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1978 Denver Broncos

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.0, Offense: -1.9, Defense: 6.9, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 282 points (17.6/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 198 points (12.4/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 84 points (5.2/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 11.2-4.8.

Coach: Red Miller (10-6-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Assistant Special Teams/Defensive Assistant)

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
VP/General Manager Fred Gehrke
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 282 4829 1040 4.6 34 17 28 294 217 391 2378 17 17 5.4 137 601 2451 15 4.1 129
Team Defense 198 4449 1017 4.4 44 13 25 251 246 438 2470 9 31 5.3 120 549 1979 12 3.6 106
Lg Rank Offense 15 14 4 10 10 16 17 10 4 14 8 8 17 11
Lg Rank Defense 2 6 7 26 4 17 14 1 2 12 8 6 5 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 3 boxscore W 1-0 Oakland Raiders 14 6 13 152 8 144 1 16 318 201 117 3
2 Mon September 11 boxscore L OT 1-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 9 12 18 231 129 102 6 13 206 105 101 3
3 Sun September 17 boxscore W 2-1 San Diego Chargers 27 14 21 314 177 137 18 315 214 101 2
4 Sun September 24 boxscore W OT 3-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 23 17 25 357 129 228 1 13 244 89 155 2
5 Sun October 1 boxscore W 4-1 Seattle Seahawks 28 7 24 373 169 204 3 19 323 231 92 5
6 Sun October 8 boxscore L 4-2 @ San Diego Chargers 0 23 11 156 80 76 5 19 298 170 128 2
7 Mon October 16 boxscore W 5-2 Chicago Bears 16 7 18 308 173 135 3 15 347 137 210 3
8 Sun October 22 boxscore L 5-3 @ Baltimore Colts 6 7 17 341 190 151 1 11 237 131 106 1
9 Sun October 29 boxscore W OT 6-3 @ Seattle Seahawks 20 17 25 423 145 278 3 19 258 140 118 5
10 Sun November 5 boxscore L 6-4 New York Jets 28 31 15 306 173 133 3 19 403 201 202 3
11 Sun November 12 boxscore W 7-4 @ Cleveland Browns 19 7 17 323 214 109 2 14 255 145 110 3
12 Sun November 19 boxscore W 8-4 Green Bay Packers 16 3 19 359 144 215 13 263 179 84 1
13 Thu November 23 boxscore L 8-5 @ Detroit Lions 14 17 16 233 105 128 1 15 244 105 139 1
14 Sun December 3 boxscore W 9-5 @ Oakland Raiders 21 6 16 192 45 147 1 20 279 178 101 5
15 Sun December 10 boxscore W 10-5 Kansas City Chiefs 24 3 20 461 271 190 2 13 199 100 99 3
16 Sat December 16 boxscore L 10-6 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 21 19 300 226 74 2 14 260 144 116 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 30 boxscore L 10-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10 33 15 218 131 87 2 24 425 272 153 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
7 Craig Morton 35 QB 14 13 8-5-0 146 267 54.7% 1802 11 4.1 8 3.0 42 6.7 6.2 12.3 128.7 77.0 36 238 5.16 4.70 11.9 1 3
14 Norris Weese 27 qb 13 1 1-0-0 55 87 63.2% 723 4 4.6 5 5.7 31 8.3 6.6 13.1 55.6 80.8 12 94 6.35 4.89 12.1 0 0
12 Craig Penrose 25 qb 4 2 1-1-0 16 37 43.2% 185 2 5.4 4 10.8 29 5.0 1.2 11.6 46.3 37.4 0 0 5.00 1.22 0.0
Team Total 27.2 16 10-6-0 217 391 55.5% 2710 17 4.3 17 4.3 42 6.9 5.8 12.5 169.4 73.6 48 332 5.42 4.45 10.9 1 3
Opp Total 16 246 438 56.2% 2712 9 2.1 31 7.1 6.2 3.42 11.0 169.5 52.0 30 242 5.3 2.7 6.4

