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1969 Denver Broncos

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5-8-1, Finished 4th in AFL West Division  · 1969 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: 1.0, Defense: -3.0, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 297 points (21.2/g), 4th of 10 in the AFL. Allowed 344 points (24.6/g), 8th.
 Differential of -47 points (-3.4/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: Lou Saban (5-8-1)

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Denver Broncos Training Facility (Adams County, Colorado)

Team Info

Majority Owner/Chairman of the Board of Directors Gerald Phipps
Partial Owner/President Allan Phipps
Head Coach/General Manager Lou Saban
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 297 4161 841 4.9 31 8 26 243 192 403 2524 23 23 5.6 130 394 1637 12 4.2 87
Team Defense 344 4641 918 5.1 28 14 30 276 223 437 2932 19 14 6.1 151 436 1709 15 3.9 95
Lg Rank Offense 4 6 2 2 6 6 5 2 6 5 7 6 4 4
Lg Rank Defense 8 8 10 7 8 9 10 5 10 5 6 7 8 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 14 boxscore W 1-0 Boston Patriots 35 7 16 321 186 135 21 326 237 89 4
2 Sun September 21 boxscore W 2-0 New York Jets 21 19 18 292 141 151 3 22 370 262 108 3
3 Sun September 28 boxscore L 2-1 @ Buffalo Bills 28 41 20 302 233 69 5 28 406 247 159 1
4 Sun October 5 boxscore L 2-2 Kansas City Chiefs 13 26 15 212 132 80 1 19 350 182 168
5 Sun October 12 boxscore L 2-3 Oakland Raiders 14 24 18 234 113 121 2 20 323 244 79
6 Sun October 19 boxscore W 3-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 30 23 17 421 149 272 3 20 256 159 97 3
7 Sun October 26 boxscore L 3-4 @ Houston Oilers 21 24 17 314 218 96 19 458 239 219 2
8 Sun November 2 boxscore W 4-4 San Diego Chargers 13 0 19 313 199 114 2 10 70 20 50
9 Sun November 9 boxscore L 4-5 @ Oakland Raiders 10 41 21 302 177 125 1 20 359 270 89
10 Sun November 16 boxscore T 4-5-1 Houston Oilers 20 20 8 212 113 99 2 19 454 364 90 5
11 Sun November 23 boxscore L 4-6-1 @ San Diego Chargers 24 45 23 363 329 34 3 27 462 227 235 2
12 Thu November 27 boxscore L 4-7-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 31 17 236 151 85 2 17 285 133 152 2
13 Sun December 7 boxscore L 4-8-1 @ Miami Dolphins 24 27 13 244 176 68 4 20 222 76 146 3
14 Sun December 14 boxscore W 5-8-1 Cincinnati Bengals 27 16 21 395 207 188 3 14 300 272 28 3

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
13 Steve Tensi 27 QB 13 12 4-7-1 131 286 45.8% 1990 14 4.9 12 4.2 79 7.0 6.0 15.2 153.1 68.1 29 208 5.66 4.83 9.2
14 Pete Liske 27 qb 7 2 1-1-0 61 115 53.0% 845 9 7.8 11 9.6 71 7.3 4.6 13.9 120.7 63.4 15 103 5.71 3.28 11.5 1 1
44 Floyd Little*+ 27 HB 9 9 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 25.0 14 5-8-1 192 403 47.6% 2835 23 5.7 23 5.7 79 7.0 5.6 14.8 202.5 66.3 44 311 5.65 4.36 9.8 1 1
Opp Total 14 223 437 51.0% 3295 19 4.3 14 3.2 7.5 6.97 14.8 235.4 77.2 45 363 6.1 5.6 9.3

