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1976 Denver Broncos

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9-5-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.9, Offense: 2.5, Defense: 4.4, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 315 points (22.5/g), 7th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 206 points (14.7/g), 6th.
 Differential of 109 points (7.8/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 10.3-3.7.

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

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colorado)

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 3-4

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 315 4136 901 4.6 34 12 19 239 168 353 2204 15 22 5.5 114 500 1932 14 3.9 106
Team Defense 206 3734 919 4.1 37 13 28 222 214 391 2025 8 24 4.8 104 496 1709 14 3.4 90
Lg Rank Offense 7 16 15 3 17 21 12 15 23 12 17 19 14 19
Lg Rank Defense 6 8 13 22 7 22 12 1 4 9 11 3 13 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore L 0-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 7 17 12 161 46 115 2 14 253 135 118 1
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-1 New York Jets 46 3 31 543 292 251 1 11 185 93 92 2
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 2-1 Cleveland Browns 44 13 18 226 171 55 3 17 227 144 83 4
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 3-1 San Diego Chargers 26 0 17 311 170 141 2 12 240 152 88 3
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 3-2 @ Houston Oilers 3 17 8 154 67 87 1 18 312 217 95
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L 3-3 Oakland Raiders 10 17 16 261 173 88 20 289 158 131 1
7 Sun October 24 boxscore W 4-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 35 26 24 395 203 192 5 29 467 298 169 2
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-4 @ Oakland Raiders 6 19 16 265 134 131 2 20 382 222 160 2
9 Sun November 7 boxscore W 5-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 13 18 415 222 193 3 17 234 122 112 4
10 Sun November 14 boxscore W 6-4 @ San Diego Chargers 17 0 13 255 194 61 2 8 128 95 33 6
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 7-4 New York Giants 14 13 15 239 103 136 1 13 243 122 121 3
12 Sun November 28 boxscore L 7-5 @ New England Patriots 14 38 12 189 145 44 3 25 414 82 332 2
13 Sun December 5 boxscore W 8-5 Kansas City Chiefs 17 16 13 269 187 82 3 13 188 129 59 3
14 Sun December 12 boxscore W 9-5 @ Chicago Bears 28 14 26 453 97 356 6 5 172 56 116 4

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
10 Steve Ramsey 28 QB 12 12 7-5-0 128 270 47.4% 1931 11 4.1 13 4.8 71 7.2 5.8 15.1 160.9 64.9 39 261 5.40 4.22 12.6
14 Norris Weese 25 P 14 0 24 47 51.1% 314 1 2.1 6 12.8 43 6.7 1.4 13.1 22.4 40.0 9 45 4.80 0.34 16.1 1 1
12 Craig Penrose 23 qb 4 2 2-0-0 16 36 44.4% 265 3 8.3 3 8.3 41 7.4 5.3 16.6 66.3 62.8 0 0 7.36 5.28 0.0 1 1
Team Total 25.9 14 9-5-0 168 353 47.6% 2510 15 4.2 22 6.2 71 7.1 5.2 14.9 179.3 59.6 48 306 5.50 3.78 12.0 2 2
Opp Total 14 214 391 54.7% 2265 8 2.0 24 6.1 5.8 3.44 10.6 161.8 53.1 32 240 4.8 2.6 7.6

