10/09/2006 - For the longest time, it appeared the Broncos were fibbing. They were trying to say this new ditty by a swing band called Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was a touchdown song. A field goal song, perhaps. A reason to celebrate the accurate leg of Jason Elam, maybe. But a touchdown song it wasn't. Finally, at the two-minute warning of their second home game, Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer lofted a beautiful 4-yard pass toward the right corner end zone. Rod Smith, the Broncos' all-time leading receiver, fell as he cradled the pass. Not only did the Broncos have their first touchdown at Invesco Field at Mile High this season, that play clinched their hard-fought, shoulder pad-to-shoulder pad, 13-3 victory Monday night against the previously undefeated Baltimore Ravens.
Defense keys Broncos 13-3 win against Baltimore - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 9, 2006 - At some point Monday night it may have been a rather nice public service for ESPN to just toss up a graphic warning the folks at home that some scenes in the following program may be too graphic for younger or more sensitive viewers. But the Broncos and the Ravens had rolled into primetime as two of the league's top scoring defenses. And they certainly held form in a nationally-televised slugfest in Invesco Field at Mile High with the Broncos flexing enough defensive muscle for a 13-3 victory. "Coming into the game we knew it was going to be one of those deals where you were going to be pretty sore the next day,'' said Broncos linebacker Al Wilson. "And the following day ? When you have two great defenses playing it's just going to come down to who wants it the most.''
Broncos shut down McNair in 13-3 win - Yahoo.com - Arnie Stapleton, AP
10/09/2006 - A cold rain and two stingy defenses turned the Baltimore-Denver showdown into a kicking competition, and Jason Elam bested Matt Stover in the Broncos' 13-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. The Broncos (3-1) intercepted three Steve McNair passes — including Champ Bailey's leaping end-zone pick just before halftime — to hand the Ravens their first loss after Baltimore started a franchise-best 4-0. Deep in Ravens territory with a 6-3 lead and 1:55 left in the game, Denver took a chance at the end zone, icing the game on Jake Plummer's 4-yard touchdown pass to Rod Smith. It was Smith's first touchdown this season and also the first TD the Ravens have surrendered in a second half this year.
Broncos Take Prime Time Victory - DenverBroncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Monday, October 9, 2006 - It's been said the difference between amateurs and professionals is that professionals can adapt. As the tempeture fell here from unseasonable 80s on Saturday to equally unseasonable cold and sleet Monday night, it quickly became apparent the Broncos and Ravens would have to adapt to the weather in order to have a chance to win on Monday Night Football. The Broncos proved better at making those adjustments, totalling 117 yards on the ground and picking up three interceptions in a 13-3 win.
Ravens' Defense Delivers, but the QB Doesn't - Washington Post - Michael Wilbon
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - You don't expect Steve McNair to goof it up like he did Monday night. You don't expect McNair to Snake it up, not even in the snow and rain and gloom of Mile High against the Denver Broncos. But that's the story of Denver's 13-3 victory: McNair's blunders, his two lob-pass interceptions that, more than anything else, sabotaged Baltimore's opportunity to stay undefeated. You expect bad decisions and bad throws from the other quarterback in this game, Denver's Jake "the Snake" Plummer, but not McNair. This wasn't just a case of a bad night; it probably was one of McNair's worst. It was Kyle Boller bad, the kind of blame-the-quarterback defeat that has frustrated the Ravens over the past few years and led the club to acquire the savvy McNair.
Ravens stifled by Broncos - CBC Sports
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - Darrent Williams capped a sterling defensive effort with a key interception as the Denver Broncos downed the Baltimore Ravens 13-3 before a crowd of 76,355 at Invesco Field on Monday. The Broncos (3-1) not only earned their 12th straight win on home turf, but knocked the visiting Ravens (4-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten. "We heard all the hype about them," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "We've got a good defence too and I think we proved that tonight."
