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1966 Denver Broncos

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4-10-0, Finished 4th in AFL West Division  · 1966 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -12.1, Offense: -8.3, Defense: -3.7, SoS: 1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 196 points (14.0/g), 9th of 9 in the AFL. Allowed 381 points (27.2/g), 8th.
 Differential of -185 points (-13.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 2.4-11.6.

Coach: Mac Speedie (0-2-0) and Ray Malavasi (4-8-0)

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 196 3168 815 3.9 47 17 15 171 166 402 1995 12 30 4.5 95 376 1173 6 3.1 61
Team Defense 381 4544 870 5.2 31 18 28 251 192 396 2515 26 13 5.9 122 441 2029 17 4.6 101
Lg Rank Offense 9 9 9 9 9 7 9 9 8 8 6 9 8 9
Lg Rank Defense 8 6 7 1 8 2 3 7 9 5 8 8 8 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat September 3 boxscore L 0-1 @ Houston Oilers 7 45 26 -7 33 3 28 472 259 213 1
2 Sun September 18 boxscore L 0-2 Boston Patriots 10 24 12 173 72 101 3 16 261 116 145 3
3 Sun September 25 boxscore L 0-3 New York Jets 7 16 7 182 105 77 2 20 359 206 153 3
4 Sun October 2 boxscore W 1-3 Houston Oilers 40 38 17 362 212 150 2 20 384 289 95 3
5 Sat October 8 boxscore L 1-4 @ Kansas City Chiefs 10 37 11 212 133 79 2 21 379 145 234 1
6 Sun October 16 boxscore L 1-5 @ Miami Dolphins 7 24 11 118 53 65 6 10 217 146 71 4
7 Sun October 23 boxscore L 1-6 Kansas City Chiefs 10 56 12 211 183 28 7 26 614 234 380 1
8 Sun October 30 boxscore L 1-7 @ San Diego Chargers 17 24 15 280 155 125 21 334 180 154 2
8 Sun November 6 boxscore W 2-7 @ Boston Patriots 17 10 16 240 143 97 7 11 110 67 43 5
10 Sun November 20 boxscore L 2-8 Oakland Raiders 3 17 10 102 31 71 3 8 160 94 66
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 3-8 San Diego Chargers 20 17 16 343 173 170 3 16 286 200 86 2
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 4-8 Miami Dolphins 17 7 17 353 262 91 2 19 255 207 48 1
14 Sun December 11 boxscore L 4-9 @ Oakland Raiders 10 28 11 202 160 42 2 18 377 243 134 1
14 Sun December 18 boxscore L 4-10 @ Buffalo Bills 21 38 16 364 320 44 5 19 336 129 207 4

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 29 QB 14 5 1-4-0 68 193 35.2% 993 6 3.1 15 7.8 64 5.1 2.3 14.6 70.9 30.9 1 1
15 Max Choboian 24 qb 14 7 3-4-0 82 163 50.3% 1110 4 2.5 12 7.4 79 6.8 4.0 13.5 79.3 49.9 0 1
14 Mickey Slaughter 25 qb 3 1 0-1-0 7 25 28.0% 124 1 4.0 0 0.0 67 5.0 5.8 17.7 41.3 61.1
17 Scotty Glacken 22 qb 8 1 0-1-0 6 11 54.5% 84 1 9.1 0 0.0 22 7.6 9.5 14.0 10.5 109.7
11 Tobin Rote 38 3 0 3 8 37.5% 40 0 0.0 1 12.5 20 5.0 -0.6 13.3 13.3 14.6
28 Abner Haynes 29 HB/PR 14 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 2 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0
Team Total 25.4 14 4-10-0 166 402 41.3% 2351 12 3.0 30 7.5 79 5.8 3.1 14.2 167.9 39.7 1 2
Opp Total 14 192 396 48.5% 2819 26 6.6 13 3.3 7.1 6.95 14.7 201.4 80.4 33 304 5.9 5.7 7.7

