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1980 Denver Broncos

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8-8-0, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.5, Offense: -1.1, Defense: 1.6, SoS: 1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 310 points (19.4/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 323 points (20.2/g), 16th.
 Differential of -13 points (-0.8/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-8.4.

Coach: Red Miller (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Rod Dowhower
 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
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 310 4642 991 4.7 37 12 21 286 262 467 2777 14 25 5.4 158 480 1865 16 3.9 107
Team Defense 323 5245 1041 5.0 28 12 20 303 270 448 3125 20 16 6.4 158 554 2120 10 3.8 125
Lg Rank Offense 16 25 12 6 18 18 22 26 17 23 21 20 13 16
Lg Rank Defense 16 15 25 20 15 4 14 10 25 21 22 20 6 12

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 7 boxscore L 0-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 6 27 14 233 140 93 2 21 421 284 137 2
2 Sun September 14 boxscore W 1-1 Dallas Cowboys 41 20 19 343 190 153 20 386 276 110 3
3 Sun September 21 boxscore L 1-2 San Diego Chargers 13 30 22 374 221 153 7 16 303 211 92 3
4 Mon September 29 boxscore L 1-3 @ New England Patriots 14 23 8 170 62 108 1 23 357 200 157 2
5 Sun October 5 boxscore W 2-3 @ Cleveland Browns 19 16 17 239 157 82 1 18 358 255 103 1
6 Mon October 13 boxscore W 3-3 Washington Redskins 20 17 19 297 132 165 2 15 314 130 184 1
7 Sun October 19 boxscore L 3-4 Kansas City Chiefs 17 23 17 268 182 86 2 19 361 183 178
8 Sun October 26 boxscore W 4-4 @ New York Giants 14 9 21 276 64 212 1 15 315 188 127 1
9 Sun November 2 boxscore L 4-5 Houston Oilers 16 20 18 252 156 96 23 330 157 173 1
10 Sun November 9 boxscore W 5-5 @ San Diego Chargers 20 13 11 219 131 88 26 459 324 135 3
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 6-5 New York Jets 31 24 29 390 275 115 3 14 300 201 99 1
12 Sun November 23 boxscore W 7-5 Seattle Seahawks 36 20 17 276 200 76 3 14 220 151 69 5
13 Mon December 1 boxscore L 7-6 @ Oakland Raiders 3 9 12 214 119 95 6 15 215 51 164
14 Sun December 7 boxscore L 7-7 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 31 21 348 216 132 5 22 331 132 199 2
15 Sun December 14 boxscore L 7-8 Oakland Raiders 21 24 26 507 431 76 4 15 276 179 97 1
16 Sun December 21 boxscore W 8-8 @ Seattle Seahawks 25 17 15 236 101 135 27 299 203 96 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 37 QB 12 9 4-5-0 183 301 60.8% 2150 12 4.0 13 4.3 41 7.1 6.0 11.7 179.2 77.8 26 190 5.99 4.94 8.0 1 3
17 Matt Robinson 25 qb 14 7 4-3-0 78 162 48.1% 942 2 1.2 12 7.4 52 5.8 2.7 12.1 67.3 39.7 17 136 4.50 1.71 9.5
16 Jeff Knapple 24 2 0 1 4 25.0% 15 0 0.0 0 0.0 15 3.8 3.8 15.0 7.5 42.7 0 0 3.75 3.75 0.0
33 Lawrence McCutcheon 30 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 4 -4.00 -4.00 100.0
Team Total 26.8 16 8-8-0 262 467 56.1% 3107 14 3.0 25 5.4 52 6.7 4.8 11.9 194.2 64.2 44 330 5.43 3.78 8.6 1 3
Opp Total 16 270 448 60.3% 3449 20 4.5 16 3.6 7.7 6.98 12.8 215.6 84.4 39 324 6.4 5.8 8.0

