October 5, 2002 - Ephraim Salaam offered a frown, then a look of disbelief as he pondered the reporter's question. Is this a must win?
Run-stoppers- Rocky Mountain News
October 5, 2002 - Only six teams since 1970 have allowed a lower rushing average through their first four games than the Denver Broncos defense, and all qualified for postseason.
Respecting Seau's fire- Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 5, 2002 - Junior Seau's NFL passion play is in its 13th year and still running to glowing reviews, including 11 consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl. But for a brief moment early in his career, the fiery San Diego Chargers linebacker was a little too passionate.
Griese anxious to put disaster in Baltimore in Broncos' past- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 5, 2002 - Brian Griese's driving record is awful. But not as painful his analogy. "I'm pretty sore. A little bit of whiplash," the Denver Broncos quarterback described earlier in the week when quizzed about how his body was feeling after getting beat up in Baltimore. "Every Monday during the season ... you feel like you've been in a car accident. But that's just the nature of the game and what you have to deal with."
Blue Crush LBs are lying in wait for L.T.'s arrival - San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee
October 5, 2002 - LaDainian Tomlinson will take his NFL-leading 506 rushing yards into the toughest of all venues for a man of his vocation.
New routine rejuvenates L.T.- San Diego Union-Tribune - Jim Trotter
October 5, 2002 - Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has heard various theories as to why he had only one 100-yard rushing game over the final 12 weeks last season after reaching that mark in three of his first four games.
Broncology: You Can't Keep a Good Team Down- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 4, 2002 - On Sept. 30, 1974, the Broncos went on the road for an appearance on Monday Night Football for the first time. A year earlier, they'd hosted an edition of ABC's traveling circus, playing the Oakland Raiders to a 23-all tie, but when they ventured to the road, disaster struck -- in the form of a 30-3 shellacking at the hands of the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium.
Re-Charged: Emergence and Arrivals Power Bolts to First Place- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 4, 2002 - The AFC West may have changed since Marty Schottenheimer's 10-season run with the Kansas City Chiefs, having shrunk from five teams to four. But one thing remains the same -- the competitive balance which has defined the division over the past 32 years since it was formed in 1970, and has manifested itself in a division that lacks a team with a losing record.