Broncos News Blogs - Thursday, Oct. 27

The Philadelphia Eagles thrive on the passing game, so the matchup of receiver Terrell Owens and Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey will be key. Read about it in today's news reports.

Eagles attack only in air - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
10/27/2005 - Is Champ Bailey healthy? No, he hasn't been all season. But he's beyond caring. Especially this week. It's T.O. week. For the first time in Bailey's seven-year NFL career, the two will be pitted against each other often Sunday when Terrell Owens and Philadelphia visit Bailey and the Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High. "I'm ready for him," said Bailey who has played the past two weeks while healing from a left hamstring injury that kept him out of two games. Bailey, who had a previous hamstring injury during training camp and a shoulder injury earlier in the season, said he's still hurting, but he can't wait to face Owens.

Tight ends hold that line - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 27, 2005 - For a group that came into the season advertised as down-the-field threats that could exploit defenses between the numbers, the Denver Broncos tight ends sure are spending a lot of time close to the line of scrimmage. Stephen Alexander and Jeb Putzier have helped Denver's running game to the top ranking in the AFC with their blocking and have done a solid job in pass protection.

Philly still riding high; Denver is on the rebound - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 27, 2005 - It is hangover vs. hang time. The Denver Broncos and the Philadelphia Eagles head into their game Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High from different sides of the spectrum. The Eagles are coming off a 20-17 victory against the San Diego Chargers during which they blocked a field-goal attempt with a little more than 2 minutes to play. Defensive back Matt Ware returned the boun- cing ball 65 yards for a touchdown. It was the difference between the Eagles being 3-3 this season and in last place in the NFC East and being 4-2 and in a three-way tie for first.

Eagles pass on running ball - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 27, 2005 - Since the lads were buckling leather helmets and playing on cinder fields, folks have always said teams must run the football to win. The Philadelphia Eagles don't run the football all that much. And they win. Defenses always have said they want to take away an opponent's run game and make an offense pass to win. The Eagles often take away their own run game. And they win.

Broncos not exactly kicking up their heels - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 27, 2005 — What does Terrell Owens have in store for the Invesco Field crowd when he scores a touchdown on Sunday? Champ Bailey is planning on keeping it a secret when the Broncos host the Philadelphia Eagles. Denver's Pro Bowl cornerback is looking forward to the challenge of keeping Owens out of the end zone after an up and down performance against the New York Giants' Plaxico Burress. "He plays hard, he's physical, but not as physical as people think," Bailey said of Owens before Wednesday's practice. "He's more physical when he gets the ball in his hands. When he runs, he runs very well after the catch."

Eagles like to 'air' on side of pass - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 27, 2005 — The first lesson taught at defensive coordinator school is the importance of stopping the run. Larry Coyer emphasizes the point to Denver's defense week after week. We've got to stop LaDainian Tomlinson ... Priest Holmes ... Clinton Portis ... Tiki Barber. So what do you do when the other team stops its tailback for you? Because the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to pass on the run so far this season. Entering Sunday game against the Broncos at Invesco Field, the defending NFC champions have run the ball 102 times for 345 yards (3.4 per) and two touchdowns. That includes 14 scrambles by the injured starting quarterback.

As usual, Broncos are gaining ground - Philadelphia Daily News - Bernard Fernandez
Thu, Oct. 27, 2005 - The training-camp washout of Maurice Clarett, if nothing else, should serve as definitive proof that the succession of 1,000-yard running backs for the Denver Broncos in recent seasons is not entirely the result of coach Mike Shanahan's system. Clarett, who led Ohio State to a national championship as a true freshman in 2002, is one of the few running backs Shanahan has gambled on who didn't pay out a jackpot. No matter, the Broncos still have Mike Anderson, (478 yards rushing) and Tatum Bell (455). If they maintain their current paces, Anderson would finish the regular season with 1,093 yards rushing and Bell with 1,040. Although the Broncos have had a 1,000-yard rusher in nine of Shanahan's 10 previous years in Denver, two backs cracking quadruple-digits in the same season would mark a first in franchise history.

Plummer's happy to be in Denver, as his performance shows - Philadelphia Inguirer - Marc Narducci
Thu, Oct. 27, 2005 - Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer remembers his NFL debut as if it were yesterday. It was in 1997 with the Arizona Cardinals, in the fourth quarter of a seemingly hopeless situation against the Eagles at Veterans Stadium. Plummer took over for an ineffective Stoney Case on the Arizona 2-yard line with his team trailing, 7-3. The rookie promptly drove the Cardinals 98 yards on his first drive, capped by a 31-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Williams. "I was really nervous, excited, pinned down at their goal line; it was loud," Plummer recalled yesterday during a conference call. "It was a lot of fun." He and the Broncos are preparing to meet the Eagles on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver.

Bailey: Injuries No Excuse - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, October 27, 2005 - Champ Bailey never thought that just being able to complete a game from start to finish would register as a significant accomplishment. But until this fall, he'd never endured a professional season like this one -- not one with so much pain and multiple injuries that sidelined him for two full games and portions of three others. Even though his first full game since Week 2 was up (a fourth-quarter interception) and down (Plaxico Burress leaping in front of him for a second-quarter touchdown), simply going through the game until the end was a significant step foward. "It's encouraging that he went the whole game," defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. "That means that he's back to health and his conditioning is back where it needs to be." Yet Bailey is not back to 100 percent with the left hamstring he injured in Week 3.

Wednesday Notebook: A Queasy Feeling - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - When Larry Coyer wants to get his point across, he often leans upon an old standby -- one that makes a caring observer wonder about his gastrointestinal health. "You want to puke," the Broncos defensive coordinator said when asked about preparing for the Philadelphia Eagles offense, "because they use every personnel grouping known to man and they've got good packages out of all of it, so by the time you go through it all, you just want to fall over and pray for help." It's far from the first time he's been urged to purge.

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