Thursday, November 07, 2002 - The magnitude of Monday night's game, the 500th regular-season telecast of "Monday Night Football," can best be measured by the size and color of the custom-fitted sport coat made for John Madden.
Burritos incognitos - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 07, 2002 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on DenverPost.com.
Portis preps for high school reunion - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, November 07, 2002 - The banner is ready. It reads: "Gainesville, Fla. All 'bout Clinton ... No. 26, we love you." It will be raised Monday night at Invesco Field at Mile High when the Denver Broncos host the Oakland Raiders.
Losing Romo, Broncos struck Gold on defense - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 7, 2002 - Long before he was forcing Bill Romanowski out of a starting job in Denver, Ian Gold was giving the Oakland Raiders fits.
Raiders might be without Woodson - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
November 7, 2002 - These are tough times for the Oakland Raiders, and things are only getting worse. Star cornerback Charles Woodson, who returned only last week from a severe shoulder injury, suffered a pulled hamstring in practice Wednesday.
Wanted: A return to form - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 7, 2002 - When Deltha O'Neal waved his hand high into the New England sky in the first quarter Oct. 27, he might have been signaling for help as much as a fair catch. Neither was headed his way.
Adams: Missing Elway tops Madden's memories - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 7, 2002 - ABC's Monday Night Football analyst John Madden was asked to recall memorable moments from the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders rivalry.
Rice, Brown don't show their age- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 7, 2002 - Define old. Al Davis, at 73, is getting pretty old. And his sweatsuits are tired. Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey, considering what they do for a living, are advanced in age. Compared to Jerry Rice and Tim Brown, however, they are kids.
Broncos Wary of Arch-Rivals- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 6, 2002 - Raw numbers are in the Broncos' favor heading into their Week 10 clash with the Oakland Raiders. They are 6-2 and have won three of four -- including two on the road -- while Oakland is 4-4 with a four-game losing streak. Denver's defense leads the AFC and is ranked third in the league; Oakland's defense is ranked 24th in the NFL and 27th against the pass, counterbalancing an offense that is still atop the league.
Broncos Honor America's Armed Forces in Monday Night Holiday Matchup- DenverBroncos.com - Mike Sarro
Nov. 6, 2002 - Prior to the Broncos-Raiders AFC West clash on Monday Night at INVESCO Field at Mile High, a number of activities will be held in appreciation of our nations' armed forces and to honor those who have fallen in the line of fire for this Veterans' Day.
Source says DE Bryant is done for season- San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay and David Bush
Thursday, November 7, 2002 - Defensive end Tony Bryant, who was removed from the field on a stretcher Sunday with a severe neck injury, will not play again this season, according to a Raiders source.
Raiders midseason report card- San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Thursday, November 7, 2002 - QB: Lots of big numbers and plenty of frustration for Rich Gannon, who continues his reign as the AFC's top-rated passer (96.7). His command of the Raiders' complex offense has been unflagging, even during the four-game slide, and he's been a solid leader, despite the bickering that's emerged on offense.
Raiders have to stop unraveling- San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Thursday, November 7, 2002 - The view along the sideline Sunday, during a third quarter that saw the Raiders' offense get its hands on the ball for 3 1/2 minutes, was telling. Players stomped their feet in frustration and bickered, drawing the attention of longtime league observers on the field.
Black Hole hits bottom- Oakland Tribune - Dave Newhouse
Thursday, November 07, 2002 - Oakland Raiders fans, you've gone and done it. You've finally topped yourselves in terms of crudeness, vulgarity and general incivility. Congratulations. You must feel proud. The atmosphere at Raiders games reached a new low Sunday. No wonder some football fans won't come within two county lines of Network Associates Coliseum when the Raiders are at home.
Reunion excites Raiders' Romo- Oakland Tribune - Jerry McDonald
Thursday, November 07, 2002 - As comfortable as Bill Romanowski has looked wearing the uniform of the Oakland Raiders, something has been missing from one of the NFL's most controversial characters. The work ethic is still there. So is the sideline-to-sideline effort and the non-stop aggression to the whistle and occasionally beyond. Yet all things considered, by Romanowski's standards, things have been rather low key in 2002.
Garner, Woodson are hurting again- Oakland Tribune - Bill Soliday
Thursday, November 07, 2002 - Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Oakland Raiders, they did. On Wednesday, at the conclusion of the first of four practice days before Monday night's game at Denver, running back Charlie Garner and cornerback Charles Woodson -- two key players who were supposed to be getting better -- weren't.
Broncos-Raiders a big part of 'MNF' milestone- Oakland Tribune
Thursday, November 07, 2002 - The Raiders at Denver on a Monday night, and all the memories, the delightful ones, the painful ones, come flying at you like snowballs from the stands. And haven't there been a few of those?
AFC midseason report card- ESPN.com - John Clayton
Wednesday, November 06, 2002 - Mike Shanahan survived the toughest first half of the schedule with impressive numbers. He's 6-2.