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1974 Denver Broncos

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7-6-1, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.6, Offense: 3.4, Defense: -2.8, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (21.6/g), 7th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 294 points (21.0/g), 22nd.
 Differential of 8 points (0.6/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-6.8.

Coach: John Ralston (7-6-1)
 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 302 4485 861 5.2 30 13 20 258 184 329 2328 18 17 6.2 118 486 2157 20 4.4 120
Team Defense 294 4391 945 4.6 33 11 21 265 237 426 2583 14 22 5.6 135 487 1808 17 3.7 109
Lg Rank Offense 7 5 9 10 7 24 9 7 9 7 11 5 4 3
Lg Rank Defense 22 21 12 19 20 25 24 13 8 19 15 13 18 11

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-1 Los Angeles Rams 10 17 11 156 104 52 14 272 127 145 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore T OT 0-1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 35 35 20 332 176 156 3 33 484 324 160 4
3 Mon September 30 boxscore L 0-2-1 @ Washington Redskins 3 30 10 159 106 53 3 21 345 245 100 1
4 Sun October 6 boxscore W 1-2-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 14 13 221 90 131 2 11 170 81 89 2
5 Sun October 13 boxscore W 2-2-1 New Orleans Saints 33 17 24 397 274 123 2 19 333 196 137 3
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 3-2-1 San Diego Chargers 27 7 20 354 165 189 1 16 233 149 84 3
7 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 21 23 18 358 172 186 1 14 259 187 72 1
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 3-4-1 Oakland Raiders 17 28 11 336 223 113 3 16 387 207 180 2
9 Sun November 10 boxscore W 4-4-1 @ Baltimore Colts 17 6 12 171 38 133 24 323 176 147 4
10 Mon November 18 boxscore L 4-5-1 Kansas City Chiefs 34 42 34 532 459 73 6 24 364 170 194 2
11 Sun November 24 boxscore W 5-5-1 @ Oakland Raiders 20 17 22 410 118 292 1 20 348 220 128 3
12 Thu November 28 boxscore W 6-5-1 @ Detroit Lions 31 27 23 361 121 240 2 16 252 131 121 2
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 7-5-1 Houston Oilers 37 14 27 411 168 243 1 16 268 180 88 2
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 7-6-1 @ San Diego Chargers 0 17 13 287 114 173 5 21 353 190 163 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 36 QB 14 12 6-5-1 136 244 55.7% 1969 13 5.3 9 3.7 73 8.1 7.5 14.5 140.6 84.5 36 270 6.07 5.55 12.9
10 Steve Ramsey 26 qb 7 2 1-1-0 41 74 55.4% 580 5 6.8 7 9.5 43 7.8 4.9 14.1 82.9 64.0 9 55 6.33 3.73 10.8 2 1
16 John Hufnagel 23 4 0 6 10 60.0% 70 0 0.0 1 10.0 28 7.0 2.5 11.7 17.5 41.7 1 7 5.73 1.64 9.1
42 Billy Van Heusen 28 P/WR 14 12 1 1 100.0% 41 0 0.0 0 0.0 41 41.0 41.0 41.0 2.9 118.7 0 0 41.00 41.00 0.0
Team Total 26.3 14 7-6-1 184 329 55.9% 2660 18 5.5 17 5.2 73 8.1 6.9 14.5 190.0 79.1 46 332 6.21 5.13 12.3 2 1
Opp Total 14 237 426 55.6% 2805 14 3.3 22 5.2 6.6 4.92 11.8 200.4 65.3 32 222 5.6 4.1 7.0

