Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, Oct. 21

The Denver Broncos offense is steadily improving in two key areas - red zone scoring and third down efficiency. Meanwhile, the defense is ranked first in the NFL in a key statistic - yards allowed. Read all the latest on the Broncos in today's news reports.

Key areas showing improved offense - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, October 21, 2004 - Sunday's thumping may have been celebrated because it was the biggest road margin of victory ever for the Broncos at Oakland, but there was an under- lying fact that excited Denver the most. It was the most complete game by an offense that has been slow to develop and that has uncharacteristically played second fiddle to Denver's defense this season. On Sunday, the Broncos scored 31 points and were clicking in nearly every offensive aspect.

Seattle gets gift of grab - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Thursday, October 21, 2004 - The Seattle Seahawks got an early Christmas present Tuesday. Now the question is, are they smart enough to open it and appreciate exactly how much it can do for them? Mike Holmgren certainly is; that's why he was as giddy as a 12-year-old on yule morn when it was confirmed that Jerry Rice had been moved in the final hours of the NFL's trading deadline - who knew the NFL had a trading deadline? - and became a Seattle Seahawk.

Role may grow for Alexander - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, October 21, 2004 - Broncos cornerback Roc Alexander, an undrafted rookie, is getting a quick NFL education. The education will continue under the spotlight of "Monday Night Football" when the Broncos play their Week 7 game at Cincinnati. The product of Colorado Springs' Wasson High School could see more playing time. With cornerback Lenny Walls likely a game-time decision because of an injured shoulder, and Willie Middlebrooks still nursing a sore hamstring, Alexander could be a key player in Denver's nickel and dime defensive packages.

Defense is driving home the point - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 21, 2004 - Perhaps one of the most oft-repeated axioms in football history needs a revision in this new millennium. Because since 2000, it's scoring defense that wins championships. Baltimore (2000), Tampa Bay (2002) and New England (2003) have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after limiting opponents to the fewest points in the NFL that season. The Patriots squad that won the Super Bowl in 2001 finished seventh.

Tight end Leach might get the call - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 21, 2004 - Coming off a 31-3 victory against the Oakland Raiders - when the Broncos were in their two-tight end formation for 87 percent of their offensive plays - Denver might now have to turn to long snapper/tight end Mike Leach if it wants to run the ball often out of that look against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. That's because tight end Dwayne Carswell will serve a one-week suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Adams: Cincinnati a perfect place to go for 200 - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 21, 2004 - A national television audience could witness a stampede on Monday Night Football when Denver's top-rated run offense collides with - or runs through - a Cincinnati Bengals run defense rated the worst in the NFL. Broncos running back Reuben Droughns already has posted two of the league's top five individual rushing performances. Cincinnati's defense already has allowed two more of the league's top five rushing performances this season. A 200-yard game is not out of the question when the Bengals and Broncos are on the field.

Krieger: Disasters have steered clear of Denver - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 21, 2004 - Once upon a time - like, six weeks ago - the Broncos faced a stretch run by Stephen King, although King, preoccupied with the Red Sox, didn't seem to notice. The final four games on the schedule made you shiver, if not quiver: • Miami, a traditional power. • Kansas City, a popular Super Bowl pick. • Tennessee, a traditional power. • Indianapolis, an emerging power, and the team that undressed the Broncos in last year's playoffs.

NFL injury report, October 21 - Rocky Mountain News
October 21, 2004 - NFL injury report, October 21

Shanahan mum on Carswell - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2004 - During his Wednesday press conference, Mike Shanahan said he can't comment on the NFL's one-game suspension of Dwayne Carswell. The Denver Broncos' tight end was suspended for Monday's game at Cincinnati (7 p.m., Channel 7) after pleading guilty to battery and receiving one year of probation for a July 2003 incident with his girlfriend in which he was arrested on domestic-violence charges.

D-line works wonders for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 21, 2004 - If you closed your eyes and blocked out the maniacs with skulls on their black and silver shoulder pads, it was quiet enough to get a nap in last Sunday at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland. "It was like a church," linebacker Al Wilson said. Except when the quarterback was being booed by the choir.

They keep cranking 'em out - Cincinnati Enquirer - Mark Curnutte
Thursday, October 21, 2004 - Reuben Droughns had 40 attempts and 97 yards rushing coming into the season. Then starter Quentin Griffin twisted an ankle, and Droughns became the latest running back to rush for the NFL's best running game over the past decade. Droughns, though he didn't have a carry in the first two games, has 399 yards and is on pace to become the fifth individual back to rush for 1,000 yards since Mike Shanahan became Denver's coach in 1995. The Denver running back factory keeps churning out productive players, and the rush game is a big reason the Broncos have won 103 games and two Super Bowls since Shanahan took over.

O'Neal to play team that tried to move him to WR - Cincinnati Enquirer - Mark Curnutte
Thursday, October 21, 2004 - Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal was happy to get out of Denver in the offseason. In training camp, O'Neal was so grateful to be with the Bengals that he appeared ready to kiss the ground at the team's Georgetown College site. The Broncos traded O'Neal, a Pro Bowl cornerback in 2001, to the Bengals on April 9. The Bengals swapped their No. 17 overall draft pick for Denver's 24th and 117th (fourth round). Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had moved O'Neal to wide receiver late in the season.

Walls' Second Dislocation Not As Bad as First - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - For cornerback Lenny Walls, the injury was the same, but the lingering complications were much tamer this time around. Walls sat out practice Wednesday afternoon as he continued to recover from his second right-shoulder dislocation in six weeks; he first injured the joint during the second half of the Broncos' regular-season-opening win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The first shoulder injury kept him out for three games. This one forced him to miss Wednesday's practice; he is listed as questionable for Monday night's game at Cincinnati.

Lynch Named NFL's Extra Effort Award Winner - DenverBroncos.com - Doug Collins
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 – John Lynch has long been recognized as being a hero on the gridiron. On Wednesday, he was recognized as one in the community. In acknowledgment of his outstanding commitment and dedication to the local community, Broncos free safety John Lynch has been named the NFL's "Extra Effort" Award winner for September. The honor is presented monthly to a player who has made a significant contribution to his community, either during that particular month or on a continuing basis.

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