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1975 Denver Broncos

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6-8-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1975 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.4, Offense: -2.7, Defense: -0.7, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 254 points (18.1/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 307 points (21.9/g), 18th.
 Differential of -53 points (-3.8/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 5.5-8.5.

Coach: John Ralston (6-8-0)
 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 Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 254 4534 964 4.7 48 14 268 210 427 2541 15 34 5.4 137 490 1993 9 4.1 109 92 790 22
Opp. Stats 307 4006 901 4.4 32 16 247 181 348 2032 14 16 5.4 106 526 1974 19 3.8 119 88 786 22
Lg Rank Offense 17 10 23 8 10 7 7 15 26 13 14 13 23 10
Lg Rank Defense 18 9 19 12 10 3 7 7 18 14 16 13 18 6

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs 37 33 15 425 298 127 4 18 312 166 146 2
2 Mon September 29 boxscore W 2-0 Green Bay Packers 23 13 18 337 175 162 2 22 313 242 71 3
3 Sun October 5 boxscore L 2-1 @ Buffalo Bills 14 38 13 305 258 47 4 29 436 143 293 1
4 Sun October 12 boxscore L 2-2 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 9 20 17 277 153 124 4 14 327 190 137 2
5 Sun October 19 boxscore W 3-2 Cleveland Browns 16 15 18 325 217 108 6 17 271 127 144 2
6 Sun October 26 boxscore L 3-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 13 26 22 352 201 151 4 17 303 106 197 1
7 Sun November 2 boxscore L 3-4 Oakland Raiders 17 42 24 327 177 150 3 21 328 144 184 4
8 Sun November 9 boxscore L 3-5 Cincinnati Bengals 16 17 19 305 213 92 2 20 344 181 163 1
9 Sun November 16 boxscore W 4-5 @ San Diego Chargers 27 17 22 337 225 112 2 17 307 202 105 2
10 Sun November 23 boxscore L 4-6 @ Atlanta Falcons 21 35 17 233 131 102 6 20 277 129 148 4
11 Sun November 30 boxscore W OT 5-6 San Diego Chargers 13 10 24 336 8 328 6 3 123 64 59 2
12 Mon December 8 boxscore L 5-7 @ Oakland Raiders 10 17 18 254 107 147 4 16 178 78 100 3
13 Sun December 14 boxscore W 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles 25 10 20 369 172 197 1 17 284 170 114 5
14 Sat December 20 boxscore L 6-8 @ Miami Dolphins 13 14 21 352 206 146 16 203 90 113