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
24 Otis Armstrong*+ 24 FB/KR/rb 14 14 263 1407 9 43 5.3 100.5 18.8 38 405 10.7 3 48 2.7 28.9 1812 12 6
44 Floyd Little 32 RB 14 9 117 312 1 22 2.7 22.3 8.4 29 344 11.9 0 72 2.1 24.6 656 1 2
32 Jon Keyworth 24 fb 14 5 81 374 10 30 4.6 26.7 5.8 12 109 9.1 0 18 0.9 7.8 483 10 1
10 Steve Ramsey 26 qb 7 2 5 -2 0 1 -0.4 -0.3 0.7 -2 0 3
88 Riley Odoms*+ 24 TE 14 14 4 25 0 31 6.3 1.8 0.3 42 639 15.2 6 41 3.0 45.6 664 6 0
12 Charley Johnson 36 QB 14 12 4 -3 0 0 -0.8 -0.2 0.3 -3 0 4
30 Oliver Ross 25 7 0 3 8 0 7 2.7 1.1 0.4 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.9 21 0 1
22 Fran Lynch 29 12 0 3 -2 0 1 -0.7 -0.2 0.3 -2 0 0
25 Haven Moses 28 WR 13 13 2 16 0 11 8.0 1.2 0.2 34 559 16.4 2 42 2.6 43.0 575 2 1
16 John Hufnagel 23 4 0 2 22 0 18 11.0 5.5 0.5 22 0 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 28 P/WR 14 12 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 16 421 26.3 4 73 1.1 30.1 420 4 1
82 Otto Stowe 25 8 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 2 9 4.5 1 5 0.3 1.1 10 1 0
80 Jerry Simmons 32 wr 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 161 16.1 2 36 0.7 11.5 161 2 0
Team Total 26.3 14 486 2157 20 43 4.4 154.1 34.7 184 2660 14.5 18 73 13.1 190.0 4817 38 23
Opp Total 14 487 1808 17 3.7 129.1 34.8 237 2583 10.9 14 16.9 184.5 4391 31 22

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 28 PR/SS 14 14 26 350 0 60 13.5 13 325 0 37 25.0 675
24 Otis Armstrong*+ 24 FB/KR/rb 14 14 16 386 0 41 24.1 2198
20 Charlie Greer 28 FS 11 10 13 90 0 22 6.9 90
44 Floyd Little 32 RB 14 9 4 34 0 17 8.5 8 171 0 31 21.4 861
30 Oliver Ross 25 7 0 7 117 0 31 16.7 138
32 Jon Keyworth 24 fb 14 5 4 85 0 26 21.3 568
87 Boyd Brown 22 14 0 3 56 0 22 18.7 56
53 Ken Criter 27 14 0 3 48 0 20 16.0 48
Team Total 26.3 14 43 474 0 60 11.0 54 1188 0 41 22.0 6479
Opp Total 14 45 529 0 11.8 57 1369 1 24.0

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 28 P/WR 14 12 75 3024 61 1 40.3
15 Jim Turner 33 K 14 0 1 4 3 7 6 8 2 1 21 11 52.4%% 38 35 92.1%%
Team Total 26.3 14 1 4 3 7 6 8 2 1 21 11 52.4%% 38 35 92.1%% 75 3024 61 1 40.3
Opp Total 14 24 16 66.7%% 35 34 97.1%% 70 2982 42.6

