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1970 Denver Broncos

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5-8-1, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1970 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.6, Offense: -2.5, Defense: -0.1, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 253 points (18.1/g), 18th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 264 points (18.9/g), 12th.
 Differential of -11 points (-0.8/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-7.4.

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 253 3827 883 4.3 41 13 21 217 183 403 2025 11 28 4.5 112 436 1802 17 4.1 84
Team Defense 264 3705 838 4.4 32 16 14 199 191 379 2354 20 16 5.5 118 409 1351 7 3.3 67
Lg Rank Offense 18 18 22 7 17 8 19 23 24 25 15 9 2 9
Lg Rank Defense 12 7 16 5 4 15 18 22 21 9 7 3 4 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 20 boxscore W 1-0 @ Buffalo Bills 25 10 11 282 146 136 3 8 149 56 93 4
2 Sun September 27 boxscore W 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 13 12 226 144 82 4 14 245 227 18 3
3 Sun October 4 boxscore W 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs 26 13 17 240 100 140 1 14 121 33 88 5
4 Sun October 11 boxscore L 3-1 @ Oakland Raiders 23 35 13 285 140 145 1 25 522 348 174 1
5 Sun October 18 boxscore W 4-1 Atlanta Falcons 24 10 18 223 132 91 1 15 216 140 76 5
6 Sun October 25 boxscore L 4-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 19 15 283 121 162 3 16 362 234 128
7 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-3 Washington Redskins 3 19 14 246 106 140 5 12 199 102 97 2
8 Sun November 8 boxscore L 4-4 @ San Diego Chargers 21 24 21 341 151 190 1 18 235 144 91
9 Sun November 15 boxscore L 4-5 Oakland Raiders 19 24 20 312 196 116 3 16 325 258 67 2
10 Sun November 22 boxscore W 5-5 @ New Orleans Saints 31 6 25 452 302 150 1 11 263 214 49 3
11 Sun November 29 boxscore L 5-6 @ Houston Oilers 21 31 14 247 164 83 5 12 332 234 98 3
12 Sun December 6 boxscore L 5-7 @ Kansas City Chiefs 0 16 7 146 70 76 6 8 222 18 204
13 Sun December 13 boxscore T 5-7-1 San Diego Chargers 17 17 14 264 152 112 3 15 231 145 86 1
14 Sun December 20 boxscore L 5-8-1 Cleveland Browns 13 27 16 280 101 179 4 15 283 201 82 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
14 Pete Liske 28 QB 11 9 5-4-0 112 238 47.1% 1340 7 2.9 11 4.6 74 5.6 4.1 12.0 121.8 55.3 28 228 4.18 2.85 10.5
13 Steve Tensi 28 qb 7 2 0-2-0 38 80 47.5% 539 3 3.8 8 10.0 42 6.7 3.0 14.2 77.0 42.7 6 35 5.86 2.37 7.0
12 Alan Pastrana 26 qb 5 3 0-2-1 29 75 38.7% 420 1 1.3 9 12.0 58 5.6 0.5 14.5 84.0 22.5 8 60 4.34 -0.30 9.6 1 0
11 Bobby Anderson 23 KR 14 0 4 7 57.1% 59 0 0.0 0 0.0 25 8.4 8.4 14.8 4.2 84.8 1 5 6.75 6.75 12.5
44 Floyd Little* 28 RB 14 14 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 5 -1.67 -1.67 33.3
42 Billy Van Heusen 24 P/wr 14 5 0 1 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 26.2 14 5-8-1 183 403 45.4% 2358 11 2.7 28 6.9 74 5.9 3.3 12.9 168.4 44.5 44 333 4.53 2.20 9.8 1 0
Opp Total 14 191 379 50.4% 2810 20 5.3 16 4.2 7.4 6.57 14.7 200.7 75.0 50 456 5.5 4.7 11.7

