Wednesday, November 6, Story Links

The Oakland Raiders are coming up Monday night as the Broncos next opponent. Check out Wednesday's links to stories about the matchup.

Raiders descending into darkness - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, November 06, 2002 - Late during Sunday's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, television cameras captured Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis with a shot that must have just broken up Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. Davis looked perplexed and disturbed, dazed and confused. And understandably so.

To Wilson, "D" is for "dominant" - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, November 06, 2002 - Bill Romanowski has gone to Oakland, Calif. Al Wilson has arrived in Denver. By every measure, the Broncos' middle linebacker is playing the best football of his four-year career.

Crunching numbers - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 6, 2002 - Wil-son. Wil-son. Wil-son. It could be a scene straight out of Castaway, the movie in which Tom Hanks talks to himself while frantically trying to locate his round, island friend, a volleyball. But in Denver this season, Wil-son is your typical 60 minutes of Broncos football.

QB, coach share disdain for Davis - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 6, 2002 - Mike Shanahan's disdain for Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis is well-documented. But the coach isn't the only member of the Denver Broncos organization with bad memories of his days in black and silver.

Bronco kicker Elam prepares for departure - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 6, 2002 - Jason Elam will be making his final appearance on Monday Night Football in a Denver uniform when the Broncos host the Oakland Raiders at Invesco Field. Broncos gear up for prime time vs. Raiders - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 5, 2002 - This is Lional Dalton's first season in the AFC West. But, like most NFL fans, he has witnessed his share of Broncos-Raiders games on Monday Night Football.

Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders -
November 5, 2002 - The Broncos are 6-2 coming off their bye and in first place in the AFC West. As they prepare to open the second half of their season, they are faced with an immediate test. Denver hosts archrival Oakland (4-4) at INVESCO Field at Mile High on Monday, Nov. 11, with the kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

NFL Midseason Report - San Francisco Chronicle - Ira Miller
Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - What a wacky first half of the season. At the start, most people believed St and Pittsburgh would be the best teams in the NFL. Two weeks into the season, it was clear that it was New England. A month into the season, well, everyone knew the Raiders were the strongest team. Two weeks after that, how could anyone not realize it was San Diego?

NFL Midseason Report - San Francisco Chronicle - Mary Billard, New York Times
Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - Fear of flying has allowed John Madden, the 66-year-old analyst on ABC's "Monday Night Football," to fulfill a youthful fantasy. "My all-time favorite book is 'Travels With Charley' -- that's my motivation," Madden said over the phone a few weeks ago.

Raiders' glass half empty - Oakland Tribune - Bill Soliday
Wednesday, November 06, 2002 - Fifty percent good, 50 percent bad. That's the midseason analysis by Raiders' quarterback Rich Gannon. There's a lot of that going around the NFL. There could be as many as seven teams finish the 2002 season at 8-8. But there are good 50-50s, and there are bad 50-50s.

Raiders' glass half empty - Oakland Tribune - Bill Soliday
Tuesday, November 05, 2002 - Is panic the only answer left for the 4-4 Oakland Raiders? Quarterback Rich Gannon won't say panic. But he does say the team needs to adjust and re-think matters to a degree.

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