09/27/2005 - Emotions must have eyes. Everything just looks so different today. The 2005 football schedule, for instance. Only in fickle and fanatical Broncoland can the dispiriting season-opening defeat in Miami suddenly seem so far away, while the playoffs in January seemingly move to right around the corner. There is nothing quite like a dominant performance against a division leader to swing the faith in the local football team. Needing to convince a national television audience and - more important - their demanding local fan base that fears of a Denver demise were grossly premature, the Broncos didn't just beat the Kansas City Chiefs, they thoroughly trounced them 30-10 on Monday night before a sellout crowd of 76,381 at Invesco Field at Mile High. .
Broncos shine in prime time - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 27, 2005 — The divisional score for the Broncos so far is 30-love. Denver's quest to win the AFC West is off to a strong start after holding serve in this two-game homestand against rivals San Diego and Kansas City, culminating with a convincing 30-10 victory over the Chiefs on Monday night. The Broncos (2-1) — a combined 10-0 all-time at Invesco Field against the Chargers and Chiefs — find themselves on top of the division after three games, despite the disastrous start to the regular season in Miami.
Fans, Penalties Keep Chiefs at Bay - Denver Broncos.com - Jennifer Tavlian
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - Mondays won't get the votes of many as a favorite day of the week. A few rare fans might include Denver fans, who witnessed a 30-10 thrashing of the Chiefs, and the Broncos themselves, who poured on 358 total offensive yards that included 221 yards rushing. The Chiefs, on the other hand, just want to forget Monday night and their 74 rushing yards. "First off, I would like to congratulate (Head Coach) Mike Shanahan, his coaching staff and his squad for playing a very fine football game," Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil said. "They obviously beat us in every way you could beat us. Tonight, they were a better football team. We did not play well and they took everything away. "I don't know how many times they knocked (quarterback) Trent (Green) down, but it was a ton. We're lucky he's alive." The Broncos defense was able to sack Green twice and pressured him into a 23-of-45 night for 211 yards.
Prime Time Management - DenverBroncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 – Professional quarterbacks have demanding jobs with high expectations. There are playbooks to memorize. There are defenses to learn and players to lead. Then there's putting it all together. That's called management. Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer had his struggles early in the season. He entered Monday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with three interceptions paired with just one touchdown pass. But the nine-year veteran found a different type of grove in Denver's 30-10 victory over its division rival. Plummer was nearly flawless, executing the game plan with the precision of a surgeon's hand. He made adjustments, completed 13-of-18 passes for 152 yards, threw for a touchdown and rushed for another.
For Smith, It's Team Above Self - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - Rod Smith was in the spotlight in every way Monday night. He caught a first-quarter touchdown that helped the Broncos race to an insurmountable lead. He went over 10,000 receiving yards for his career, becoming the first wide receiver not selected in any kind of NFL Draft to do so. Then, early in the fourth quarter, he was the victim as Chiefs safety Sammy Knight flung headlong into him as linebacker Derrick Johnson closed from behind. A concussion and an hour later, Smith stepped in front of the cameras for his customary postgame chat, but had a request.
'All Three Phases' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - Seventy-two degrees and clear skies, read the pre-game weather report Monday evening. The night was perfect. In many respects, the Broncos were close to the same -- from start to finish, and in every are of the game. Unlike the win over San Diego, the Broncos didn't struggle in one half and reverse it in resounding fashion in the second. "We played a whole game this way," cornerback Darrent Williams said after the 30-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. "Not just one half like last week; we've got to play the whole game this way." Unlike in the previous two weeks, the Broncos didn't leave the game with lingering disappointment on offense, defense or special teams. The game represented a game were everything clicked. The three most-often uttered words in the locker room were "all three phases," the football cliché that sums up the search for a complete game.
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