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1973 Denver Broncos

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7-5-2, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.9, Offense: 5.4, Defense: -2.5, SoS: -1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 354 points (25.3/g), 3rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 296 points (21.1/g), 15th.
 Differential of 58 points (4.1/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: John Ralston (7-5-2)
 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 354 4473 892 5.0 29 9 15 253 196 378 2519 22 20 6.2 127 487 1954 16 4.0 111
Team Defense 296 4235 878 4.8 29 15 21 239 202 387 2440 15 14 5.8 121 455 1795 14 3.9 97
Lg Rank Offense 3 6 8 1 5 7 3 3 18 4 17 14 6 14
Lg Rank Defense 15 19 22 16 16 24 24 13 21 18 5 6 16 9

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 16 boxscore W 1-0 Cincinnati Bengals 28 10 23 343 190 153 1 22 344 211 133 1
2 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-1 San Francisco 49ers 34 36 22 355 240 115 6 16 347 212 135 1
3 Sun September 30 boxscore L 1-2 Chicago Bears 14 33 25 366 295 71 7 19 325 123 202 1
4 Sun October 7 boxscore L 1-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 16 10 270 112 158 1 19 349 170 179 1
5 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-3 @ Houston Oilers 48 20 21 447 214 233 20 215 98 117 5
6 Mon October 22 boxscore T 2-3-1 Oakland Raiders 23 23 13 216 102 114 2 21 417 270 147 3
7 Sun October 28 boxscore W 3-3-1 @ New York Jets 40 28 20 432 235 197 1 17 315 229 86 3
8 Sun November 4 boxscore T 3-3-2 @ St. Louis Cardinals 17 17 15 294 190 104 1 18 261 168 93 2
9 Sun November 11 boxscore W 4-3-2 San Diego Chargers 30 19 21 413 234 179 3 14 221 101 120 2
10 Sun November 18 boxscore W 5-3-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 23 13 20 257 73 184 12 300 217 83 3
11 Sun November 25 boxscore W 6-3-2 Kansas City Chiefs 14 10 12 219 137 82 1 17 242 103 139 2
12 Sun December 2 boxscore L 6-4-2 Dallas Cowboys 10 22 12 229 147 82 3 14 263 189 74
13 Sun December 9 boxscore W 7-4-2 @ San Diego Chargers 42 28 23 423 231 192 14 341 215 126 3
14 Sun December 16 boxscore L 7-5-2 @ Oakland Raiders 17 21 16 209 119 90 3 16 295 134 161 2

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 35 QB 14 14 7-5-2 184 346 53.2% 2465 20 5.8 17 4.9 62 7.1 6.1 13.4 176.1 74.9 26 177 6.15 5.17 7.0 2 2
10 Steve Ramsey 25 5 0 10 27 37.0% 194 2 7.4 2 7.4 76 7.2 5.3 19.4 38.8 56.7 0 0 7.19 5.33 0.0
11 Bobby Anderson 26 12 0 2 3 66.7% 47 0 0.0 0 0.0 28 15.7 15.7 23.5 3.9 109.7 0 0 15.67 15.67 0.0
15 Jim Turner 32 K 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
42 Billy Van Heusen 27 P 14 1 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 10 -5.00 -5.00 50.0
Team Total 26.6 14 7-5-2 196 378 51.9% 2706 22 5.8 20 5.3 76 7.2 5.9 13.8 193.3 72.5 27 187 6.22 5.08 6.7 2 2
Opp Total 14 202 387 52.2% 2766 15 3.9 14 3.6 7.1 6.29 13.7 197.6 73.2 36 326 5.8 5.0 8.5

