Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - Put out the warning flags for NFL linebackers and defensive backs, because the man called "House" is a wide load and he's chugging downfield. In Denver's 20-17 victory over Carolina on Sunday, tight end Dwayne Carswell caught four passes for 45 yards. It was his most productive receiving day since Week 12 of 2002 when he caught five passes for 54 yards against San Diego.
Raiders desperate to turn corner on mediocrity - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - The Raiders have 14 giveaways in five games, including an interception Oct. 3 by the Texans' Demarcus Faggins on a Kerry Collins pass. Collins had three picks in the game. If the NFL would schedule its games on Wednesdays and Thursdays rather than Sundays, or television's bright lights could capture the drama and passion of practice, it's possible the Oakland Raiders wouldn't find themselves in their current predicament. That being perhaps one loss - maybe Sunday vs. the Broncos at Network Associates Coliseum - from being a nonfactor in the AFC West and conference playoff races.
Rice says he could be leaving Raiders - Denver Post - Associated Press
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - Jerry Rice said he believes he could be traded by the Oakland Raiders before Tuesday's deadline. Rice, who turns 42 today, told Sacramento, Calif., radio station KHTK on Tuesday that his days with Oakland might be numbered, and that he wants to play for a team that will better utilize his talents. Speculation surfaced last week about a possible swap with the Detroit Lions.
Veterans providing perspective - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 13, 2004 - Make no mistake about it: Broncos running back Garrison Hearst wants the ball. He wants it slapped into his stomach and he wants to romp for game-changing first downs or game-saving touchdowns. After all, he has carried it through playoff seasons and to Pro Bowls in more than a decade of NFL work. And Hearst is one of the football gray hairs the Broncos went looking for in the off-season - one of the been-around-the-block crew they wanted to help row the boat, not rock it.
NFL tries to defuse Plummer decal flap - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 13, 2004 - As NFL officials quietly worked Tuesday toward a solution to what has become an increasingly difficult public-relations problem, no formal decision has been made as to whether Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer will be fined for wearing a No. 40 decal on his helmet in a victory against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. However, a decision is expected before Denver's game at Oakland on Sunday and could come as soon as today. The decal honors former Arizona defensive back Pat Tillman, a teammate of Plummer's at Arizona State University and with the Cardinals. Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in the spring while serving with the U.S. Army Rangers.
Lincicome: Uniform response is needed to fulfill honor - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
October 13, 2004 - The sincerity of Jake Plummer's tribute to Pat Tillman would be more poignant if it did not require public display. Why not, for example, wear the No. 40 decal inside Plummer's helmet instead of outside? Well, you don't put the bumper sticker on the dashboard, do you? It is more heartfelt only if everyone can see how heartfelt it is. I have to be honest about this. I did not notice Plummer's homage to his dead friend until I happened to look up from my press-box seat and saw a TV image zeroed in on the back of Plummer's head.
For Broncos, 'D' the difference - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 13, 2004 - Denver 19.8, Opponents 14.8. That's the average score through five games for the 4-1 Broncos, who have done just enough in the fourth quarter to enter Sunday's game at rival Oakland (2-3) with the AFC West lead. Mike Shanahan's team has only scored nine touchdowns this season, but given up just eight. Jason Elam has made 12 field goals, twice as many as his counterparts. Denver's defense is ranked No. 1 in the league this week, yielding only 240.8 yards per game.
Little errors are costing Raiders big - San Francisco Chronicle - David Bush
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - They thought they had taken care of this problem. No team in the NFL gave up more rushing yards last year than the 2,510 the Raiders allowed. So in the offseason, they collected bulky veteran linemen and experienced linebackers. But on Sunday, there they all were, chasing Edgerrin James and his mates around Indianapolis' RCA Dome as the Colts romped for 150 rushing yards. That is a major reason the Raiders lost 35-14 to drop to 2-3. It is not going to get any easier with the Denver Broncos and their tandem of Quentin Griffin and Reuben Droughns coming to the Coliseum on Sunday.
Pryce: Working Back to Playing Shape - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - For defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, perhaps the most unexpected ancillary effect of his back injury was boredom. In the week and a half immediately after undergoing surgery on Sept. 22, Pryce couldn't exercise, couldn't lift weights -- and really, couldn't do much of anything. As his teammates continued practicing and playing, Pryce had to rest -- which was the only way which he could begin recovery. Pryce is now back at Dove Valley, working on his conditioning with the hopes he can return in three weeks. But for a while, he couldn't even get up and go for a jog, per doctor's orders.
Remember the Drive...Drive for Life 7 - DenverBroncos.com
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - Tuesday, October 19, marks the 7th Annual Denver Broncos Community Blood Drive—Drive For Life—in collaboration with Bonfils Blood Center. This year's Drive will again be held at INVESCO Field at Mile High from 7am-7pm. Drive for Life is Colorado's largest single-day community blood drive with over 2300 people attending last year's event. The Denver Broncos' own Rod Smith has been the Drive's spokesperson since its inception in 1998. "I am proud to support Drive for Life for a seventh year and am committed to encouraging others to donate blood. My daughter suffers from sickle cell anemia and receives regular blood transfusions that help her live a better life. More blood donors are needed every day to help save lives in our community," says Smith.
Fantasy Review: Week 5 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - One five-touchdown game is terrific. Two is extraordinary. With 193 rushing yards and a touchdown on a pass from Jake Plummer, little more needs to be said about running back Reuben Droughns, who posted a career day against the Carolina Panthers. But perhaps the most significant part of Droughns' big day is what it did for the Broncos' average from starting running backs, pushing it up to 97.6 yards per game this season.
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