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* 26 RB 14 14 247 1008 5 31 4.1 72.0 17.6 39 457 11.7 1 36 2.8 32.6 1465 6 4
32 Jon Keyworth 26 FB 14 13 122 349 3 13 2.9 24.9 8.7 22 201 9.1 1 31 1.6 14.4 550 4 1
35 Lonnie Perrin 24 14 0 37 118 2 14 3.2 8.4 2.6 4 35 8.8 0 15 0.3 2.5 153 2 1
33 Jim Kiick 30 14 0 31 114 1 19 3.7 8.1 2.2 10 78 7.8 1 19 0.7 5.6 192 2 0
14 Norris Weese 25 P 14 0 23 142 0 20 6.2 10.1 1.6 142 0 2
10 Steve Ramsey 28 QB 12 12 13 51 0 15 3.9 4.3 1.1 51 0 5
31 Mike Franckowiak 23 rb 14 1 12 25 0 7 2.1 1.8 0.9 4 42 10.5 0 11 0.3 3.0 67 0 1
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 24 KR/PR/WR 13 9 6 71 1 25 11.8 5.5 0.5 12 340 28.3 1 59 0.9 26.2 411 2 5
88 Riley Odoms 26 TE 14 14 3 36 2 15 12.0 2.6 0.2 30 477 15.9 3 47 2.1 34.1 513 5 0
82 Jack Dolbin 28 wr 14 5 2 5 0 8 2.5 0.4 0.1 19 354 18.6 1 40 1.4 25.3 359 1 0
12 Craig Penrose 23 qb 4 2 2 -3 0 -1 -1.5 -0.8 0.5 -3 0 0
25 Haven Moses 30 WR 14 14 1 -4 0 -4 -4.0 -0.3 0.1 25 498 19.9 7 71 1.8 35.6 494 7 0
42 Billy Van Heusen 30 7 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 2.9 0.1 20 0 0
84 John Schultz 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 29 14.5 0 16 0.1 2.1 29 0 1
61 Tommy Lyons 28 RG 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 -1 0 0
Team Total 25.9 14 500 1932 14 31 3.9 138.0 35.7 168 2510 14.9 15 71 12.0 179.3 4442 29 23
Opp Total 14 496 1709 14 3.4 122.1 35.4 214 2025 9.5 8 15.3 144.6 3734 22 23

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
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 24 KR/PR/WR 13 9 39 536 4 92 13.7 22 514 0 64 23.4 1461
35 Lonnie Perrin 24 14 0 14 391 0 43 27.9 544
36 Bill Thompson 30 SS 14 14 6 60 0 20 10.0 60
43 Steve Foley 23 rcb 14 6 5 42 0 16 8.4 42
84 John Schultz 23 14 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 3 82 0 38 27.3 113
87 Boyd Brown 24 14 0 3 41 0 14 13.7 41
31 Mike Franckowiak 23 rb 14 1 2 22 0 14 11.0 89
64 Harvey Goodman 24 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
65 Glenn Hyde 25 11 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
Team Total 25.9 14 51 640 4 92 12.5 46 1075 0 64 23.4 6157
Opp Total 14 43 372 1 8.7 50 1208 0 24.2

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 35 K 14 0 1 1 8 7 5 4 7 3 21 15 71.4%% 39 36 92.3%%
14 Norris Weese 25 P 14 0 52 1852 55 0 35.6
42 Billy Van Heusen 30 7 0 31 1093 52 1 35.3
Team Total 25.9 14 1 1 8 7 5 4 7 3 21 15 71.4%% 39 36 92.3%% 83 2945 55 1 35.5
Opp Total 14 28 12 42.9%% 25 20 80.0%% 91 3394 37.3

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
57 Tom Jackson 25 rlb/ROLB 14 14 7 136 1 46 0 0 1 2 0 0
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 24 KR/PR/WR 13 9 0 5 3 0 0
10 Steve Ramsey 28 QB 12 12 0 5 2 -22 0
43 Steve Foley 23 rcb 14 6 4 95 0 34 0 0 1 0 0 0
46 John Rowser 32 FS 14 14 4 104 2 41 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Otis Armstrong* 26 RB 14 14 0 4 0 0 0
53 Randy Gradishar 24 mlb/RILB 14 14 3 44 1 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
26 Calvin Jones 25 RCB 10 8 2 7 0 7 0 0 0 1 43 1
51 Bob Swenson 23 LOLB 14 6 2 26 0 26 0 0 0 1 5 0
14 Norris Weese 25 P 14 0 0 2 1 -3 0
32 Jon Keyworth 26 FB 14 13 0 1 1 0 0
35 Lonnie Perrin 24 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
84 John Schultz 23 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
54 Rich Baska 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Rubin Carter 24 ldt/NT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
56 Larry Evans 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
31 Mike Franckowiak 23 rb 14 1 0 1 0 0 0
50 Bobby Maples 34 C 14 10 0 1 0 -1 0
58 Phil Olsen 28 dt 13 4 0 0 1 0 0
21 Randy Poltl 24 12 0 1 0 0 0 0
59 Joe Rizzo 26 LILB/llb 12 12 1 8 0 8 0
55 Godwin Turk 26 lb 13 2 0 0 1 0 0
78 Jim White 28 de 7 1 0 0 1 0 0
20 Louis Wright 23 LCB 14 14 0 0 1 4 0
Team Total 25.9 14 24 452 4 46 0 0 23 22 47 2
Opp Total 14 48 23 10

