Broncos face Chargers today

The Denver Broncos take on the San Diego Chargers today at 2:05 p.m. MST with the AFC West Division lead, and perhaps title, on the line. Read more on the game in today's reports.

Crowded house - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, December 05, 2004 - It's quiet at the Elliss household, a tidy four-bedroom Highlands Ranch rental. Three of the 10 occupants are home. It's just mom Rebecca, and 1-year-olds Sophia and Jonah. Yes, there are two 1-year-olds. It's about as serene as it's going to be in this extraordinary home of Luther and Rebecca Elliss. Elliss is a Mancos native in his first season as a Broncos defensive tackle. In a more important scope, the 10-year NFL veteran and wife Rebecca are parents of eight children, ranging in age from 1 to 9. Four are their biological children, and four are adopted. All are part of an ever-moving household. Take this typical Tuesday lunch hour. As Rebecca lassos Sophia, holds Jonah and listens to a phone message, the noise level is about to pick up. The family automobile pulls up. Six hungry, wired kids are about to bust through the back door like their father busts through an offensive line.

Bailey, T.O. duel to come in 2005 - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Sunday, December 05, 2004 - How do you think Champ Bailey would match up against Terrell Owens if the Broncos and Eagles were to meet "somewhere down the road" in the playoffs? Do you think there's any chance the Broncos would double-team him with Bailey and a safety?

Broncos aim to calm Brees - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 5, 2004 - Since the Denver Broncos last won the AFC West six seasons ago: Seattle (now in the NFC West), Oakland and Kansas City have all won the division. Denver has finished last, second, third, second and second again last season. San Diego has finished third, last, last, third, and last. Today at Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers (8-3) can all but clinch their first division title since winning an AFC Championship a decade ago with a win over Denver. The Broncos (7-4) can move back into a tie atop the division with ownership of the head-to-head tiebreaker with a huge road victory in San Diego.

Broncos (7-4) at Chargers (8-3) - Daily Camera
December 5, 2004 - KEY MATCHUP: Antonio Gates vs. Kenoy Kennedy and/or Champ Bailey. Gates is the hottest tight end in the league with 11 touchdown receptions, including two in the fourth quarter last week to lift San Diego to its first victory in Kansas City since 1996. In the first meeting, a 23-13 Broncos win at Invesco Field, Kennedy did a solid job covering Gates, who was unable to get open fast enough as Denver applied consistent pressure on Drew Brees. Bailey has hinted that he might get an opportunity to cover Gates today, as he did Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez in the opener.

Chargers' Gates poses big threat to Denver - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
December 5, 2004 - As a football player, San Diego's Antonio Gates is one of those freaks of nature. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, he is blessed with the skills of a wide receiver but molded into the body of a tight end. In only a short time, he has earned a reputation as one of the most dangerous tight ends in the game. If the Denver Broncos are to beat the Chargers in a battle for first place in the AFC West at 2:05 p.m. today at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, the Broncos know they must stop Gates. But Denver knows that's no easy task considering his skills.

Broncos-Chargers Capsule and Notes -
Saturday, December 4, 2004 - Denver has defeated the AFC West-leading Chargers seven out of the past nine times the teams have met, and by an average of a three-TD margin the last three times, including 23-13 this past September 26. But from that game on, the Bolts ignited, winning seven of their past eight, including five in a row. Chargers quarterback DREW BREES is the league's third-ranked passer (108.0), has thrown 18 touchdowns with one interception in his past eight games, and has formed a lethal tandem with tight end ANTONIO GATES, who is second in the league in receptions (69) and tied for second in TD catches (11).

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