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
28 Abner Haynes 29 HB/PR 14 0 129 304 2 20 2.4 21.7 9.2 46 480 10.4 1 52 3.3 34.3 784 3 11
33 Wendell Hayes 26 FB 11 0 105 417 1 56 4.0 37.9 9.5 8 49 6.1 0 29 0.7 4.5 466 1 0
27 Charley Mitchell 26 13 0 70 199 0 21 2.8 15.3 5.4 14 239 17.1 2 79 1.1 18.4 438 2 3
26 Darrell Lester 26 11 0 34 84 0 10 2.5 7.6 3.1 2 26 13.0 1 21 0.2 2.4 110 1 3
15 Max Choboian 24 qb 14 7 21 45 2 12 2.1 3.2 1.5 45 2 4
35 Mike Kellogg 24 8 0 6 3 0 5 0.5 0.4 0.8 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.1 0.6 8 0 1
82 Bob Scarpitto* 27 FL/P 14 0 4 110 1 63 27.5 7.9 0.3 21 335 16.0 4 62 1.5 23.9 445 5 1
10 John McCormick 29 QB 14 5 4 2 0 3 0.5 0.1 0.3 2 0 3
17 Scotty Glacken 22 qb 8 1 2 -1 0 5 -0.5 -0.1 0.3 -1 0 0
14 Mickey Slaughter 25 qb 3 1 1 10 0 10 10.0 3.3 0.3 10 0 1
88 Al Denson 24 TE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 725 20.1 3 65 2.6 51.8 725 3 0
87 Lionel Taylor 31 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 448 12.8 1 32 2.5 32.0 448 1 0
31 Eric Crabtree 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 38 38.0 0 38 0.1 2.7 38 0 1
84 Jason Franci 23 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.8 8 0 0
42 Lonnie Wright 21 LS 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.1 -0.1 -2 0 0
Team Total 25.4 14 376 1173 6 63 3.1 83.8 26.9 166 2351 14.2 12 79 11.9 167.9 3524 18 36
Opp Total 14 441 2029 17 4.6 144.9 31.5 192 2515 13.1 26 13.7 179.6 4544 43 35

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
21 Goldie Sellers 24 KR 14 0 6 49 0 17 8.2 19 541 2 100 28.5 590
28 Abner Haynes 29 HB/PR 14 0 10 119 0 42 11.9 9 229 0 43 25.4 1132
45 Lew Scott 23 13 0 7 56 0 21 8.0 9 282 0 77 31.3 338
48 Nemiah Wilson 23 RCB 14 0 2 10 0 10 5.0 10 309 1 100 30.9 319
31 Eric Crabtree 22 14 0 5 129 0 32 25.8 167
27 Charley Mitchell 26 13 0 3 55 0 26 18.3 493
26 Darrell Lester 26 11 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 1 11 0 11 11.0 122
62 Jerry Inman 26 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
72 Jerry Sturm* 30 LG 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
Team Total 25.4 14 26 235 0 42 9.0 58 1558 3 100 26.9 5317
Opp Total 14 38 296 0 7.8 43 1000 0 23.3

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* 27 FL/P 14 0 77 3480 70 1 45.2
12 Gary Kroner 26 K 14 0 2 2 8 5 4 4 10 3 1 25 14 56.0%% 20 20 100.0%%
Team Total 25.4 14 2 2 8 5 4 4 10 3 1 25 14 56.0%% 20 20 100.0%% 77 3480 70 1 45.2
Opp Total 14 40 17 42.5%% 46 46 100.0%% 60 2562 42.7

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
28 Abner Haynes 29 HB/PR 14 0 0 11 0 0 0
21 Goldie Sellers 24 KR 14 0 3 24 0 24 0 0 4 0 0 0
15 Max Choboian 24 qb 14 7 0 4 0 0 0
48 Nemiah Wilson 23 RCB 14 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0
24 Willie Brown 26 LCB 14 0 3 37 0 31 0
26 Darrell Lester 26 11 0 0 3 0 0 0
10 John McCormick 29 QB 14 5 0 3 0 0 0
27 Charley Mitchell 26 13 0 0 3 0 0 0
50 Jerry Hopkins 25 MLB 14 0 2 9 0 9 0
55 Archie Matsos 32 4 0 2 10 0 5 0
56 John Bramlett* 25 RLB 14 0 1 12 0 12 0
31 Eric Crabtree 22 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
35 Mike Kellogg 24 8 0 0 1 0 0 0
82 Bob Scarpitto* 27 FL/P 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
14 Mickey Slaughter 25 qb 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
72 Jerry Sturm* 30 LG 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
42 Lonnie Wright 21 LS 14 0 1 15 0 15 0
Team Total 25.4 14 13 109 0 31 0 0 36 0 0 0
Opp Total 14 37 35 17

