Sunday, December 15, Story Links

The Denver Broncos meet the Kansas City Chiefs in a game which amounts to survival of playoff hopes for both clubs. Read about it in today's story links.

Six days to Sunday - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, December 15, 2002 - For one week, Denver defensive end Bert Berry issues an all-access pass to his Parker house, the Broncos' locker room, his team's game plan, and its preparations for the pivotal Sunday Dec. 8 game against the New York Jets.

Broncos need win to cap wild week - Denver Post - Adam Schefter

Sunday, December 15, 2002 - Had Bubby Brister blasted Mike Shanahan, as he did back in the day, the week would have been complete. Instead the Denver Broncos settled for a week in which defensive end Trevor Pryce said they have more talent than any other NFL team, thereby implying they are the most underachieving team in the league.

Wish you were here - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, December 15, 2002 - The Denver Broncos' playoff hopes were blowing in the wind at Giants Stadium. They had just lost back-to-back overtime games and were trailing the New York Jets by six points in the final two minutes. If ever they needed their quarterback to step up and save their season, it was at that moment.

T.D. plays new role as mentor - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Sunday, December 15, 2002 - After rushing for 7,607 yards in the NFL, Terrell Davis could not take another step. The game he loves made him quit. What was the price of his glory? "Doctors drilling holes in my leg bones," T.D. said.

Portis leading candidate for offensive rookie of year - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, December 15, 2002 - With three games left in the season, the race for the NFL rookie of the year is heating up. There are two awards: one for offense and one for defense.

Foley: Why it's good to be home for the holidays - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, December 15, 2002 - This is the 15th in a weekly series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Broncos' first Super Bowl season.

Broncos try to start digging out of hole- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 15, 2002 - For 16 seasons Denver Broncos fans wondered what NFL life around here would be like without "the man." Four years after the great John Elway's retirement, the answer is: Not so good.

Another big day vs. K.C. possible- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 14, 2002 - A lot has changed since the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs met in October. Denver has fallen down the AFC West stairs all the way to the bottom, landing on Kansas City at 7-6.

Season really begins now for Chiefs QB Green- Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Dec. 15, 2002 - DENVER - At first glance, the Chiefs' Trent Green appears to have finally established himself as an NFL quarterback. He's one of the league's top-rated passers and has led his team into the playoff hunt. But, in a sense, Green's season really begins with today's game at Denver. Quarterbacks make their reputation in late-season games with big stakes.

Hall could be X-factor as Chiefs make playoff run- Kansas City Star- Ivan Carter
Dec. 15, 2002 - As the Chiefs and their AFC West rivals sort out playoff matters over the course of the next three Sundays, there will be plenty of talk about quarterbacks like Rich Gannon and Trent Green. Running backs Priest Holmes, Clinton Portis and LaDainian Tomlinson will be compared and contrasted. Defensive styles and coaching decisions will be dissected.

Futures of Robinson, Green ride on final three games- Kansas City Star - Jason Whitlock
Dec. 15, 2002 - No two people have more riding on the outcome of today's Kansas City-Denver game than Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson and quarterback Trent Green. Their fates in Kansas City will likely be decided beginning today and over the final three weeks of the regular season. Robinson probably can't survive in KC if his defense performs poorly against three consecutive AFC West foes. Green will lose a significant amount of negotiating leverage if he doesn't lead the Chiefs to a playoff appearance.

Chiefs in the middle of AFC West drama- Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Dec. 15, 2002 - DENVER - If the Chiefs end their season atop the AFC West, Carl Peterson and Dick Vermeil should spare no expense on a Christmas present for the NFL schedule makers. The league already has given the Chiefs an early gift -- matching them up in their final three games against each of their division rivals.

Jets need one victory - four times- Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Dec. 15, 2002 - DENVER - Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson was scheduled to interview for the vacant UCLA head-coaching position Saturday night in Denver, where the Chiefs will play the Broncos today.


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