11/01/2005 - Only half the season is gone and already the Broncos have revealed so much about themselves. They have shown, for instance, that on every Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High, the 2005 Broncos are indisputably better than last year's Super Bowl teams. Even if the current New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles don't boast the quality of their 2004 versions, no other team has beaten them both this year, much less jumped to leads of 28-3 and 28-0, respectively.
Week off to heal what ails Broncos - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/01/2005 - The Broncos will use the bye week to heal key injuries as they prepare for the second half of the season. In particular, cornerback Champ Bailey and offensive tackle George Foster are expected to be able to come back from the bye in better health than they were in Sunday. "The bye is coming at a great time for us," coach Mike Shanahan said. "It'll give us time to get healthier. ... I think by next week, everybody should be able to go full speed. We've got some bumps and bruises, but nothing serious."
Bowlen likes what he sees - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/01/2005 - Pat Bowlen is getting a feeling about Invesco Field at Mile High. It's starting to feel like the Broncos' glorious old home. "I really feel a comfort level at Invesco Field at Mile High that's similar to the old Mile High. It's getting that way," the owner said Monday, one day after his Broncos improved to 5-0 at home with a 49-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. "It's taken awhile, but there's starting to be a special feeling." Of course, the next step for Bowlen's team is to host a playoff game. That hasn't happened in the five seasons the stadium has been in existence.
Bowlen grins at state of Broncos - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 1, 2005 - His team's quarterback is being hailed as a potential NFL Most Valuable Player. His coach has garnered coach-of-the-year talk for leading the Denver Broncos to a 6-2 record. The running game and defense have been dominant in stretches. And then there's the solid 1 1/2-game lead in the AFC West forged during the season's first half to consider. Add it all up, and team owner Pat Bowlen is harboring optimism that perhaps is "more well-founded than usual" as he looks ahead to the final eight games.
In excitement, Shanahan drops the ball - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 1, 2005 - After Sunday's 49-21 win against the Philadelphia Eagles, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was so excited he forgot to tell the team he was going to give a game ball to Dwayne Carswell. Monday afternoon he and his coaching staff delivered the ball to Carswell. "I was over there with about 15, 20 coaches," Shanahan said. "We gave him a game ball. He seems like he's doing well."
Shanahan urges perspective as Broncos go into bye week - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
November 1, 2005 — Broncos fans are saying the strangest things this week. Like, "A vacation in Detroit this February sounds lovely." Or, "That Jake Plummer is a cool customer." Needless to say, Denver's historical 49-21 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday has followers of the local NFL franchise packed onto the bandwagon entering the team's bye week.
1-2-3-4, Pressure - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - It only took one defensive play Sunday for onlookers to realize that the Broncos' defensive gameplan would be utterly unlike any other in recent memory. Three of the five defensive backs crowded into the box near the line of scrimmage -- a secondary trio that included a third safety, Curome Cox, who made his first career start. In front of linebackers Ian Gold and Al Wilson crouched a defensive line of Courtney Brown and Ebenezer Ekuban on the ends and Gerard Warren and Trevor Pryce at the tackles, a quartet aligned with one major purpose: to pressure Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
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