Denver Broncos News Blogs - Monday, Sept. 25

The Denver Broncos face the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football at 7:00 p.m. MDT. One of the key matchups, as usual, will be to contain the Chiefs kick returner Dante Hall. Read previews of the game in today's news reports.

Who will win Monday night? -
09/26/2005 - Two bitter AFC West rivals conclude the third week of the NFL season with tonight's nationally televised contest in the Mile High city, as the Chiefs (2-0 straight-up and against the spread) look to take control of the division with a victory over the Broncos (1-1 SU, 0-1-1 ATS). Denver is favored by three points, with the total sitting at 47½. The Chiefs are coming off of a 23-17 victory at Oakland in a game that came down to the wire, while Denver got a field goal from Jason Elam with three seconds left to complete a come-from-behind 20-17 home victory over the Chargers. The teams split last year's two meetings, with the Broncos winning 34-24 as three-point home favorites but losing 45-17 at Kansas City despite being a surprising two-point road chalk. Denver was careless in both games, committing three turnovers in each.

Improved 'D' should help Chiefs win in Denver? - Pat Kirwan
Sept. 26, 2005 - The National Football League makes sure we all get a chance to see some of the best rivalries on Monday Night Football as often as possible during the season. Even though the Kansas City Chiefs have won only six of their past 30 games in Denver, they are 3-2 against the Broncos on MNF (2-1 in Denver). So as we break this game down, it really comes down to the home-field advantage question. Last year, the Broncos started their season off with a 34-24 victory at home against the Chiefs, and Kansas City returned the favor at home with a 45-17 romp. I'm not ready to just cave in to the home-field issue, especially with the strides the Chiefs took in the offseason to improve their defense.

Broncos dream big for MNFLongmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Kirwan
9/26/2005 — The recurring dream happened again for Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson the other night. It's the one where the Broncos ask him to step in at running back and he zips 99 yards for a score. No one touches him as he blows by everyone. Running back Ron Dayne had a similar dream; only it wasn't a 99-yard touchdown run. Dayne's fantasy involved stepping in for kicker Jason Elam and drilling a game-winning field goal. "That would be great," Dayne said as he grinned at the thought. Monday Night Football makes a player dream a little bigger. Players live for this moment. They want to put on a grand performance when the spotlight is the brightest. The NFL stage has been cleared, and the Broncos and Chiefs have the limelight all to themselves tonight (7 p.m., Ch. 7) in a pivotal AFC West showdown.

Passing on advice - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/26/2005 - A coach never fails to understand, in good times and in bad, how his livelihood is attached to his players. It is not unusual, however, for a player to forget how much he needs the coach. Not to be cruel, but when a player indicates he wants more input on coaching decisions, rule No. 1 is to consider the source.

Monday no fun day for Broncos - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
09/26/2005 - In the official ranking of the days in a week, No. 7 never changes. Monday is the undisputed worst. If it's Monday, the Broncos must be wearing blue. To match their mood. As The Mamas and The Papas sang: "Whenever Monday comes, you can find me cryin' all of the time." And the Broncos would be the first to second that emotion. "Mondays are definitely not my favorite day," Denver linebacker Al Wilson said. "Growing up as a kid, Monday always meant going back to school. I was never a big fan of Monday. Don't know many people who are." The lone redeeming quality to opening day of the work week is "Monday Night Football," still beautiful after all these years. The music rocks. John Madden goes boom. Cheerleaders shake booty.

No issues with injuries - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
09/26/2005 - The Broncos go into tonight's game against Kansas City as healthy as they have been this season. For the first time in three games, there are no major question marks about any Denver starter as the Broncos (1-1) await the Chiefs (2-0) at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Scouting report - Denver Post - Mike Klis
09/26/2005 - Denver Broncos kickoff specialist and punter Todd Sauerbrun vs. Kansas City returner Dante Hall is a key matchup in tonight's game.

For Chiefs, Broncos, 'D' is plus - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 26, 2005 - Break out the name tags. Maybe pass along some of those little hello-my-name-is numbers. Because when the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs introduce themselves to football America tonight in a Monday Night Football matchup at Invesco Field at Mile High, it'll be the same old, same old on offense. It will be the big-number run games, those proven catch-and-run passing attacks to go with plenty of motion around a variety of formations. But on defense, well, that's another matter entirely.

Broncos scouting report, September 26 - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
September 26, 2005 - The Broncos offense, at least until the fourth quarter against the Chargers, hasn't yet shown it consistently can open running lanes. The Chiefs defense is aggressive and offers a varied look. Kansas City coordinator Gunther Cunningham has switched between a 4-3 and a 3-4, depending on the situation. The Broncos manhandled the Chiefs linebackers last year, but that will be more difficult with free-agent signee Kendrell Bell and rookie Derrick Johnson now in the lineup.

Krieger: Broncos hope fans are full of good - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
September 26, 2005 - Sometime in the third quarter tonight, the Broncos might have to resort to an announcement through the fully integrated digital sound system in the club level lounges: If we could trouble you, our most treasured guests, for just a moment, would you mind terribly returning to your seats for the next Chiefs possession and making as much noise as possible when Trent Green attempts to call his signals? Thank you so much. We will provide a discounted wine- and-cheese platter or chocolate martini - your choice - to any club seat holder who wishes to take advantage of this offer. If you are a club seat holder who does not know where his seat is located, we will be happy to help you find it. Maybe you have read all the analysis of tonight's game. Maybe you haven't. Doesn't matter. It's mostly beside the point.

Saunders: Michaels has Denver at top of his 'MNF' list - Rocky Mountain News - Dusty Saunders
September 26, 2005 - The greatest game in the history of Monday Night Football? From Al Michaels' perspective, honors go to the Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos thriller Oct. 17, 1994, at Mile High Stadium. Kansas City won 31-28, scoring the winning touchdown with 8 seconds remaining. Michaels' perspective is more than a bit appropriate because the two teams tangle tonight during the final visit to Denver by the ABC prime-time football series. Michaels and MNF move to ESPN next season.

Broncos already chasing K.C - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 26, 2005 — Jake Plummer took the podium at his weekly press conference and fielded a softball from one of the television personalities in the peanut gallery. Is this game special because it's Monday Night Football? "If I was a rookie," Plummer said. "I'd be excited." Two games into the regular season, fans of the Denver Broncos aren't very excited about their team's offense. The starting quarterback looks more like a rookie than the polished veteran who is supposed to thrive in his third year under the direction of Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak.

Broncology: The Monday Night Spotlight - - Andrew Mason
Monday, September 26, 2005 - It's Monday night. It's special. And for the 14th consecutive season, it involves the Broncos. Denver hasn't missed a season on Monday Night Football since 1991, when the team was coming off of a 5-11 season -- its worst finish for a full, non-strike schedule since the advent of the 16-game slate in 1978. Prime-time -- at least on Mondays -- is typically the domain of winning teams, although the Jacksonville Jaguars could be justifiably excused for disagreeing, given their absence from this year's MNF slate in spite of a 9-7 record in 2004. After all these years, it still means something, so for a 26th and final time, the Broncos will appear on an ABC Monday Night Football broadcast at home. Denver is 17-8-1 in their previous home games under the weeknight spotlight. It's the showcase game, and at home at least, few have been better than the Broncos.

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