Broncos News Blogs - Saturday, Dec. 17

The Denver Broncos can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight over the Buffalo Bills. Snow and low temperatures are expected. Read more in today's news reports.

It's apparent Plummer shuns excess apparel - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
December 17, 2005 - ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - For Jake Plummer, playing in the cold fits him like a glove. Without the gloves, anyway. "I don't wear them," the Denver Broncos quarterback said. "I've worn gloves to play one time - this year against Philly, when it started to pour. A lot of guys like them, but I don't want to wear them unless I have to. "I'll use them if the ball's wet. If it's just cold and flurries or something like that, the ball stays pretty dry and I can keep my hands warm enough." Forecasts say the temperature will be in the mid-20s for the Broncos' game at Buffalo tonight, with periods of snow throughout the day. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for today and tonight for the area and said there could be small areas around the city where snow accumulations could reach 6 to 12 inches because of squalls off Lake Erie.

Run game: frozen asset - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 17, 2005 - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Baby, it's cold. Not just the weather here in upstate New York, but the Denver Broncos' signature running game. And the two are intertwined. It's expected to be playoff-type weather tonight at -Ralph Wilson Stadium, with a frigid temperature and wind gusts that will make passing difficult. So, the heat could fall on Denver's Mike Anderson and Co. to carry the load when the Broncos (10-3) visit the Buffalo Bills (4-9). Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. MST (KUSA-Channel 9, ESPN). A win, and Denver clinches a postseason berth for the third consecutive year.

Broncos can clinch with win - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 17, 2005 - ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Unless you are a diehard Buffalo Bills fan, have family here, or are en route to Niagara Falls, there isn't really a reason to visit this place. "It is not a destination that you put high on your rankings," Jake Plummer admits. "But we know we have to go into a tough place and play. We know what to expect. We expect it to be cold, snow and nasty. If we get a nice day, we caught a break, but you have to expect the worst." The forecast calls for temperatures in the 20's and heavy snow is expected all weekend, but if the Denver Broncos (10-3) leave Ralph Wilson Stadium with a victory tonight it will have been paradise found.

Broncology: Into the Cold - Denver - Andrew Mason
Saturday, December 17, 2005 - AMHERST, N.Y. -- If John Lynch takes to the Ralph Wilson Stadium turf on Saturday night wearing a little extra, one can look no further than his son for the reason why. Lynch's sartorial reaction to frigid weather has been more like an offensive lineman than your typical defensive back. No long sleeves peeking out from the jersey. Hailing from San Diego, he didn't spend much of his childhood in cold weather. Playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1993 to 2003, he didn't have to play more than a couple of games a year in the cold. The cold is nothing significant to the perennial Pro Bowler. It is to his offspring. "I've never worn sleeves in an NFL game and my 3-year-old said (Monday) night, was 'Daddy, would you please wear sleeves?'" Lynch said.

At A Glance: Buffalo Bills - Denver - Jennifer Tavlian
Friday, December 16, 2005 — A week that began with 10-3 Denver preparing for a 4-9 Buffalo Bills team led by young quarterback J.P. Losman is shaken up a bit with the revelation that Losman will not play in Saturday's game, due to an injury of his right throwing shoulder. Filling in for the second-year quarterback will be Kelly Holcomb, who is in his ninth year in the NFL. While Losman has completed just under 50 percent of his passes this year, Holcomb has completed almost 68 percent of his passes. The Broncos will brave the cold of Ralph Wilson Stadium for a Saturday night game, their last prime-time game of the season and the first of three Saturday games.

As I See It: Denver Broncos at the Buffalo Bills Preview - - Neil Masters
Friday, December 16, 2005 — The Buffalo Bills (4-9), coming off of a dismal showing against the New England Patriots, host the AFC West leading Denver Broncos (10-3) before a national television audience on Saturday night. This is Buffalo's final home game of the season and og course it's sold out but given the putrid performance of the Bills at home against New England last week, it would not be surprising if many ticket-holders decide to stay home rather than brave the cold and snow that is expected at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While it would not be fair to say that all of the Bills' players quit last week, more than a few appeared to put out less than their best effort in a performance that most in attendance did not even consider worth booing.

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