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
44 Floyd Little* 28 RB 14 14 209 901 3 80 4.3 64.4 14.9 17 161 9.5 0 39 1.2 11.5 1062 3 6
11 Bobby Anderson 23 KR 14 0 83 368 4 27 4.4 26.3 5.9 9 140 15.6 0 37 0.6 10.0 508 4 1
33 Willis Crenshaw 29 FB 12 12 69 200 5 25 2.9 16.7 5.8 18 105 5.8 1 35 1.5 8.8 305 6 3
35 Clem Turner 25 11 0 29 106 2 14 3.7 9.6 2.6 8 23 2.9 0 11 0.7 2.1 129 2 0
22 Fran Lynch 25 rb 14 2 20 81 1 19 4.1 5.8 1.4 7 69 9.9 0 36 0.5 4.9 150 1 1
12 Alan Pastrana 26 qb 5 3 14 89 1 14 6.4 17.8 2.8 89 1 1
14 Pete Liske 28 QB 11 9 7 42 1 14 6.0 3.8 0.6 42 1 3
13 Steve Tensi 28 qb 7 2 4 14 0 15 3.5 2.0 0.6 14 0 1
84 Mike Haffner 28 WR 11 7 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 12 196 16.3 1 28 1.1 17.8 197 1 1
88 Al Denson 28 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 47 646 13.7 2 42 3.4 46.1 646 2 0
83 Jim Whalen 27 TE 14 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 503 14.0 3 34 2.6 35.9 503 3 1
42 Billy Van Heusen 24 P/wr 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 382 23.9 2 74 1.1 27.3 382 2 1
81 Billy Masters 26 te 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 83 9.2 2 18 0.6 5.9 83 2 0
89 John Embree 26 fl 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 50 12.5 0 20 0.6 7.1 50 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 436 1802 17 80 4.1 128.7 31.1 183 2358 12.9 11 74 13.1 168.4 4160 28 23
Opp Total 14 409 1351 7 3.3 96.5 29.2 191 2354 12.3 20 13.6 168.1 3705 27 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
36 Bill Thompson 24 PR/RCB 9 9 23 233 0 45 10.1 9 188 0 29 20.9 421
44 Floyd Little* 28 RB 14 14 22 187 0 24 8.5 6 126 0 28 21.0 1375
11 Bobby Anderson 23 KR 14 0 21 520 0 39 24.8 1028
20 Charlie Greer 24 SS 14 14 14 123 0 38 8.8 123
86 Jerry Hendren 23 10 0 8 197 0 30 24.6 197
43 Pete Jaquess 30 db 13 2 4 13 0 7 3.3 13
78 Ken Criter 23 lb 14 2 2 20 0 10 10.0 20
54 Chip Myrtle 25 lb 14 2 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
35 Clem Turner 25 11 0 1 31 0 31 31.0 160
56 Dave Washington 22 RLB 13 11 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
22 Fran Lynch 25 rb 14 2 0 11 0 11 161
Team Total 26.2 14 63 556 0 45 8.8 49 1114 0 39 22.7 5830
Opp Total 14 56 416 0 7.4 24 544 0 22.7

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
42 Billy Van Heusen 24 P/wr 14 5 87 3732 64 0 42.9
3 Bobby Howfield 34 K 14 0 3 2 6 3 7 5 10 6 6 2 32 18 56.3%% 28 27 96.4%%
Team Total 26.2 14 3 2 6 3 7 5 10 6 6 2 32 18 56.3%% 28 27 96.4%% 87 3732 64 0 42.9
Opp Total 14 36 23 63.9%% 28 27 96.4%% 89 3996 44.9

