Broncos News Briefs - Sunday, Oct. 10

It will be the battle of the Jakes today at Invesco Field at Mile High when the Denver Broncos square off against the Carolina Panthers at 2:15 MDT. Check out the latest news reports about the game.

Griffin's status in doubt - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Saturday, October 09, 2004 - Quentin Griffin's chances of playing Sunday may have taken a step backward Friday when he had to halt practicing because of pain in his sprained ankle. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said after a 75-minute workout that Griffin had to leave practice after "seven or eight" plays. Shanahan said Griffin experienced soreness in the ankle and the team didn't want to risk further damage. If Griffin doesn't play, the Broncos would likely use a combination of Reuben Droughns, Tatum Bell and Garrison Hearst at tailback Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Broncos pay price for dominant D - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, October 10, 2004 - I don't happen to agree, but Jeb Putzier is certainly entitled to his opinion: "This offense has so many weapons, you really expect to go score 35 or 40 points. That's why I know a lot of us are frustrated, because we have the ability to do that." Says here the Broncos won't score 35 points in a game this season. What the players need to realize is, that's OK. You can't have it both ways in free-agency football. You can't pay a ton of money for a monster defense and expect to have a consistently productive offense. It's called caponomics 101.

Broncos' defense now the show - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, October 10, 2004 - Al Wilson realizes there is a lack of appreciation for dominance on his side of the football. Even in Wilson's family, there is a lack of understanding about the importance a defense can have on a football team. "My own mama doesn't even care about defense," the Broncos' standout middle linebacker said. "I play defense, and she doesn't even care about defense. She doesn't want to hear about the importance of making a stop on third down or any of that stuff. All she wants to see is the referee raise his hands for a touchdown. "Offense sells tickets. Nobody wants to see defenses win games, but defense does win championships. All people want to see is offense, but you can't win without defense."

Broncos return to late-game success - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
October 10, 2004 - The fourth quarter may belong to the Denver Broncos once again. Last season, the Denver Broncos blew leads going into the fourth quarter in three of their six losses, including key AFC losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots. Denver was outscored by its opponents 106-72 in the fourth quarter a year ago. However, this season is different.

Broncos' offense will be put to test by another stout 'D' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 10, 2004 - What's wrong with the Denver Broncos' offense? Nothing when Kansas City is in town. But a month after that impressive season-opening victory, players in the locker room were repeating the following to anyone who would listen — "the guys on the opposing defenses get paid, too." It's true, Jake Plummer and the boys — who are ranked 13th in total offense, 18th rushing — have faced some fierce competition recently.

Panthers (1-2) at Broncos (3-1) - Daily Camera
October 10, 2004 - KEY MATCHUP: Julius Peppers vs. George Foster. Peppers, who lines up at left end for Carolina's defense, will easily be the toughest blocking challenge George Foster has faced in his first season as Denver's starting right tackle. Peppers already has two sacks this year and will be looking to put an end to Jake Plummer's bootleg plays. Foster and the Broncos' offensive line have only allowed two sacks in four games.

Broncos-Panthers Capsule and Notes -
Saturday, October 9, 2004 - After beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-13 last Sunday, the Broncos (3-1) return home to face the reigning NFC Champion Carolina Panthers (1-3). This is the first matchup between the two clubs since November 9, 1997, when the Broncos thrashed the Panthers 34-0 during their first Super Bowl Championship season. Coming into the game, Denver boasts the No. 2 ranked defense in the NFL, holding three of its four opponents to 13 points or fewer this season.

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