Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - Denver has relied on its running backs for oomph down the stretch, and this season it's Reuben Droughns' turn. By the time this season is over, Reuben Droughns could feel more like a pack mule than a Bronco. Recent history shows the Broncos' primary playoff path is on the ground. The last times the Broncos reached the postseason - in 2000 and 2003 - they did it on the sturdy backs of their runners. Down those stretch runs, the Broncos ran the ball - a lot. Droughns is undaunted by the task. He says he's ready and eager to carry the load for Denver in its final seven games as it wrestles with San Diego for the AFC West title. The assignment begins Sunday in New Orleans against a Saints team that beat Kansas City 27-20 last Sunday despite giving up 200 yards rushing.
Elliss in line to play big role - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - Veteran defensive tackle Luther Elliss looks ready to make a contribution in the second half of the Broncos' season. The free-agent signee from Detroit is healthy and coming off his best game as a Bronco. As the playoff push begins, the Broncos will need Elliss' experience. With defensive lineman Trevor Pryce out - he could be out several more weeks - the Broncos need Elliss in their rotation. He played extensively in a 31-13 win over Houston on Nov. 7 and made two tackles, including a sack. "He's playing well," coach Mike Shanahan said last week. "He had a good game (against Houston)."
In next game, wild card will be Deuce - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwol
November 17, 2004 - The New Orleans Saints sounded the alarm Sunday. After their 27-20 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, many Saints players were quick to announce that, after roughly two months of waiting, the Deuce is finally loose. "We just need to keep doing it," Saints tackle Wayne Gandy said of unleashing running back Deuce McAllister. "We get Deuce going early and you see what can happen." Though getting McAllister going has been pretty much a seasonlong problem for the 4-5 Saints, the fourth-year running back still remains the top priority for the Denver Broncos' defense in the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday.
Elliss won't play Sunday - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 17, 2004 - Denver Broncos defensive tackle Luther Elliss pulled a calf muscle during conditioning work Monday. Elliss, who made a sack against Houston on Nov. 7, had his best all- around game of the season against the Texans. Elliss will be held out of Denver's game Sunday at New Orleans and will be evaluated more through the rest of the week to determine how much time he could miss because of the injury. He missed one game earlier this season because of a pulled pectoral muscle.
Broncos vow not to look past Saints - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 17, 2004 - The division will be decided on Dec. 5. That's when the Denver Broncos (6-3) travel to Qualcomm Stadium to play the surprising San Diego Chargers (6-3), the co-leaders in the AFC West entering this final seven-game stretch. What's that? The Broncos have two games before that? "We've just got to take care of business week by week. That's all it takes," Champ Bailey said. "We can go out and take care of New Orleans then we can look forward. All we got to do is look at New Orleans right now." The Broncos play the Saints (4-5) on Sunday at the Superdome. On paper, the game appears to be a mismatch. Denver is the only team in the NFL to rank in the top 10 on both the offensive (fifth) and defensive (third) sides of the ball. New England (8-1) is 10th in offense and 11th in defense. Pittsburgh (8-1) is 14th in offense and first in defense. The Saints are 19th on offense and 32nd (last) on defense. The Broncos are 4-point favorites, but were also favored to beat Jacksonville, Cincinnati and Atlanta.
Scouting Report: Denver Broncos - Times Picayune
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - Locked in a heated battle with San Diego, the Broncos will look to seize control of the AFC Western Division race when they visit New Orleans this Sunday. Denver (6-3) is tied with the Chargers for first place; however, there are no guarantees the Broncos will qualify for the playoffs in their conference unless they can win the division. Denver lost two of three games prior to a bye week last week. Offensively, the Broncos will rely on their ground attack, led by running back Ruben Droughns, the team's latest rags-to-riches story at the position. The Broncos feature the league's No. 4 rated defense, paced by linebackers Al Wilson and rookie D.J. Williams.
Fantasy Review: Week 10 - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - If you're in a fantasy league where big plays count for more, then Ashley Lelie could be as good a pick as any; his five touchdown catches of 30 yards or more leads the NFL through nine games. With the close of this past weekend's action, the league's annual rotation of bye weeks concluded; the Broncos, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders were the final teams to take their turns on the sidelines. In many fantasy leagues, this also means that the trade deadline has passed. But the window to sign players from off the waiver wire has not, so now stands as the moment for a little roster soul-searching.
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