Denver Broncos News Blogs - Monday, Oct. 3

The Denver Broncos' D brought their A game to Jacksonville and held the Jaguars to only 12 yards on the ground while keying a huge 20-7 win. Read more about the Broncos' victory that leaves them atop the standings in the AFC West.

"D" is for Denver! - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/03/2005 - Jacksonville, Fla. - As a Broncos offensive lineman, Tom Nalen has mastered the art of communicating without officially speaking. What Nalen wanted to know - off the record, of course - as he walked into the visiting locker room, proud of the Broncos' 20-7 victory against the favored Jacksonville Jaguars but glaring at the group of nonparticipants, was: Who among the know-it-alls predicted nothing close to what happened Sunday at Alltell Stadium? In defense of the skeptics, there was reason to doubt. Analysis had the Broncos beat from the time they set their game roster. Gone was not only star cornerback Champ Bailey, but the other starting cornerback, Darrent Williams. Sure, the Broncos had shown in recent weeks they had the makings of a special defense, one of their best in years. But how well can a defense play without its top two cornerbacks?

Denver's new sole purpose: Stop Portis - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
10/03/2005 - Jacksonville, Fla. - Hey, Clinton Portis. A word of warning. When you return to Colorado for a homecoming football game, leave those fancy pink shoes of yours in the closet. 'Cause the Broncos don't dance. They stomp. "If I catch Portis over by the sideline, I'm going to knock him out," said Denver receiver Rod Smith, feeling feisty after the Broncos pounded Jacksonville 20-7 on Sunday. For the first time since his blockbuster trade to the Washington Redskins in 2004, C.P. will strut his stuff in Denver next weekend. Smith loves Mr. Pink Shoes like a brother. Watch your back, brother.

Offensive line gets jump on Jaguars - Denver Post - Thomas George
10/03/2005 - Jacksonville, Fla. - A trampoline was brought onto the field at halftime Sunday and a guy was jumping on it while strapped in skis. Cute, but corny. I thought the Jaguars might leave the thing out there, put all 11 of their offensive players on it and try hopping over the Broncos' defense to get some momentum, yards and points. It got that bad for the Jaguars' offense in the first half. No third-downs converted on five attempts. No rushing first downs. Fewer than nine minutes of possession time. Zero points.

Penalties sabotage any Jacksonville momentum - Denver Post - Jeff Elliott
10/03/2005 - Jacksonville, Fla. - This was the season the Jacksonville Jaguars were supposed to turn things around offensively. Quarterback Byron Leftwich was a year older and wiser. Fred Taylor still ranked among the league's best running backs as long as he's healthy. And the receiving corps, led by the ageless Jimmy Smith and bolstered by the likes of youngsters Reggie Williams, Ernest Wilford and highly touted rookie Matt   Jones, appeared ready for banner years. Hopes were high after the first three weeks of the season, when the Jaguars piled up more than 300 yards in three consecutive games and scored 26 points twice. But all the anticipation of the offense finally catching up to the team's stout defensive unit faded Sunday when the Broncos shut down Jacksonville's playmakers. And when Denver didn't stop the Jaguars (241 total yards), they stopped themselves with 15 penalties.

Elam's misses don't mess with him - Denver Post - Mike Klis and Bill Williamson
10/03/2005 - Jacksonville, Fla. - There was only one game ball, but many players who were deserving. Did the Broncos give it to rookie cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who had an interception, fumble recovery and team-high six tackles while replacing injured cornerback Champ Bailey? How about running back Mike Anderson for his first 100-yard rushing game in four seasons? Or maybe Dwayne Carswell, for gosh sakes, an offensive tackle who caught not one, but two touchdown passes? Nope, nope and nope. The game ball went to kicker Jason Elam.

Carswell eating up defenses with new look - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
10/03/2005 - Jacksonville, Fla. - Only Jake Plummer, who once threw an interception left-handed, could pull this off. The Snake has thrown four touchdown passes this season - two to a guy who weighs 300 pounds, two to guys who don't. Tight end-turned-tackle Dwayne Carswell caught both of Plummer's touchdown passes Sunday, one from 2 yards out, the other from 1. And to think, he never caught two in a game during 11 seasons as a tight end.

