08/28/2005 - Since the last time they met, the Broncos made considerable revisions in their quest to stop the great Peyton Manning. They brought in a bunch of Cleveland Browns to help their pass rush. They brought back Ian Gold and Keith Burns to help their speed and intensity. They drafted a bunch of cornerbacks to help their pass coverage. They put Trevor Pryce on the proper rehabilitation program to boost their presence. The 2005 schedule helped them change the field's terrain, the city and the significance of the game. All of these changes were put to the test Saturday night when the Broncos defeated Manning's Indianapolis Colts 37-24 in a preseason game before a crowd of 74,152 at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Anderson takes hold of No. 1 tailback job - Denver Post- Bill Williamson
08/28/2005 - On Aug. 27, 2004, Mike Anderson was taken into the Broncos' locker room on a cart. Tests revealed the worst; Anderson received news that could end a nearly 31-year-old running back's NFL career. His season was over after he tore two groin muscles. Saturday night, Anderson spent the anniversary of that potentially career-ending night by essentially securing the No. 1 tailback job with the Broncos. Anderson, who will turn 32 on Sept. 21, was the offensive story of the game for the Broncos as he ran for 159 yards on 13 carries in Denver's 37-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Invesco Field at Mile High. After the game, he didn't have to be reminded of the date.
Anderson solidifies pecking order - Rocky Mountain News- Jeff Legwold
August 27, 2005 - The hole opened and Mike Anderson shut the case as the Broncos starting running back. In a game that most closely resembled a regular-season affair for the Broncos, Anderson took his second carry of the game 93 yards for a touchdown, finished the night with 159 yards and likely cemented himself as the No. 1 runner when the Broncos travel to Miami for the Sept. 11 season opener. "It was real nice to see Mike make a big play like that,'' Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "Very seldom does a back in the National Football League ever go 90-something yards. To see Mike do that was pretty impressive.'' Anderson has run with the No. 1 offense for all of training camp, but Tatum Bell, and particularly Ron Dayne, had done enough over the last month to at least throw a small question mark into the mix. And that was the high-water mark as the Broncos defeated the Indianapolis Colts 37-24 at Invesco Field at Mile High to move to 3-0 in dress rehearsals. The game likely finished the preseason for the majority of the Broncos starters, who are not expected to play against the Arizona Cardinals Friday night in Tempe, Ariz.
Broncos bolt past Indianapolis - Daily Camera - Zak Brown
August 28, 2005 — As soon as he finished earning his time in the spotlight, with 1,487 yards, 15 touchdowns and a rookie of the year award in 2001, Mike Anderson was asked to kindly step out of it. The Denver Broncos' Terrell Davis was back and Anderson was pushed to a reserve role. He started seven games in 2002, but he wasn't The Guy. He was moved to fullback the next year, the ultimate out-of-the-spotlight spot on the field. Anderson obliged.
Thorburn: At least 'D' making progress vs. Manning - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 28, 2005 — Broncos 24, Colts 17. That's what the scoreboard at Invesco Field read when Peyton Manning walked off the field for good in the third quarter of Saturday night's exhibition game between Indianapolis and Denver. The final score ended up 37-24 in favor of the Broncos, who are now 3-0 in the preseason. The Colts, who play an extra preseason game, are 0-4. What do all these numbers mean? About as much as wedding vows in Hollywood. "Preseason only counts if you lose, and we didn't lose," Broncos defensive lineman Trevor Pryce said. "Really, the only thing that matters to me is Miami. This game really doesn't matter." As far as NFL games in August go, this one was mildly interesting. Mostly because when we last left these two playoff teams, the Colts had given the Broncos another horse-whipping in the RCA Barn. Lelie has answer for Broncos' need
Lelie has answer for Broncos' need - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
August 28, 2005 - REMEMBER THE MOVIE "Top Gun?" Maverick says to Goose, "I feel the need" ... and both answer, "the need for speed." Well, the Denver Broncos have long needed pure, unadulterated speed at the wide receiver position. That guy who could stretch the defense and open up the running game and the middle of the field for the other wideouts. The Broncos may finally have their top gun in more ways than one. Denver Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie has always had the speed to be a first-class deep threat in the NFL. What has been in question since he joined the Broncos as their No. 1 draft pick in the 2002 out of the University of Hawaii is whether he could be a complete and consistent receiver that could one day be the Broncos' primary receiving threat. It looks like Lelie may finally be ready to be that man, better yet "The Man" in the Broncos offense, Denver's "Top Gun."
Broncos run past the porous Colts - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sun, Aug. 28, 2005 - Mike Anderson ran like he did when he gained almost 1,500 yards as a rookie five years ago and the Denver Broncos took another positive step toward the regular season on Saturday night. Denver, led by Anderson's 159 rushing yards on 13 carries, improved to 3-0 in the preseason with a 37-24 win against the Indianapolis Colts in front of 74,152 fans at Invesco Field at Mile High. When both teams pulled their starters about halfway through the third quarter Denver held a 27-17 lead against Indianapolis, which has blown out the Broncos in the playoffs each of the past two years. "We weren't perfect, but we made some strides," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.
That's More Like It - Denver Broncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Sunday, August 28, 2005 - The Broncos' defense has been looking for big plays ever since the last time the team played the Indianapolis Colts. For those counting, that's more than seven months of preparation. More than seven months to wait for revenge on a 49-24 loss in the AFC Playoffs. It seems the Broncos found what they were looking for in a 37-24 preseason victory over the Colts Saturday night at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The defense forced two turnovers and tallied six sacks in the contest. The first-teamers, who played into the second half for the first time this preseason, held Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning's offense to seven yards on its first two possessions.
Big Playmakers, Big Plays - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, August 28, 2005 - Some might say the Broncos lacked offensive playmakers.Some might say that Mike Anderson doesn't have the feet to break into the open field, or that Rod Smith doesn't have the speed to get downfield for a long pass -- despite the evidence to the contrary, a body of work that includes Anderson's 93-yard run Saturday night and Smith's two touchdown receptions last year that covered at least three-fourths of the playing field. Some might say that the Broncos lack playmakers in spite of the fact that Ashley Lelie led the NFL in touchdown receptions of more than 30 yards last year, a trend he continued with a 40-yard scoring grab during the second quarter of Saturday night's 37-24 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts at INVESCO Field at Mile High. As far as Lelie is concerned, those words can continue to be said.
Broncos-Colts Notebook - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, August 28, 2005 - On the Other Side "Number 61 ... eligible." Two minutes and 14 seconds into the third quarter, referee Bill Leavy turned on his occasionally balky microphone to inform the world of the linemen lining up as eligible receivers. Few watching the game expected defensive tackle Gerard Warren. But when the Broncos broke the huddle, there was Warren, lined up for the play -- right in front of running back Mike Anderson. Seconds later, there was Warren in the end zone, having helped clear enough room for Anderson to wiggle through for his second and final toucdown of the night. Warren didn't make the lead block on Colts linebacker David Thornton; that honor belonged to Patrick Hape. Neverheless, the 325-pounder provided the finishing kick to spring Anderson goalward.
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