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
20 Charlie Greer 24 SS 14 14 4 20 0 15 0 0 2 4 25 0
47 Paul Martha 28 FS 13 12 6 99 0 50 0 0 1 2 14 0
44 Floyd Little* 28 RB 14 14 0 6 1 0 0
33 Willis Crenshaw 29 FB 12 12 0 3 1 0 0
36 Bill Thompson 24 PR/RCB 9 9 2 65 0 33 0 0 1 1 0 0
63 Dave Costa 29 RDT 14 14 0 0 3 5 0
28 Cornell Gordon 29 LCB 14 14 3 26 0 24 0
14 Pete Liske 28 QB 11 9 0 3 0 0 0
11 Bobby Anderson 23 KR 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
72 Sam Brunelli 27 LT 13 12 0 0 2 1 0
50 Carl Cunningham 26 LLB 14 14 0 0 2 2 0
13 Steve Tensi 28 qb 7 2 0 1 1 0 0
56 Dave Washington 22 RLB 13 11 0 0 2 3 0 1
78 Ken Criter 23 lb 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
24 Booker Edgerson 31 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Fred Forsberg 26 MLB 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
84 Mike Haffner 28 WR 11 7 0 1 0 0 0
59 Larry Kaminski 25 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
22 Fran Lynch 25 rb 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
54 Chip Myrtle 25 lb 14 2 0 0 1 0 0
12 Alan Pastrana 26 qb 5 3 0 1 0 0 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 24 P/wr 14 5 0 1 0 0 0
37 Bob Wade 26 db 3 2 1 10 0 10 0
83 Jim Whalen 27 TE 14 13 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 16 220 0 50 0 0 23 25 50 0 1
Opp Total 14 44 35 19

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 34 K 14 0 27 18 81
33 Willis Crenshaw 29 FB 12 12 5 1 6 36
11 Bobby Anderson 23 KR 14 0 4 4 24
44 Floyd Little* 28 RB 14 14 3 3 18
83 Jim Whalen 27 TE 14 13 3 3 18
88 Al Denson 28 WR 14 14 2 2 12
81 Billy Masters 26 te 14 2 2 2 12
35 Clem Turner 25 11 0 2 2 12
42 Billy Van Heusen 24 P/wr 14 5 2 2 12
84 Mike Haffner 28 WR 11 7 1 1 6
14 Pete Liske 28 QB 11 9 1 1 6
22 Fran Lynch 25 rb 14 2 1 1 6
12 Alan Pastrana 26 qb 5 3 1 1 6
56 Dave Washington 22 RLB 13 11 1 2
Team Total 26.2 14 17 11 28 27 18 2 251
Opp Total 14 7 20 1 27 23 264