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
44 Floyd Little*+ 27 HB 9 9 146 729 6 48 5.0 81.0 16.2 19 218 11.5 1 67 2.1 24.2 947 7 2
22 Fran Lynch 24 fb 11 7 96 407 2 54 4.2 37.0 8.7 9 86 9.6 0 19 0.8 7.8 493 2 1
26 Frank Quayle 22 rb 11 2 57 183 0 17 3.2 16.6 5.2 11 167 15.2 0 71 1.0 15.2 350 0 1
39 Tommie Smiley 25 FB 14 9 56 166 3 26 3.0 11.9 4.0 5 23 4.6 1 17 0.4 1.6 189 4 3
13 Steve Tensi 27 QB 13 12 12 63 0 17 5.3 4.8 0.9 63 0 1
29 Wandy Williams 23 KR 11 2 10 18 1 8 1.8 1.6 0.9 5 56 11.2 0 14 0.5 5.1 74 1 0
14 Pete Liske 27 qb 7 2 10 50 0 19 5.0 7.1 1.4 50 0 1
21 Bobby Burnett 26 3 0 5 9 0 5 1.8 3.0 1.7 9 0 0
88 Al Denson* 27 SE 13 13 1 9 0 9 9.0 0.7 0.1 53 809 15.3 10 62 4.1 62.2 818 10 0
35 Henry Jones 23 2 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 1.5 0.5 3 0 0
84 Mike Haffner 27 FL 9 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 35 563 16.1 5 46 3.9 62.6 563 5 0
89 John Embree 25 fl 13 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 469 16.2 5 79 2.2 36.1 469 5 0
85 Tom Beer 25 TE 9 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 200 22.2 0 48 1.0 22.2 200 0 0
82 Dave Pivec 26 te 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 117 13.0 0 18 0.6 8.4 117 0 0
80 Tom Buckman 22 te 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 48 12.0 1 20 0.6 6.9 48 1 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 23 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 64 21.3 0 36 0.6 12.8 64 0 0
12 Alan Pastrana 25 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.5 7.5 15 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 394 1637 12 54 4.2 116.9 28.1 192 2835 14.8 23 79 13.7 202.5 4472 35 15
Opp Total 14 436 1709 15 3.9 122.1 31.1 223 2932 13.1 19 15.9 209.4 4641 34 24

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
36 Bill Thompson 23 PR/RCB 14 14 25 288 0 40 11.5 18 513 0 63 28.5 801
29 Wandy Williams 23 KR 11 2 23 574 0 38 25.0 648
41 George Burrell 21 RS 14 7 5 56 0 42 11.2 6 108 0 30 18.0 164
44 Floyd Little*+ 27 HB 9 9 6 70 0 52 11.7 3 81 0 30 27.0 1098
78 Ken Criter 22 14 0 3 31 0 14 10.3 31
73 Walt Barnes 25 9 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
20 Charlie Greer 23 LS 12 9 1 36 0 36 36.0 36
34 Gus Hollomon 24 ls/P 14 5 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
54 Chip Myrtle 24 RLB 12 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 37 450 0 52 12.2 56 1323 0 63 23.6 6245
Opp Total 14 35 211 0 6.0 21 471 1 22.4

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
3 Bobby Howfield 33 K 14 0 5 4 8 4 2 11 4 3 1 29 13 44.8%% 37 36 97.3%%
34 Gus Hollomon 24 ls/P 14 5 47 1868 57 1 39.7
42 Billy Van Heusen 23 5 0 25 1021 61 0 40.8
Team Total 25.0 14 5 4 8 4 2 11 4 3 1 29 13 44.8%% 37 36 97.3%% 72 2889 61 1 40.1
Opp Total 14 32 22 68.8%% 39 38 97.4%% 71 3060 43.1

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
36 Bill Thompson 23 PR/RCB 14 14 3 92 1 57 0 0 4 3 0 0
34 Gus Hollomon 24 ls/P 14 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 0
40 Grady Cavness 22 LCB 14 14 2 30 0 29 0 0 0 2 17 0
39 Tommie Smiley 25 FB 14 9 0 3 1 0 0
55 Pete Duranko 26 RDE 14 14 0 0 3 0 0
20 Charlie Greer 23 LS 12 9 2 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 George Burrell 21 RS 14 7 2 65 1 38 0
50 Carl Cunningham 25 LLB 14 14 2 10 0 5 0
57 John Huard 25 MLB 14 14 2 18 0 18 0
44 Floyd Little*+ 27 HB 9 9 0 2 0 0 0
13 Steve Tensi 27 QB 13 12 0 1 1 0 0
71 Wallace Dickey 28 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Jerry Inman 29 LDT 14 12 0 0 1 0 0
87 Rich Jackson*+ 28 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
43 Pete Jaquess 29 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Pete Liske 27 qb 7 2 0 1 0 0 0
22 Fran Lynch 24 fb 11 7 0 1 0 0 0
54 Chip Myrtle 24 RLB 12 9 0 0 1 0 0
27 Tom Oberg 24 ls 7 7 0 0 1 7 0
26 Frank Quayle 22 rb 11 2 0 1 0 0 0
70 Paul Smith 24 dt 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 14 228 2 57 0 0 15 20 30 0
Opp Total 14 44 24 10