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Steve Ramsey 27 QB 11 7 3-4-0 128 233 54.9 1562 9 3.9 14 6.0 66 6.7 4.8 12.2 142.0 63.6 23 187 5.37 3.61 9.0 1 2
12 Charley Johnson 37 qb 14 6 3-3-0 65 142 45.8 1021 5 3.5 12 8.5 90 7.2 4.1 15.7 72.9 46.7 10 79 6.20 3.30 6.6 1 1
16 John Hufnagel 24 qb 5 1 0-1-0 16 51 31.4 287 1 2.0 8 15.7 80 5.6 -1.0 17.9 57.4 18.6 13 84 3.17 -2.14 20.3 0 1
42 Billy Van Heusen 29 P/WR 14 13 1 1 100.0 30 0 0.0 0 0.0 30 30.0 30.0 30.0 2.1 118.7 0 0 30.00 30.00 0.0
80 Rick Upchurch 23 KR/PR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 9 -9.00 -9.00 100.0
Team Total 26.6 14 6-8-0 210 427 49.2 2900 15 3.5 34 8.0 90 6.8 3.9 13.8 207.1 49.9 47 359 5.36 2.77 9.9 2 4
Opp Total 14 181 348 52.0 2245 14 4.0 16 4.6 6.5 5.19 12.4 160.4 66.6 27 213 5.4 4.2 7.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. 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
32 Jon Keyworth 25 FB 14 14 182 725 3 34 4.0 51.8 13.0 42 314 7.5 1 19 3.0 22.4 1039 4 4
44 Floyd Little 33 RB 14 10 125 445 2 19 3.6 31.8 8.9 29 308 10.6 2 66 2.1 22.0 753 4 2
22 Fran Lynch 30 rb 14 1 57 218 3 20 3.8 15.6 4.1 6 33 5.5 1 19 0.4 2.4 251 4 1
30 Oliver Ross 26 14 0 42 121 0 21 2.9 8.6 3.0 7 69 9.9 0 30 0.5 4.9 190 0 5
24 Otis Armstrong 25 rb 4 3 31 155 0 33 5.0 38.8 7.8 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.3 2.5 165 0 2
80 Rick Upchurch 23 KR/PR 14 0 16 97 1 15 6.1 6.9 1.1 18 436 24.2 2 90 1.3 31.1 533 3 3
12 Charley Johnson 37 qb 14 6 10 21 0 13 2.1 1.5 0.7 21 0 1
16 John Hufnagel 24 qb 5 1 8 47 0 13 5.9 9.4 1.6 47 0 0
10 Steve Ramsey 27 QB 11 7 6 38 0 17 6.3 3.5 0.5 38 0 2
88 Riley Odoms*+ 25 TE 14 14 5 27 0 12 5.4 1.9 0.4 40 544 13.6 3 43 2.9 38.9 571 3 2
82 Jack Dolbin 27 wr 14 1 5 72 0 25 14.4 5.1 0.4 22 421 19.1 3 41 1.6 30.1 493 3 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 29 P/WR 14 13 2 26 0 24 13.0 1.9 0.1 15 246 16.4 1 28 1.1 17.6 272 1 1
31 Mike Franckowiak 22 14 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
25 Haven Moses 29 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 505 17.4 2 42 2.1 36.1 505 2 1
87 Boyd Brown 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 1.2 14 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 490 1993 9 34 4.1 142.4 35.0 210 2900 13.8 15 90 15.0 207.1 4893 24 28
Opp Total 14 526 1974 19 3.8 141.0 37.6 181 2032 11.2 14 12.9 145.1 4006 33 37

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
80 Rick Upchurch 23 KR/PR 14 0 27 312 0 51 11.6 40 1084 0 58 27.1 1929
