Broncos News Briefs - Thursday, April 14

A Monday Night Football contest at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, a prime-time trip to Buffalo and the franchise's first Thanksgiving Day game in four years highlight the Broncos' 2005 regular-season schedule, which was released by the NFL on Wednesday.

Thanksgiving in Dallas part of '05 season - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, April 14, 2005 - For the second time in five seasons, Denver will play at Dallas on Thanksgiving in one of two nationally televised games that day. In 2001, Denver beat the Cowboys 26-24 on Thanksgiving. This game, on Nov. 24, will be the Broncos' ninth Thanksgiving Day game. The Broncos open the season Sept. 11 at Miami. "We don't have a big problem playing on Thanksgiving," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said, adding that coach Mike Shanahan felt the same way. "Mike and I talked about it, and he doesn't mind it because you get an extra break before the next game. So it really evens out." The extra time will help the Broncos prepare for their game Dec. 4 at Kansas City. Thanksgiving Day will not be Denver's only holiday work.

Broncos 2005 schedule released - Rocky Mountain News
April 14, 2005 - Saturday. Saturday. Saturday . . . It isn't just a classic Elton John lyric. It's the closing stretch of the Denver Broncos' 2005 schedule, which will amount to an unprecedented three-game quirk in team annals. The NFL typically schedules a handful of late-season games on Saturdays, but considering the Broncos have played only 17 such games since their inception in 1960 - they have gone 8-9 on that day, by the way - their December slate is an oddity. The only time Denver has played even two Saturday games in the final month came in 1994, when the Broncos closed with consecutive losses at San Francisco and home to New Orleans. There are other peculiar aspects of the Broncos' 2005 schedule, which the league released Wednesday.

Broncos announce season schedule - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - The Broncos will be busy for the holidays. The NFL schedule was released today and Denver will play a Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas on Nov. 24, a Christmas Eve game against the Oakland Raiders at Invesco Field and a New Years Eve game at San Diego. The Broncos previously played in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day in 2001. The Broncos will have one Monday night game this season, at home against Kansas City on Sept. 26. They have a prime time Saturday night game in Buffalo, on Dec. 17. The Broncos open the season Sept. 11 at Miami in Nick Saban's debut with the Dolphins. The home opener will be Sept. 18 against San Diego. The Broncos will end the season with three Saturday games in a row.

Broncos 2005 schedule released - Rocky Mountain News
April 13, 2005 - The 2005 schedule was released by the National Football League today and the Denver Broncos will be featured in four nationally televised regular-season games, including one appearance on Monday Night Football, a Thanksgiving Day game, an ESPN Saturday night contest and one of two national Saturday games on New Year's Eve. The Broncos will play on Monday Night Football in the regular season for the 14th consecutive year against Kansas City in Denver.

The 2005 Schedule - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - A Monday Night Football contest at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, a prime-time trip to Buffalo and the franchise's first Thanksgiving Day game in four years highlight the Broncos' 2005 regular-season schedule, which was released by the NFL on Wednesday. Denver plays four nationally televised games, but only two of them are in prime time -- the Week 3 MNF game against Kansas City and a Week 15 Saturday night game at Buffalo that will air on ESPN. The other two games will be broadcast by CBS -- the Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas and a New Year's Eve showdown at San Diego to close the regular season. Five daytime games are designated as the primary national game for their respective weeks -- Oct. 16 at home against New England, Oct. 23 at the New York Giants, Oct. 30 at home against Philadelphia, Nov. 20 at home against the New York Jets and Dec. 24 at home against Oakland. That Oakland game is on a Saturday, along with most of the NFL's games, a common practice when Christmas falls on a Sunday as it does this year. The last time that happened was in 1994; the Broncos played on a Christmas Eve Saturday that year and fell to the New Orleans Saints 30-28.

2005 Draft Preview: Offensive Line - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, April 14, 2005 - A look at the Broncos' roster reveals key contributors at almost every position who arrived from other NFL teams. There's a starting fullback drafted by Carolina. A starting quarterback who spent six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. A recent signee at tight end who's played for three teams in his NFL career. A weakside linebacker who spent a year in Tampa Bay and then returned. A pair of safeties acquired through various modes of free agency. A starting cornerback acquired in the NFL's first Pro Bowler-for-Pro Bowler swap in three decades. And, of course, there's a defensive line with four key imports from the Cleveland Browns. And then you have the offensive line. The Broncos began 2004 brandishing five homegrown starters, five players who've never known any other professional colors but orange and blue. And even after Dan Neil moved to the inactive list and Cooper Carlisle took his place, there remained a quintet of career Broncos up front.

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