Tuesday, December 17, Story Links

Next up for the Denver Broncos is the big game with the Oakland Raiders, which could determine the AFC West title. Read about it in today's story links.

Game plan vs. Gannon must work - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - Fresh in their minds and stuck in their guts is the misery Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon inflicted on the Denver Broncos last month.

Shanahan paying the Pryce of criticism - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - Was it really smart to use an NFL player with a $60 million contract as a cheap motivational tool? It seems to be a horrible waste of Trevor Pryce's enormous talent.

Lelie evolving into legitimate receiving threat - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - And now the award for best Denver Broncos wide receiver in a supporting role.

Tuesday matchup: Shannon vs. Romo - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - The former Broncos linebacker, had the best of this matchup six weeks ago, knocking Sharpe out of the game when he pinned the receiver's arm down and rolled up on it, dislocating his elbow.

Dorrell, UCLA to meet - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - Denver Broncos wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles today for a second round of interviews with UCLA.

Woodson plans to play - Denver Post - Janie McCauley, Associated Press
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - ALAMEDA, Calif. - Charles Woodson is not going to let injury sideline him any longer. The Oakland Raiders' star cornerback insists he will play Sunday against the Denver Broncos despite having a crack in the fibula bone of his right leg.

Tell us the best fan sites - Denver Post - DenverPost.com
Monday, December 16, 2002 - A Google advanced search on the phrases "Denver Broncos fan sites" and "Oakland Readers fan sites" yields scores of results. Are any of them any good?

Shanahan vows it'll be different - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 17, 2002 - Mike Shanahan's voice was dripping with sarcasm, and it had nothing to do with Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, whom he called "my buddy" Monday. This was about the Denver Broncos defensive game plan, one that worked miserably five weeks ago in a 34-10 blowout loss.

Sharpe, Romo forget past, focus on Sunday - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
December 17, 2002 - Bill Romanowski and Shannon Sharpe haven't exactly seen eye-to-eye on many issues through the years. But the Oakland Raiders linebacker said Sharpe was dead on when he claimed Romanowski didn't feel bad about dislocating Sharpe's elbow five weeks ago.

No speed bumps for Portis - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 17, 2002 - He's affectionately called "Sonic" for his extraordinary speed. But maybe Clinton Portis should be called the "Electric Horseman," the way he has shocked opponents and lit up opposing defenses of late for the Broncos.

In title quest, Broncos still need 2 wins - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 17, 2002 - The American Football Conference playoff picture is as convoluted as a puzzle straight out of the box. No AFC team has clinched a playoff spot through 14 weeks.

Adams: Three wins in row? History suggests no - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 17, 2002 - The Denver Broncos are in a must-win, must-win, must-win situation. Ending the regular season with a three-game winning streak assures the Broncos their first AFC West championship since 1998 and a playoff berth. History isn't on the Broncos' side in their bid for their must-win trifecta.

Krieger: Here's Griese's chance to silence critics - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
December 17, 2002 - My suggestion - and I know Brian Griese cares - is he look at this as an opportunity. In fact, maybe his biggest one yet. Maybe the one to shut us up - well, most of us - for what remains of the current football season, anyway. This thing is set up for him to play the hero.

Turnovers worrisome for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 17, 2002 - The Denver Broncos beat the odds. Not only are they back in the AFC West race that appeared so lost, they won a game Sunday despite giving the ball away three times and not forcing a turnover.

Shanahan praises Pryce's effort - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 17, 2002 - The Denver Broncos' locker room was a happy place on Sunday night. And still quite merry on Monday morning. But Trevor Pryce has not been a part of it. His locker sits empty as he lets silence describe his feelings about being singled out in the media by coach Mike Shanahan last week.

Oakland still owns No. 1 seed in AFC - San Francisco Chronicle - David Bush
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - No AFC team has clinched a playoff spot, but the Raiders are the top seed in the conference despite their loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Charles Woodson plans to play with broken leg - San Francisco Chronicle - David Bush
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - Raiders coach Bill Callahan said on Monday that he was uncertain if cornerback Charles Woodson would play Sunday when the Raiders host the Denver Broncos. He obviously had not talked to Woodson.

All Aboard the Good Ship Bronco, Headed for Division Duel- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 16, 2002 - A 16-week voyage through the NFL ocean is never the smoothest of cruises. But perhaps in this maelstrom of a season, the Broncos' vessel became overloaded with support and kind words from around the country, with positive media opinion ringing from one shore to the other when the team hit the bye at 6-2, with what was then the best record in the AFC.

Ailing Portis Sickens Chiefs With Career Day- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 15, 2002 - Clinton Portis is a perfectionist. Burrowed beneath a veneer of on-field speed and a unique sense of off-field style is the heart of a player who refuses to let mistakes define him. A player who, when finding a flaw, triples his efforts in an attempt to correct it.

Last-Drive Stop Has Broncos, Fans Breathing Easier- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 15, 2002 - For anyone who cares at least one whit about Broncos football, the final 110 seconds of Sunday's win over the Kansas City Chiefs might have been the most excruciating of the season.

Notebook: Lelie Shows Flair for Spectacular- DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 15, 2002 - Early in the season, wide receiver Ashley Lelie kept coming up short. Deep passes were in his hands as he stretched out for them, but he couldn't quite haul them into his grasp.

All AFC playoff spots up for grabs - USAToday.com - Skip Wood
Even the NFL is scratching its head about this unusual AFC playoff race.For the first time since the league went to a 12-team tournament in 1990, one of its conferences enters the two-games-to-go warning with not a single team guaranteed of making the playoffs.


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