Broncos News Blogs - Wednesday, Nov. 30

Cornerback Lenny Walls has been picked up by the Oakland Raiders. The Denver Broncos waived Walls, who began the season as one of Denver's starting cornerbacks, on Monday. He was placed on the reserve-injured list with an injured groin Nov. 1. Read more about Walls in today's news reports.

Chiefs charging into playoff race - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
11/30/2005 - Kansas City, Mo. - Having navigated an early-season schedule filled with potholes - like losing their Hall of Fame-caliber offensive lineman for long stretches and their all-star rusher for the remainder of the year - and facing a season-ending slate seemingly designed to ensure the top pick in the upcoming NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs insist they're not out of the playoff race. "Yeah, we can make it. Why not?" tight end Tony Gonzalez asks. "I'm an optimist." Gonzalez embraces what to others would be a sobering scenario. Beginning with Sunday's game against the Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium, four of the Chiefs' five remaining opponents - Denver, Dallas, the New York Giants and Cincinnati - are in or have a share of first place in their divisions, with a combined record of 31-13.

Veterans set winning tone - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
11/30/2005 - On Thanksgiving, a day when most people don't work, we had to work overtime. As the final seconds of the fourth quarter ticked away, we were tied with the Cowboys in Texas. On the sideline there was an intense focus and confidence emanating from the Broncos' veterans. The rest of the team followed suit, embodying the same winner's attitude.

How about that: Walls to Raiders off waivers - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
11/30/2005 - Minutes after cornerback Lenny Walls found out he was headed back home, he received a call from his best friend in Denver. The message: See you in a few weeks. Walls and Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie may be face to face several times at Invesco Field at Mile High on Dec. 24 when Denver hosts the Raiders. "I'm a Raider, wow - the silver and black, how about that," Walls said Tuesday. "It's funny how things work." Oakland continued a trend of adding talent from rival teams, claiming the former Denver starter off waivers.

Backfield in motion is three-dimensional - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
November 30, 2005 - For the first time in Mike Shanahan's tenure as coach of the Denver Broncos, two has been twice as nice in the running game for much of this season. Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell, Tatum Bell and Mike Anderson. Pounding out the yards as the Broncos piled up some wins. Then Ron Dayne took a Thanksgiving handoff and ran for 55 yards in overtime to set up the Broncos' attention-grabbing win against the Dallas Cowboys. On a day he was told just before kickoff he would even play, Dayne finished with 98 yards on seven carries. So the question now is whether the crowd in the Broncos backfield goes to three, just as easy as A-B-D.

Chiefs feeling good about 'D' - Daily Camera
November 30, 2005 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The half-eaten hot dog had sat on his desk overnight. It looked awfully stale. But a workaholic doesn't want to waste precious minutes scaring up something fresh. And besides, everything tastes wonderful to a defensive coordinator the day after his team intercepts four Tom Brady's passes. So Gunther Cunningham washed it down with a glass of water Monday morning and plunged right back into the work he so dearly loves: rebuilding a Kansas City defense that seems to be getting good enough for the Chiefs to become bona fide playoff contenders.

Lawn gone: Brown field upsets Chiefs fans - Kansas City Star - Elizabeth Merrill
Wed, Nov. 30, 2005 - The Super Bowl champions, apparently, don't like the color green. And Chiefs fans find brown appalling. Two days after Kansas City's convincing 26-16 win over New England, the hottest topic in town wasn't the playoffs, but the unsightly swath of brown grass that cut through the middle of the field at Arrowhead Stadium. Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said Tuesday that the field is in typical late-November condition and that it was resodded three weeks ago. Normally, the Chiefs take care of the cosmetic issues by painting the field green.

Power Rankings: No. 2 Broncos can beat Colts - CBS - Pete Prisco
Nov. 29 - The Denver Broncos are for real. After seeing them play last Thursday against Dallas, I came away with this thought: They could make a legitimate push for the Super Bowl. Yes, that means possibly beating the Colts in Indianapolis. Folks, the Broncos are good. "That would be poetic justice," said one Broncos player of a possible playoff matchup with the Colts. "After what they've done to us the past two years, we could get them in the AFC Championship Game at their place. If we did that, the other losses would be erased. And they wouldn't be too happy about it. This one would be to go to the Super Bowl."

Broncos' Lynch accustomed to health questions - Pueblo Chieftan - Frank Schwab
- Denver Broncos safety John Lynch said he doesn't feel old, and he's not playing like an old man either. Lynch has 48 tackles and two interceptions in his 13th NFL season. Lynch, who turned 34 in September, was the only Bronco to lead his position in fan voting for the Pro Bowl when the first update was released earlier this month. ‘‘I'm real pleased with it,'' Lynch said of his season. ‘‘It hasn't been as active in terms of tackles and things, because I think we're getting the ball thrown against us so much and those type of things don't happen. But I'm real pleased with the way I'm playing.'' Eleven games into the season, Lynch said he is feeling strong and still playing his normal physical game - he knocked out San Francisco tight end Billy Bajema in a preseason game, had a nice hit Thursday on Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and has been used often to blitz.

Back From the Break - Denver - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - Trevor Pryce knew that he wasn't going to get to the team's regular off-day of Tuesday all that easily. The ninth-year defensive end sat at home throughout the recent weekend that followed the 24-21 win at Dallas last Thursday. He even bypassed a post-Thanksgiving turkey dinner. "I didn't do anything," Pryce said. "I just stayed at home and chilled out." Then Monday came. "It really is like a bye week," Pryce said, "but it comes at a price. You come back in on Monday and you've got to run and hit each other and it's kind of like, 'Oh, God, I wish we had played Sunday,' but it evens out."

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