10/11/2005 - The Broncos had just survived a grimy, gritty Sunday in a driving rainstorm to improve to 4-1 for the third consecutive season. Euphoria? Not exactly. Instead, of high-fives and a locker-room party, the Broncos dried themselves off and went through a constructive criticizing period. Defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban was one of a few veterans who gave impromptu speeches, reminding his teammates they still have plenty of work to do.
Turnover-free stretch best in club history - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
10/11/2005 - Go all the way back, Broncos fans. Elway and Davis in the 1990s. Elway and Winder in the 1980s. Morton and Keyworth in the 1970s. Tripucka and Mingo in the 1960s. No Broncos team ever protected the ball as Jake Plummer and the running back committee has in 2005. The Broncos have gone a team-record 13 quarters - three-plus games - without a turnover. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no Broncos team had gone three consecutive games without a turnover. Have the ball, keep the ball. Score, or Todd Sauerbrun punts. "You don't have to talk about it," Broncos coach Mike Shana- han said at his Monday news conference. "You don't have to put the whammy on us."
Broncos need blizzard of big plays - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
10/11/2005 - Winter has arrived around here. Will the Broncos' offense follow? No one is complaining because the Broncos are in first place. Question is, can they stay there without any big plays from their passing game? The answer, says Jake Plummer, is no.
Boastful Bell backs up talk - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 11, 2005 - Tatum Bell was standing by his locker at Dove Valley talking with a reporter last week when he uttered a pronouncement off the cuff, but no less heartfelt: Give him a couple weeks and he would be the starting running back for the Denver Broncos. Bell might prove prescient soon enough. The speedy second-year pro's 127-yard performance on 12 carries against the Washington Redskins on Sunday included nifty touchdown runs of 34 and 55 yards.
Rookies' ability comforts Bailey during absence - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 11, 2005 - As much as Champ Bailey would have liked the situation to have been reversed and the Denver Broncos' rookie defensive backs were watching him play, the veteran cornerback found something else to like about the team's first-year class Sunday. Bailey missed his second consecutive game because of what he has called a severe strain to his left hamstring, so rookie Domonique Foxworth played in Bailey's left cornerback spot against the Washington Redskins. And rookie Darrent Williams started in the right cornerback spot, having been in the starting lineup since the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 26. In a driving rain against the Redskins, with the footing spotty, the rookies kept playing aggressively.
Legwold: There's no question, Patriots are very hush-hush - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 11, 2005 - Shhh. The Patriots are coming. The Broncos, 4-1 after Sunday's win against the Washington Redskins, cue up another playoff hopeful on their schedule. But this time, it is the league's silver standard: Three of the past four gleaming Lombardi trophies have been handed to Patriots coach Bill Belichick. There has not been a team quite like New England in the salary-cap era. They fit the pieces together, stumbled onto one of the best big-game players in NFL history when they grabbed Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 draft and have influenced much of what you hear these days if you are a football fan. Actually, they've influenced much of what you don't hear these days if you are a football fan. when the Patriots are headed their way. They figure Belichick does it, they will, too.
Broncos winning, but offense sputters - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 11, 2005 — After losing in the playoffs at Indianapolis by 25 points last season, coach Mike Shanahan said Denver wasn't far away from competing for a Super Bowl. The Broncos head coach pointed to his team's top-five rankings in total offense and total defense as evidence. On Monday, after drying off from the 21-19 victory over a Washington team that dominated the statistics, Shanahan said the only numbers that matter right now are 4-1 — Denver's record out of the gate for the fourth consecutive season. Despite the four-game winning streak, the Broncos ranked 21st in total offense (312.8 yards per game) and 18th in total defense (322.4 yards per game) entering Monday night's game. Shanahan's squad was 17th in scoring offense (20.2 points per game) and 10th in scoring defense (17.4 points per game).
Plummer's fumble tucked away - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 11, 2005 — Jake Plummer fumbled. The bumbling Broncos quarterback should have been tackled for a safety, just as the officials ruled on the field. That would be Mike Shanahan's opinion of Sunday's key play in Denver's 21-19 victory over Washington at Invesco Field if he were an impartial observer. But as Plummer's head coach, he obviously agrees that the "tuck rule" was properly enforced.
Monday Notebook: Bailey's Hamstring 'Better' - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 10, 2005 - Champ Bailey saw the collection of cameras, microphones, voice recorders and the locker-room visitors holding them and knew what was next -- another round of questions about his ailing left hamstring. He answered. But he didn't relish it -- not when his recovery time from the injury incurred against the Kansas City Chiefs is now at two weeks and counting after he was scratched from the active roster for Sunday's 21-19 Broncos win over the Washington Redskins. "You guys keep asking," Bailey said. "I'm tired of all the questions, but, hell, I've got to answer them." Bailey tested out the tender muscle Sunday morning in the hours prior to kickoff, but knew it wasn't going to respond so he could return to action. The only shot of good news for Bailey? That the hamstring is improving.
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