Mobile Site You Are Here >  >  >  > 1972 Statistics & Players

1972 Denver Broncos

 Franchise IndexPrevious Season / Next Season

5-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.9, Offense: 2.9, Defense: -4.7, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 325 points (23.2/g), 9th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 350 points (25.0/g), 21st.
 Differential of -25 points (-1.8/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 6.4-7.6.

Coach: John Ralston (5-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Max Coley
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Cal Poly Pomona (Pomona, California)

Team Info

Majority Owner/Chairman of the Board of Directors Gerald Phipps
Partial Owner/President Allan Phipps
Head Coach/General Manager John Ralston
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 325 4472 831 5.4 34 11 18 237 201 384 2634 19 23 6.2 132 409 1838 17 4.5 87
Team Defense 350 3851 877 4.4 22 12 26 251 206 397 2183 19 10 5.0 123 439 1668 15 3.8 102
Lg Rank Offense 9 5 15 8 12 4 3 7 19 7 21 18 6 5
Lg Rank Defense 21 9 26 19 20 25 16 20 24 6 8 4 17 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore W 1-0 Houston Oilers 30 17 18 478 239 239 3 12 196 142 54 2
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 1-1 @ San Diego Chargers 14 37 17 313 218 95 6 18 317 175 142 2
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 1-2 Kansas City Chiefs 24 45 21 332 184 148 4 14 305 175 130 1
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 1-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 10 21 11 167 37 130 13 199 109 90 1
5 Sun October 15 boxscore L 1-4 Minnesota Vikings 20 23 15 336 175 161 2 21 305 177 128 1
6 Sun October 22 boxscore W 2-4 @ Oakland Raiders 30 23 15 409 396 13 1 23 316 189 127 1
7 Sun October 29 boxscore L 2-5 Cleveland Browns 20 27 17 272 126 146 1 26 343 171 172 1
8 Sun November 5 boxscore L 2-6 @ New York Giants 17 29 17 330 147 183 3 23 316 178 138 1
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 3-6 @ Los Angeles Rams 16 10 13 245 112 133 2 9 183 110 73 3
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 3-7 Oakland Raiders 20 37 13 208 170 38 3 25 337 140 197 2
11 Sun November 26 boxscore L 3-8 @ Atlanta Falcons 20 23 17 315 213 102 1 13 250 170 80 1
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 3-9 @ Kansas City Chiefs 21 24 22 328 191 137 5 12 189 76 113 1
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 4-9 San Diego Chargers 38 13 15 257 85 172 3 20 335 236 99 5
14 Sun December 17 boxscore W 5-9 New England Patriots 45 21 26 482 341 141 22 260 135 125

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
12 Charley Johnson 34 QB 12 9 4-5-0 132 238 55.5% 1783 14 5.9 14 5.9 60 7.5 6.0 13.5 148.6 74.6 12 82 6.80 5.40 4.8 1 1
10 Steve Ramsey 24 qb 9 5 1-4-0 65 137 47.4% 1050 3 2.2 9 6.6 55 7.7 5.1 16.2 116.7 53.5 26 184 5.31 3.20 16.0
16 Mike Ernst 22 1 0 1 4 25.0% 10 0 0.0 0 0.0 10 2.5 2.5 10.0 10.0 39.6 0 0 2.50 2.50 0.0
11 Bobby Anderson 25 FB 9 9 1 3 33.3% 14 1 33.3 0 0.0 14 4.7 11.3 14.0 1.6 88.9 0 0 4.67 11.33 0.0
44 Floyd Little 30 RB 14 14 2 2 100.0% 43 1 50.0 0 0.0 35 21.5 31.5 21.5 3.1 158.3 0 0 21.50 31.50 0.0
Team Total 26.4 14 5-9-0 201 384 52.3% 2900 19 4.9 23 6.0 60 7.6 5.8 14.4 207.1 68.7 38 266 6.24 4.69 9.0 1 1
Opp Total 14 206 397 51.9% 2540 19 4.8 10 2.5 6.4 6.22 12.3 181.4 77.4 41 357 5.0 4.8 9.4

