Broncos face Raiders tonight

The Broncos get a Sunday night national TV game against the Oakland Raiders this evening with snow in the forecast. Reuben Droughn's (in photo) running may take on extra importance in view of the weather. Read about the game in today's news briefs.

Possibility of snow hints at classic game - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has played in rain, wind and cold, but he never has played in a snowstorm. Not yet, anyway. But whether flakes fall in tonight's game against the Oakland Raiders or at some later date, Bailey said he doesn't plan on becoming less aggressive. "I might change my shoes or wear some sleeves or something," he said, "but I'm not going to change my game."

They giveth, and taketh away - Denver Post - Bill Briggs
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - Sammy Baugh wouldn't be doing much slinging in today's airbrushed NFL. With his homely stats - one interception for every 14.8 passes - the legend would be a practice-team castaway in the modern game. And Baugh likely would be joined on the pine by fellow Hall of Famers Otto Graham, Joe Namath and Bob Griese, all of whom tossed at least one pick for every 20 passes during their storied careers. Not to be harsh, but those are A.J. Feeley numbers. The Miami quarterback ranks last in the league this season, notching one interception every 19.9 times he tries to connect with a teammate. Even in his best year, Namath wasn't that good.

Curry's drop symbol of despair - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - The startling collapse of a once-proud Super Bowl team was exemplified in a flash last Sunday. The Raiders, who visit the Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High tonight, had a chance to make a big play. They had a chance for a turnaround. It was in their hands. All they had to do was finish it. But remember, this is the Raiders. This is a team in the midst of a 22-month tailspin. So as easy as it should have been for Ronald Curry to catch a pass, this play became a symbol of Oakland despair. He dropped the ball. Just plain dropped it. The Raiders lost. The failure of a franchise continues.

Week 17 situation to force decision - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - The more I look at the schedule, the more it appears the Week 17 game against the Colts might decide which team gets the No. 2 seed in the AFC. (I think the Steelers get the No. 1 seed.) If Broncos coach Mike Shanahan knows the Broncos could be facing the Colts again in the playoffs, does he throw the kitchen sink at them in Week 17, or save something for the playoffs, as he did against Miami in 1998? It seems to me that getting a bye makes a huge difference in getting to the Super Bowl.

Talk about overraided - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - What were the Broncos thinking when they scheduled the Oakland Caterers ... twice in one season? And on a Sunday night in the rematch? Wasn't Louisiana Tech available? The Edmonton Eskimos would have been more appropriate tonight. Couldn't the Broncos find some team with a hyphen in its name? UC-Malibu or Iowa-Duluth? Or one of those directional schools - Southwest Texas Dental Hygienist College at Lubbock? Nebraska doesn't even play teams this awful.

Broncos, Raiders feel extra intensity - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
November 28, 2004 - Even though Jake Plummer has only been with the Denver Broncos for two seasons, the Denver quarterback has quickly learned what the rivalry with the Oakland Raiders means to Denver's fans. "Some fans, that's all they want you to do is beat the Raiders," Plummer said. "That's it. They don't care whatever happens as long as you beat the Raiders. We know that going into this game there is going to be a lot of people rooting against the (Raiders) and rooting for us." So when the Raiders and Broncos face off 6:30 p.m. tonight in a nationally-televised game at Invesco Field at Mile High, the rivalry between the two teams still means something to the Denver Broncos even though the two teams are headed in opposite directions in the AFC West standings.

Broncos vow not to let down - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 28, 2004 - The Denver Broncos are coming off back-to-back wins over Houston and New Orleans that they won by a combined score of 65-26. They are 7-3 and tied for first in the AFC West with San Diego. They are the only team in the league to rank in the top 10 in both offense (5th) and defense (6th). The last time the Broncos felt this good about their season and had a chance to showcase their skills on national television was Oct. 25. The Bengals drubbed Denver 23-10 on that Monday night. This time Mike Shanahan's confident squad, which plays the Chargers next week, will try to keep the machine rolling against the rival Oakland Raiders (3-7) tonight at Invesco Field.

Raiders (3-7) at Broncos (7-3) - Daily Camera
November 28, 2004 - KEY MATCHUP: Reuben Droughns vs. Warren Sapp. When we last left this rivalry, these two were talking smack during Denver's 31-3 victory in Oakland. Droughns had the last laugh with 176 yards rushing and a touchdown in the last meeting; Sapp will be trying to put his stamp on the series by helping the Raiders slow down the running game.

Buchanan's woes epitomize Raiders' defense - San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - Ray Buchanan knew what was coming when he signed on the Raiders' dotted line. A cornerback for 11 NFL seasons, he was about to be transformed. At age 33, Buchanan knew his best speed years were behind him. His ability to hold up for four quarters in man coverage was fading. The Raiders already had two cover cornerbacks in Charles Woodson and Phillip Buchanon. But they needed a free safety. And Buchanan agreed to make the biggest change in his professional career.

Broncos-Raiders Capsule and Notes - DenverBroncos.com
Saturday, November 27, 2004 - After beating the Raiders 31-10 in Oakland earlier this season, the Silver and Black return to INVESCO Field at Mile High to renew the Broncos/Raiders rivalry this Sunday. The two teams have taken decidedly different tracts over the past season, with the Broncos (7-3) on top of the AFC West after sweeping the first round of division play and the Raiders (3-7) occupying the cellar of the division.

Raiders at a Glance - DenverBroncos.com - Tucker Gilmore
Saturday, November 27, 2004 - Thanksgiving typically signifies college-football rivalry weekend. This Sunday, the NFL will showcase a rivalry of its own at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The Broncos (7-3) will face off against the Oakland Raiders (3-7) for the second time this season. After a thorough thrashing of the Saints in New Orleans, the Broncos look to sweep the season series with the Raiders, who arrive following a 23-17 loss to San Diego. The first meeting between the Broncos and Raiders came on Oct. 17, and resulted in a 31-3 trouncing of the Raiders. Reuben Droughns ran for his second consecutive 175-plus yard game that day, gaining 176 yards on 38 carries. After a slow start, Jake Plummer caught fire and threw for three touchdowns, including a 12 yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeb Putzier, the first of Putzier's career. Plummer finished the game with a passer rating of 106.3, his fourth best rating of the season.

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