Broncos Update Insider - Tuesday, October 5

The Broncos defense has played well against all four opponents this season, especially stopping the pass. They are second in the league in passing yards allowed and third in yards per pass play allowed.

So it seems inconceivable that with a secondary that has been playing as well as Denver's has been, the Broncos have only one interception. No team in the AFC has fewer interceptions than Denver, whose only pick came in the first half of its first game.

"We're happy with what we're doing getting off the field and eliminating big plays, but we're not happy because we want to make some big plays," cornerback Kelly Herndon said. "We want to get these turnovers."

The Broncos have had the same problem for a few seasons. In each of the past two years, they have intercepted only nine passes.

That was supposed to change with the additions of cornerback Champ Bailey and safety John Lynch in the offseason. While those two have helped the pass defense, the interceptions have not come.

The Broncos have forced two fumbles the past couple of weeks, and are hoping that some interceptions will follow.

"Guys are getting to the football and guys are around the ball, but it seems at times we don't get those turnovers that other teams get," linebacker Al Wilson said.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--PK Jason Elam had things other than football on his mind in the week leading up to Denver's game against Tampa Bay. He and his wife had their fourth child Sept. 23.

Elam was able to stay focused enough for Sunday's game to hit all three of his field-goal attempts in a 16-13 win at Tampa Bay.

"He was staying up quite a bit at night, obviously, with the baby and wife," coach Mike Shanahan said. "For him to come in under those circumstances and make a couple of clutch kicks is a credit to him."

--Shanahan said he gave RB Quentin Griffin a game ball after the Tampa Bay game, despite modest statistics of 21 carries for 66 yards. Griffin had a few big runs in the fourth quarter. v "I liked the way he played," Shanahan said. "He played hard and it was a great defense and he got some tough yardage during the game."

--The Broncos were the last team to win 18 games in a row between the 1997-98 seasons until New England matched the feat by beating the Bills on Sunday.

"If we would have had the record, it would have meant something," Shanahan said. "But five teams are tied at 18. Unless you have the record, I don't think it means a whole lot. But it was nice to win those 18 in a row, though."

--RB Quentin Griffin sprained his ankle late in Denver's win at Tampa Bay. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he thought Griffin would be able to play this week, but he wasn't sure how much Griffin would be able to practice during the week.

--WR Triandos Luke was active last Sunday for the first time this season and returned punts instead of Rod Smith. Who returns punts for the Broncos will be a week-to-week situation, depending on if the Broncos have a roster spot to use on Luke.

--RB Mike Anderson, who suffered a torn groin muscle in the preseason, said the injury is healing well. Although Anderson is on injured reserve and ineligible to play again this season, he said he'll be back to 100 percent by January and will be ready for minicamps next year.

--WR Ashley Lelie didn't have a big day on Sunday with one catch for three yards, but he had an impact on the game. He drew a key 37-yard pass interference call that set up Denver's game-winning field goal. Lelie is the Broncos best deep threat in the passing game.

--TE Patrick Hape caught his second pass this season, and both have been touchdowns. Hape, a valuable blocker, has pretty good hands and is a threat in the red zone because he doesn't draw a lot of attention.

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