Broncos defense too much for Ravens - MSNBC.com - Arnie Stapleton, AP
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - If being disrespected means Champ Bailey gets more lob passes thrown his way in the end zone, then the Denver Broncos won't complain anymore about their dominant defense being dissed. The Broncos (3-1) intercepted three of Steve McNair's passes — including a leaping end-zone pick by Bailey just before halftime — to hand the Ravens (4-1) their first loss with a 13-3 win on Monday night. Bailey was as surprised as anyone that McNair went after him with a lob pass to wide receiver Clarence Moore in the right corner.
Who will cover Monday night? - FOXSports.com - SportsAdvisors.com
Baltimore (4-0, 3-1 ATS) at Denver (2-1, 1-2 ATS) The Ravens take their perfect record to the Mile High City for a prime-time clash against the Broncos. Baltimore has staged consecutive last-minute comebacks against the Browns and Chargers. A week after downing the Browns 15-14 on the road, the Ravens got a touchdown with 34 seconds left to play to upend San Diego 16-13 last Sunday as a one-point home underdog. The Ravens are off to their first 4-0 start since the franchise relocated from Cleveland to Baltimore.
Jake is best or trailing the rest - Denver Post - Mike Klis
10/09/2006 - When his team is ahead, no NFL quarterback is better than Plummer. But when the Broncos fall behind, the opposite is true. (Post file)Broncos fans might have suspected as much. Now there are statistics to prove it. No other NFL quarterback has his performance so tied to the scoreboard as the Broncos' Jake Plummer. When playing with the lead, Plummer is the league's most efficient quarterback statistically. The best. Move over, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Make way for Jake. But when the Broncos are behind, Plummer is the league's least-efficient quarterback. No. 32. Out of 32. Look, up there: It's Tennessee's Kerry Collins and the Raiders' Andrew Walter. No. 1 and No. 32 are about as different as winning and losing.
Broncos know they have their work cut out against Ravens - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 9, 2006 - Just about the time Broncos linebacker Al Wilson tips his head down a sliver and looks out the top of his eyes with eyebrows raised, rest assured there is a point about to be made. "Statement? I've heard that a lot about a lot of games for a long time," Wilson said. "The statement is always the same. Win the game. We always want to win, every time out, that's how we approach it. We know what we want to be. The guys in this locker room know what we want to be, and that doesn't change. We have to go out every week and do it." Cable-ready America comes to Invesco Field at Mile High tonight to see the Broncos (2-1) take on the Baltimore Ravens (4-0) in what is expected to be a bruise-inducing affair. The Ravens are one of three undefeated teams in the league.
Krieger: Offensive minds puzzled, pleased by great defenses - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 9, 2006 - On one sideline, we have a widely acknowledged offensive master, a man who won a ring coordinating the fabled 49ers West Coast offense, then two more with his own variation built around John Elway. On the other sideline, we have the offensive innovator who set records in Minnesota as a coordinator and was hired as head man in Baltimore in hopes he might do the same. So, naturally, the teams they bring to the former Mile High Stadium parking lot tonight for a nationally televised showdown rank third and fourth in the NFL. In scoring defense. And 13th and 29th in scoring offense.
Power vs. power as Ravens and Broncos meet - NFL.com - Pat Kirwan
Oct. 8, 2006 - This matchup will have playoff implications down the road and both teams intend to remain in first place at the end of the game. The game between the Ravens and Broncos in Denver is a battle of the team that stops the run vs. the team that wants to run. What makes that statement interesting to me is it goes both ways. Both teams want to pound the running game and both defenses can dig their heals in and force the opponent to pass. Baltimore gives up 2.6 yards per rush and has allowed just one rushing touchdown in four games. Denver's defense doesn't get the notoriety the Ravens do, but it hasn't surrendered a rushing TD this season. Combined, these two defenses have faced 183 rushing plays and given up only one score. To win this game on Monday night, the quarterback who can throw the ball well, especially in the red zone, will get the victory.
'Funky' Ravens to challenge Broncos - USA TODAY - Larry Weisman
10/9/2006 - Neither team scores much. Neither team allows much. Let the cries of "dee-fense" start ringing out now. The unbeaten Baltimore Ravens (4-0) continue to evoke comparisons with their 2000 Super Bowl team. The Denver Broncos (2-1) keep trying to reach their offensive potential, while their defense holds opponents out of the end zone. If the Broncos needed a challenge to set the stage for a breakout, they have it tonight in the Ravens. "They do some pretty funky stuff, as far as lining up with the different kind of bodies they have," Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer says. "They have some D-linemen who are great athletes — D-line bodies, but they're playing linebacker, they're playing in space, dropping back playing safety, going out covering your tight ends. They do a lot of funky looks." Funky and effective.