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 28 PR/SS 14 14 5 105 1 38 0 0 1 2 0 0
24 Otis Armstrong*+ 24 FB/KR/rb 14 14 0 6 1 0 0
12 Charley Johnson 36 QB 14 12 0 4 3 -9 0
20 Charlie Greer 28 FS 11 10 1 23 0 23 0 0 2 2 3 0
26 Calvin Jones 23 RCB 14 14 5 19 0 11 0
46 John Rowser 30 LCB 11 10 4 56 0 33 0
44 Floyd Little 32 RB 14 9 0 2 1 0 0
56 Ray May 29 MLB 14 12 2 40 0 25 0 0 0 1 0 0
10 Steve Ramsey 26 qb 7 2 0 3 0 0 0
75 Ed Smith 24 de 13 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
77 Lyle Alzado 25 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
79 Barney Chavous 23 LDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
32 Jon Keyworth 24 fb 14 5 0 1 1 0 0
45 Bill Laskey 31 LLB 14 10 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Mike Current 29 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
57 Tom Jackson 23 llb/RLB 13 12 1 39 0 39 0
50 Bobby Maples 32 C 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
25 Haven Moses 28 WR 13 13 0 1 0 0 0
48 John Pitts 29 db 14 4 1 2 0 2 0
30 Oliver Ross 25 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
51 Mike Simone 24 14 0 0 0 1 17 0
15 Jim Turner 33 K 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Maurice Tyler 24 14 0 1 0 0 0 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 28 P/WR 14 12 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.3 14 22 311 1 39 0 0 23 21 11 0
Opp Total 14 46 22 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
24 Otis Armstrong*+ 24 FB/KR/rb 14 14 9 3 12 72
15 Jim Turner 33 K 14 0 35 11 68
32 Jon Keyworth 24 fb 14 5 10 10 60
88 Riley Odoms*+ 24 TE 14 14 6 6 36
42 Billy Van Heusen 28 P/WR 14 12 4 4 24
25 Haven Moses 28 WR 13 13 2 2 12
80 Jerry Simmons 32 wr 14 2 2 2 12
44 Floyd Little 32 RB 14 9 1 1 6
82 Otto Stowe 25 8 0 1 1 6
36 Bill Thompson 28 PR/SS 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.3 14 20 18 1 39 35 11 302
Opp Total 14 17 14 1 3 34 16 1 294

