December 30, 2004 - The situation dictated pass. Close game. Third-and-15. The Indianapolis Colts had no business running the ball. But as Denver Broncos safety John Lynch watched them play on television Sunday, it only reinforced the notion that with Peyton Manning and the rest of the Colts weapons on the NFL's top-ranked offense, nothing is so cut-and-dried.
Broncos starting to clean up play - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, December 30, 2004 - The film study of the unpredictable Broncos' latest effort showed one distinctive characteristic. The team was fundamentally sound, particularly when it came to penalties. The mistakes of a week before weren't an issue in a convincing 37-16 victory Saturday night at Tennessee. "It was a real clean game," coach Mike Shanahan said. "That was a good performance. But we have to keep it up." Like the Broncos themselves, their number of penalties have been up and down this season. Denver was penalized twice for 45 yards against the Titans, the fewest penalties called against Denver all season as the Broncos had their highest point total of the season. The Broncos' cleanest effort came six days after their worst. Denver was penalized 10 times for 100 yards in a 45-17 defeat at Kansas City, their most lopsided loss of the season.
Plummer vs. Manning no comparison - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 30, 2004 - There is a reason why Jake Plummer has calmly scrambled away from the criticism this year. The Snake's eighth year as an NFL starter — despite some disappointing performances of late — has easily been his most productive. The Denver Broncos quarterback enters Sunday's regular-season finale against Indianapolis at Invesco Field having already set career-highs for touchdown passes (25) and passing yardage (3,843). Considering the Colts are ranked 28th in pass defense, there is a good chance Plummer will throw for 4,000 yards for the first time after reaching the 3,000-yard mark in only two of the previous seven seasons. All of these stats, of course, look silly when printed side by side with Peyton Manning's historical numbers. Indy's superstar broke Dan Marino's 20-year-old record for touchdown passes in a season (49) last week and has already thrown for 4,551 yards, his league-record sixth consecutive 4,000-yard season.
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