December 10, 2005 - It's easy to get jazzed up to face the NFL's powerhouses and playoff hopefuls, playing at locales like the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, or the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Circumstance and the caliber of competition essentially require it. So the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs should have no problem maintaining concentration this month as the postseason picture crystallizes. San Diego's remaining opponents have won 70.8 percent of their games this season; Kansas City's final four, 66.7 percent. That amounts to two of the toughest schedules to navigate in December for any NFL team. Those scenarios stand in direct contrast to the finishing kick looming for their AFC West rival, the Denver Broncos. Denver's next three opponents each sport a 4-8 record, beginning with a home game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (2:15 p.m. CBS 4). Including Denver's Dec. 31 season finale at San Diego, the combined record of its remaining opponents is only 20-28.
Plummer needs bounce of prevention after loss - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 10, 2005 - The starting quarterbacks Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High - Kyle Boller of the Baltimore Ravens and Jake Plummer of the Denver Broncos - have taken more than their share of criticism. With that in mind, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said at least one criteria for an NFL quarterback are the ability to survive Mondays as well as Sundays. The Broncos are coming off a loss Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in which Plummer had his first two-interception game since the opener. Plummer, despite being 28-11 as a Broncos starter, usually finds himself in the middle of any discussion about the team's fortunes. "You're always looking for somebody who competes, who will bounce back," Shanahan said. "Jake has always done that. And that's one of the toughest things to discover about quarterbacks when you're going through the evaluation process."
Neuheisel saw Lepsis' potential - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 10, 2005 — Matt Lepsis was once a second-team All-Big Eight tight end at Colorado. Even though Lepsis caught 45 passes for 519 yards and three touchdowns, he failed to catch the eye of NFL scouts. The fact that he was closer to 300 pounds than 250 didn't help. "I knew he could play at the next level," former CU head coach Rick Neuheisel said this week. "But Matt was ahead of his time in terms of his size. Now all of the (NFL) tight ends are 260, 275. Matt was 260 as a freshman." So, as expected, Lepsis went undrafted after his senior season in 1996. But thanks to some inside information — Neuheisel called Denver head coach Mike Shanahan to brag about his tight end's blocking skills — the Broncos signed him to a free agent contract.
At A Glance: Baltimore Ravens - DenverBroncos.com - Jennifer Tavlian
Saturday, December 10, 2005 – The Baltimore Ravens have taken the past three of four games away from the Broncos and will enter INVESCO Field at Mile High on Sunday looking to extend that streak. But this year's Ravens are 0-6 on the road and are hosted by a 6-0 Broncos team at home. "I don't know that you draw anything from one win to the next," Ravens' head coach Brian Billick said. "Of course, for us, those wins feel like a lifetime away from where we are right now." The Ravens will fly wounded into Denver with a 4-8 record and multiple players injured, including Ray Lewis who was placed on the reserve/injured list Thursday.
Broncos big favorites over slumping Ravens - San Diego Union-Tribune - Eddie Pells, AP
December 9, 2005 – The stretch run is under way in the NFL, the time of year where some teams play for the playoffs and others play for their jobs. When they meet Sunday, the Denver Broncos (9-3) will be the team thinking about the Super Bowl and the Baltimore Ravens (4-8) will be trying to salvage something from a season gone wrong. The Ravens were a trendy Super Bowl pick to start the season. Injuries and poor play at quarterback helped put an end to that. Coach Brian Billick's job security is uncertain and even he has conceded he can't wait for the season to end. Before that, though, the Ravens have their honor to defend.
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