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1965 Denver Broncos

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4-10-0, Finished 4th in AFL West Division  · 1965 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.6, Offense: 1.1, Defense: -6.7, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 303 points (21.6/g), 4th of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 392 points (28.0/g), 7th.
 Differential of -89 points (-6.4/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-9.1.

Coach: Mac Speedie (4-10-0)

Stadium: Bears Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado)

Team Info

Majority Owner/Chairman of the Board of Directors Gerald Phipps
Partial Owner/President Allan Phipps
General Manager Fred Gehrke
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 303 4469 959 4.7 46 16 27 255 222 482 2640 18 30 5.2 117 453 1829 14 4.0 111
Team Defense 392 4297 850 5.1 39 14 19 244 202 440 2960 23 25 6.4 138 384 1337 24 3.5 87
Lg Rank Offense 4 2 7 6 2 2 3 7 7 5 2 2 3 3
Lg Rank Defense 7 7 4 2 7 3 7 7 5 8 4 3 8 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 11 boxscore L 0-1 @ San Diego Chargers 31 34 21 330 179 151 2 19 459 293 166 3
2 Sun September 19 boxscore L 0-2 Buffalo Bills 15 30 17 360 291 69 8 20 364 276 88 2
3 Fri September 24 boxscore W 1-2 @ Boston Patriots 27 10 22 262 42 220 2 9 125 91 34 4
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 2-2 New York Jets 16 13 21 345 170 175 1 12 204 140 64 3
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 2-3 Kansas City Chiefs 23 31 20 290 98 192 5 15 254 172 82 3
6 Sun October 17 boxscore W 3-3 Houston Oilers 28 17 15 280 170 110 4 23 328 241 87 5
7 Sun October 24 boxscore L 3-4 @ Buffalo Bills 13 31 19 359 264 95 1 21 338 262 76 1
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 3-5 @ New York Jets 10 45 10 205 148 57 6 13 203 80 123 3
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 3-6 San Diego Chargers 21 35 22 276 202 74 3 21 440 264 176 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 4-6 @ Houston Oilers 31 21 12 193 20 173 4 21 334 234 100 7
11 Sun November 21 boxscore L 4-7 Oakland Raiders 20 28 22 381 272 109 5 16 251 179 72 2
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 4-8 @ Oakland Raiders 13 24 17 441 342 99 1 16 315 177 138 2
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 4-9 Boston Patriots 20 28 21 348 213 135 4 17 320 189 131 2
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 4-10 @ Kansas City Chiefs 35 45 15 399 229 170 17 362 362

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 John McCormick 28 qb 14 6 3-3-0 103 253 40.7% 1292 7 2.8 14 5.5 90 5.1 3.2 12.5 92.3 43.5 0 0
14 Mickey Slaughter 24 QB 10 7 1-6-0 75 147 51.0% 864 6 4.1 12 8.2 51 5.9 3.0 11.5 86.4 48.7 1 1
15 Jacky Lee 26 qb 4 1 0-1-0 44 80 55.0% 692 5 6.3 3 3.8 66 8.7 8.2 15.7 173.0 89.2
29 Wendell Hayes 25 HB 14 14 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0
28 Abner Haynes 28 KR 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 25.2 14 4-10-0 222 482 46.1% 2848 18 3.7 30 6.2 90 5.9 3.9 12.8 203.4 51.6 1 1
Opp Total 14 202 440 45.9% 3265 23 5.2 25 5.7 7.4 5.91 16.2 233.2 65.0 26 305 6.4 4.9 5.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
2 Cookie Gilchrist*+ 30 FB 14 0 252 954 6 44 3.8 68.1 18.0 18 154 8.6 1 29 1.3 11.0 1108 7 8
29 Wendell Hayes 25 HB 14 14 130 526 5 43 4.0 37.6 9.3 24 294 12.3 2 66 1.7 21.0 820 7 5
28 Abner Haynes 28 KR 14 0 41 166 3 47 4.0 11.9 2.9 26 216 8.3 2 71 1.9 15.4 382 5 5
14 Mickey Slaughter 24 QB 10 7 20 75 0 13 3.8 7.5 2.0 75 0 5
82 Bob Scarpitto 26 FL/P 14 0 4 94 0 44 23.5 6.7 0.3 32 585 18.3 5 90 2.3 41.8 679 5 1
42 Odell Barry 24 PR 12 0 2 19 0 11 9.5 1.6 0.2 2 11 5.5 0 9 0.2 0.9 30 0 1
15 Jacky Lee 26 qb 4 1 2 1 0 2 0.5 0.3 0.5 1 0 1
88 Al Denson 23 14 0 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 9 102 11.3 0 20 0.6 7.3 98 0 0
10 John McCormick 28 qb 14 6 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 -2 0 2
87 Lionel Taylor*+ 30 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 85 1131 13.3 6 63 6.1 80.8 1131 6 0
30 Hewritt Dixon 25 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 354 14.2 2 59 1.8 25.3 354 2 0
67 Bob McCullough 25 RG 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 453 1829 14 47 4.0 130.6 32.4 222 2848 12.8 18 90 15.9 203.4 4677 32 29
Opp Total 14 384 1337 24 3.5 95.5 27.4 202 2960 14.7 23 14.4 211.4 4297 47 27