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* 31 RB 14 13 256 979 12 47 3.8 69.9 18.3 41 423 10.3 1 50 2.9 30.2 1402 13 3
33 Joe Dawkins 25 FB 14 14 160 706 2 72 4.4 50.4 11.4 30 329 11.0 0 42 2.1 23.5 1035 2 4
24 Otis Armstrong 23 KR 14 1 26 90 0 24 3.5 6.4 1.9 2 43 21.5 1 36 0.1 3.1 133 1 1
11 Bobby Anderson 26 12 0 19 61 1 11 3.2 5.1 1.6 15 153 10.2 0 29 1.3 12.8 214 1 0
12 Charley Johnson 35 QB 14 14 7 -2 0 0 -0.3 -0.1 0.5 -2 0 5
88 Riley Odoms* 23 TE 14 14 5 53 0 21 10.6 3.8 0.4 43 629 14.6 7 47 3.1 44.9 682 7 1
30 Oliver Ross 24 4 0 5 21 0 8 4.2 5.3 1.3 21 0 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 27 P 14 1 4 34 0 32 8.5 2.4 0.3 8 149 18.6 1 62 0.6 10.6 183 1 0
25 Haven Moses* 27 WR 14 14 3 25 1 22 8.3 1.8 0.2 28 518 18.5 8 76 2.0 37.0 543 9 1
80 Jerry Simmons 31 WR 14 13 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 13 249 19.2 1 53 0.9 17.8 245 1 0
81 Billy Masters 29 11 0 1 -9 0 -9 -9.0 -0.8 0.1 5 65 13.0 0 28 0.5 5.9 56 0 1
84 Gene Washington 29 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 150 15.0 3 28 0.7 10.7 150 3 0
68 Larron Jackson 24 LG 13 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 0.1 -0.2 -2 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 487 1954 16 72 4.0 139.6 34.8 196 2706 13.8 22 76 14.0 193.3 4660 38 21
Opp Total 14 455 1795 14 3.9 128.2 32.5 202 2440 12.1 15 14.4 174.3 4235 29 26

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 27 PR/SS 14 14 30 366 0 53 12.2 1 25 0 25 25.0 391
24 Otis Armstrong 23 KR 14 1 20 472 0 50 23.6 605
33 Joe Dawkins 25 FB 14 14 10 222 0 31 22.2 1257
23 Maurice Tyler 23 db 14 2 4 20 0 6 5.0 1 23 0 23 23.0 43
20 Charlie Greer 27 FS 10 10 3 11 0 11 3.7 11
53 Ken Criter 26 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
52 Fred Forsberg 29 3 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
44 Floyd Little* 31 RB 14 13 1 7 0 7 7.0 1409
22 Fran Lynch 28 9 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
41 Leroy Mitchell 29 LCB 12 12 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
21 Randy Montgomery 26 db 9 2 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
51 Mike Simone 23 lb 14 3 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
Team Total 26.6 14 40 404 0 53 10.1 36 793 0 50 22.0 5857
Opp Total 14 31 257 0 8.3 61 1244 1 20.4

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
15 Jim Turner 32 K 14 0 5 5 5 5 9 8 9 3 5 1 33 22 66.7%% 40 40 100.0%%
42 Billy Van Heusen 27 P 14 1 69 3114 78 0 45.1
Team Total 26.6 14 5 5 5 5 9 8 9 3 5 1 33 22 66.7%% 40 40 100.0%% 69 3114 78 0 45.1
Opp Total 14 35 26 74.3%% 31 30 96.8%% 69 2988 43.3