Ravens hoping to ring Broncos Bells - Baltimore Examiner - Matt Palmer
Oct 9, 2006 - BALTIMORE - Ravens linebacker Bart Scott knows the lineage of the Denver Broncos running backs dating back to the mid-1990s. Terrell Davis. Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary and Clinton Portis all gained acclaim during stints with the franchise. In total, Denver has the most rushing yards (25,022) in the NFL since 1995. Since the start of that season, the team has boasted ten 1,000-yard rushers. "You can name the numerous backs that have put up 1,000 yards there," Scott said. The Broncos have a new pair who are ready to take their place among the list of top Denver running backs: Tatum and Mike Bell.
Two ex-Broncos come to Denver with Ravens - Pueblo Chiefain - Arnie Stapleton, AP
Mon, Oct. 09, 2006 - Trevor Pryce is still bitter over the way his time in Denver ended, so he kept quiet this week. No sense giving the Broncos fresh bulletin board fodder when the unbeaten Baltimore Ravens visit Invesco Field on Monday night. The four-time Pro Bowl defensive end, however, previously has had plenty to say about his former employers since signing a $25 million deal with Baltimore in March after the Broncos jettisoned him in a cost-cutting move after nine seasons. He dissed Denver time and again, saying the coaching staff and team chemistry were better in Baltimore. Pryce felt he was miscast, misused and misunderstood in Denver.
Denver faces media invasion - Colorado Springs Gazette - Frank Schwab
October 09, 2006 - For most games, the Denver Broncos issue about 150 or 175 credentials to the broadcasting television network. When ABC broadcast "Monday Night Football" it got about 225 passes. For a big playoff game, the network showing the game might have 400 employees on hand. ESPN was issued 460 credentials for tonight's Broncos-Baltimore Ravens game. An approximately 15,000 square foot temporary complex was set up outside Invesco Field at Mile High for the network, said Andy Gorchov, the Broncos' director of stadium operations. "It's my ninth season and I've never dished out so many credentials," Broncos media services manager Rebecca Villanueva said.
Ravens sport new offense to aid defense - Mercury News - Arnie Stapleton, AP
Sun, Oct. 08, 2006 - The Ravens' defense is still all the rage in Baltimore. It's just that it has company now. Even though they're statistically comparable to the 2000 Super Bowl team, Ray Lewis and his fellow defenders are having to share the limelight with their revamped offense, thanks to Steve McNair. The 33-year-old quarterback jettisoned by the Tennessee Titans this summer has guided the Ravens (4-0) to last-minute wins over Cleveland and San Diego the last two weeks. He'll give the Ravens another dimension Monday night when Baltimore visits the Denver Broncos (2-1), who fancy themselves a complete team, too, with a dominant defense and a dynamic offense. It used to be that opponents spent the week leading up to the Baltimore game talking about the Ravens' punishing defense and giving only lip service to their pedestrian offense. McNair has changed that.
In the Spotlight: A First-Time Meeting - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, October 8, 2006 - The Baltimore Ravens cross the Denver Broncos' path for the sixth time since 2000 on Monday. The Tennessee Titans faced the Broncos two Decembers ago in Nashville. Yet never before Monday have the Broncos crossed paths with Steve McNair. McNair was on the sidelines two years ago, injured and consigned to watching Billy Volek start in his place during the Broncos' 37-16 Christmas night win over the Titans. Meanwhile, when the Broncos played the Ravens this decade, they played against a series of quarterbacks -- four different starters in the five previous games. The result of McNair's arrival? A 4-0 start, two comeback wins and the establishment of Baltimore's offense as one that has been efficient when it's needed to be -- late in wins over Cleveland and San Diego, and early in romps over Tampa Bay and Oakland.
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