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
28 Abner Haynes 28 KR 14 0 14 121 1 57 8.6 34 901 0 60 26.5 1404
42 Odell Barry 24 PR 12 0 21 210 0 38 10.0 26 611 0 64 23.5 851
21 Gerry Bussell 22 6 0 2 24 0 21 12.0 5 103 0 32 20.6 127
29 Wendell Hayes 25 HB 14 14 4 93 0 30 23.3 913
40 Paul Carmichael 21 3 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
30 Hewritt Dixon 25 TE 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 362
Team Total 25.2 14 37 355 1 57 9.6 71 1731 0 64 24.4 6763
Opp Total 14 26 343 1 13.2 58 1197 0 20.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
82 Bob Scarpitto 26 FL/P 14 0 67 2833 74 0 42.3
12 Gary Kroner 25 K 14 0 6 3 5 4 11 6 4 3 29 13 44.8%% 32 32 100.0%%
10 John McCormick 28 qb 14 6 1 45 45 0 45.0
Team Total 25.2 14 6 3 5 4 11 6 4 3 29 13 44.8%% 32 32 100.0%% 68 2878 74 0 42.3
Opp Total 14 24 14 58.3%% 50 50 100.0%% 73 3351 45.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
2 Cookie Gilchrist*+ 30 FB 14 0 0 8 0 0 0
23 Goose Gonsoulin 27 RS 14 0 6 91 0 32 0
29 Wendell Hayes 25 HB 14 14 0 5 0 0 0
28 Abner Haynes 28 KR 14 0 0 5 0 0 0
14 Mickey Slaughter 24 QB 10 7 0 5 0 0 0
46 John Griffin 26 14 0 4 109 1 44 0
80 Ed Cooke 30 LDE 14 0 3 36 0 28 0
48 Nemiah Wilson 22 14 0 3 118 1 65 0
24 Willie Brown* 25 LCB 14 0 2 18 0 18 0
44 Miller Farr 22 LS 7 0 2 22 0 17 0
10 John McCormick 28 qb 14 6 0 2 0 0 0
42 Odell Barry 24 PR 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
56 John Bramlett 24 RLB 14 0 1 25 1 25 0
21 Gerry Bussell 22 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
53 Tom Erlandson 25 LLB 14 0 1 3 0 3 0
50 Jerry Hopkins 24 MLB 14 0 1 7 0 7 0
70 Chuck Janerette 27 RDT 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
15 Jacky Lee 26 qb 4 1 0 1 0 0 0
47 John McGeever 26 RCB 14 0 1 36 0 36 0
82 Bob Scarpitto 26 FL/P 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.2 14 25 465 3 65 0 0 29 0 0 1
Opp Total 14 24 27 13

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
12 Gary Kroner 25 K 14 0 32 13 71
29 Wendell Hayes 25 HB 14 14 5 2 7 1 44
2 Cookie Gilchrist*+ 30 FB 14 0 6 1 7 42
28 Abner Haynes 28 KR 14 0 3 2 1 6 36
87 Lionel Taylor*+ 30 SE 14 0 6 6 36
82 Bob Scarpitto 26 FL/P 14 0 5 5 30
56 John Bramlett 24 RLB 14 0 1 1 2 12
30 Hewritt Dixon 25 TE 14 0 2 2 12
46 John Griffin 26 14 0 1 1 2 12
48 Nemiah Wilson 22 14 0 1 1 6
23 Goose Gonsoulin 27 RS 14 0 1 2
Team Total 25.2 14 14 18 1 1 3 1 38 2 32 13 303
Opp Total 14 24 23 1 2 50 14 392