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 30 RB 14 14 216 859 9 55 4.0 61.4 15.4 28 367 13.1 4 40 2.0 26.2 1226 13 4
11 Bobby Anderson 25 FB 9 9 72 319 1 40 4.4 35.4 8.0 23 215 9.3 1 40 2.6 23.9 534 2 2
33 Joe Dawkins 24 fb 14 5 56 243 2 19 4.3 17.4 4.0 18 242 13.4 0 60 1.3 17.3 485 2 3
22 Fran Lynch 27 14 0 34 164 2 28 4.8 11.7 2.4 7 75 10.7 0 17 0.5 5.4 239 2 2
10 Steve Ramsey 24 qb 9 5 6 15 2 8 2.5 1.7 0.7 15 2 5
88 Riley Odoms 22 14 0 5 72 0 27 14.4 5.1 0.4 21 320 15.2 1 48 1.5 22.9 392 1 1
35 Clem Turner 27 12 0 5 16 0 13 3.2 1.3 0.4 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.8 26 0 0
81 Billy Masters 28 TE 14 14 3 -15 0 0 -5.0 -1.1 0.2 25 393 15.7 3 27 1.8 28.1 378 3 1
42 Billy Van Heusen 26 P 14 0 3 76 1 66 25.3 5.4 0.2 4 59 14.8 0 25 0.3 4.2 135 1 0
12 Charley Johnson 34 QB 12 9 3 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 4
25 Haven Moses 26 wr 8 6 2 11 0 14 5.5 1.4 0.3 15 224 14.9 5 33 1.9 28.0 235 5 0
84 Rod Sherman 28 PR/WR 14 13 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 38 661 17.4 3 55 2.7 47.2 663 3 1
86 Jim Krieg 23 6 0 1 63 0 63 63.0 10.5 0.2 4 99 24.8 0 37 0.7 16.5 162 0 0
16 Mike Ernst 22 1 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 4.0 1.0 4 0 0
82 Dwight Harrison 24 db 2 1 1 9 0 9 9.0 4.5 0.5 9 0 0
80 Jerry Simmons 30 WR 9 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 235 13.8 2 35 1.9 26.1 235 2 0
Team Total 26.4 14 409 1838 17 66 4.5 131.3 29.2 201 2900 14.4 19 60 14.4 207.1 4738 36 25
Opp Total 14 439 1668 15 3.8 119.1 31.4 206 2183 10.6 19 14.7 155.9 3851 34 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
21 Randy Montgomery 25 KR/RCB 14 8 29 756 1 94 26.1 756
33 Joe Dawkins 24 fb 14 5 15 357 0 31 23.8 842
44 Floyd Little 30 RB 14 14 8 64 0 29 8.0 3 48 0 22 16.0 1338
84 Rod Sherman 28 PR/WR 14 13 10 89 0 18 8.9 752
20 Charlie Greer 26 SS 14 14 4 67 1 65 16.8 67
36 Bill Thompson 26 rcb 8 8 4 82 0 59 20.5 82
22 Fran Lynch 27 14 0 3 45 0 17 15.0 284
86 Jim Krieg 23 6 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 1 18 0 18 18.0 183
51 Mike Simone 22 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -1
11 Bobby Anderson 25 FB 9 9 1 13 0 13 13.0 547
23 Steve Preece 25 FS 13 8 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
35 Clem Turner 27 12 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 51
Team Total 26.4 14 28 310 1 65 11.1 55 1256 1 94 22.8 6304
Opp Total 14 28 249 1 8.9 54 1246 0 23.1

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
15 Jim Turner 31 K 14 0 6 6 3 2 8 6 11 6 1 29 20 69.0%% 37 37 100.0%%
42 Billy Van Heusen 26 P 14 0 60 2408 60 1 40.1
Team Total 26.4 14 6 6 3 2 8 6 11 6 1 29 20 69.0%% 37 37 100.0%% 60 2408 60 1 40.1
Opp Total 14 33 21 63.6%% 41 39 95.1%% 66 2983 45.2

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
12 Charley Johnson 34 QB 12 9 0 4 3 -4 0
10 Steve Ramsey 24 qb 9 5 0 5 2 -4 0
77 Lyle Alzado 23 RDE 14 14 0 0 5 6 0
21 Randy Montgomery 25 KR/RCB 14 8 1 20 0 20 0 0 2 2 0 0
44 Floyd Little 30 RB 14 14 0 4 0 -6 0
11 Bobby Anderson 25 FB 9 9 0 2 1 0 0
33 Joe Dawkins 24 fb 14 5 0 3 0 0 0
83 Tom Graham 22 MLB 14 9 2 10 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Charlie Greer 26 SS 14 14 2 18 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
22 Fran Lynch 27 14 0 0 2 1 0 0
41 Leroy Mitchell 28 LCB 14 14 3 27 0 27 0
23 Steve Preece 25 FS 13 8 1 30 0 30 0 0 0 2 4 0
68 Larron Jackson 23 LG 14 14 0 0 2 -10 0
88 Riley Odoms 22 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
84 Rod Sherman 28 PR/WR 14 13 0 1 1 0 0
52 Fred Forsberg 28 LLB 9 6 0 0 1 0 0
61 Tommy Lyons 24 RG 10 9 0 0 1 0 0
81 Billy Masters 28 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
51 Mike Simone 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Bill Thompson 26 rcb 8 8 1 4 0 4 0
Team Total 26.4 14 10 109 0 30 0 0 25 25 -14 0
Opp Total 14 38 27 15 1