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 RAM L, 10-17 4 30 pass Billy Van Heusen 30 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
2 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 1 45 pass Otis Armstrong 45 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
3 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 1 7 pass Haven Moses 7 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
4 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 1 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
5 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 3 3 pass Riley Odoms 3 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
6 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 4 23 pass Otis Armstrong 23 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
7 1974-10-06 @ KAN W, 17-14 3 2 rush Jon Keyworth 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
8 1974-10-06 @ KAN W, 17-14 4 3 rush Jon Keyworth 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
9 1974-10-13 NOR W, 33-17 1 3 rush Otis Armstrong 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1974-10-13 NOR W, 33-17 2 3 pass Riley Odoms 3 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
11 1974-10-13 NOR W, 33-17 2 38 interception Bill Thompson 38 yard interception return
12 1974-10-13 NOR W, 33-17 2 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush
13 1974-10-13 NOR W, 33-17 3 43 pass Billy Van Heusen 43 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
14 1974-10-20 SDG W, 27-7 1 5 pass Riley Odoms 5 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
15 1974-10-20 SDG W, 27-7 2 6 rush Floyd Little 6 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
16 1974-10-20 SDG W, 27-7 3 10 rush Otis Armstrong 10 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
17 1974-10-27 @ CLE L, 21-23 1 12 pass Riley Odoms 12 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
18 1974-10-27 @ CLE L, 21-23 2 13 pass Jerry Simmons 13 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
19 1974-10-27 @ CLE L, 21-23 3 33 rush Otis Armstrong 33 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
20 1974-11-03 OAK L, 17-28 1 48 pass Otis Armstrong 48 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
21 1974-11-03 OAK L, 17-28 3 73 pass Billy Van Heusen 73 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
22 1974-11-10 @ BAL W, 17-6 1 1 pass Riley Odoms 1 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
23 1974-11-10 @ BAL W, 17-6 2 37 rush Otis Armstrong 37 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
24 1974-11-18 KAN L, 34-42 1 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
25 1974-11-18 KAN L, 34-42 2 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
26 1974-11-18 KAN L, 34-42 2 11 pass Billy Van Heusen 11 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
27 1974-11-18 KAN L, 34-42 4 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush
28 1974-11-18 KAN L, 34-42 4 4 pass Otto Stowe 4 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
29 1974-11-24 @ OAK W, 20-17 1 30 rush Jon Keyworth 30 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
30 1974-11-24 @ OAK W, 20-17 3 8 pass Jerry Simmons 8 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
31 1974-11-28 @ DET W, 31-27 2 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
32 1974-11-28 @ DET W, 31-27 3 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
33 1974-11-28 @ DET W, 31-27 3 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
34 1974-11-28 @ DET W, 31-27 3 1 pass Riley Odoms 1 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
35 1974-12-08 HOU W, 37-14 1 4 rush Jon Keyworth 4 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
36 1974-12-08 HOU W, 37-14 2 10 rush Otis Armstrong 10 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
37 1974-12-08 HOU W, 37-14 3 12 rush Otis Armstrong 12 yard rush
38 1974-12-08 HOU W, 37-14 4 12 pass Haven Moses 12 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
39 1974-12-08 HOU W, 37-14 4 15 rush Otis Armstrong 15 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 RAM W, 17-10 2 19 pass Bob Klein 19 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
2 1974-09-15 RAM W, 17-10 3 84 kickoff Cullen Bryant 84 yard kickoff return (David Ray kick)
3 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 1 61 pass Steve Davis 61 yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Roy Gerela kick)
4 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 2 1 rush Joe Gilliam 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
5 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 3 1 rush Steve Davis 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
6 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 3 1 rush Steve Davis 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
7 1974-09-22 PIT T, 35-35 4 1 rush John Fuqua 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
8 1974-09-30 @ WAS W, 30-3 1 3 pass Charley Taylor 3 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
9 1974-09-30 @ WAS W, 30-3 4 11 pass Charley Taylor 11 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Mark Moseley kick)
10 1974-09-30 @ WAS W, 30-3 4 1 rush Duane Thomas 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
11 1974-10-06 @ KAN L, 14-17 1 1 rush Willie Ellison 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
12 1974-10-06 @ KAN L, 14-17 2 28 interception Bobby Bell 28 yard interception return (Jan Stenerud kick)
13 1974-10-13 NOR L, 17-33 1 24 interception Terry Schmidt 24 yard interception return (Bill McClard kick)
14 1974-10-13 NOR L, 17-33 3 1 rush Rod McNeill 1 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
15 1974-10-20 SDG L, 7-27 3 1 rush Glen Bonner 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
16 1974-10-27 @ CLE W, 23-21 4 8 rush Brian Sipe 8 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1974-10-27 @ CLE W, 23-21 4 1 rush Brian Sipe 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
18 1974-11-03 OAK W, 28-17 1 23 pass Fred Biletnikoff 23 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
19 1974-11-03 OAK W, 28-17 1 9 pass Cliff Branch 9 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
20 1974-11-03 OAK W, 28-17 2 19 pass Fred Biletnikoff 19 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
21 1974-11-03 OAK W, 28-17 3 61 pass Cliff Branch 61 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
22 1974-11-18 KAN W, 42-34 1 4 pass Ed Podolak 4 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1974-11-18 KAN W, 42-34 2 2 rush Ed Podolak 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
24 1974-11-18 KAN W, 42-34 3 35 pass Otis Taylor 35 yard pass from Len Dawson (Jan Stenerud kick)
25 1974-11-18 KAN W, 42-34 3 17 rush Woody Green 17 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
26 1974-11-18 KAN W, 42-34 4 1 rush Wendell Hayes 1 yard rush
27 1974-11-24 @ OAK L, 17-20 2 34 pass Fred Biletnikoff 34 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
28 1974-11-24 @ OAK L, 17-20 4 7 pass Fred Biletnikoff 7 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
29 1974-11-28 @ DET L, 27-31 2 23 pass Altie Taylor 23 yard pass from Greg Landry (Errol Mann kick)
30 1974-11-28 @ DET L, 27-31 2 55 interception Levi Johnson 55 yard interception return (Errol Mann kick)
31 1974-11-28 @ DET L, 27-31 4 1 rush Leon Crosswhite 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
32 1974-12-08 HOU L, 14-37 2 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
33 1974-12-08 HOU L, 14-37 4 4 pass Jeff Queen 4 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
34 1974-12-15 @ SDG W, 17-0 1 6 rush Don Woods 6 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)
35 1974-12-15 @ SDG W, 17-0 2 1 rush Bo Matthews 1 yard rush (Dennis Partee kick)