44 Floyd Little 33 RB 14 10 16 307 0 32 19.2 1060
36 Bill Thompson 29 SS 14 14 13 158 0 24 12.2 158
22 Fran Lynch 30 rb 14 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 251
50 Bobby Maples 33 C 14 14 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
30 Oliver Ross 26 14 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 210
45 Jeff Severson 26 db 14 3 1 20 0 20 20.0 25
Team Total 26.6 14 41 470 0 51 11.5 59 1446 0 58 24.5 6865
Opp Total 14 39 534 1 13.7 57 1273 0 22.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. 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 29 P/WR 14 13 63 2515 64 0 39.9
15 Jim Turner 34 K 14 0 1 1 9 7 9 7 6 4 3 2 28 21 75.0% 26 23 88.5%
Team Total 26.6 14 1 1 9 7 9 7 6 4 3 2 28 21 75.0% 26 23 88.5% 63 2515 64 0 39.9
Opp Total 14 28 21 75.0% 35 34 97.1% 76 3200 42.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
30 Oliver Ross 26 14 0 0 5 2 0 0
52 Randy Gradishar* 23 MLB 14 14 3 77 1 44 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Jon Keyworth 25 FB 14 14 0 4 0 -2 0
10 Steve Ramsey 27 QB 11 7 0 2 2 -6 0
80 Rick Upchurch 23 KR/PR 14 0 0 3 1 0 0
20 Louis Wright 22 LCB 11 11 2 9 0 9 0 0 1 1 4 0
77 Lyle Alzado 26 RDE 14 14 0 0 3 14 0
63 John Grant 25 LDT 14 13 0 0 3 2 0
44 Floyd Little 33 RB 14 10 0 2 1 0 0
88 Riley Odoms*+ 25 TE 14 14 0 2 1 0 1
46 John Rowser 31 FS 13 13 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 -4 0
45 Jeff Severson 26 db 14 3 0 1 2 5 0
48 Earlie Thomas 30 rcb 10 6 2 66 0 36 0 0 0 1 3 0
36 Bill Thompson 29 SS 14 14 2 97 0 49 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Otis Armstrong 25 rb 4 3 0 2 0 0 0
57 Tom Jackson 24 LLB 14 14 2 0 0 0 0
22 Fran Lynch 30 rb 14 1 0 1 1 0 0
56 Ray May 30 RLB 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Jim O'Malley 24 14 0 1 38 0 38 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Paul Smith 30 RDT 13 12 0 0 2 38 1
74 Mike Current 30 RT 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
82 Jack Dolbin 27 wr 14 1 0 0 1 2 1
60 Paul Howard 25 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
12 Charley Johnson 37 qb 14 6 0 1 0 0 0
26 Calvin Jones 24 RCB 8 8 1 0 0 0 0
25 Haven Moses 29 WR 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
58 Phil Olsen 27 dt 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
21 Randy Poltl 23 db 13 1 0 0 1 0 0
51 Bob Swenson 22 14 0 1 4 0 4 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 29 P/WR 14 13 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 16 293 1 49 0 0 28 29 56 3
Opp Total 14 37 21 47