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
3 Bobby Howfield 33 K 14 0 36 13 75
88 Al Denson* 27 SE 13 13 10 10 60
44 Floyd Little*+ 27 HB 9 9 6 1 7 42
89 John Embree 25 fl 13 5 5 5 30
84 Mike Haffner 27 FL 9 9 5 5 30
39 Tommie Smiley 25 FB 14 9 3 1 4 24
22 Fran Lynch 24 fb 11 7 2 2 12
80 Tom Buckman 22 te 7 1 1 1 6
41 George Burrell 21 RS 14 7 1 1 6
36 Bill Thompson 23 PR/RCB 14 14 1 1 6
29 Wandy Williams 23 KR 11 2 1 1 6
Team Total 25.0 14 12 23 2 37 36 13 297
Opp Total 14 15 19 1 1 4 38 22 344

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1969-09-14 BOS W, 35-7 1 1 rush Tommie Smiley 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
2 1969-09-14 BOS W, 35-7 1 17 pass Tommie Smiley 17 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
3 1969-09-14 BOS W, 35-7 2 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1969-09-14 BOS W, 35-7 2 9 pass Al Denson 9 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1969-09-14 BOS W, 35-7 3 3 pass Al Denson 3 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
6 1969-09-21 NYJ W, 21-19 2 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
7 1969-09-21 NYJ W, 21-19 2 23 pass Mike Haffner 23 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1969-09-21 NYJ W, 21-19 4 41 pass Al Denson 41 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1969-09-28 @ BUF L, 28-41 1 1 rush Tommie Smiley 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
10 1969-09-28 @ BUF L, 28-41 1 11 pass Mike Haffner 11 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1969-09-28 @ BUF L, 28-41 3 62 pass Al Denson 62 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
12 1969-09-28 @ BUF L, 28-41 4 15 pass Mike Haffner 15 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
13 1969-10-05 KAN L, 13-26 4 22 pass Al Denson 22 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1969-10-12 OAK L, 14-24 2 4 pass Al Denson 4 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1969-10-12 OAK L, 14-24 4 4 rush Floyd Little 4 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1969-10-19 @ CIN W, 30-23 1 39 pass Al Denson 39 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1969-10-19 @ CIN W, 30-23 2 48 rush Floyd Little 48 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
18 1969-10-19 @ CIN W, 30-23 2 12 pass Mike Haffner 12 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1969-10-26 @ HOU L, 21-24 1 13 pass Mike Haffner 13 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1969-10-26 @ HOU L, 21-24 2 1 rush Tommie Smiley 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1969-10-26 @ HOU L, 21-24 3 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
22 1969-11-02 SDG W, 13-0 3 2 pass Al Denson 2 yard pass from Steve Tensi
23 1969-11-02 SDG W, 13-0 3 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
24 1969-11-09 @ OAK L, 10-41 2 1 rush Fran Lynch 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
25 1969-11-16 HOU T, 20-20 1 79 pass John Embree 79 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
26 1969-11-16 HOU T, 20-20 4 57 interception Bill Thompson 57 yard interception return (Bobby Howfield kick)
27 1969-11-23 @ SDG L, 24-45 1 6 pass Al Denson 6 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
28 1969-11-23 @ SDG L, 24-45 2 38 pass Al Denson 38 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
29 1969-11-23 @ SDG L, 24-45 3 10 pass John Embree 10 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
30 1969-11-27 @ KAN L, 17-31 4 1 rush Fran Lynch 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
31 1969-11-27 @ KAN L, 17-31 4 1 rush Wandy Williams 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
32 1969-12-07 @ MIA L, 24-27 1 67 pass Floyd Little 67 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
33 1969-12-07 @ MIA L, 24-27 3 38 interception George Burrell 38 yard interception return (Bobby Howfield kick)
34 1969-12-07 @ MIA L, 24-27 4 3 pass John Embree 3 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
35 1969-12-14 CIN W, 27-16 2 37 pass John Embree 37 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
36 1969-12-14 CIN W, 27-16 3 4 pass Tom Buckman 4 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
