11/22/2005 - The beauty of the NFL is once a team becomes firmly established as No. 2, it doesn't have to try harder. To the contrary, for a full week in January, it doesn't have to try at all. Avis has it all wrong. When the NFL begins its playoffs, the second-best team in each conference initially gets the same privilege as the best team. In the postseason's first week, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds each get a first-round bye. A week off. Heal and rest. Watch and wait. In the second week, No. 1 and No. 2 each get to host a playoff game. For the bulk of the NFL playoffs, No. 2 has a far greater advantage over No. 3 than No. 1 has over No. 2. Guess who's in charge of their bye-week destiny?
Injured Bell in rush to recover - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/22/2005 - Tatum Bell's availability for his Texas homecoming could be determined today when the Broncos tailback tries to practice in a rushed attempt to recover from a chest injury as the 8-2 team prepares for Thursday's Thanksgiving game in Irving, Texas, against Dallas. Coach Mike Shanahan said Bell "was pretty sore" Monday when he received treatment. Bell departed a 27-0 victory over the Jets on Sunday early and did not return. Bell was a fast healer with a tolerance for pain last season when he played one week after suffering a separated shoulder. If Bell can't play against Dallas, Ron Dayne and Cecil Sapp likely will back up Mike Anderson.
No rest stop ahead - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 22, 2005 - Rod Smith hadn't yet showered Sunday night in the Denver Broncos locker room when his thoughts turned to the next task at hand. "We can't enjoy this one too long because we have to go back to work again," the receiver said after a 27-0 victory against the New York Jets. Smith then paused before adding, with a chuckle, "We've probably got to practice tonight as far as I know so we can get ready for Thursday." The Broncos (8-2) were allowed to sleep Sunday night. But sleeping in too late was another matter come Monday morning for many of the players. Broncos players were expected at the team's Dove Valley complex for a 90-minute meeting around lunchtime, which was followed by a full special-teams workout.
Lepsis fast out of the blocks - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 22, 2005 - Sometimes it pays to have a head start. The Broncos know it's a lot to ask for an offensive tackle to work out in open spaces by himself. So when the Denver offensive line goes down into its usual three-point stance, the tackle on the opposite side of the formation from the tight end - the weak- side tackle - usually remains in a two-point stance.
Foxworth, Williams are on the spot - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 22, 2005 - The Denver Broncos haven't hesitated to put rookie cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Darrent Williams in competitive situations this season. And the two have played so well, they are rotating at the right cornerback spot in the starting defense, opposite Champ Bailey. "We're both young and we've both been playing pretty good, so it's not really a thing where we're mad," Williams said. "We're both happy that we're playing, but we both want to be on the field at all times just because of how competitive we are."
Legwold: Colts allowing Broncos to have a hidden agenda - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 22, 2005 - There are benefits to being the Next Big Thing. People come to see you, they point, they talk - and sometimes you even get a snazzy catch phrase on prime-time TV. However, the Broncos soon will discover, if they are careful, there are some benefits to being the Next Best Thing. They currently are No. 2 in the AFC's playoff race. When the season reaches Week 11, as it did Sunday, it's officially OK to start referring to the playoff race roughly every 48.7 seconds. Or at least the Farmers' Almanac says so.
Denver 'D' well-rested after shutout - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 22, 2005 — Two NFL games in five days at this stage of the season could take quite a toll on the body. But the Denver Broncos, at least half of them, are feeling relatively fresh entering Thursday's game at Dallas. Thanks to a dominant performance by the offense during the 27-0 victory over the New York Jets, the defense was only on the field for 43 snaps on Sunday. "I had to come in and stretch at halftime," safety John Lynch said. "It was unbelievable."
Broncos focusing on Cowboys - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 22, 2005 — Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are a perfect 10-0. The head coach of the AFC's No. 2 team doesn't want to discuss it. "Why are we talking about the Colts?" Mike Shanahan wondered on Monday when the sore subject was brought up at his press conference. Well, your Broncos (8-2) — who have been eliminated from Super Bowl contention by the Colts the past two seasons by a combined score of 90-34 — are in position to seize the conference's second playoff seed and a first-round bye. Which means there is a realistic possibility that Denver will of travel to the RCA Dome for the AFC Championship with one January home victory.
Measuring up with Broncos - Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Mac Engel
Tue, Nov. 22, 2005 - IRVING -- Keyshawn Johnson calls the Chicago Bears the best team in the NFC. He ranks his Cowboys behind the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Giants, the Carolina Panthers, etc. "We're about sixth," the Cowboys receiver said. With the 8-2 Denver Broncos coming in on Thursday, the Cowboys (7-3) could make a big move up in the next Keyshawn Johnson Power Poll. "Denver is playing as well as anybody," Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "This is a chance to see how we stack up."
Bell's status foggy for Cowboys' game - Longmont Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
11/22/2005 — Tatum Bell's chest is a little bit sore, and he needs treatment. That was the gist of Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan's report Monday on the injured running back. Basically, Shanahan's words were coach speak for the fact that he's concerned about Bell's status for Thursday's game at Dallas, especially with the short turnaround between games. Bell was injured Sunday against the New York Jets when he collided with safety Oliver Celestin in the third quarter. Bell didn't return to the game. Should Bell not be able to play Thursday, the Broncos would be in a bind. What do you do about the platoon system? Do you give Mike Anderson more carries? Will Ron Dayne figure more into the plans? Does Cecil Sapp get more playing time?
Short Week? No Problem - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - Not everyone wants to play on Thanksgiving week. Not all teams want to go on the road to face the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, two teams that are quite accustomed to playing opponents with only three days between games. It's a challenge the Broncos don't have the chance to face annually. It's also one they thoroughly embrace. "A lot of teams don't want to play on Thanksgiving," Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We played on Thanksgiving a few years back. I told them we'd like to. I think it's good. I think it changes up the routine a little bit. It's a nationally televised (game), which is always nice. I think it's a mature football team that looks forward to the challenge."
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