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
15 Jim Turner 31 K 14 0 37 20 97
44 Floyd Little 30 RB 14 14 9 4 13 78
25 Haven Moses 26 wr 8 6 5 5 30
81 Billy Masters 28 TE 14 14 3 3 18
84 Rod Sherman 28 PR/WR 14 13 3 3 18
11 Bobby Anderson 25 FB 9 9 1 1 2 12
33 Joe Dawkins 24 fb 14 5 2 2 12
22 Fran Lynch 27 14 0 2 2 12
10 Steve Ramsey 24 qb 9 5 2 2 12
80 Jerry Simmons 30 WR 9 8 2 2 12
20 Charlie Greer 26 SS 14 14 1 1 6
21 Randy Montgomery 25 KR/RCB 14 8 1 1 6
88 Riley Odoms 22 14 0 1 1 6
42 Billy Van Heusen 26 P 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 14 17 19 1 1 38 37 20 325
Opp Total 14 15 19 1 6 39 21 1 350

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 HOU W, 30-17 1 3 rush Steve Ramsey 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
2 1972-09-17 HOU W, 30-17 2 25 pass Billy Masters 25 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
3 1972-09-17 HOU W, 30-17 4 66 rush Billy Van Heusen 66 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
4 1972-09-24 @ SDG L, 14-37 1 94 kickoff Randy Montgomery 94 yard kickoff return (Jim Turner kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ SDG L, 14-37 4 8 rush Steve Ramsey 8 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
6 1972-10-01 KAN L, 24-45 1 35 pass Floyd Little 35 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
7 1972-10-01 KAN L, 24-45 3 15 rush Bobby Anderson 15 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
8 1972-10-01 KAN L, 24-45 4 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
9 1972-10-08 @ CIN L, 10-21 1 7 rush Floyd Little 7 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1972-10-15 MIN L, 20-23 2 36 pass Floyd Little 36 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
11 1972-10-15 MIN L, 20-23 4 27 rush Floyd Little 27 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
12 1972-10-15 MIN L, 20-23 4 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (run failed)
13 1972-10-22 @ OAK W, 30-23 1 21 pass Billy Masters 21 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
14 1972-10-22 @ OAK W, 30-23 2 37 pass Floyd Little 37 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
15 1972-10-22 @ OAK W, 30-23 2 35 pass Jerry Simmons 35 yard pass from Floyd Little (Jim Turner kick)
16 1972-10-29 CLE L, 20-27 1 28 pass Bobby Anderson 28 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
17 1972-10-29 CLE L, 20-27 3 19 pass Floyd Little 19 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
18 1972-11-05 @ NYG L, 17-29 3 14 pass Riley Odoms 14 yard pass from Bobby Anderson (Jim Turner kick)
19 1972-11-05 @ NYG L, 17-29 4 55 rush Floyd Little 55 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
20 1972-11-12 @ RAM W, 16-10 2 7 pass Jerry Simmons 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
21 1972-11-19 OAK L, 20-37 1 23 pass Rod Sherman 23 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
22 1972-11-19 OAK L, 20-37 4 3 pass Billy Masters 3 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
23 1972-11-26 @ ATL L, 20-23 1 1 rush Joe Dawkins 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
24 1972-11-26 @ ATL L, 20-23 4 34 pass Rod Sherman 34 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
25 1972-12-03 @ KAN L, 21-24 1 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
26 1972-12-03 @ KAN L, 21-24 2 1 pass Haven Moses 1 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
27 1972-12-03 @ KAN L, 21-24 4 8 rush Fran Lynch 8 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
28 1972-12-10 SDG W, 38-13 1 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
29 1972-12-10 SDG W, 38-13 2 4 rush Joe Dawkins 4 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
30 1972-12-10 SDG W, 38-13 2 65 punt Charlie Greer 65 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
31 1972-12-10 SDG W, 38-13 3 11 pass Haven Moses 11 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
32 1972-12-10 SDG W, 38-13 3 7 pass Haven Moses 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
33 1972-12-17 NWE W, 45-21 2 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
34 1972-12-17 NWE W, 45-21 2 20 pass Rod Sherman 20 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
35 1972-12-17 NWE W, 45-21 2 19 pass Haven Moses 19 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
36 1972-12-17 NWE W, 45-21 3 22 pass Haven Moses 22 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