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Jim Turner 34 K 14 0 23 26 21 28 86
82 Jack Dolbin 27 wr 14 1 3 1 4 24
32 Jon Keyworth 25 FB 14 14 3 1 4 24
44 Floyd Little 33 RB 14 10 2 2 4 24
22 Fran Lynch 30 rb 14 1 3 1 4 24
88 Riley Odoms*+ 25 TE 14 14 3 1 4 24
80 Rick Upchurch 23 KR/PR 14 0 1 2 3 18
25 Haven Moses 29 WR 14 14 2 2 12
52 Randy Gradishar* 23 MLB 14 14 1 1 6
70 Paul Smith 30 RDT 13 12 1 1 6
42 Billy Van Heusen 29 P/WR 14 13 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 14 9 15 3 1 28 23 26 21 28 254
Opp Total 14 19 14 1 1 34 35 21 28 307

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 2 13 rush Rick Upchurch 13 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
2 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 2 39 pass Jack Dolbin 39 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
3 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 3 90 pass Rick Upchurch 90 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
4 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 4 2 fumble Jack Dolbin 2 yard fumble return
5 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 4 10 pass Billy Van Heusen 10 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
6 1975-09-29 GNB W, 23-13 3 10 pass Jack Dolbin 10 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
7 1975-09-29 GNB W, 23-13 4 44 interception Randy Gradishar 44 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
8 1975-10-05 @ BUF L, 14-38 2 35 pass Floyd Little 35 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
9 1975-10-05 @ BUF L, 14-38 3 80 pass Rick Upchurch 80 yard pass from John Hufnagel (Jim Turner kick)
10 1975-10-19 CLE W, 16-15 4 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
11 1975-10-26 @ KAN L, 13-26 4 1 rush Fran Lynch 1 yard rush
12 1975-10-26 @ KAN L, 13-26 4 19 pass Jon Keyworth 19 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
13 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 2 1 pass Riley Odoms 1 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
14 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 3 7 pass Jack Dolbin 7 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
15 1975-11-09 CIN L, 16-17 2 1 rush Floyd Little 1 yard rush
16 1975-11-09 CIN L, 16-17 2 10 pass Riley Odoms 10 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
17 1975-11-16 @ SDG W, 27-17 1 7 pass Haven Moses 7 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
18 1975-11-16 @ SDG W, 27-17 2 3 pass Riley Odoms 3 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
19 1975-11-16 @ SDG W, 27-17 4 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
20 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 1 38 fumble Paul Smith 38 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
21 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 3 12 pass Haven Moses 12 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Turner kick)
22 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 4 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
23 1975-11-30 SDG W, 13-10 1 1 pass Fran Lynch 1 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
24 1975-12-08 @ OAK L, 10-17 4 5 rush Fran Lynch 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
25 1975-12-14 PHI W, 25-10 2 1 rush Fran Lynch 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
26 1975-12-14 PHI W, 25-10 3 66 pass Floyd Little 66 yard pass from Steve Ramsey
27 1975-12-14 PHI W, 25-10 4 2 rush Floyd Little 2 yard rush
28 1975-12-20 @ MIA L, 13-14 2 0 fumble Riley Odoms 0 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 1 69 pass Walter White 69 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
2 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 2 8 pass Woody Green 8 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
3 1975-09-21 KAN W, 37-33 3 1 rush Woody Green 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1975-09-29 GNB W, 23-13 4 4 pass Willard Harrell 4 yard pass from John Hadl
5 1975-09-29 GNB W, 23-13 4 1 rush John Brockington 1 yard rush (Dave Pureifory kick)
6 1975-10-05 @ BUF L, 14-38 1 3 rush Jim Braxton 3 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
7 1975-10-05 @ BUF L, 14-38 2 19 pass Jim Braxton 19 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
8 1975-10-05 @ BUF L, 14-38 2 16 pass J.D. Hill 16 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)
9 1975-10-05 @ BUF L, 14-38 3 16 rush O.J. Simpson 16 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
10 1975-10-05 @ BUF L, 14-38 3 4 rush Jim Braxton 4 yard rush (John Leypoldt kick)
11 1975-10-12 @ PIT L, 9-20 1 43 pass Lynn Swann 43 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
12 1975-10-12 @ PIT L, 9-20 2 9 pass Lynn Swann 9 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
13 1975-10-26 @ KAN L, 13-26 4 8 rush Mike Livingston 8 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1975-10-26 @ KAN L, 13-26 4 7 pass Billy Masters 7 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
15 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 1 2 rush Mark van Eeghen 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
16 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 3 21 pass Fred Biletnikoff 21 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
17 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 3 16 pass Cliff Branch 16 yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)
18 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 4 1 rush Pete Banaszak 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
19 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 4 2 rush Pete Banaszak 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
20 1975-11-02 OAK L, 17-42 4 7 rush Marv Hubbard 7 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
21 1975-11-09 CIN L, 16-17 1 1 rush Ed Williams 1 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
22 1975-11-09 CIN L, 16-17 3 1 rush Boobie Clark 1 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
23 1975-11-16 @ SDG W, 27-17 2 2 rush Bo Matthews 2 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
24 1975-11-16 @ SDG W, 27-17 3 9 rush Rickey Young 9 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
25 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 2 4 pass Alfred Jenkins 4 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
26 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 2 35 pass Alfred Jenkins 35 yard pass from Steve Bartkowski (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 3 1 rush Haskel Stanback 1 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
28 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 4 3 rush Haskel Stanback 3 yard rush (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
29 1975-11-23 @ ATL L, 21-35 4 41 interception Ray Brown 41 yard interception return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
30 1975-11-30 SDG W, 13-10 2 42 punt Mike Fuller 42 yard punt return (Ray Wersching kick)
31 1975-12-08 @ OAK L, 10-17 2 2 rush Harold Hart 2 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
32 1975-12-08 @ OAK L, 10-17 3 1 rush Pete Banaszak 1 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
33 1975-12-14 PHI W, 25-10 1 14 pass Charlie Smith 14 yard pass from Mike Boryla (Horst Muhlmann kick)
34 1975-12-20 @ MIA L, 13-14 3 10 pass Howard Twilley 10 yard pass from Earl Morrall (Garo Yepremian kick)
35 1975-12-20 @ MIA L, 13-14 4 1 rush Norm Bulaich 1 yard rush (Garo Yepremian kick)