Broncos back on winning track

The Denver Broncos put a halt to their two game losing streak on Sunday with a convincing 31-13 win over the Houston Texans, as wide receiver Rod Smith set all-time Broncos receiving records.

Denver 31, Houston 13 -
November 7, 2004 - Rod Smith caught the history-making touchdown, turned to the stands and handed the ball to his sister. For the hard-working Broncos receiver, that was about as big as the celebration would get. Smith became Denver's career leader in both receptions and touchdown catches Sunday and Jake Plummer threw for four scores to help the Broncos snap a two-game losing streak with a 31-13 victory over the Houston Texans. "It's a privilege to be on the same field as that guy," Plummer said of Smith, a 10-year veteran who started out as an undrafted rookie and spent his first year on Denver's practice squad.

Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans -
Sunday, November 07, 2004 - Before the start of Denver's game against Houston, Head Coach Mike Shanahan deactivated the following players: Triandos Luke, Jeff Shoate, John Lynch, Jashon Sykes, Cornell Green, Darius Holland, Trevor Pryce and Raylee Johnson. Houston won the coin toss and received the opening kickoff. The game began with a temperature of 69 degrees and a humidity level of 11 percent.

Broncos-Texans Notebook: For the Record - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - If you're going to break one record, why not break another? Rod Smith came into Sunday's game with the Texans just two receptions and one touchdown shy of holding Broncos all-time records for both. He took care of both in the second quarter, passing Shannon Sharpe in each category. First, Smith became the team's all-time leader in receptions with a 9-yard grab 2:34 into the second quarter, giving him 676 career receptions. Eleven minutes and 54 seconds later, he added the second record to his history-making afternoon, breaking open in the back left corner of the end zone to haul in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jake Plummer -- the team's third touchdown catch of the afternoon and Smith's 56th in his 10-year career.

Jake Strikes Back - - James Merilatt
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - Last Sunday, Jake Plummer threw for a franchise record 499 yards and four touchdowns. But the Broncos lost to the Atlanta Falcons 41-28, due in part to the Denver quarterback's three interceptions. So instead of reading headlines on Monday morning signing his praises, Plummer awoke to stories calling for his job. Such is the life of the starting quarterback in the Mile High City. All week long, the questions have dogged him. And for seven days, he stood up and faced the music. He talked about bouncing back, something he's always done during his football career – high school, college and pro. On Sunday against the Houston Texans, Plummer finally got the chance. The barrage of questions from reporters was over. It was finally just time to play football.

Dancin' Machine - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - Kyle Johnson had a hunch that his post-touchdown jig would cause a stir. He just didn't know how big it would be. As he answered questions from a few media members in the locker room, quarterback Jake Plummer walked in, having just completed his press conference in the adjacent interview room. "They asked about the dance, man," Plummer informed Johnson from a few locker stalls away. Johnson was stunned. "They asked you about mine? What for?" he replied! "I've got better stuff than that. I could have gotten on ESPN!" He made it there anyway. The dance that followed the first touchdown of his NFL career at first seemed to resemble Adam Sandler's post-putt bull dance in Happy Gilmore. Like the title character, Johnson was "feeling the flow; working it," as Kevin Nealon opined.

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