Broncos News Blogs - Friday, Nov. 18

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer is a different player than he was in Arizona. Read about Plummer and all the latest on the Broncos in today's news reports.

Colts still a good bet? - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/18/2005 - Here come the New York Jets for the game Sunday, which leaves just one thought on everybody's minds. What would be the betting line if the 7-2 Broncos were playing the 9-0 Indianapolis Colts this week? Bob Scucci, sports book manager at the Las Vegas' Stardust Hotel and Casino, renowned for being the first to put out the betting lines each week, said if the game were played in Indianapolis, he would make the Colts a five-point favorite. That may seem low considering the Colts' consecutive whippings of the Broncos in the past two playoffs, but Scucci said when it comes to the regular season, most bettors are focused on what happened last week, not last year.

Timely thefts playing big part - Denver Post - Mike Klis
11/18/2005 - No matter how this burgeoning Broncos season ends, there's no play likely to be more galvanizing than the first play from scrimmage in the second half of Game 2. It is almost legendary already. Champ Bailey, who wasn't even supposed to be playing because of a bum shoulder, intercepted a pass by San Diego's Drew Brees and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown that gave life to a team that had been dormant the first six quarters of the season. The Broncos haven't looked back since, but when they have considered checking the rearview mirror, they have seen similar moments.

Handle with care - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 18, 2005 - The shoulder joint is a medical marvel, a collection of muscle and bone that gives a 360-degree range of motion, strong enough to carry some to fortune and fame. And Denver Broncos running back Mike Anderson knows just how far his shoulder can be twisted, pulled and battered. Not by choice, but Anderson carries a football for a living, and defenses want that ball by - almost - any means necessary.

If called, Van Pelt says he would 'compete' - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 18, 2005 - The two reporters converging on Bradlee Van Pelt this week seemed to stun the Denver Broncos backup quarterback. What would anyone have to ask him, his look seemed to say. Well, questions about the quarterback situation with the New York Jets, who are down to their fourth starter this season. And more important, how would he handle being thrown into action because he has toiled a half-season in obscurity and has no NFL game experience upon which to draw?

New and improved Ferguson arrives - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 18, 2005 - The three seasons Nick Ferguson spent playing for the New York Jets as a reserve defensive back and special-teams player seem like ancient history three years removed from that period in his career. The way he's playing as a starter for the Denver Broncos at strong safety, even Ferguson's former coach is having difficulty remembering, at least when it comes to the player he once knew. Jets coach Herman Edwards said this week he sees more confidence and better instincts against the pass from the safety than Ferguson demonstrated in New York.

Thanksgiving game loads Broncos' week - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
November 18, 2005 — Win or lose, it will be easy for the Broncos to listen to head coach Mike Shanahan this Sunday when he says it's time for the team to put the game behind them and move on. Denver hosts the New York Jets at 2:15 p.m. at Invesco Field. Exactly 96 hours later, the Broncos will play Dallas on Thanksgiving at Texas Stadium. Which means Shanahan and his staff will be putting in some overtime this week.

Venue change paying dividends for Plummer - Daily Camera- Ryan Thorburn
November 18, 2005 — Call it the curse of the Arizona Cardinals. Just when the woeful franchise decides to show some signs of life — spending money on a head coach with a track record (Dennis Green) and drafting some exciting play-makers (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin) — its longtime quarterback emerges as a quality starter for another team. After receiving an inbox full of e-mails from readers on the subject, an Arizona reporter traveled to Denver this week to confirm that the Jake Plummer breaking the huddle for the Denver Broncos is the same Snake who threw 114 interceptions and 90 touchdowns during six seasons with the Cardinals. Sure enough, same guy. But a much different approach in Denver.

Broncos' O-line looms over Jets - Star-Ledger - Dave Hutchinson
Friday, November 18, 2005 - HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- In the NFL, there are several teams that use a zone blocking scheme on their running plays -- and then there are the Denver Broncos. The Broncos, who produce 1,000-yard rushers like Ford turns out cars, have mastered the art of zone blocking. In the scheme, the running back patiently runs behind the offensive line and then explodes into an open gap. This season, the Broncos (7-2), who play the Jets (2-7) on Sunday at Invesco Field, rank second in the NFL in rushing, averaging 165.2 yards per game. They've had two 200-yard rushing games against the Chiefs (221 yards) and Eagles (255 yards)

Serious Business - Denver - Andrew Mason
Friday, November 18, 2005 - Five days ago, eyebrows arched from Tacoma to Tampa and beyond at the sight of two scores from the day's NFL action. Green Bay 33, Atlanta 25. Minnesota 24, New York Giants 21. "They let a team come in (about which) everyone's saying, 'Hey, you should beat those guys,'" Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer said. "We know that on any Sunday anyone can come in (and win) if they are prepared because every team has pride and everyone has to go home and answer to their wives, friends and relatives." Which brings us to this weekend and the New York Jets, who make their first-ever appearance at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Injuries have spoiled their season to date, crippling their offense and helping lead to a 2-7 start that came just months after they came within one field goal of appearing in their first AFC Championship Game in six years.

Broncos-Jets Flashback: 1980 - Denver
Thursday, November 17, 2005 - The Denver Broncos entered Week 11 with a 5-5 record and were looking to get over the .500 mark for the first time in the 1980 season while trying to keep pace in the AFC West. The New York Jets, on the other hand, were struggling and searching for any sign of life and their third victory of the year. In the end, it was the Broncos who succeeded, rallying for a 31-24 win that gave them their fifth triumph in their last seven games. The New Yorkers began with possession, but gave it away just three plays into the game when Denver's Steve Foley intercepted a Richard Todd pass at the Jets 18. Denver parlyaed the field position into a 30-yard Fred Steinfort field goal to open the scoring.

Ebenezer Ekuban Answers Your Questions - Denver
Friday, November 18, 2005 - Ebenezer Ekuban brought three teammates with him when he came to Denver this offseason from Cleveland. He also brought a powerful hit that he's proven to unleash indiscriminately, aimed at whatever the offense throws at him. Ekuban set a career and team high in 2004 with eight sacks and posted a personal-best 54 tackles (36 solo) in 16 games (11 starts) for Cleveland last season. He was selected in the first round (11th overall) in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent his first five seasons.

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