Broncos News Blogs - Monday, Oct. 31

With a couple of rookies leading the way, the Denver Broncos dispensed with the Philadelphia Eagles 49-21 on Sunday. Read about cornerback Domonique Foxworth (in photo) and wide receiver Todd Devoe's contributions in today's news reports.

Denver thrilled ... and Philly fizzled - - Adam Schein
10/31/2005 - It was 28-21 in the third quarter. The Eagles had just ripped off 14 straight points, highlighted by Terrell Owens toasting Champ Bailey for a 91-yard touchdown. Good-old momentum was clearly shifting toward the Eagles. This had classic Philadelphia comeback written all over it. A sensational 28-0 lead was washed down the drain. Denver was on the ropes. But Denver finished off the Eagles just like the game started, by physically dominating Philly in every phase. Chalk up a phenomenal 49-21 roasting of the Eagles in Denver. It proved to be a major statement win for the now 6-2 Broncos.

Putting 'D' in Denver - - Ira Miller
Monday, October 31, 2005 - The Denver Broncos defied convention Sunday. And in doing that, they just might have found a formula to carry them through the season. In their first seven games, the Broncos had produced the NFL's least effective pass rush, ranking last in the league in sacks percentage and 26th in overall pass defense. Facing Donovan McNabb and a Philadelphia offense that passed on almost every play called for something radical. And radical is just what the Broncos did.

Bye and large - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/31/2005 - Of all the nerve, these kids. Don't they know there has always been a natural order to the Broncos? During practice, in the locker room, throughout the season, at crunch time, the kid Broncos must defer to the veterans. The kids are to be quiet, listen, follow, even carry their shoulder pads during those early days of training camps. On a dark, sometimes damp Sunday afternoon at Invesco Field at Mile High, a couple of kids named Domonique Foxworth and Todd Devoe pulled rank. The veterans stepped aside while the kids stepped up and made critical plays at knee- shaking moments to push the Broncos past the Philadelphia Eagles 49-21 in one of the wildest games played at the stadium. Afterward, there was not a drop of bitter envy running through the veins of the veterans.

Running back succcess not new - Denver Post - Mike Klis and Bill Williamson
10/31/2005 - Rod Smith was asked about the incredible running performances his Broncos have delivered the past five or six weeks. "Five or six weeks?" said Smith, a veteran receiver. "Twelve years." Indeed, since Mike Shanahan became head coach in 1995, no NFL team has gained more rushing yards than the 23,849 compiled by the Broncos. Second-place Pittsburgh is more than 1,000 yards behind. Even by the Broncos' lofty running standards, though, they may be outdoing themselves this year.

Feather dusters - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 31, 2005 - It wasn't the stuff dreams are made of, not at all. It was better than that. "I envisioned helping my team win sometimes, doing a couple things, but not like this," Broncos receiver Todd Devoe said. "Maybe make a catch here or there and we win. But not like this. . . . When everybody was talking about Dwayne (Carswell) and all that. Not like this at all." But it was Devoe, a veteran of three practice squads around the league as well as NFL Europe, who scored the touchdown - it was the first of his career - that made the Broncos' 49-21 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles stick Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High. And on a day when the Broncos said they played for one of the team's most tenured veterans, it was a day for the team's new faces to help things along.

Krieger: Eagles have a slow response to all of the rushing around - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 31, 2005 - You're accustomed to seeing the Broncos surprise opponents with their offensive script, as they did again Sunday, taking nearly 5 minutes to go up 7-0. But the script that knocked the Eagles down until they couldn't get up was the one on the other side of the ball. The Broncos are known for blitzing, but not like this. "We didn't do a very good job against it," Eagles coach Andy Reid acknowledged. "This wasn't something that they had shown before. It took a little bit of time to get it sorted out. By that time, they had a couple scores on us." It was a high-risk strategy from defensive coordinator Larry Coyer, but it was also a logical extension of what his defense has been doing. The Broncos like their young defensive backs - Domonique Foxworth showed why with a key interception as the Eagles fought back - but they would prefer not to make them cover for too long. From the start, the Broncos packed the box until it looked like the starting line for a sprint - which it turned out to be. Teams have schemes to block the blitz, but bringing the house is something else.

No doubt, Broncos close deal - Daily Camera- Zak Brown
October 31, 2005 — It didn't matter how hard the Denver Broncos tried to make it on themselves Sunday. They made it look easy against the defending NFC champions. A week after losing on a last-second touchdown, the Broncos rebounded with three dominant quarters to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 49-21 at Invesco Field. They nearly let a 28-point lead evaporate, but finished strong, thanks to a touchdown-saving interception from rookie Domonique Foxworth and a game-breaking touchdown reception from Todd Devoe. The Broncos now head into the bye week with a 6-2 record and a 1-1/2 game lead in the AFC West.

Plummer continues to silence critics - Miami Herald - David Ramsey
October 31, 2005 - Andy Reid offers a simple explanation for this new, improved version of Jake Plummer. "He's on a good football team," Reid said after Plummer led the Denver Broncos to a 49-21 demolition of the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid, coach of the Eagles, remembers when Plummer played, and struggled, for the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals, now and forever, are not a good football team. When Plummer labored as Arizona's quarterback, he was forever trying to lift his overmatched teammates to victory. That was then. Plummer is on a roll, silencing critics each week with his steady leadership of the Broncos. He was at his best Sunday, throwing four touchdowns, collecting 309 yards and finding eight different receivers. Most importantly, he never stumbled to a major mistake. Plummer has often been the most generous of quarterbacks, tossing interceptions without a care, but for most of this season he's been, of all things, cautious and wise.

Opportunity Knocks - Denver - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 31, 2005 - As darkness began to descend and the third quarter became the fourth late Sunday afternoon, there was a palpable uneasiness in the air at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Many of the 75,277 had gone from frenzied to nervous to downright catatonic watching the proceedings on the field, and as the final quarter began, the Philadelphia Eagles had scored 21 consecutive points and were driving for more. The Broncos couldn't ignore the emotional atmosphere around them. They knew what people were sensing. "We were aware because it's happened to us the last three or four weeks," tight end Stephen Alexander said. Asked Nick Ferguson: "How can you not be aware of the fact that your fans who were rooting for you in the first and second quarters when you were dominating on defense now seem like the air's just been deflated and taken out of them?" They knew that any chance they had would rest on doing two things -- making a play to resuscitate the fans and executing another to send them into delirium.

Broncos Inspired By Carswell - - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 31, 2005 - When the Broncos needed a goal-line lift four Sundays ago, they turned to offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, the 12-year veteran wasn't around to provide such a boost; his convalescence in a suburban hospital continued as he recovered from the numerous internal injuries he suffered in a Thursday morning automobile accident. But even from several miles away, he provide the Broncos with something meaningful -- inspiration and motivation. "Every guy carried a piece of him out there on the football field tonight," wide receiver Rod Smith said. "We said that going in and we said that coming out." When the Broncos came together before Sunday's game, they called out his nickname: "House." When the defense took the field midway through the third quarter, the scoreboard flashed a simple, heartfelt message: "Do it for House."

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