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
46 Dave Preston 25 RB 12 10 111 385 4 19 3.5 32.1 9.3 35 309 8.8 0 36 2.9 25.8 694 4 3
24 Otis Armstrong 30 rb 9 6 106 470 4 20 4.4 52.2 11.8 7 23 3.3 0 8 0.8 2.6 493 4 1
30 Jim Jensen 27 FB 14 13 101 476 2 32 4.7 34.0 7.2 49 377 7.7 1 28 3.5 26.9 853 3 1
41 Rob Lytle 26 16 0 57 223 1 35 3.9 13.9 3.6 18 177 9.8 0 37 1.1 11.1 400 1 1
32 Jon Keyworth 30 rb 10 3 38 127 1 14 3.3 12.7 3.8 15 87 5.8 0 22 1.5 8.7 214 1 2
7 Craig Morton 37 QB 12 9 21 29 1 9 1.4 2.4 1.8 29 1 4
17 Matt Robinson 25 qb 14 7 21 47 3 22 2.2 3.4 1.5 47 3 6
33 Lawrence McCutcheon 30 6 0 12 52 0 32 4.3 8.7 2.0 1 12 12.0 0 12 0.2 2.0 64 0 1
16 Jeff Knapple 24 2 0 6 0 0 9 0.0 0.0 3.0 0 0 0
80 Rick Upchurch 28 PR/WR 16 14 5 49 0 21 9.8 3.1 0.3 46 605 13.2 3 35 2.9 37.8 654 3 2
86 Emery Moorehead 26 16 0 2 7 0 4 3.5 0.4 0.1 7 0 0
88 Riley Odoms 30 TE 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 590 15.1 6 30 2.6 39.3 590 6 0
25 Haven Moses 34 WR 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 38 674 17.7 4 33 2.5 44.9 674 4 1
85 Ron Egloff 25 te 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 85 14.2 0 24 0.4 5.3 85 0 0
81 Steve Watson 23 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 146 24.3 0 52 0.4 9.1 146 0 0
82 Larry Brunson 31 KR 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 15 15.0 0 15 0.1 1.2 15 0 0
87 Bill Larson 27 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.5 3.5 7 0 0
Team Total 26.8 16 480 1865 16 35 3.9 116.6 30.0 262 3107 11.9 14 52 16.4 194.2 4972 30 26
Opp Total 16 554 2120 10 3.8 132.5 34.6 270 3125 11.6 20 16.9 195.3 5245 30 26

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
82 Larry Brunson 31 KR 13 0 2 12 0 12 6.0 40 923 0 53 23.1 950
80 Rick Upchurch 28 PR/WR 16 14 37 353 0 34 9.5 1007
31 Mike Harden 21 16 0 2 36 0 23 18.0 12 214 0 35 17.8 250
46 Dave Preston 25 RB 12 10 1 7 0 7 7.0 5 106 0 26 21.2 807
30 Jim Jensen 27 FB 14 13 1 5 0 5 5.0 858
41 Rob Lytle 26 16 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 419
86 Emery Moorehead 26 16 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 25
50 Jim Ryan 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
81 Steve Watson 23 wr 16 1 1 5 0 5 5.0 151
Team Total 26.8 16 42 408 0 34 9.7 62 1290 0 53 20.8 6670
Opp Total 16 52 443 1 8.5 55 1187 0 21.6

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
11 Luke Prestridge 24 P 16 0 70 3075 57 0 43.9
19 Fred Steinfort 28 K 16 0 2 2 5 5 5 4 14 10 8 5 34 26 76.5%% 33 32 97.0%%
Team Total 26.8 16 2 2 5 5 5 4 14 10 8 5 34 26 76.5%% 33 32 97.0%% 70 3075 57 0 43.9
Opp Total 16 40 29 72.5%% 34 32 94.1%% 70 2912 41.6

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
7 Craig Morton 37 QB 12 9 0 4 3 -7 0
17 Matt Robinson 25 qb 14 7 0 6 1 -7 0
43 Steve Foley 27 FS/rcb 16 16 4 115 0 36 0
46 Dave Preston 25 RB 12 10 0 3 1 -8 0
36 Bill Thompson 34 SS 16 16 2 49 0 36 0 0 0 2 32 1
64 Bill Bryan 25 C 16 16 0 2 1 -20 0
29 Bernard Jackson 30 db 4 4 1 11 0 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
58 Rob Nairne 26 LOLB 16 16 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
80 Rick Upchurch 28 PR/WR 16 14 0 2 1 0 0
24 Otis Armstrong 30 rb 9 6 0 1 1 0 0
68 Rubin Carter 28 NT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
53 Randy Gradishar 28 RILB 16 16 2 96 1 93 0
32 Jon Keyworth 30 rb 10 3 0 2 0 -9 0
22 Aaron Kyle 26 RCB 10 9 0 0 2 15 0
25 Haven Moses 34 WR 15 14 0 1 1 0 0
45 Perry Smith 29 db 14 1 2 3 0 3 0
77 Greg Boyd 28 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Barney Chavous 29 LDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
56 Larry Evans 27 LILB 16 12 1 13 0 13 0
62 Tom Glassic 26 LG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
31 Mike Harden 21 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
27 Maurice Harvey 24 db 15 3 1 18 0 18 0
30 Jim Jensen 27 FB 14 13 0 1 0 0 0
75 Rulon Jones 22 de 16 2 0 0 1 0 0 1
72 Don Latimer 25 14 0 1 15 1 15 0
41 Rob Lytle 26 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
66 Brison Manor 28 RDE 16 14 0 0 1 5 0
33 Lawrence McCutcheon 30 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
88 Riley Odoms 30 TE 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jim Ryan 23 16 0 1 21 0 21 0
70 Dave Studdard 25 RT 16 12 0 0 1 0 0
81 Steve Watson 23 wr 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.8 16 16 343 2 93 0 0 26 26 1 1 1
Opp Total 16 44 26 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
19 Fred Steinfort 28 K 16 0 32 26 110
88 Riley Odoms 30 TE 15 15 6 6 36
24 Otis Armstrong 30 rb 9 6 4 4 24
25 Haven Moses 34 WR 15 14 4 4 24
46 Dave Preston 25 RB 12 10 4 4 24
30 Jim Jensen 27 FB 14 13 2 1 3 18
17 Matt Robinson 25 qb 14 7 3 3 18
80 Rick Upchurch 28 PR/WR 16 14 3 3 18
53 Randy Gradishar 28 RILB 16 16 1 1 6
32 Jon Keyworth 30 rb 10 3 1 1 6
72 Don Latimer 25 14 0 1 1 6
41 Rob Lytle 26 16 0 1 1 6
7 Craig Morton 37 QB 12 9 1 1 6
36 Bill Thompson 34 SS 16 16 1 1 6
75 Rulon Jones 22 de 16 2 1 2
Team Total 26.8 16 16 14 1 2 33 32 26 1 310
Opp Total 16 10 20 1 1 2 32 29 323