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
32 Jon Keyworth 28 FB 16 16 112 444 3 30 4.0 27.8 7.0 21 166 7.9 1 20 1.3 10.4 610 4 2
24 Otis Armstrong 28 RB 16 9 112 381 1 20 3.4 23.8 7.0 12 98 8.2 1 19 0.8 6.1 479 2 1
33 Lonnie Perrin 26 KR 16 0 108 455 4 28 4.2 28.4 6.8 10 54 5.4 1 13 0.6 3.4 509 5 2
41 Rob Lytle 24 rb 13 7 81 341 2 25 4.2 26.2 6.2 6 37 6.2 0 10 0.5 2.8 378 2 0
35 Larry Canada 24 16 0 79 365 3 47 4.6 22.8 4.9 6 37 6.2 0 12 0.4 2.3 402 3 1
46 Dave Preston 23 16 0 66 296 1 16 4.5 18.5 4.1 24 199 8.3 1 21 1.5 12.4 495 2 4
7 Craig Morton 35 QB 14 13 17 71 0 12 4.2 5.1 1.2 71 0 6
14 Norris Weese 27 qb 13 1 17 48 1 8 2.8 3.7 1.3 48 1 3
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 26 PR 12 0 5 31 0 11 6.2 2.6 0.4 17 210 12.4 1 29 1.4 17.5 241 1 2
88 Riley Odoms* 28 TE 16 16 2 5 0 7 2.5 0.3 0.1 54 829 15.4 6 42 3.4 51.8 834 6 2
43 Steve Foley 25 RCB 16 16 1 14 0 14 14.0 0.9 0.1 14 0 0
12 Craig Penrose 25 qb 4 2 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0 0 1
25 Haven Moses 32 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 744 20.1 5 42 2.3 46.5 744 5 1
82 Jack Dolbin 30 WR 16 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 284 11.8 0 21 1.5 17.8 284 0 1
85 Ron Egloff 23 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 33 8.3 1 15 0.5 4.1 33 1 0
84 Vince Kinney 22 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 23 23.0 0 23 0.1 2.9 23 0 0
15 Jim Turner 37 K 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4 0.1 -0.3 -4 0 0
Team Total 27.2 16 601 2451 15 47 4.1 153.2 37.6 217 2710 12.5 17 42 13.6 169.4 5161 32 28
Opp Total 16 549 1979 12 3.6 123.7 34.3 246 2470 10.0 9 15.4 154.4 4449 21 27

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*+ 26 PR 12 0 36 493 1 75 13.7 8 222 0 41 27.8 956
46 Dave Preston 23 16 0 10 68 0 23 6.8 7 154 0 32 22.0 717
33 Lonnie Perrin 26 KR 16 0 12 256 0 33 21.3 765
29 Bernard Jackson 28 FS 16 16 9 209 0 40 23.2 209
40 Charlie West 32 16 0 3 20 0 12 6.7 1 24 0 24 24.0 44
32 Jon Keyworth 28 FB 16 16 2 24 0 13 12.0 634
23 Chris Pane 25 5 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 1 29 0 29 29.0 27
86 John Schultz 25 4 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
36 Bill Thompson* 32 SS 16 16 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
55 Godwin Turk 28 lb 16 2 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
Team Total 27.2 16 51 582 1 75 11.4 42 952 0 41 22.7 6695
Opp Total 16 48 226 0 4.7 52 1223 0 23.5

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
10 Bucky Dilts 25 P 16 0 96 3494 73 0 36.4
15 Jim Turner 37 K 16 0 1 1 4 3 7 3 8 4 2 22 11 50.0%% 35 31 88.6%%
Team Total 27.2 16 1 1 4 3 7 3 8 4 2 22 11 50.0%% 35 31 88.6%% 96 3494 73 0 36.4
Opp Total 16 27 17 63.0%% 21 21 100.0%% 88 3511 39.9

