Wednesday, December 11, Story Links

The Broncos return to Invesco at Mile High and hope to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Trouble is, they've lost three in a row at home. Read about it in today's story links.

Trouble at home big deal - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - The Denver Broncos are stumbling down the stretch. Losers of three consecutive games and four of their past five, they are starved for a victory.

Vermeil: Broncos are desperate - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - The glass remains half-full in Kansas City. Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil is approaching Sunday's game against the Broncos as a first step in his team's tough journey to make the playoffs. To have any hope, the Chiefs (7-6) must win their final three games, at Denver (7-6), at home against San Diego (8-5) and on the road at Oakland (9-4).

Bowlen hot and bothered - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 11, 2002 - As Pat Bowlen walked through the bowels of Giants Stadium on Sunday night, his face was as red as the holiday lights illuminating the Empire State Building in the distance.

Bowlen hot and bothered - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 11, 2002 - The first major winter storm to hit New York City this year snarled traffic last week. But it also served as a perfect example for Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen as he continued his efforts to sell NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on the Mile High City as a Super Bowl site.

Adams: Denver defense not as stout as its stats - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 11, 2002 - In terms of total yards allowed, the Denver Broncos possess the NFL's third-best defense. But the state of Florida is where the league's highest-ranked defenses reside. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank No. 1 overall, the Miami Dolphins No. 2.

Broncos need some gifts this holiday - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 11, 2002 - The Denver Broncos are 7-6. They have lost three consecutive games that were labeled "must-wins." They have lost three consecutive home games. They would lose head-to-head wild-card tiebreakers against Miami, Indianapolis and the New York Jets. They are looking up at Oakland and San Diego in the AFC West.

For Chiefs, the future is now - Kansas City Star - Ivan Carter
Dec. 11, 2002 - Dick Vermeil's coaching history suggests that next season is when the Chiefs should be making a playoff run. That's how it went down in Philadelphia, when Vermeil's 1978 squad -- his third -- went 9-7 and made the postseason as a wild-card entry. The pattern continued in St. Louis, where Vermeil's 1999 unit -- again, his third -- went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl.

Don't talk about next year, Chiefs fans, talk about now - Kansas City Star - Joe Posnanski
Dec. 11, 2002 - First thing you have to say is, they did it. They really did it. Two years ago, Dick Vermeil and Al Saunders and Mike White and the Professor and Mary Ann all came over I-70 and said they were going to build an offensive circus right here in Kansas City.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs -
Dec. 10, 2002 - With their 19-13 loss against New York at the Meadowlands Sunday, the Broncos have lost three straight games, but will try to regain their winning form at home Sunday. Denver faces division-rival Kansas City at INVESCO Field at Mile High Sunday, Dec. 15.

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