Friday, November 22, 2002 - Until former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway won an AFC championship and eventually a Super Bowl, whispers about his talents lingered. Now the same whispers heard in Denver, the same doubts spread throughout San Francisco, are swirling through Indianapolis and around Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. His greatness still waits to be stamped.
Freeney one fine rookie - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Friday, November 22, 2002 - Left tackle Ephraim Salaam has a big assignment Sunday night, when the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts. His mission: Keep Dwight Freeney, the Colts' 24-year-old rookie defensive end, from blind-siding 37-year-old Broncos quarterback Steve Beuerlein.
Born leaders - Denver Post - Clay Latimer
November 22, 2002 - Griese and Manning are two NFL quarterbacks fortunate enough to inherit knowledge, instincts and ability from their famous fathers.
Fathers and sons in the NFL - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 22, 2002 - More than 100 father-son combinations have played in the NFL.
Elam remains confident - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 22, 2002 - At his current rate, Jason Elam is having about as much success in the 40-49 range as an MTV programmer. He says, though, he's not about to let five misses in nine attempts at that distance bother him in the NFL's real world.
How the Broncos and Colts match up- Rocky Mountain News
November 22, 2002 - Clinton Portis and Co. had a field day against Seattle's 32nd-ranked defense, and there figures to be plenty of holes against Indy's 28th-ranked unit. The Colts are allowing 134.2 yards rushing a game, and Denver is averaging 134.9 on the ground. Indy's defense is not very big.
Defense arrives in Indy along with Dungy- Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 22, 2002 - The sound bite featuring Jim Mora uttering the "P" word is famous around the NFL. "Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs? I'm just hoping we can win a game, another game," the Indianapolis Colts coach muttered last November after yet another loss - six weeks before he was fired.
Shanahan tries to light the way- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 22, 2002 - Despite an 0-3 record in prime time this season, the Denver Broncos say they are not afraid of the dark.
Tracing their roots- Indianapolis Star - Phil Richards
November 22, 2002 - History says the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts trace their origin to 1946, when the bankrupt Miami Seahawks of the All-America Football Conference were purchased, moved to Baltimore and renamed the Colts.
Colts must confront Denver's weather- Indianapolis Star - Mike Chappell
November 22, 2002 - The Indianapolis Colts might face more than a formidable opponent Sunday in Denver. Along with dealing with the 7-3 Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High, they likely will encounter inclement weather. The extended forecast calls for a high in the mid-30s and a low in the single digits.
Scouting the Broncos- Indianapolis Star
November 22, 2002 - Players come and go, but the challenge doesn't change when you play the Broncos. The constant is coach Mike Shanahan. Over the past 10 years (seven in Denver and the three before in San Francisco), Shanahan's offenses have finished No. 1 in the NFL four times, second twice and third twice.
Orange in Vogue, No Matter What One's Tastes Are- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 21, 2002 - Clinton Portis, the Broncos' lightning-fast running back makes a fashion statement every day. One day, it's a faux fur hat. Another, it's something simpler, like a Broncos cap tilted to the left.
Fantasy Focus: A Backup Plan- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Nov. 21, 2002 - Once the bye weeks of an NFL season have come and gone, it's not uncommon -- nor is it foolish -- to switch backup quarterbacks on a fantasy team. If you possess a quality starting quarterback, sometimes having that passer's real-life backup is the most secure bet.