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
53 Randy Gradishar*+ 26 RILB 16 16 4 19 0 8 0 0 1 2 30 1
7 Craig Morton 35 QB 14 13 0 6 1 -14 0
43 Steve Foley 25 RCB 16 16 6 84 0 30 0
29 Bernard Jackson 28 FS 16 16 6 128 0 38 0
36 Bill Thompson* 32 SS 16 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1
46 Dave Preston 23 16 0 0 4 1 0 0
20 Louis Wright*+ 25 LCB 16 16 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0
33 Lonnie Perrin 26 KR 16 0 0 2 2 0 0
59 Joe Rizzo 28 LILB 14 14 3 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Tom Jackson* 27 ROLB 16 16 3 28 1 28 0
32 Jon Keyworth 28 FB 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
88 Riley Odoms* 28 TE 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
14 Norris Weese 27 qb 13 1 0 3 0 -3 0
35 Larry Canada 24 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
63 John Grant 28 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
12 Craig Penrose 25 qb 4 2 0 1 1 -1 0
51 Bob Swenson 25 LOLB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
55 Godwin Turk 28 lb 16 2 2 36 0 22 0
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 26 PR 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
24 Otis Armstrong 28 RB 16 9 0 1 0 0 0
68 Rubin Carter 26 NT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
82 Jack Dolbin 30 WR 16 14 0 1 0 0 0
62 Tom Glassic 24 LG 11 10 0 0 1 0 0
41 Rob Lytle 24 rb 13 7 0 0 1 0 0
50 Bobby Maples 36 c 16 5 0 0 1 0 0
25 Haven Moses 32 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
23 Chris Pane 25 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
70 Paul Smith 33 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.2 16 31 307 1 38 0 0 28 24 20 2 1
Opp Total 16 48 27 14

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 37 K 16 0 31 11 64
88 Riley Odoms* 28 TE 16 16 6 6 36
25 Haven Moses 32 WR 16 16 5 5 30
33 Lonnie Perrin 26 KR 16 0 4 1 5 30
32 Jon Keyworth 28 FB 16 16 3 1 4 24
35 Larry Canada 24 16 0 3 3 18
24 Otis Armstrong 28 RB 16 9 1 1 2 12
41 Rob Lytle 24 rb 13 7 2 2 12
46 Dave Preston 23 16 0 1 1 2 12
80 Rick Upchurch*+ 26 PR 12 0 1 1 2 12
85 Ron Egloff 23 8 0 1 1 6
53 Randy Gradishar*+ 26 RILB 16 16 1 1 6
57 Tom Jackson* 27 ROLB 16 16 1 1 6
36 Bill Thompson* 32 SS 16 16 1 1 6
14 Norris Weese 27 qb 13 1 1 1 6
77 Lyle Alzado* 29 RDE 16 16 1 2
Team Total 27.2 16 15 17 1 2 1 36 31 11 1 282
Opp Total 16 12 9 21 17 198