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 35 QB 14 14 0 5 3 -6 0
36 Bill Thompson 27 PR/SS 14 14 3 96 1 59 0 0 2 2 80 1
33 Joe Dawkins 25 FB 14 14 0 4 1 0 0
26 Calvin Jones 22 RCB 14 14 4 69 0 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Charlie Greer 27 FS 10 10 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0
45 Bill Laskey 30 LLB 11 11 2 3 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
44 Floyd Little* 31 RB 14 13 0 3 0 0 0
79 Barney Chavous 22 RDT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
53 Ken Criter 26 14 0 0 0 2 2 0 1
52 Fred Forsberg 29 3 0 1 7 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Billy Masters 29 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
41 Leroy Mitchell 29 LCB 12 12 2 43 1 40 0
23 Maurice Tyler 23 db 14 2 0 0 2 5 0
77 Lyle Alzado 24 RDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
24 Otis Armstrong 23 KR 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
55 Pete Duranko 30 LDE 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
58 Tom Graham 23 MLB 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
63 John Grant 23 13 0 0 0 1 10 0
61 Tommy Lyons 25 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
56 Ray May 28 RLB 11 10 1 1 0 1 0
25 Haven Moses* 27 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
66 Jim O'Malley 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Riley Odoms* 23 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
10 Steve Ramsey 25 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
51 Mike Simone 23 lb 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
70 Paul Smith* 28 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 14 220 2 59 0 0 21 26 91 1 1
Opp Total 14 27 26 11 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 32 K 14 0 40 22 106
44 Floyd Little* 31 RB 14 13 12 1 13 78
25 Haven Moses* 27 WR 14 14 1 8 9 54
88 Riley Odoms* 23 TE 14 14 7 7 42
84 Gene Washington 29 14 0 3 3 18
33 Joe Dawkins 25 FB 14 14 2 2 12
36 Bill Thompson 27 PR/SS 14 14 1 1 2 12
11 Bobby Anderson 26 12 0 1 1 6
24 Otis Armstrong 23 KR 14 1 1 1 6
41 Leroy Mitchell 29 LCB 12 12 1 1 6
80 Jerry Simmons 31 WR 14 13 1 1 6
42 Billy Van Heusen 27 P 14 1 1 1 6
53 Ken Criter 26 14 0 1 2
Team Total 26.6 14 16 22 1 2 41 40 22 1 354
Opp Total 14 14 15 1 1 30 26 1 296

