Wednesday, December 18, Story Links

Shannon Sharpe injured his elbow when he was locked up by Oakland's Bill Romanowski in the teams' first meeting. Read what Sharpe and Romo have to say about the rematch in today's story links.

Adding fuel to the fire - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - As he will Sunday, Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski is going after Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe and quarterback Brian Griese.

Pro Bowlers among Broncos likely to be few - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - Football's Election Day is 24 hours away, and the Denver Broncos could have a tougher time than the Democrats.

The best Broncos-Raiders game? - Denver Post
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - This weekend's crucial matchup between the Denver Broncos and the arch-rival Raiders is yet another chapter in the decades-old history of key, tension-filled tussles between the teams.

Wednesday matchup: Pryce vs. Kennedy - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - If the Broncos are going to put any pressure on Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon they're probably going to have to figure out a way to get Trevor Pryce some help.

Answering the call - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 18, 2002 - Denver Broncos rookie Ashley Lelie knew the calls would eventually come. Because whenever one of the wide receivers taken in the first round of April's NFL draft plays off the hook, the phone tends to ring similarly.

Wild ending still possible - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
December 18, 2002 - The simple explanation when it comes to the Broncos and the playoff race is this: Two wins in two games and Denver wins the AFC West, will host a playoff game and has a chance at home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Adams: Broncos 5-3 in avenging 'MNF' losses- Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
December 18, 2002 - Revenge, payback, mulligan . . . Whatever you choose to call it, the Denver Broncos have an opportunity this weekend to atone for last month's poor performance on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos have fared well - a 5-3 record - in same-season rematches against teams that beat them previously on a Monday night.

Lelie finally catches on as Broncos' 3rd receiver - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
December 18, 2002 - Remember the Three Amigos? No, not Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. How about Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson and Ricky Nattiel?

Raiders' Woodson vows to play- Daily Camera - Associated Press
December 18, 2002 - Charles Woodson is not going to let injury sideline him any longer. The Oakland Raiders' star cornerback insists he will play this week despite having a crack in the fibula bone of his right leg.

No team is destiny's child in wacky AFC playoff race- San Francisco Chronicle - Ira Miller
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - Around this time of year, as teams jockey for playoff seedings, it's one of the favorite phrases of coaches, players and pundits: A team controls its own destiny.

Woodson reveals injury- Oakland Tribune - Jerry McDonald
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - The company line Monday was that Charles Woodson's status remains uncertain for Sunday's AFC West match against the Denver Broncos. "I don't know if Woodson is going to be back tomorrow, Thursday, Friday or two weeks or two months from now," coach Bill Callahan said. The Charles Woodson line was something else entirely.

Callahan skips playoff talk- Oakland Tribune - Jerry McDonald
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - A guy could go crazy trying to calculate all the remaining playoff possibilities in the AFC. Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan prefers to remain sane, and the Denver Broncos provide the best diversion for remaining that way.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders-
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - Denver ended its three-game losing streak Sunday with a 31-24 win over Kansas City at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The win also ended a three-game home losing streak for the club. Add that win to the help they got from the rest of the division Sunday, and the Broncos now control their own destiny relative to winning the AFC West. The Broncos take the next step when they battle archrival Oakland at Network Associates Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 22.

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