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-03 OAK W, 14-6 2 6 pass Haven Moses 6 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
2 1978-09-03 OAK W, 14-6 4 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
3 1978-09-11 @ MIN L, 9-12 4 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush
4 1978-09-17 SDG W, 27-14 1 2 pass Ron Egloff 2 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)
5 1978-09-17 SDG W, 27-14 3 1 rush Lonnie Perrin 1 yard rush
6 1978-09-17 SDG W, 27-14 4 75 punt Rick Upchurch 75 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
7 1978-09-17 SDG W, 27-14 4 21 rush Lonnie Perrin 21 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
8 1978-09-24 @ KAN W, 23-17 1 42 pass Riley Odoms 42 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
9 1978-09-24 @ KAN W, 23-17 3 3 rush Larry Canada 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1978-09-24 @ KAN W, 23-17 5 1 rush Dave Preston 1 yard rush
11 1978-10-01 SEA W, 28-7 1 6 rush Norris Weese 6 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
12 1978-10-01 SEA W, 28-7 2 9 pass Jon Keyworth 9 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)
13 1978-10-01 SEA W, 28-7 4 9 rush Larry Canada 9 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
14 1978-10-01 SEA W, 28-7 4 4 pass Dave Preston 4 yard pass from Craig Penrose (Jim Turner kick)
15 1978-10-16 CHI W, 16-7 4 4 rush Jon Keyworth 4 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
16 1978-10-16 CHI W, 16-7 4 9 pass Otis Armstrong 9 yard pass from Craig Morton
17 1978-10-29 @ SEA W, 20-17 2 29 pass Rick Upchurch 29 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
18 1978-10-29 @ SEA W, 20-17 3 1 rush Lonnie Perrin 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
19 1978-11-05 NYJ L, 28-31 1 5 rush Jon Keyworth 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
20 1978-11-05 NYJ L, 28-31 1 4 fumble Bill Thompson 4 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
21 1978-11-05 NYJ L, 28-31 2 14 pass Haven Moses 14 yard pass from Craig Penrose (Jim Turner kick)
22 1978-11-05 NYJ L, 28-31 2 28 interception Tom Jackson 28 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
23 1978-11-12 @ CLE W, 19-7 2 25 pass Riley Odoms 25 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
24 1978-11-12 @ CLE W, 19-7 4 2 rush Lonnie Perrin 2 yard rush
25 1978-11-19 GNB W, 16-3 3 14 pass Haven Moses 14 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
26 1978-11-19 GNB W, 16-3 3 2 rush Rob Lytle 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
27 1978-11-23 @ DET L, 14-17 1 10 pass Riley Odoms 10 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
28 1978-11-23 @ DET L, 14-17 3 2 rush Larry Canada 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
29 1978-12-03 @ OAK W, 21-6 2 2 rush Rob Lytle 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
30 1978-12-03 @ OAK W, 21-6 3 14 pass Haven Moses 14 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
31 1978-12-03 @ OAK W, 21-6 4 30 fumble Randy Gradishar 30 yard fumble return (Jim Turner kick)
32 1978-12-10 KAN W, 24-3 1 4 pass Lonnie Perrin 4 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
33 1978-12-10 KAN W, 24-3 3 23 pass Riley Odoms 23 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
34 1978-12-10 KAN W, 24-3 4 29 pass Riley Odoms 29 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
35 1978-12-16 PIT L, 17-21 3 25 pass Haven Moses 25 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)
36 1978-12-16 PIT L, 17-21 4 30 pass Riley Odoms 30 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1978-09-17 SDG L, 14-27 2 3 rush Dan Fouts 3 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
2 1978-09-17 SDG L, 14-27 2 20 pass John Jefferson 20 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
3 1978-09-24 @ KAN L, 17-23 1 1 rush Mike Livingston 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
4 1978-09-24 @ KAN L, 17-23 3 15 rush Tony Reed 15 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1978-10-01 SEA L, 7-28 3 6 rush David Sims 6 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
6 1978-10-08 @ SDG W, 23-0 1 1 rush Don Woods 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
7 1978-10-08 @ SDG W, 23-0 2 14 pass Hank Bauer 14 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
8 1978-10-16 CHI L, 7-16 3 33 pass Roland Harper 33 yard pass from Bob Avellini (Bob Thomas kick)
9 1978-10-22 @ BAL W, 7-6 2 19 pass Glenn Doughty 19 yard pass from Bill Troup (Toni Linhart kick)
10 1978-10-29 @ SEA L, 17-20 1 44 pass Sam McCullum 44 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Efren Herrera kick)
11 1978-10-29 @ SEA L, 17-20 2 4 rush Jim Zorn 4 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
12 1978-11-05 NYJ W, 31-28 2 4 rush Kevin Long 4 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
13 1978-11-05 NYJ W, 31-28 2 4 pass Derrick Gaffney 4 yard pass from Matt Robinson (Pat Leahy kick)
14 1978-11-05 NYJ W, 31-28 3 3 rush Scott Dierking 3 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
15 1978-11-05 NYJ W, 31-28 4 75 pass Wesley Walker 75 yard pass from Matt Robinson (Pat Leahy kick)
16 1978-11-12 @ CLE L, 7-19 3 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
17 1978-11-23 @ DET W, 17-14 1 2 rush Rick Kane 2 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
18 1978-11-23 @ DET W, 17-14 4 1 rush Horace King 1 yard rush (Benny Ricardo kick)
19 1978-12-16 PIT W, 21-17 1 1 rush Franco Harris 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
20 1978-12-16 PIT W, 21-17 2 25 pass John Stallworth 25 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
21 1978-12-16 PIT W, 21-17 2 10 pass Jim Smith 10 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)