Broncos try to rebound against Falcons

The Denver Broncos will try to atone for last Monday night's debacle at Cincinnati as they face the division leading Atlanta Falcons at 2:05 MST today at INVESCO at Mile High. They will do it with one of the most "together" teams in coach Mike Shanahan's experience. Read about it in today's news reports.

All for one - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - In his second season with the Broncos, Jake Plummer, center, has become someone his teammates can rally around. Said Al Wilson: "He's a loose guy who doesn't mind making a mistake. He can brush it off like it never happened. That's the kind of thing you need from your quarterback." Walk into the Broncos' locker room and the first face you see is ... Luke Skywalker's? Yep, that's him, in all his cardboard-cutout glory. Darth Vader's kid. Al Davis' grandson. The second thing you notice is the "16" written in blue felt pen on Skywalker's chest. That's 16, as in Jake Plummer, who, if the light is just right, bears an uncanny resemblance to young Skywalker, right down to the circa '70s hairdo. "Nobody is off limits to get jumped on around here," Broncos linebacker Al Wilson said. "You have to put your egos aside if you're on this team. When you come in this locker room, we're one unit, one team."

Broncos' good karma begins at the top - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan has met the challenge of putting the pieces of the puzzle together.That unmistakable karma among the 2004 Broncos? Turns out it originates in coach Mike Shanahan's office and drifts down to the locker room. "It comes from upstairs," Broncos safety Nick Ferguson said. "It's attitude. (Owner Pat) Bowlen and Shanahan know how to treat players. I've been on teams where we didn't even know each other. It was offense and defense or linebackers and DBs, but it wasn't a close unit. "Here, I don't just know the linemen by name, I hang out with them. You don't have to be on this team for two years or five years to fit in."

Thrill of Vick second to none - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - Enjoy the show today. Michael Vick is in town, and he's the most exciting player to visit Invesco Field at Mile High this season. Guaranteed. The multifaceted Vick may not be the best player to invade Invesco Field this season. Kansas City's Priest Holmes, San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning are special players. Vick, still struggling to pick up coach Jim Mora Jr.'s version of the West Coast offense, has a bit to go before he is widely considered the best player in the NFL. But he'll get there. However, he already owns the tab as the NFL's most exciting player. Hands down. Who else is close?

Defense selects right players - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - Why is the Broncos' defense so much better this year? I cannot imagine it is all because of cornerback Champ Bailey. There has to be more to the story.

Cut blocking crucial to Broncos' success - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - To cut or not to cut. That is the question. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said last week that all teams in the NFL cut block, not just his team. That's true. But it's also true that few, if any, teams cut block as often, or as well, as the Broncos. So why do they do it? First of all, it's essential to their scheme. The Broncos like to string out defensive lines, then have their running backs cut back against the flow. As the defensive linemen attempt to pursue, the Broncos take out their legs. Linemen hate it, but it's an effective way to block.

DE Palepoi makes most of chance - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - Anton Palepoi learned a lesson when he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks: Take advantage of your opportunities. Palepoi's release from Seattle, one game into the season despite being a second-round pick in 2002, taught him not to take anything for granted. So when his opportunity to play came up with the Broncos, Palepoi snatched it. Palepoi, whom Denver signed Sept. 22, made his Broncos debut Oct. 17 against the Oakland Raiders after learning the new system and being inactive for the first three games of his Denver career.

Game-day capsul - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - Game-day capsules

Broncos dirty, as are all teams - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - A LoDo restaurant is rumored to be changing its name to the Denver Chop-Block House. What has become lost in the denunciations and filibusters regarding chop blocks and cut blocks is the Broncos LOST. They lost the game; they lost their imposing lead in the division; they, like sheep, lost their way. They better find themselves today, or all soon could be lost. Chump-blocking is a more serious offense. The Broncos have been spending entirely too much time and energy apologizing, defending, spinning and showing the media videotapes of opposing teams' blocking schemes when they should be worrying about the Atlanta Falcons.

Broncos, Falcons aim to bounce back today - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 30, 2004 - Today's game should be a real treat. After all, the Falcons and Broncos have already had tricks pulled on them. Last Sunday, Atlanta entered Arrowhead Stadium with a 5-1 record and the NFL's top-ranked run defense. The Falcons flew home checking the extra baggage of a 56-10 loss to Kansas City after Priest Holmes and Derrick Blaylock each rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to their second win of the season. On Monday night, Denver entered Paul Brown Stadium with a 5-1 record and the league's top-ranked overall defense. The Broncos were outplayed during a 23-10 loss to Cincinnati, allowing Rudi Johnson to rush for 119 yards and a touchdown and Chad Johnson 149 yards receiving and a touchdown, as the Bengals got their second win. The Broncos (5-2) and Falcons (5-2) will meet in a battle of haunted division leaders at Invesco Field.

Falcons (5-2) at Broncos (5-2) - Daily Camera
October 30, 2004 - A lot of attention was paid to the Broncos' offensive line during the week after right tackle George Foster's controversial cut block in Cincinnati. With the league no doubt keeping a close eye on the execution of blocks to the lower body, the line that does its job the best will probably win. Dennison's line has opened up enough holes for the Broncos to rank second in the NFL in rushing. Gibbs, in his first season in Atlanta, has helped the Falcons ranked third.

Falcons At a Glance - Denver - ATucker Gilmore
Saturday, October 30, 2004 - For the first time Broncos fans will get a chance to see if all the hype surrounding Michael Vick is well deserved. The Broncos (5-2) take on the Atlanta Falcons (5-2) in a game that could very well provide a glimpse of what the season holds for the victor. After a disappointing loss to the Bengals last Monday night, the Broncos will try and rebound, in what could be the most important game of the season to date. The Falcons team that enters INVESCO Field at Mile High is in the same position as the Broncos -- in need of a victory after a humbling loss.

Broncos-Falcons Capsule and Notes -
Saturday, October 30, 2004 - "We'll recover." Falcons head coach Jim Mora says it and believes it. So do the Broncos. Atlanta's rush defense – rated No. 1 in the NFL entering the game – surrendered an NFL-record eight rushing touchdowns last Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs in a 56-10 defeat. "Sometimes the one-pointers you lose can be so heartbreaking," says Mora. "With this, you can say it's an aberration."

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