37 1969-12-14 CIN W, 27-16 4 3 pass John Embree 3 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1969-09-14 BOS L, 7-35 4 4 rush Carl Garrett 4 yard rush (Gino Cappelletti kick)
2 1969-09-21 NYJ L, 19-21 1 1 rush Bill Mathis 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
3 1969-09-21 NYJ L, 19-21 4 3 rush Emerson Boozer 3 yard rush (pass failed)
4 1969-09-28 @ BUF W, 41-28 2 3 pass O.J. Simpson 3 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Bruce Alford kick)
5 1969-09-28 @ BUF W, 41-28 2 55 pass Haven Moses 55 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Bruce Alford kick)
6 1969-09-28 @ BUF W, 41-28 3 4 rush Wayne Patrick 4 yard rush (Bruce Alford kick)
7 1969-09-28 @ BUF W, 41-28 3 12 interception Butch Byrd 12 yard interception return (Bruce Alford kick)
8 1969-09-28 @ BUF W, 41-28 3 6 pass Billy Masters 6 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Bruce Alford kick)
9 1969-10-05 KAN W, 26-13 4 12 rush Warren McVea 12 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1969-10-05 KAN W, 26-13 4 60 interception Jim Kearney 60 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1969-10-12 OAK W, 24-14 2 4 pass Pete Banaszak 4 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
12 1969-10-12 OAK W, 24-14 3 19 pass Fred Biletnikoff 19 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
13 1969-10-12 OAK W, 24-14 4 2 pass Billy Cannon 2 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
14 1969-10-19 @ CIN L, 23-30 2 29 pass Speedy Thomas 29 yard pass from Sam Wyche
15 1969-10-19 @ CIN L, 23-30 3 23 pass Bob Trumpy 23 yard pass from Sam Wyche (Horst Muhlmann kick)
16 1969-10-19 @ CIN L, 23-30 3 8 pass Eric Crabtree 8 yard pass from Sam Wyche (Horst Muhlmann kick)
17 1969-10-26 @ HOU W, 24-21 1 1 rush Roy Hopkins 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
18 1969-10-26 @ HOU W, 24-21 1 43 pass Jerry LeVias 43 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Roy Gerela kick)
19 1969-10-26 @ HOU W, 24-21 4 43 rush Roy Hopkins 43 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1969-11-09 @ OAK W, 41-10 1 29 interception Chip Oliver 29 yard interception return (George Blanda kick)
21 1969-11-09 @ OAK W, 41-10 2 53 pass Fred Biletnikoff 53 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
22 1969-11-09 @ OAK W, 41-10 2 11 pass Charlie Smith 11 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
23 1969-11-09 @ OAK W, 41-10 3 28 pass Fred Biletnikoff 28 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
24 1969-11-09 @ OAK W, 41-10 4 15 pass Fred Biletnikoff 15 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
25 1969-11-16 HOU T, 20-20 4 38 fumble Tom Domres 38 yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1969-11-16 HOU T, 20-20 4 86 pass Jerry LeVias 86 yard pass from Pete Beathard (Roy Gerela kick)
27 1969-11-23 @ SDG W, 45-24 1 7 rush Dickie Post 7 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
28 1969-11-23 @ SDG W, 45-24 1 1 rush Dickie Post 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
29 1969-11-23 @ SDG W, 45-24 3 10 rush Marty Domres 10 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
30 1969-11-23 @ SDG W, 45-24 3 10 rush Dickie Post 10 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
31 1969-11-23 @ SDG W, 45-24 3 8 rush Marty Domres 8 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
32 1969-11-23 @ SDG W, 45-24 4 14 pass Gene Foster 14 yard pass from Marty Domres (Dennis Partee kick)
33 1969-11-27 @ KAN W, 31-17 2 1 rush Warren McVea 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
34 1969-11-27 @ KAN W, 31-17 2 1 rush Warren McVea 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
35 1969-11-27 @ KAN W, 31-17 4 45 interception Emmitt Thomas 45 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
36 1969-11-27 @ KAN W, 31-17 4 53 kickoff Bobby Bell 53 yard kickoff return (Jan Stenerud kick)
37 1969-12-07 @ MIA W, 27-24 1 9 pass Larry Seiple 9 yard pass from Rick Norton (Karl Kremser kick)
38 1969-12-07 @ MIA W, 27-24 2 4 pass Larry Seiple 4 yard pass from Rick Norton (Karl Kremser kick)
39 1969-12-07 @ MIA W, 27-24 4 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Karl Kremser kick)
40 1969-12-14 CIN L, 16-27 3 24 pass Speedy Thomas 24 yard pass from Greg Cook (Horst Muhlmann kick)