Broncos News Briefs - Monday, Nov. 22

Thanks to a fast start, the Denver Broncos were able to cruise by the New Orleans Saints to a 34-13 win. Read about the game in today's news reports.

Morning glory - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Monday, November 22, 2004 - New Orleans - In a city that's slow to rise, the Broncos seemed to be in the right place to continue their Sunday morning malaise. Known for being half-asleep for early wake-up calls, the Broncos burst out of their doldrums for a 20-0 lead in the first quarter and erased any concern they would be caught with their pajamas on. The morning date in the Big Easy was as simple as Denver's first offensive play. Like Reuben Droughns on a 51-yard touchdown run, the Broncos essentially were untouched in a 34-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints at an empty and sedate Superdome. "If we weren't awake by then, we were all awake after Reuben's run," Denver safety Kenoy Kennedy said. "That started off the day nice for us, and it continued all game long. It was a good morning for us."

Broncos in rush to give it the gas - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 22, 2004 - The Denver Broncos waited all of 10 seconds Sunday to flip on the blinker, move on over and drop themselves into the fast lane of the NFL's stretch drive. Because in the time it took running back Reuben Droughns to cover 51 yards for a touchdown, the Broncos not only put the New Orleans Saints on their heels, but they showed they had exited their bye week rested and ready to be a prime-time player in the postseason parade. "We came into the bye week with a big win and we didn't want to have any letdowns coming out of it," Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said. ". . . November, December, that's when you're going to see the teams that are going to be making that push for the playoffs. Those are the teams that won on the day."

Broncos march by Saints - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 22, 2004 - It was big and easy. Again. The score 62-36 will be printed on these pages many times this week leading up to Colorado's road trip to Nebraska. In the Crescent City, 72-36 now represents the combined score of the last two Denver-New Orleans games played at the Louisiana Superdome. The Broncos (7-3) — 38-23 winners here during the 2000 season — humiliated the Saints (4-5) again on Sunday with a 34-13 victory in front of an announced crowd of 64,900. It got so frustrating that the home team resorted to taking a cheap shot at the opposing punter during garbage time. Micah Knorr, who kicked off seven times, had a sore left knee thanks to a senseless and meaningless play by Aaron Stecker in the fourth quarter. The rest of the Broncos were feeling pretty good in the postgame locker room after another dominant performance against the Saints.

Answering the Bell - - Andrew Mason
Sunday, November 21, 2004 - Eight and a half minutes into Sunday's game at the Louisiana Superdome, Reuben Droughns went off left tackle and was met by Brian Young and a host of Saints defenders. The sellout crowd rose to its feet with a roar of a approval that rattled off the the crannies and crevices of the dome's metallic roof. It was not exactly the most earnest of ovations. That's because it marked the first time that the Saints kept the Broncos from a first down on on any snap to that point. Each of Denver's first five plays either went for a first down or found the end zone. During those three runs and two passes, the Broncos averaged 30.2 yards a pop, scored on a 51-yard Droughns run and a 37-yard Ashley Lelie reception and sprinted to a 14-0 lead in the game's opening moments.

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