgery Sept. 17 to repair torn cartilage, said Monday he hopes to return to practice this week. He said the swelling has subsided in his knee and he hasn't felt any pain.
Broncos third-and-gold - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 5, 2004 - All last week, the message to the Denver Broncos' offensive skill players was that if drives were going to be kept alive on third down against Tampa Bay's stout defense, hunkering down in the individual battles would be key. "It had to be something special," Broncos receiver Ashley Lelie said, relaying the coaches' thoughts that nothing would be free. "Somebody had to beat somebody one on one."
Griffin latest sore subject for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 5, 2004 - It has been a difficult season already for the Denver Broncos running backs. Quentin Griffin joined the parade into the trainer's room Monday. He suffered a sprained left ankle during his last carry in Denver's 16-13 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
An up-and-down ride for Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 4, 2004 - Stuffed or not at the line of scrimmage, the Denver Broncos were stubbornly going to stick with their running game Sunday. The first three quarters produced only 40 yards on 16 carries - 10 for 1 yard or less - against an aggressive, hard-hitting Tampa Bay defense. But in the fourth quarter, the Broncos methodically wore down the Buccaneers, holding the ball for 13 minutes, 55 seconds while rushing on 19 of 26 offensive snaps to secure Denver's 16-13 victory.
Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Trial period: Defenses haven't rested vs. Broncos - Rocky Mountain News
October 5, 2004 - When the Broncos limber up this week to face the Carolina Panthers, it will present the third time in the past four weeks that Denver's offense will be trying to get itself ready to play a defense ranked among the league's top 10. Jacksonville's is ranked No. 8, and that was a grinding Broncos loss (7-6). Tampa Bay's is ranked No. 6, and that was a grinding Broncos win (16-13)
Adams: Broncos on pace to step things up - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 5, 2004 - Now that one quarter of the NFL season is complete, it isn't a bad time to start the "on pace to" conversations. The Denver Broncos are on pace to hold opponents to 227 points this season (14.2 points a game through four games), which would be fifth-lowest in franchise history and third-lowest since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The 1977 "Orange Crush" Broncos held opponents to 148 points. The '78 Broncos held opponents to 198 points, followed by 206 points allowed in 1976 and 226 points allowed in 1989.
Finishing with flurry offsets early problems - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 5, 2004 - Overall, Sunday's statistics were very un-Bronco-like. The starting tailback averaged 3.1 yards a carry and finished with 66 yards on the ground. The quarterback completed a total of 13 passes for 138 yards. The go-to receiver averaged 8.0 yards on four catches. But thanks to a phenomenal fourth quarter, Denver is 3-1 through the first quarter of the regular season.
Broncos Notes - Oct. 5 - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 5, 2004 - It's not the same affection the people of Tampa have for John Lynch, but the Buccaneer faithful are happy to have Ian Gold. On Sunday the former Broncos linebacker showed off his old speed and made six tackles (three solo) for Tampa Bay during Denver's 16-13 victory at Raymond James Stadium.
Monday Notebook: Griffin Sprains Ankle - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 4, 2004 - The Broncos emerged from Sunday's bruising game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a victory. But they were anything but unscathed. Head Coach Mike Shanahan said that running back Quentin Griffin sprained an ankle on his final carry of the game, a 2-yard, third-and-6 run in the game's final minute that allowed the Broncos to work the clock down from 1:02 to 0:14, rendering a last-minute Bucs comeback nearly impossible. "I'm not sure how bad it is now," Shanahan said. "We'll find out Wednesday."
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