Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Oct. 22

The Denver Broncos could set an NFL record for games played without a turnover on Sunday in their game against the Giants. Read about the record in today's news reports.

Broncos punter gets back his groove - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 22, 2005 - If there's one thing being a paramedic and firefighter has taught Roy Savigliano, it's recognizing someone in duress. Resuscitating someone with difficulty breathing, soothing someone who has been burned, getting close to the heart. In a roundabout way, Savigli- ano's skills uniquely qualified him to handle someone in Todd Sauerbrun's haggard condition in February. The two have been close since Savigliano watched Sauerbrun play soccer more than two decades ago. Ten years Sauerbrun's senior, cousin Roy soon became a sounding board whenever something went awry. There have been plenty of those occurrences - some self-inflicted, others perceived injustices - since the punter broke into the NFL in 1995. But when Savigliano invited Sauerbrun to his Boca Raton, Fla., home to spend time, relax and talk after a trip to Chicago after the 2004 season, he did so knowing this time might be different than the other moments he had offered counsel.

Manning could be as tough to stop as Brady - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 22, 2005 - Last week, the Denver Broncos had to try to rattle the quarterback with the best championship résumé in the league in the New England Patriots' Tom Brady. This week, the Broncos will try to shake perhaps the league's best family tree. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning might be in only his second year in the league, but with his 10 touchdown passes this season - one more than his brother Peyton has - to go with the name on his jersey, people expect even bigger things. "He's scary . . . just scary," Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "He and his big brother look alike, behave alike and they throw alike. It's scary, just really scary." While Manning, whose father, Archie, played for the New Orleans Saints for 11 seasons, is only a 52 percent passer this season, he has thrown the 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

Broncos close in on record - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 22, 2005 — Jake Plummer says he tries not to think about Denver's streak of four games without a turnover. Never mind the fact that the Elias Sports Bureau has determined that if the starting quarterback avoids an interception and the Broncos don't lose a fumble, they will set an NFL record for length of play without committing a turnover. "I have alluded to it that there are some lucky breaks. The ball got tipped last week and it bounced up in the air and was just hanging there, but it fell down and hit the ground," Plummer said. "It has happened before where there is a defensive lineman standing there and it goes right into his arms. You take those breaks and you roll with them. Right now, we are not trying to do anything differently or think too much about the streak of us not having any turnovers."

Big Blue plans on bucking Broncos - New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano
October 22, 2005 — Lost in all the heat the Giants' pass defense has taken lately is the fact that their run defense, for the most part, has been outstanding. The only blemish came in San Diego, when the Chargers torched them for 268 rushing yards. The Giants said that was an aberration. They'll have a chance to prove that it was when they face the Denver Broncos tomorrow.

At A Glance: New York Giants - - Jennifer Tavlian
Saturday, October 22, 2005 – The Giants and Broncos conjure up memories of Super Bowl XXI in 1986. The Broncos might have lost that battle, but they have taken two of the last three games against New York. It's been four years since the teams have seen each other and many of the names have changed. Kerry Collins was the starting quarterback for the Giants then and Brian Griese was manning the helm for Denver. Sunday's contest in New York will feature 9th-year man Jake Plummer against 2nd-year Giant Eli Manning, as well as what's sure to be an interesting ground game with Denver's Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell and New York's Tiki Barber.

Notebook: Full Week of Practice for Bailey - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 21, 2005 - After a full week of practice, Champ Bailey is listed as probable for a third consecutive day, his best status on the team's injury report in three weeks. That doesn't necessarily mean he feels the best he has in weeks. "I wouldn't say that, but I feel okay," Bailey said. "It doesn't take much for me to get out there (and play). I'm looking forward to this game." A week ago, Bailey missed parts of the Broncos' practices as he dealt with his left hamstring injury, but was ready to play by the time Sunday morning arrived. This week, his action has been more extensive; he didn't miss one practice session.

Pressure Point - - Andrew Mason
Friday, October 21, 2005 - If one is to look only at sack totals, it would be easy to underestimate the results of the offseason overhaul of the Broncos' defensive front. Through eight Gerard Warren, the Broncos' leader in that category with two. The Broncos have averaged 1.3 sacks per game this season, down over full sack from the team's average of 2.4 last fall. All that is piffle to defensive coordinator Larry Coyer. "Sacks are going to happen, but the pressure's the deal," he said. "If you can keep the quarterback off-balance, then you've got a chance." At that, the Broncos have succeeded in recent weeks, consistently hurrying throws of Trent Green, Byron Leftwich and Tom Brady in the past month. Only Washington's Mark Brunell had much time to throw, in large part due to the two-tight end, maximum-protection schemes the Redskins used to help keep him upright in Week 5, resulting in 322 passing yards allowed -- some 77 yards higher than the Broncos' per-game pass-defense average.

Rod Smith Answers Your Week 7 Questions -
Friday, October 21, 2005 - Just a decade ago, wide receiver Rod Smith was spending time on the Broncos' practice squad. Now he is a vital part of Denver's offense, setting new records and breaking old ones nearly every time he steps on the field. The 11th-year receiver made the leap to the Broncos from Division II Missouri Southern University in 1994. He holds Broncos franchise records for career receptions (746) and touchdowns catches (60) as well as receiving yards (10,024). During the 2004 campaign, became one of 32 players in NFL history with more than 9,000 career receiving yards and the only undrafted player to reach that milestone while also moving into 20th place all time in career receptions.

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