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-20 @ BUF W, 25-10 3 3 pass Al Denson 3 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
2 1970-09-20 @ BUF W, 25-10 4 27 rush Bobby Anderson 27 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
3 1970-09-27 PIT W, 16-13 1 1 rush Willis Crenshaw 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
4 1970-09-27 PIT W, 16-13 3 38 pass Billy Van Heusen 38 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
5 1970-10-04 KAN W, 26-13 1 1 rush Willis Crenshaw 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
6 1970-10-04 KAN W, 26-13 2 2 pass Billy Masters 2 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
7 1970-10-11 @ OAK L, 23-35 1 54 rush Floyd Little 54 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
8 1970-10-11 @ OAK L, 23-35 2 28 pass Mike Haffner 28 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
9 1970-10-18 ATL W, 24-10 1 1 rush Fran Lynch 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
10 1970-10-18 ATL W, 24-10 2 2 rush Clem Turner 2 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
11 1970-10-18 ATL W, 24-10 4 8 pass Jim Whalen 8 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
12 1970-10-25 @ SFO L, 14-19 1 80 rush Floyd Little 80 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
13 1970-10-25 @ SFO L, 14-19 2 10 pass Willis Crenshaw 10 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1970-11-08 @ SDG L, 21-24 2 2 pass Billy Masters 2 yard pass from Steve Tensi (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1970-11-08 @ SDG L, 21-24 3 3 rush Willis Crenshaw 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1970-11-08 @ SDG L, 21-24 4 2 rush Bobby Anderson 2 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1970-11-15 OAK L, 19-24 4 10 pass Jim Whalen 10 yard pass from Pete Liske
18 1970-11-15 OAK L, 19-24 4 1 rush Pete Liske 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
19 1970-11-22 @ NOR W, 31-6 2 6 pass Al Denson 6 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
20 1970-11-22 @ NOR W, 31-6 2 3 pass Jim Whalen 3 yard pass from Pete Liske (Bobby Howfield kick)
21 1970-11-22 @ NOR W, 31-6 3 4 rush Bobby Anderson 4 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
22 1970-11-22 @ NOR W, 31-6 4 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
23 1970-11-29 @ HOU L, 21-31 4 1 rush Bobby Anderson 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
24 1970-11-29 @ HOU L, 21-31 4 58 pass Billy Van Heusen 58 yard pass from Alan Pastrana (Bobby Howfield kick)
25 1970-11-29 @ HOU L, 21-31 4 9 rush Alan Pastrana 9 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
26 1970-12-13 SDG T, 17-17 4 1 rush Clem Turner 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
27 1970-12-13 SDG T, 17-17 4 1 rush Willis Crenshaw 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
28 1970-12-20 CLE L, 13-27 4 1 rush Willis Crenshaw 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1970-09-20 @ BUF L, 10-25 1 2 rush O.J. Simpson 2 yard rush (Grant Guthrie kick)
2 1970-09-27 PIT L, 13-16 2 4 rush Dick Hoak 4 yard rush (Gene Mingo kick)
3 1970-10-04 KAN L, 13-26 3 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1970-10-11 @ OAK W, 35-23 1 24 pass Raymond Chester 24 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
5 1970-10-11 @ OAK W, 35-23 2 32 pass Warren Wells 32 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
6 1970-10-11 @ OAK W, 35-23 2 60 pass Warren Wells 60 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
7 1970-10-11 @ OAK W, 35-23 4 20 pass Warren Wells 20 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
8 1970-10-11 @ OAK W, 35-23 4 5 rush Charlie Smith 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
9 1970-10-18 ATL L, 10-24 1 14 pass Mike Donohoe 14 yard pass from Bob Berry (Ken Vinyard kick)
10 1970-10-25 @ SFO W, 19-14 3 61 pass John Isenbarger 61 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
11 1970-11-01 WAS W, 19-3 2 17 pass Jerry Smith 17 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Curt Knight kick)
12 1970-11-01 WAS W, 19-3 4 11 pass Jerry Smith 11 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen
13 1970-11-08 @ SDG W, 24-21 2 31 pass Gary Garrison 31 yard pass from John Hadl (Mike Mercer kick)
14 1970-11-08 @ SDG W, 24-21 2 5 pass Willie Frazier 5 yard pass from John Hadl (Mike Mercer kick)
15 1970-11-08 @ SDG W, 24-21 4 40 pass Gary Garrison 40 yard pass from John Hadl (Mike Mercer kick)
16 1970-11-15 OAK W, 24-19 1 36 pass Warren Wells 36 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
17 1970-11-15 OAK W, 24-19 3 46 pass Hewritt Dixon 46 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
18 1970-11-15 OAK W, 24-19 4 20 pass Fred Biletnikoff 20 yard pass from George Blanda (George Blanda kick)
19 1970-11-29 @ HOU W, 31-21 1 63 pass Jerry LeVias 63 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1970-11-29 @ HOU W, 31-21 1 5 pass Jerry LeVias 5 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1970-11-29 @ HOU W, 31-21 2 1 rush Mike Richardson 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1970-11-29 @ HOU W, 31-21 3 17 pass Mike Richardson 17 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1970-12-06 @ KAN W, 16-0 1 65 rush Ed Podolak 65 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1970-12-13 SDG T, 17-17 1 63 pass Gary Garrison 63 yard pass from John Hadl (Mike Mercer kick)
25 1970-12-13 SDG T, 17-17 2 0 fumble Willie Frazier 0 yard fumble return (Mike Mercer kick)
26 1970-12-20 CLE W, 27-13 2 2 rush Bo Scott 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
27 1970-12-20 CLE W, 27-13 3 43 pass Homer Jones 43 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)
28 1970-12-20 CLE W, 27-13 3 23 pass Bo Scott 23 yard pass from Bill Nelsen (Don Cockroft kick)