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 CIN W, 28-10 1 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
2 1973-09-16 CIN W, 28-10 1 22 rush Haven Moses 22 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
3 1973-09-16 CIN W, 28-10 2 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
4 1973-09-16 CIN W, 28-10 4 5 rush Floyd Little 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
5 1973-09-23 SFO L, 34-36 1 18 pass Jerry Simmons 18 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
6 1973-09-23 SFO L, 34-36 3 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
7 1973-09-23 SFO L, 34-36 4 19 pass Gene Washington 19 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
8 1973-09-23 SFO L, 34-36 4 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
9 1973-09-30 CHI L, 14-33 4 1 rush Bobby Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1973-09-30 CHI L, 14-33 4 36 pass Otis Armstrong 36 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
11 1973-10-07 @ KAN L, 14-16 2 50 pass Floyd Little 50 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
12 1973-10-07 @ KAN L, 14-16 4 72 rush Joe Dawkins 72 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
13 1973-10-14 @ HOU W, 48-20 1 19 pass Haven Moses 19 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
14 1973-10-14 @ HOU W, 48-20 2 33 pass Haven Moses 33 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
15 1973-10-14 @ HOU W, 48-20 2 3 pass Haven Moses 3 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
16 1973-10-14 @ HOU W, 48-20 3 59 interception Bill Thompson 59 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
17 1973-10-14 @ HOU W, 48-20 3 4 rush Floyd Little 4 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
18 1973-10-14 @ HOU W, 48-20 4 62 pass Billy Van Heusen 62 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
19 1973-10-22 OAK T, 23-23 1 80 fumble Bill Thompson 80 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
20 1973-10-22 OAK T, 23-23 3 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
21 1973-10-28 @ NYJ W, 40-28 1 15 pass Gene Washington 15 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
22 1973-10-28 @ NYJ W, 40-28 1 21 pass Riley Odoms 21 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
23 1973-10-28 @ NYJ W, 40-28 1 40 interception Leroy Mitchell 40 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
24 1973-10-28 @ NYJ W, 40-28 3 76 pass Haven Moses 76 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
25 1973-11-04 @ STL T, 17-17 2 47 pass Riley Odoms 47 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
26 1973-11-04 @ STL T, 17-17 4 3 rush Floyd Little 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
27 1973-11-11 SDG W, 30-19 1 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
28 1973-11-11 SDG W, 30-19 3 20 pass Gene Washington 20 yard pass from Charley Johnson
29 1973-11-11 SDG W, 30-19 4 14 pass Riley Odoms 14 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
30 1973-11-11 SDG W, 30-19 4 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
31 1973-11-18 @ PIT W, 23-13 3 10 rush Floyd Little 10 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
32 1973-11-18 @ PIT W, 23-13 4 2 pass Riley Odoms 2 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
33 1973-11-25 KAN W, 14-10 2 18 pass Haven Moses 18 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
34 1973-11-25 KAN W, 14-10 2 40 pass Haven Moses 40 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
35 1973-12-02 DAL L, 10-22 4 16 pass Riley Odoms 16 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
36 1973-12-09 @ SDG W, 42-28 1 24 pass Riley Odoms 24 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
37 1973-12-09 @ SDG W, 42-28 2 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
38 1973-12-09 @ SDG W, 42-28 3 2 rush Joe Dawkins 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
39 1973-12-09 @ SDG W, 42-28 3 15 pass Haven Moses 15 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
40 1973-12-16 @ OAK L, 17-21 3 13 pass Haven Moses 13 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
41 1973-12-16 @ OAK L, 17-21 4 14 pass Riley Odoms 14 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1973-09-16 CIN L, 10-28 3 22 rush Essex Johnson 22 yard rush (Horst Muhlmann kick)
2 1973-09-23 SFO W, 36-34 2 5 rush Jimmy Thomas 5 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
3 1973-09-23 SFO W, 36-34 2 1 rush John Brodie 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
4 1973-09-23 SFO W, 36-34 3 1 rush Vic Washington 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
5 1973-09-30 CHI W, 33-14 2 44 pass Jim Harrison 44 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
6 1973-09-30 CHI W, 33-14 3 5 pass Earl Thomas 5 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Mac Percival kick)
7 1973-09-30 CHI W, 33-14 3 5 rush Jim Harrison 5 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
8 1973-10-07 @ KAN W, 16-14 3 20 pass Otis Taylor 20 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
9 1973-10-14 @ HOU L, 20-48 1 4 rush Fred Willis 4 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
10 1973-10-14 @ HOU L, 20-48 2 19 rush Ken Burrough 19 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
11 1973-10-22 OAK T, 23-23 2 80 pass Mike Siani 80 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
12 1973-10-22 OAK T, 23-23 3 16 pass Cliff Branch 16 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
13 1973-10-28 @ NYJ L, 28-40 1 82 kickoff Burgess Owens 82 yard kickoff return (Bobby Howfield kick)
14 1973-10-28 @ NYJ L, 28-40 3 1 rush Emerson Boozer 1 yard rush (Bobby Howfield kick)
15 1973-10-28 @ NYJ L, 28-40 3 30 pass Jerome Barkum 30 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
16 1973-10-28 @ NYJ L, 28-40 3 56 pass Jerome Barkum 56 yard pass from Al Woodall (Bobby Howfield kick)
17 1973-11-04 @ STL T, 17-17 1 5 pass Don Shy 5 yard pass from Jim Hart (Jim Bakken kick)
18 1973-11-04 @ STL T, 17-17 4 1 rush Donny Anderson 1 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
19 1973-11-11 SDG L, 19-30 2 80 interception Coy Bacon 80 yard interception return
20 1973-11-11 SDG L, 19-30 2 18 rush Robert Holmes 18 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
21 1973-11-18 @ PIT L, 13-23 4 42 pass Ron Shanklin 42 yard pass from Terry Hanratty (Roy Gerela kick)
22 1973-11-25 KAN L, 10-14 4 7 pass Otis Taylor 7 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1973-12-02 DAL W, 22-10 1 6 pass Jean Fugett 6 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
24 1973-12-02 DAL W, 22-10 4 27 pass Jean Fugett 27 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)
25 1973-12-09 @ SDG L, 28-42 1 1 rush Robert Holmes 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
26 1973-12-09 @ SDG L, 28-42 2 11 pass Gary Garrison 11 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Dennis Partee kick)
27 1973-12-09 @ SDG L, 28-42 4 1 rush Cid Edwards 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
28 1973-12-09 @ SDG L, 28-42 4 69 pass Jerry LeVias 69 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Dennis Partee kick)
29 1973-12-16 @ OAK W, 21-17 1 1 rush Charlie Smith 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
30 1973-12-16 @ OAK W, 21-17 2 8 rush Clarence Davis 8 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
31 1973-12-16 @ OAK W, 21-17 4 31 pass Mike Siani 31 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)