Secondarily, depth covered - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/03/2005 - Jacksonville, Fla. - Domonique Foxworth spent extra time getting mentally prepared last week, anticipating his first NFL start. Curome Cox was hanging around the Broncos' locker room Sunday at Alltel Stadium, awaiting word on whether he should get in uniform. Karl Paymah thought he might make his NFL debut, but he wasn't sure. Safety Sam Brandon was recalling three weeks ago at Miami when he was thrown into emergency duty at cornerback. Welcome to the Broncos' secondary, where uncertainty has reigned this young season. And so has the young cornerback.

Balance of power - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 3, 2005 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Knock, knock. The Denver Broncos would like folks to know who's there after flexing their way to a 20-7 victory Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltell Stadium. "It just shows you keep beating on the door, eventually it will open for you," Broncos tackle George Foster said. "You keep hitting it harder and harder. That was hard-earned (Sunday) all the way around, but we pushed that door open." And where that takes them, the Broncos don't know just yet. But they are 3-1, alone atop the AFC West after punching the clock for a dirt-under-the- nails victory against a physical Jacksonville team that had entered the game with the No. 2-ranked defense in the NFL.

Broncos' victory on the 'House' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 3, 2005 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Trevor Pryce isn't impressed. Not yet. Three wins and one loss is a solid start to the season. The past 10 quarters have been spectacular for the defense. The offense is showing strong vital signs, even on the road. Still, Pryce isn't ready to brag too much about his Broncos. Not even in the afterglow of Denver's impressive 20-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars here on Sunday at Alltel Stadium. "I've been here for nine flippin' years," Pryce said. "You don't want to put the cart in front of the horse. This is Week 4. If we get to Week 12, then I might say we're the best ever or whatever."

Turnabout Becomes Fair Play - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 3, 2005 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- To never say die is one thing. But in a 20-7 dissection of the Jacksonville Jaguars at ALLTEL Stadium, the Denver Broncos collectively said something greater: "No more." No more discussion of the effect of high-humidity on the high-altitude team; the Broncos won in thick air that hovered between 82 and 100 percent humidity throughout the contest. No more fretting about having to prepare on a short week that involves traveling; the Broncos traversed two-thirds of the way across the continent and were no worse for the wear, which is all the more valuable considering that two more short weeks await the team in the coming months. No more wondering about whether backup cornerbacks can bear the burden of succeeding on defense; all that rookie Domonique Foxworth did in his first start was lead the team in tackles, notch an interception and recover a fourth-quarter fumble.

Broncos-Jaguars Notebook -
Sunday, October 2, 2005 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time in a seven-year career, Champ Bailey watched a regular-season game from the sidelines. Six days after injuring his left hamstring against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bailey was scratched from the lineup as one of the Broncos' inactives. He was joined by fellow first-string cornerback Darrent Williams, who spent the week battling a sprained ankle he incurred last Monday. Both Bailey and Williams missed practice time during the week leading up to the game. Bailey sat out all three practices from Wednesday through Friday, while Williams practiced Friday after sitting out each of the previous two days.

A Very, Very, Very Fine 'House' - Denver - J. Michael Moore
Sunday, October 2, 2005 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Referee Tom White flipped on his microphone in front of a crowd of 66,045 at Alltell Stadium and spoke deliberately. "No. 77 is eligible." It was as if he was calling the play for Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer. With 6:48 left in the first quarter in the second quarter of Denver's 20-7 win over the Jaguars, the Broncos offense lined up second-and-goal at the Jacksonville 2-yard line. A run up the middle on first down went for no gain, so this time Plummer faked the hand off and turned to the front corner of the end zone. There was No. 77, Dwayne Carswell. Officials in the NFL are required to make an announcement when players who aren't normally receivers come into the game as a tight end or receiver. He flipped on his microphone again the next time the Broncos were in the Jaguars red zone some six minutes later. "No. 77 is eligible."

Broncos steal a page from Pats, beat Jags - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sun, Oct. 02, 2005 - A lineman caught two touchdown passes, no-name cornerbacks played surprisingly well and backups made key plays. The New England Patriots have mastered that success formula for the past few years, but the Denver Broncos borrowed it Sunday for their 20-7 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Broncos offense controlled ate up the clock, the defensive line didn't give Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich time to throw and backup cornerbacks did their part to limit the Jaguars to one touchdown. Broncos reserve offensive guard Dwayne Carswell, who played tight end his first 11 seasons, outscored Jacksonville himself with a pair of short touchdown catches on lineman-eligible plays. The 3-1 Broncos (3-1) aren't in the same class as the Patriots, who have won three Super Bowls in four years, but they took a page from New England's book and used nearly the entire just about everybody on the roster to get an impressive road win.

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