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1975 Denver Broncos

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6-8-0, 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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 254 4534 964 4.7 48 14 22 268 210 427 2541 15 34 5.4 137 490 1993 9 4.1 109
Team Defense 307 4006 901 4.4 32 16 22 247 181 348 2032 14 16 5.4 106 526 1974 19 3.8 119
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

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

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

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

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 20
Team Total 26.6 14 41 470 0 51 11.5 59 1446 0 58 24.5 6809
Opp Total 14 39 534 1 13.7 57 1273 0 22.3

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT 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

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD 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 47 37 21

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Jim Turner 34 K 14 0 23 21 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 21 254
Opp Total 14 19 14 1 1 34 21 307