Friday, November 08, 2002 - The Oakland Raiders won their first four games of the season, averaging 40.5 points a game. They have lost their past four, averaging just 16. It's the first set of numbers that has the Denver Broncos wary as they enter Monday night's game against their hated rival.
Expect vintage Romanowski - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, November 08, 2002 - As the Denver Broncos prepare to face Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski on Monday night, Denver is uncertain whether to have great expectations or great expectorations.
Fade to black - Denver Post - Clay Latimer
November 8, 2002 - The Oakland Raiders have been called dreadful things for 40 years, and generally they have lived up to them. But under coach Jon Gruden their skull-and-crossbones image was seriously tarnished by repentant renegades such as guard Steve Wisniewski, who started coaching a children's soccer team in his free hours, and tackle Lincoln Kennedy, who once danced in The Nutcracker.
Griese responds vs. Raiders - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 8, 2002 - One of the most persistent knocks critics have had throughout Brian Griese's career is he lacks the ability to bring his team back late in games. Chances are none of those detractors reside in Oakland, unless they've been wearing patches over both eyes.
Broncos expect to see Woodson - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
November 8, 2002 - Don't tell Rod Smith about the Oakland Raiders injury report. He doesn't need to see it to know who will be lining up opposite him Monday night. "He's going to play, trust me," the Denver Broncos wide receiver said of hobbled Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson.
Welcome mat will not be out for Romanowski- Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 8, 2002 - Ian Gold was only joking, but even he couldn't resist a little shot knowing how former teammate Bill Romanowski must be foaming at the mouth for Monday night's game.
Broncos expecting Romo's best shot- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
r November 8, 2002 - The Denver Broncos are hoping to avoid any unexpected showers at Invesco Field on Monday night. The weather? They don't care what it brings. As long as Tropical Storm Romo keeps the saliva to himself, the challenge the Oakland Raiders will present is a welcome one.
Egos may be getting the best of Raiders- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 8, 2002 - What's wrong with the Raiders? Oakland was unbeatable the first four games of the season when Rich Gannon and Co. averaged an atonishing 40.5 points and 461.5 yards. Now, although the offense is still ranked No. 1 in the NFL, the team limps into Denver for Monday night's game against the Broncos at 4-4.
No resting easy during week off- Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo
October 25, 2002 - Most Patriots players were able to use last weekend's time off to forget about football for a few days and just relax. Not so for Maurice Anderson, whose getaway was a harsh slap of reality. Anderson, a defensive tackle on the Patriots' practice squad, grew up and lives in the Richmond area, not far from the sites of the recent sniper shootings.
Team takes its gimpiness into account at practice- San Francisco Chronicle - Nancy Gay
Friday, November 8, 2002 - Thursday's rain made the Raiders' durable Field Turf artificial surface dodgy and slick, so it was no surprise the team played it safe with several banged-up veterans.
Raiders stand behind Callahan- San Francisco Chronicle - David Bush
Friday, November 8, 2002 - Is this Bugel II? No it isn't, according to Lincoln Kennedy. As the Raiders losing streak has stretched to four games, the similarities between Bill Callahan and Joe Bugel, whose one-year run as head coach in 1997 is generally regarded as a low point in Raiders history, have been noted.
Signature canary is back- San Francisco Chronicle - Steve Kroner
Friday, November 8, 2002 - Get ready for the yellow blazers. Yep, those jackets that distinguished (using the term rather loosely) announcers on ABC Sports for so many years will make a comeback Monday night. As part of the proceedings to commemorate ABC's 500th "Monday Night Football" telecast, Al Michaels and John Madden will wear the signature canary for the Raiders-Broncos game.
Raiders defense on downer- Oakland Tribune - Bill Soliday
Friday, November 08, 2002 - During the Oakland Raiders' current four-game stagger through the bulrushes, most of the attention has fallen on the offense.
Bryant will miss Monday night game- Oakland Tribune - Jerry McDonald
Friday, November 08, 2002 - Defensive end Tony Bryant won't play Monday night against the Denver Broncos, but coach Bill Callahan said Thursday no decision has been made regarding his status for the rest of the season.
O'Neal's a Real Deal, But He Seeks More of Himself- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 7, 2002 - On the field, Deltha O'Neal is flying. The incident during the Broncos' last appearance on Monday Night Football, where he was ejected after bumping an official, was made a mere memory after he redeemed himself six days later against the San Diego Chargers with two interceptions, returning one for