October 26, 2002 - It's fitting the Denver Broncos' next game is being played at Gillette Stadium, given the recent close shaves they have experienced. After the heartbreaker against Miami came a bout with heartburn in Kansas City until the Broncos fought back for an overtime victory.
Elam to handle kickoffs- Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 26, 2002 - Jason Elam has avoided getting the boot on kickoffs. Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan announced after practice Friday that Elam will handle kickoffs for the game Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Adams: Far and away, Broncos face tough task- Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 26, 2002 - The Denver Broncos have a chance to accomplish something against the New England Patriots on Sunday that hasn't been done by the franchise in 15 years. If the Broncos beat the Patriots, it would be the first time a Denver team has beaten AFC opponents on the road in consecutive weeks since 1987.
Broncos rolling right dice- Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 26, 2002 - When the stakes are highest, the Denver Broncos offense nearly always is coming up sevens. The Broncos are one of five NFL teams this season with at least a 75 percent conversion rate on fourth down, making it on six of eight attempts.
Broncos adjust to life without Nalen- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 26, 2002 - Championship teams usually defend the run very well. Right now the reigning Super Bowl winners are .500 because they are giving up 143.3 yards per game on the ground. On most Sundays, Denver's offensive line would be drooling before a game against the NFL's 28th-ranked rush defense. The Broncos, however, are bracing themselves for life without Tom Nalen, the Pro Bowl center who has been lost for the season.
Taking sides in Patriots' cause- Boston Globe - Michael Smith
October 26, 2002 - A war of words has been raging during the week leading up to tomorrow's Patriots-Broncos game at Gillette Stadium, one that hasn't pitted Denver's loquacious tight end, Shannon Sharpe, against New England spokespersons Lawyer Milloy and Tedy Bruschi. No, the combatants in this ongoing verbal confrontation won't even participate in this meeting of playoff hopefuls. They are fans and media.
A good sense of humor- Boston Globe - Michael Smith
October 26, 2002 - First-time visitors would have asked if they were in the right locker room. Super Bowl champs who have lost three games in a row having fun? A team that has had two weeks to reflect on its worst performance in two years wearing the collective smile of an undefeated team?
Practice Proficiency Allows Elam to Reclaim Kickoff Role- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 25, 2002 - Following the Friday afternoon practice session at Dove Valley, Head Coach Mike Shanahan made the announcement, rendering moot the concept of bringing in a player to specifically handle kickoffs. "Jason has had two good days of practice," Shanahan said. "He's kicked the ball extremely well. He's very competitive by nature, and I'll be surprised if he doesn't have a great day in New England."
Broncos-Patriots Capsule and Notes- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 26, 2002 - In a "good old days" Week 8 meeting, former college teammates who battled each other for a starting position meet this Sunday in Foxboro, Mass. It's the Broncos (5-2) at the New England Patriots (3-3), which means it's Broncos quarterback Brian Griese against the man he beat out for the starting spot at the University of Michigan, Tom Brady.
Broncology: Familiar Foes- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Oct. 25, 2002 - Like a pair of past flames who reunite annually, the Broncos and New England Patriots are inexorably linked, seemingly destined to reunite on an annual basis. This year's meeting is due to the new scheduling rotation, which brings the AFC East and AFC West together every three years; their next meeting is not scheduled until 2005.