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 26 K 14 0 20 14 62
82 Bob Scarpitto* 27 FL/P 14 0 1 4 5 1 32
88 Al Denson 24 TE 14 0 3 3 18
28 Abner Haynes 29 HB/PR 14 0 2 1 3 18
15 Max Choboian 24 qb 14 7 2 2 12
27 Charley Mitchell 26 13 0 2 2 12
21 Goldie Sellers 24 KR 14 0 2 2 12
56 John Bramlett* 25 RLB 14 0 1 1 6
33 Wendell Hayes 26 FB 11 0 1 1 6
26 Darrell Lester 26 11 0 1 1 6
87 Lionel Taylor 31 SE 14 0 1 1 6
48 Nemiah Wilson 23 RCB 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.4 14 6 12 3 1 22 1 20 14 196
Opp Total 14 17 26 2 2 46 17 381

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-03 @ HOU L, 7-45 1 88 kickoff Goldie Sellers 88 yard kickoff return (Gary Kroner kick)
2 1966-09-18 BOS L, 10-24 2 10 pass Bob Scarpitto 10 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
3 1966-09-25 NYJ L, 7-16 2 67 pass Charley Mitchell 67 yard pass from Mickey Slaughter (Gary Kroner kick)
4 1966-10-02 HOU W, 40-38 2 3 pass Abner Haynes 3 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
5 1966-10-02 HOU W, 40-38 2 100 kickoff Goldie Sellers 100 yard kickoff return (Gary Kroner kick)
6 1966-10-02 HOU W, 40-38 3 1 rush Abner Haynes 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
7 1966-10-02 HOU W, 40-38 3 65 pass Al Denson 65 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
8 1966-10-08 @ KAN L, 10-37 4 100 kickoff Nemiah Wilson 100 yard kickoff return (Gary Kroner kick)
9 1966-10-16 @ MIA L, 7-24 1 5 rush Abner Haynes 5 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
10 1966-10-23 KAN L, 10-56 3 48 pass Al Denson 48 yard pass from Max Choboian (Gary Kroner kick)
11 1966-10-30 @ SDG L, 17-24 1 2 rush Max Choboian 2 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
12 1966-10-30 @ SDG L, 17-24 2 63 rush Bob Scarpitto 63 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
13 1966-11-06 @ BOS W, 17-10 3 5 pass Darrell Lester 5 yard pass from Max Choboian (Gary Kroner kick)
14 1966-11-06 @ BOS W, 17-10 4 64 pass Al Denson 64 yard pass from Max Choboian (Gary Kroner kick)
15 1966-11-27 SDG W, 20-17 4 86 blocked field goal John Bramlett 86 yard blocked field goal return (Gary Kroner kick)
16 1966-11-27 SDG W, 20-17 4 56 rush Wendell Hayes 56 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
17 1966-12-04 MIA W, 17-7 2 1 rush Max Choboian 1 yard rush (Gary Kroner kick)
18 1966-12-04 MIA W, 17-7 3 80 pass Charley Mitchell 80 yard pass from Max Choboian (Gary Kroner kick)
19 1966-12-11 @ OAK L, 10-28 4 8 pass Lionel Taylor 8 yard pass from Scotty Glacken (Gary Kroner kick)
20 1966-12-18 @ BUF L, 21-38 2 62 pass Bob Scarpitto 62 yard pass from John McCormick (Gary Kroner kick)
21 1966-12-18 @ BUF L, 21-38 4 28 pass Bob Scarpitto 28 yard pass from John McCormick (pass failed)
22 1966-12-18 @ BUF L, 21-38 4 11 pass Bob Scarpitto 11 yard pass from John McCormick (two point pass successful)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1966-09-03 @ HOU W, 45-7 1 25 pass Bob McLeod 25 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
2 1966-09-03 @ HOU W, 45-7 2 35 pass Charley Frazier 35 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
3 1966-09-03 @ HOU W, 45-7 3 18 rush John Henry Johnson 18 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
4 1966-09-03 @ HOU W, 45-7 4 21 pass Charley Frazier 21 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
5 1966-09-03 @ HOU W, 45-7 4 8 pass Charley Frazier 8 yard pass from Don Trull (George Blanda kick)
6 1966-09-03 @ HOU W, 45-7 4 12 rush Don Trull 12 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
7 1966-09-18 BOS W, 24-10 4 2 rush Larry Garron 2 yard rush (two point pass successful)
8 1966-09-18 BOS W, 24-10 4 7 rush Jim Nance 7 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
9 1966-09-25 NYJ W, 16-7 4 5 pass Matt Snell 5 yard pass from Joe Namath (Jim Turner kick)
10 1966-10-02 HOU L, 38-40 2 9 pass Bob McLeod 9 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
