Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - Michael Strahan stood at his locker Thursday, legs firmly planted like tree trunks, and made the task for the Giants' defense against the Denver Broncos on Sunday sound so straightforward. "They have a great running game," said Strahan, a defensive lineman. "We're going to have to stop the run. That's first and foremost because that's what they do."
Mankins fined for punching Ekuban - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - Logan Mankins' wallet is now feeling the pain Denver defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban did. The NFL fined the New England rookie guard $7,500 for punching Ekuban in the groin after a failed Patriots' field goal attempt in the Broncos' 28-20 home victory Sunday. Mankins was ejected from the game after the punch.
Balance Bursts - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - The Broncos have been breaking long run plays for several weeks. The team has slowly been trying to get the long passing game awakened. They tried last week against Washington but the weather was so bad, it couldn't get going. Sunday, though, quarterback Jake Plummer hit both Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie for long plays.
take aim at record - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - The Broncos' offense is four quarters away from sole possession of an NFL record. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Broncos would break the NFL mark for the longest streak without a turnover if they complete their game at the Meadowlands against the New York Giants on Sunday without losing a fumble or throwing an interception.
Early accelerator is driving the Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - The Denver Broncos don't want to get ahead of themselves as they approach the rest of the season after a 5-1 start. But getting ahead of opponents is perfectly acceptable, and, so far, commonplace.
Old School is Out - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - Just the thought of it makes Marco Coleman smile. Just the thought of all of the people and all of the places he has seen in his 14 years in the NFL. Just the thought of all the times he has seen players get "crossways with the man in charge."
Opponents on the run - Newsday - Anthony Reiber
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - Ron Dayne will be back at Giants Stadium on Sunday with the Broncos. It will be a major upset if he touches the ball. The Giants' former first-round bust is Denver's third running back behind the productive duo of Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell. Of course, with the way the Broncos churn out yardage with their backs, something tells us even Dayne could star in this scheme.
Giants out to clog Plummer - N.Y. Daily News - Hank Gola
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - The Broncos' running game has gotten plenty of attention this year, and for good reason. Behind a precision blocking scheme and two talented backs, Denver is third in the league in rushing at 153.3 yards per game. Nevertheless, the Giants' defense cannot afford to devote its entire focus to the run. Perhaps no one else in the league does a better job of setting up the passing game with their run than the Broncos.
Dayne has familiar feeling - Daily Camera - Ryan Thornburn
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - Ron Dayne is feeling a little deja blue this week. Since becoming the NCAA's all-time leading rusher and winning a Heisman Trophy at Wisconsin, Dayne seems to always be the NFL's most productive and outstanding tailback on the bench.
Plummer knows Strahan well - Daily Camera - Ryan Thornburn
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 - Michael Strahan is currently 11th on the NFL's list of career sacks leaders. With 123.5 quarterback takedowns, the New York Giants defensive end is No. 1 among active players. On Sunday, Jake Plummer will face the Giants for the first time as the Denver Broncos quarterback. During his NFC days in Arizona, the Snake was sacked 71/2 times by Strahan.
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