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 35 K 14 0 36 15 81
25 Haven Moses 30 WR 14 14 7 7 42
24 Otis Armstrong* 26 RB 14 14 5 1 6 36
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 24 KR/PR/WR 13 9 1 1 4 6 36
88 Riley Odoms 26 TE 14 14 2 3 5 30
32 Jon Keyworth 26 FB 14 13 3 1 4 24
33 Jim Kiick 30 14 0 1 1 2 12
35 Lonnie Perrin 24 14 0 2 2 12
46 John Rowser 32 FS 14 14 2 2 12
82 Jack Dolbin 28 wr 14 5 1 1 6
53 Randy Gradishar 24 mlb/RILB 14 14 1 1 6
57 Tom Jackson 25 rlb/ROLB 14 14 1 1 6
26 Calvin Jones 25 RCB 10 8 1 1 6
21 Randy Poltl 24 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.9 14 14 15 4 2 4 39 36 15 315
Opp Total 14 14 8 1 1 20 12 206

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ CIN L, 7-17 3 4 rush Otis Armstrong 4 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
2 1976-09-19 NYJ W, 46-3 1 15 rush Otis Armstrong 15 yard rush
3 1976-09-19 NYJ W, 46-3 2 15 rush Riley Odoms 15 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
4 1976-09-19 NYJ W, 46-3 2 14 pass Haven Moses 14 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
5 1976-09-19 NYJ W, 46-3 2 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush
6 1976-09-19 NYJ W, 46-3 3 41 interception John Rowser 41 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
7 1976-09-19 NYJ W, 46-3 4 1 rush Jim Kiick 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
8 1976-09-26 CLE W, 44-13 1 73 punt Rick Upchurch 73 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
9 1976-09-26 CLE W, 44-13 1 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1976-09-26 CLE W, 44-13 3 43 fumble Calvin Jones 43 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
11 1976-09-26 CLE W, 44-13 3 47 punt Rick Upchurch 47 yard punt return
12 1976-09-26 CLE W, 44-13 3 36 pass Haven Moses 36 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
13 1976-09-26 CLE W, 44-13 4 12 pass Jim Kiick 12 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
14 1976-10-03 SDG W, 26-0 2 92 punt Rick Upchurch 92 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
15 1976-10-03 SDG W, 26-0 4 1 rush Lonnie Perrin 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
16 1976-10-17 OAK L, 10-17 2 11 pass Haven Moses 11 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
17 1976-10-24 @ KAN W, 35-26 1 16 rush Otis Armstrong 16 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
18 1976-10-24 @ KAN W, 35-26 1 7 pass Haven Moses 7 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
19 1976-10-24 @ KAN W, 35-26 2 55 punt Rick Upchurch 55 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
20 1976-10-24 @ KAN W, 35-26 3 2 rush Jon Keyworth 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
21 1976-10-24 @ KAN W, 35-26 3 24 pass Jack Dolbin 24 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
22 1976-11-07 TAM W, 48-13 1 36 pass Otis Armstrong 36 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
23 1976-11-07 TAM W, 48-13 3 71 pass Haven Moses 71 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
24 1976-11-07 TAM W, 48-13 3 31 interception Randy Gradishar 31 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
25 1976-11-07 TAM W, 48-13 4 9 rush Lonnie Perrin 9 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
26 1976-11-07 TAM W, 48-13 4 32 interception John Rowser 32 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
27 1976-11-07 TAM W, 48-13 4 26 fumble Randy Poltl 26 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
28 1976-11-14 @ SDG W, 17-0 2 59 pass Rick Upchurch 59 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