11 1966-10-02 HOU L, 38-40 2 18 pass Charley Hennigan 18 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
12 1966-10-02 HOU L, 38-40 3 79 pass Charley Frazier 79 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
13 1966-10-02 HOU L, 38-40 3 29 pass Charley Frazier 29 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
14 1966-10-02 HOU L, 38-40 4 23 pass Charley Frazier 23 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
15 1966-10-08 @ KAN W, 37-10 1 3 pass Fred Arbanas 3 yard pass from Len Dawson (Mike Mercer kick)
16 1966-10-08 @ KAN W, 37-10 1 18 pass Chris Burford 18 yard pass from Bert Coan (Mike Mercer kick)
17 1966-10-08 @ KAN W, 37-10 1 7 rush Mike Garrett 7 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
18 1966-10-08 @ KAN W, 37-10 4 61 rush Mike Garrett 61 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
19 1966-10-16 @ MIA W, 24-7 1 67 pass Billy Joe 67 yard pass from George Wilson (Gene Mingo kick)
20 1966-10-16 @ MIA W, 24-7 3 1 rush Joe Auer 1 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
21 1966-10-16 @ MIA W, 24-7 4 3 rush Joe Auer 3 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
22 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 1 35 rush Bert Coan 35 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
23 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 1 2 pass Reggie Carolan 2 yard pass from Len Dawson (Mike Mercer kick)
24 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 2 19 rush Bert Coan 19 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
25 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 3 18 rush Bert Coan 18 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
26 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 3 74 pass Otis Taylor 74 yard pass from Len Dawson (Mike Mercer kick)
27 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 4 52 rush Pete Beathard 52 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
28 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 4 8 rush Gene Thomas 8 yard rush (Mike Mercer kick)
29 1966-10-23 KAN W, 56-10 4 19 pass Bert Coan 19 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Mike Mercer kick)
30 1966-10-30 @ SDG W, 24-17 1 5 rush Keith Lincoln 5 yard rush (Dick Van Raaphorst kick)
31 1966-10-30 @ SDG W, 24-17 2 1 pass Gary Garrison 1 yard pass from John Hadl (Dick Van Raaphorst kick)
32 1966-10-30 @ SDG W, 24-17 2 1 pass Jacque MacKinnon 1 yard pass from John Hadl (Dick Van Raaphorst kick)
33 1966-11-06 @ BOS L, 10-17 2 0 fumble Jim Lee Hunt 0 yard fumble return (Gino Cappelletti kick)
34 1966-11-20 OAK W, 17-3 2 18 pass Art Powell 18 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Eischeid kick)
35 1966-11-20 OAK W, 17-3 2 2 pass Larry Todd 2 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Eischeid kick)
36 1966-11-27 SDG L, 17-20 4 26 pass Lance Alworth 26 yard pass from John Hadl (Dick Van Raaphorst kick)
37 1966-11-27 SDG L, 17-20 4 7 pass Lance Alworth 7 yard pass from John Hadl (Dick Van Raaphorst kick)
38 1966-12-04 MIA L, 7-17 2 26 interception Tom Erlandson 26 yard interception return (Gene Mingo kick)
39 1966-12-11 @ OAK W, 28-10 1 46 pass Art Powell 46 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Eischeid kick)
40 1966-12-11 @ OAK W, 28-10 1 3 rush Clem Daniels 3 yard rush (Mike Eischeid kick)
41 1966-12-11 @ OAK W, 28-10 2 2 pass Hewritt Dixon 2 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Eischeid kick)
42 1966-12-11 @ OAK W, 28-10 4 45 pass Art Powell 45 yard pass from Tom Flores (Mike Eischeid kick)
43 1966-12-18 @ BUF W, 38-21 1 6 rush Wray Carlton 6 yard rush (Booth Lusteg kick)
44 1966-12-18 @ BUF W, 38-21 1 1 rush Jack Spikes 1 yard rush (Booth Lusteg kick)
45 1966-12-18 @ BUF W, 38-21 2 38 pass Bobby Crockett 38 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Booth Lusteg kick)
46 1966-12-18 @ BUF W, 38-21 3 25 interception Tom Janik 25 yard interception return (Booth Lusteg kick)
47 1966-12-18 @ BUF W, 38-21 4 22 fumble Mike Stratton 22 yard fumble return (Booth Lusteg kick)