Broncos slide seems familiar

The Denver Broncos are in a familiar situation. After a fast start to the season, they've now lost two in a row and don't resemble the team that won five of its first six. It's beginning to look a lot like the last two seasons and the Broncos are searching for answers. Read about it in today's news reports.

Broncos' "D" feels the burn - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - Mix some potent images with a few statistics, and the picture becomes clear: The Broncos' defense is in decline because it is giving up too many big plays. The images: Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Johnson strutting into the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown reception in Week 7 while cornerback Champ Bailey was sprawled helplessly on the ground. Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick running wild and throwing long, pinpoint touchdown passes Sunday in the Falcons' 41-28 victory.

Pryce's presence missed - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - How much do the Broncos miss Trevor Pryce? "I missed him since the first time he was out," Al Wilson said. "He's a playmaker. He's one of the best in the business. But you can't put it all on one guy. Collectively, we've got to find a way to make plays." Even if Pryce returns, you have to wonder about the Broncos' pass rush. The one thing we knew in August was that this turnover business couldn't get any worse. Well, don't look now, but the Broncos, minus-4 in 2003, are minus-7. Two reasons. They don't get consistent pressure on the quarterback, and Jake Plummer is Jake Plummer.

Lynch hit just part of job - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - Talking about his controversial block that shelved standout Denver safety John Lynch for up to a month, Atlanta receiver Brian Finneran said he did what he had to do. "I'd do it again if I had to," Finneran told reporters in Atlanta on Tuesday. "I wouldn't like to see the results be the same, but it is what it is. You've got a quarterback like Michael Vick who's scrambling, you try to get a block. That's what I did.

Capers helps create buzz in Houston - Denver Post
Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - A lot happened to Dom Capers in the six years between his ambitious start with the expansion Carolina Panthers and the renewal of his head coaching career with the expansion Houston Texans. Capers led the Panthers within one victory of the Super Bowl in 1996, was fired two years later, rebuilt his reputation as a defensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars and got another - and perhaps his final - chance to be a head coach in Houston. Capers is getting it right this time - with a lot of help.

Midseason slump not new for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 3, 2004 - The Denver Broncos are 5-3 at the midpoint of the regular season, and even Paris Hilton can figure out what that record projects to. Last year, 10-6 was good enough for Mike Shanahan's team to earn a playoff spot as a wild card, but given the fact that Kansas City started 1-4 this time instead of 9-0, could 10-6 be enough for the Broncos to win the AFC West?

Looking to Avert Déjà Vu - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, November 2, 2004 - The situation is similar; the questions are familiar. In 2002, the Broncos sat at 6-2 and in first place at midseason and 7-3 a week later, then dropped three consecutive games to fall to 7-6. A year later, the Broncos opened 5-1 and just a half-game out of first place in the AFC West, then fell in three straight games to descend to 5-4, four games back of the Kansas City Chiefs. This year, the Broncos head into Week 9 in the same state as they did last year -- at 5-3 with back-to-back losses and a surging opponent coming into INVESCO Field at Mile High. As the cliché goes, bad things arrive in threes, and only a win on Sunday will avert a third straight season with a three-game slide.

Fantasy Review: Week 8 - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, November 2, 2004 - It was a good day to have any of the Broncos' top three receivers, as Rod Smith, Ashley Lelie and Darius Watts each caught touchdown passes. That marked the first time since Dec. 6, 1992 that three different Denver wide receivers caught touchdown passes in the same game. That day, Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson and Cedric Tillman each caught scoring passes -- Johnson and Jackson from Tommy Maddox and Tillman from Arthur Marshall (who had caught a lateral from Maddox). But the result that day was the same as on Sunday against the Falcons -- a Denver defeat, 31-27 to the Dallas Cowboys.

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