29 1976-11-14 @ SDG W, 17-0 4 46 interception Tom Jackson 46 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
30 1976-11-21 NYG W, 14-13 1 4 pass Haven Moses 4 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
31 1976-11-21 NYG W, 14-13 2 4 pass Riley Odoms 4 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
32 1976-11-28 @ NWE L, 14-38 3 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
33 1976-11-28 @ NWE L, 14-38 4 11 pass Riley Odoms 11 yard pass from Craig Penrose (Jim Turner kick)
34 1976-12-05 KAN W, 17-16 1 8 pass Haven Moses 8 yard pass from Craig Penrose (Jim Turner kick)
35 1976-12-05 KAN W, 17-16 2 29 pass Riley Odoms 29 yard pass from Craig Penrose (Jim Turner kick)
36 1976-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-14 3 13 pass Jon Keyworth 13 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)
37 1976-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-14 4 19 rush Rick Upchurch 19 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
38 1976-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-14 4 11 rush Otis Armstrong 11 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
39 1976-12-12 @ CHI W, 28-14 4 12 rush Riley Odoms 12 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1976-09-12 @ CIN W, 17-7 4 27 pass Chip Myers 27 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
2 1976-09-12 @ CIN W, 17-7 4 6 pass Bruce Coslet 6 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
3 1976-09-26 CLE L, 13-44 2 5 pass Oscar Roan 5 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
4 1976-09-26 CLE L, 13-44 4 8 rush Greg Pruitt 8 yard rush
5 1976-10-10 @ HOU W, 17-3 2 14 rush Fred Willis 14 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
6 1976-10-10 @ HOU W, 17-3 4 10 rush Ronnie Coleman 10 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
7 1976-10-17 OAK W, 17-10 3 46 pass Cliff Branch 46 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Fred Steinfort kick)
8 1976-10-17 OAK W, 17-10 3 1 rush Pete Banaszak 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
9 1976-10-24 @ KAN L, 26-35 1 3 rush Tommy Reamon 3 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
10 1976-10-24 @ KAN L, 26-35 2 3 pass Walter White 3 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
11 1976-10-24 @ KAN L, 26-35 4 10 rush MacArthur Lane 10 yard rush
12 1976-10-31 @ OAK W, 19-6 4 31 pass Fred Biletnikoff 31 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
13 1976-10-31 @ OAK W, 19-6 4 7 rush Clarence Davis 7 yard rush
14 1976-11-07 TAM L, 13-48 2 3 rush Louis Carter 3 yard rush (Dave Green kick)
15 1976-11-21 NYG L, 13-14 2 1 blocked punt Jim Stienke 1 yard blocked punt return
16 1976-11-21 NYG L, 13-14 3 1 rush Larry Csonka 1 yard rush (Joe Danelo kick)
17 1976-11-28 @ NWE W, 38-14 1 1 rush Steve Grogan 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
18 1976-11-28 @ NWE W, 38-14 2 3 pass Al Chandler 3 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
19 1976-11-28 @ NWE W, 38-14 2 62 punt Mike Haynes 62 yard punt return (John Smith kick)
20 1976-11-28 @ NWE W, 38-14 2 1 rush Andy Johnson 1 yard rush (John Smith kick)
21 1976-11-28 @ NWE W, 38-14 4 3 rush Ike Forte 3 yard rush (John Smith kick)
22 1976-12-05 KAN L, 16-17 2 3 pass Walter White 3 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
23 1976-12-05 KAN L, 16-17 2 1 rush Mike Livingston 1 yard rush
24 1976-12-12 @ CHI L, 14-28 1 22 interception Allan Ellis 22 yard interception return (Bob Thomas kick)
25 1976-12-12 @ CHI L, 14-28 2 21 rush Walter Payton 21 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)