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-11 @ SDG L, 31-34 1 2 rush Abner Haynes 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
2 1965-09-11 @ SDG L, 31-34 1 33 pass Bob Scarpitto 33 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
3 1965-09-11 @ SDG L, 31-34 4 29 pass Cookie Gilchrist 29 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
4 1965-09-11 @ SDG L, 31-34 4 13 pass Bob Scarpitto 13 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
5 1965-09-19 BUF L, 15-30 3 15 pass Hewritt Dixon 15 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
6 1965-09-19 BUF L, 15-30 4 25 pass Lionel Taylor 25 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (two point pass successful)
7 1965-09-24 @ BOS W, 27-10 1 0 fumble John Bramlett 0 yard fumble return (Gary Kroner kick)
8 1965-09-24 @ BOS W, 27-10 3 6 rush Wendell Hayes 6 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
9 1965-09-24 @ BOS W, 27-10 3 2 rush Wendell Hayes 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
10 1965-10-03 NYJ W, 16-13 4 2 rush Wendell Hayes 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
11 1965-10-10 KAN L, 23-31 2 2 rush Cookie Gilchrist 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
12 1965-10-10 KAN L, 23-31 3 7 rush Cookie Gilchrist 7 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
13 1965-10-10 KAN L, 23-31 4 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (run failed)
14 1965-10-17 HOU W, 28-17 2 90 pass Bob Scarpitto 90 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
15 1965-10-17 HOU W, 28-17 3 1 rush Cookie Gilchrist 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
16 1965-10-17 HOU W, 28-17 3 10 blocked punt John Griffin 10 yard blocked punt return (Gary Kroner kick)
17 1965-10-17 HOU W, 28-17 4 44 interception John Griffin 44 yard interception return (Gary Kroner kick)
18 1965-10-24 @ BUF L, 13-31 4 30 pass Abner Haynes 30 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
19 1965-10-31 @ NYJ L, 10-45 4 19 pass Lionel Taylor 19 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
20 1965-11-07 SDG L, 21-35 2 65 interception Nemiah Wilson 65 yard interception return (Gary Kroner kick)
21 1965-11-07 SDG L, 21-35 2 1 rush Abner Haynes 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
22 1965-11-07 SDG L, 21-35 3 1 rush Cookie Gilchrist 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
23 1965-11-14 @ HOU W, 31-21 2 6 pass Lionel Taylor 6 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
24 1965-11-14 @ HOU W, 31-21 3 2 rush Abner Haynes 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
25 1965-11-14 @ HOU W, 31-21 4 57 punt Abner Haynes 57 yard punt return (Gary Kroner kick)
26 1965-11-14 @ HOU W, 31-21 4 25 interception John Bramlett 25 yard interception return (Gary Kroner kick)
27 1965-11-21 OAK L, 20-28 2 2 rush Wendell Hayes 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
28 1965-11-21 OAK L, 20-28 3 11 pass Lionel Taylor 11 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
29 1965-11-21 OAK L, 20-28 4 8 pass Lionel Taylor 8 yard pass from Jacky Lee (pass failed)
30 1965-12-05 @ OAK L, 13-24 2 33 pass Wendell Hayes 33 yard pass from Jacky Lee (Gary Kroner kick)
31 1965-12-12 BOS L, 20-28 1 20 pass Wendell Hayes 20 yard pass from Jacky Lee (pass failed)
32 1965-12-12 BOS L, 20-28 4 29 pass Bob Scarpitto 29 yard pass from Jacky Lee (two point run successful)
33 1965-12-12 BOS L, 20-28 4 22 pass Bob Scarpitto 22 yard pass from Jacky Lee (pass failed)
34 1965-12-19 @ KAN L, 35-45 1 44 rush Cookie Gilchrist 44 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
35 1965-12-19 @ KAN L, 35-45 2 71 pass Abner Haynes 71 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
36 1965-12-19 @ KAN L, 35-45 2 7 pass Lionel Taylor 7 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
37 1965-12-19 @ KAN L, 35-45 3 1 rush Cookie Gilchrist 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
38 1965-12-19 @ KAN L, 35-45 4 28 pass Hewritt Dixon 28 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1965-09-11 @ SDG W, 34-31 2 2 rush Gene Foster 2 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
2 1965-09-11 @ SDG W, 34-31 2 41 rush Paul Lowe 41 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
3 1965-09-11 @ SDG W, 34-31 2 17 rush Gene Foster 17 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
4 1965-09-11 @ SDG W, 34-31 4 38 pass Lance Alworth 38 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
5 1965-09-19 BUF W, 30-15 2 1 rush Wray Carlton 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
6 1965-09-19 BUF W, 30-15 3 7 pass Billy Joe 7 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Pete Gogolak kick)