37 1972-12-17 NWE W, 45-21 4 5 rush Floyd Little 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
38 1972-12-17 NWE W, 45-21 4 15 rush Fran Lynch 15 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1972-09-17 HOU L, 17-30 2 57 pass Ken Burrough 57 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
2 1972-09-17 HOU L, 17-30 4 18 pass Jim Beirne 18 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Mark Moseley kick)
3 1972-09-24 @ SDG W, 37-14 1 41 rush Mike Garrett 41 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
4 1972-09-24 @ SDG W, 37-14 2 9 pass Gary Garrison 9 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
5 1972-09-24 @ SDG W, 37-14 2 31 pass Dave Williams 31 yard pass from John Hadl (Dennis Partee kick)
6 1972-09-24 @ SDG W, 37-14 2 47 interception Joe Beauchamp 47 yard interception return (Dennis Partee kick)
7 1972-10-01 KAN W, 45-24 2 1 rush Jeff Kinney 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
8 1972-10-01 KAN W, 45-24 3 16 pass Willie Frazier 16 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1972-10-01 KAN W, 45-24 3 9 pass Dennis Homan 9 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1972-10-01 KAN W, 45-24 4 29 pass Otis Taylor 29 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1972-10-01 KAN W, 45-24 4 43 interception Jim Kearney 43 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1972-10-01 KAN W, 45-24 4 32 interception Jim Kearney 32 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1972-10-08 @ CIN W, 21-10 2 1 rush Essex Johnson 1 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
14 1972-10-08 @ CIN W, 21-10 3 66 punt Tommy Casanova 66 yard punt return (Horst Muhlmann kick)
15 1972-10-08 @ CIN W, 21-10 4 12 pass Chip Myers 12 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Horst Muhlmann kick)
16 1972-10-15 MIN W, 23-20 3 1 rush Bill Brown 1 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
17 1972-10-15 MIN W, 23-20 4 31 pass Gene Washington 31 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
18 1972-10-22 @ OAK L, 23-30 3 1 rush Charlie Smith 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1972-10-22 @ OAK L, 23-30 4 4 pass Mike Siani 4 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
20 1972-10-29 CLE W, 27-20 2 2 pass Milt Morin 2 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
21 1972-10-29 CLE W, 27-20 4 19 pass Paul Staroba 19 yard pass from Mike Phipps (Don Cockroft kick)
22 1972-10-29 CLE W, 27-20 4 1 rush Mike Phipps 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
23 1972-11-05 @ NYG W, 29-17 1 13 rush Bob Tucker 13 yard rush
24 1972-11-05 @ NYG W, 29-17 2 1 rush Joe Orduna 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)
25 1972-11-05 @ NYG W, 29-17 2 37 interception Jim Files 37 yard interception return
26 1972-11-05 @ NYG W, 29-17 4 11 pass Ron Johnson 11 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)
27 1972-11-12 @ RAM L, 10-16 3 4 pass Jack Snow 4 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
28 1972-11-19 OAK W, 37-20 1 3 rush Marv Hubbard 3 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
29 1972-11-19 OAK W, 37-20 2 27 pass Fred Biletnikoff 27 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
30 1972-11-19 OAK W, 37-20 4 5 rush Charlie Smith 5 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
31 1972-11-19 OAK W, 37-20 4 7 pass Fred Biletnikoff 7 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
32 1972-11-26 @ ATL W, 23-20 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
33 1972-11-26 @ ATL W, 23-20 2 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
34 1972-11-26 @ ATL W, 23-20 3 27 pass Wes Chesson 27 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)
35 1972-12-03 @ KAN W, 24-21 2 29 interception Jim Kearney 29 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
36 1972-12-03 @ KAN W, 24-21 3 1 rush Ed Podolak 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
37 1972-12-03 @ KAN W, 24-21 3 61 interception Bobby Bell 61 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
38 1972-12-10 SDG L, 13-38 4 23 pass Gary Garrison 23 yard pass from John Hadl (Bill McClard kick)
39 1972-12-17 NWE L, 21-45 2 1 rush Carl Garrett 1 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
40 1972-12-17 NWE L, 21-45 4 5 rush Carl Garrett 5 yard rush (Mike Walker kick)
41 1972-12-17 NWE L, 21-45 4 28 pass Tom Reynolds 28 yard pass from Brian Dowling (Mike Walker kick)