7 1965-09-19 BUF W, 30-15 4 2 rush Jack Kemp 2 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
8 1965-09-24 @ BOS L, 10-27 1 4 pass Tony Romeo 4 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
9 1965-10-03 NYJ L, 13-16 3 2 rush Bill Mathis 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1965-10-10 KAN W, 31-23 1 2 rush Curtis McClinton 2 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)
11 1965-10-10 KAN W, 31-23 2 2 rush Pete Beathard 2 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)
12 1965-10-10 KAN W, 31-23 3 20 rush Pete Beathard 20 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)
13 1965-10-10 KAN W, 31-23 4 2 rush Curtis McClinton 2 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)
14 1965-10-17 HOU L, 17-28 1 1 rush Jack Spikes 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
15 1965-10-17 HOU L, 17-28 2 2 rush Bobby Jackson 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
16 1965-10-24 @ BUF W, 31-13 1 78 pass Billy Joe 78 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Pete Gogolak kick)
17 1965-10-24 @ BUF W, 31-13 2 8 pass Charley Ferguson 8 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Pete Gogolak kick)
18 1965-10-24 @ BUF W, 31-13 2 1 rush Wray Carlton 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
19 1965-10-24 @ BUF W, 31-13 3 1 rush Wray Carlton 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
20 1965-10-31 @ NYJ W, 45-10 2 14 pass Don Maynard 14 yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Jim Turner kick)
21 1965-10-31 @ NYJ W, 45-10 2 10 rush Matt Snell 10 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
22 1965-10-31 @ NYJ W, 45-10 2 1 rush Bill Mathis 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
23 1965-10-31 @ NYJ W, 45-10 3 2 rush Bill Mathis 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
24 1965-10-31 @ NYJ W, 45-10 4 3 rush Kern Carson 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
25 1965-10-31 @ NYJ W, 45-10 4 30 pass George Sauer 30 yard pass from Joe Namath (Jim Turner kick)
26 1965-11-07 SDG W, 35-21 2 6 pass Keith Lincoln 6 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
27 1965-11-07 SDG W, 35-21 2 66 pass Keith Lincoln 66 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
28 1965-11-07 SDG W, 35-21 3 34 pass Lance Alworth 34 yard pass from Keith Lincoln (Herb Travenio kick)
29 1965-11-07 SDG W, 35-21 4 45 pass Paul Lowe 45 yard pass from John Hadl (Herb Travenio kick)
30 1965-11-07 SDG W, 35-21 4 1 rush Keith Lincoln 1 yard rush (Herb Travenio kick)
31 1965-11-14 @ HOU L, 21-31 1 37 pass Charley Frazier 37 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
32 1965-11-14 @ HOU L, 21-31 2 12 pass Ode Burrell 12 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
33 1965-11-14 @ HOU L, 21-31 4 15 pass Charley Frazier 15 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
34 1965-11-21 OAK W, 28-20 2 34 pass Clem Daniels 34 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Mercer kick)
35 1965-11-21 OAK W, 28-20 2 3 pass Art Powell 3 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Mercer kick)
36 1965-11-21 OAK W, 28-20 4 68 interception Gus Otto 68 yard interception return (Mike Mercer kick)
37 1965-11-21 OAK W, 28-20 4 42 interception Dave Grayson 42 yard interception return (Mike Mercer kick)
38 1965-12-05 @ OAK W, 24-13 2 3 pass Art Powell 3 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Mercer kick)
39 1965-12-05 @ OAK W, 24-13 2 40 pass Clem Daniels 40 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Mercer kick)
40 1965-12-05 @ OAK W, 24-13 3 2 rush Alan Miller 2 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
41 1965-12-12 BOS W, 28-20 1 30 pass Larry Garron 30 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
42 1965-12-12 BOS W, 28-20 2 1 rush Jim Nance 1 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
43 1965-12-12 BOS W, 28-20 2 25 pass Gino Cappelletti 25 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
44 1965-12-12 BOS W, 28-20 3 13 pass Gino Cappelletti 13 yard pass from Babe Parilli (Gino Cappelletti kick)
45 1965-12-19 @ KAN W, 45-35 1 3 pass Bert Coan 3 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick)
46 1965-12-19 @ KAN W, 45-35 1 11 rush Curtis McClinton 11 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)
47 1965-12-19 @ KAN W, 45-35 1 8 pass Otis Taylor 8 yard pass from Len Dawson (Tommy Brooker kick)
48 1965-12-19 @ KAN W, 45-35 2 4 rush Bert Coan 4 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)
49 1965-12-19 @ KAN W, 45-35 3 71 punt Willie Mitchell 71 yard punt return (Tommy Brooker kick)
50 1965-12-19 @ KAN W, 45-35 4 1 rush Pete Beathard 1 yard rush (Tommy Brooker kick)