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-14 DAL W, 41-20 1 1 rush Matt Robinson 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
2 1980-09-14 DAL W, 41-20 2 3 rush Matt Robinson 3 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
3 1980-09-14 DAL W, 41-20 2 32 fumble Bill Thompson 32 yard fumble return (Fred Steinfort kick)
4 1980-09-14 DAL W, 41-20 3 3 rush Otis Armstrong 3 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
5 1980-09-14 DAL W, 41-20 3 4 rush Jim Jensen 4 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
6 1980-09-21 SDG L, 13-30 3 15 pass Haven Moses 15 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
7 1980-09-29 @ NWE L, 14-23 1 17 pass Haven Moses 17 yard pass from Matt Robinson (Fred Steinfort kick)
8 1980-09-29 @ NWE L, 14-23 3 8 rush Otis Armstrong 8 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
9 1980-10-05 @ CLE W, 19-16 2 93 interception Randy Gradishar 93 yard interception return (Fred Steinfort kick)
10 1980-10-13 WAS W, 20-17 1 8 rush Otis Armstrong 8 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
11 1980-10-13 WAS W, 20-17 4 32 pass Rick Upchurch 32 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
12 1980-10-19 KAN L, 17-23 1 14 pass Rick Upchurch 14 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
13 1980-10-19 KAN L, 17-23 2 6 pass Riley Odoms 6 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
14 1980-10-26 @ NYG W, 14-9 2 1 rush Jim Jensen 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
15 1980-10-26 @ NYG W, 14-9 3 2 rush Otis Armstrong 2 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
16 1980-11-02 HOU L, 16-20 4 8 pass Jim Jensen 8 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
17 1980-11-09 @ SDG W, 20-13 2 3 rush Rob Lytle 3 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
18 1980-11-09 @ SDG W, 20-13 4 4 rush Dave Preston 4 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
19 1980-11-16 NYJ W, 31-24 2 22 pass Riley Odoms 22 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
20 1980-11-16 NYJ W, 31-24 3 3 rush Dave Preston 3 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
21 1980-11-16 NYJ W, 31-24 4 1 rush Jon Keyworth 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
22 1980-11-16 NYJ W, 31-24 4 13 pass Rick Upchurch 13 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
23 1980-11-23 SEA W, 36-20 1 2 pass Riley Odoms 2 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
24 1980-11-23 SEA W, 36-20 2 1 rush Craig Morton 1 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
25 1980-11-23 SEA W, 36-20 4 27 pass Haven Moses 27 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
26 1980-11-23 SEA W, 36-20 4 15 interception Don Latimer 15 yard interception return (Fred Steinfort kick)
27 1980-12-07 @ KAN L, 14-31 3 22 pass Riley Odoms 22 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
28 1980-12-07 @ KAN L, 14-31 4 4 pass Haven Moses 4 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
29 1980-12-14 OAK L, 21-24 2 2 rush Dave Preston 2 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
30 1980-12-14 OAK L, 21-24 3 12 pass Riley Odoms 12 yard pass from Craig Morton (Fred Steinfort kick)
31 1980-12-14 OAK L, 21-24 4 9 rush Dave Preston 9 yard rush (Fred Steinfort kick)
32 1980-12-21 @ SEA W, 25-17 1 18 pass Riley Odoms 18 yard pass from Matt Robinson (Fred Steinfort kick)
33 1980-12-21 @ SEA W, 25-17 2 1 rush Matt Robinson 1 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1980-09-07 @ PHI W, 27-6 1 56 pass Harold Carmichael 56 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
2 1980-09-07 @ PHI W, 27-6 2 16 pass Scott Fitzkee 16 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
3 1980-09-07 @ PHI W, 27-6 4 11 pass John Spagnola 11 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Tony Franklin kick)
4 1980-09-14 DAL L, 20-41 2 36 pass Tony Hill 36 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
5 1980-09-14 DAL L, 20-41 4 22 pass Tony Hill 22 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
6 1980-09-21 SDG W, 30-13 2 1 rush John Cappelletti 1 yard rush (Rolf Benirschke kick)
7 1980-09-21 SDG W, 30-13 2 22 pass Charlie Joiner 22 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
8 1980-09-21 SDG W, 30-13 2 68 interception Glen Edwards 68 yard interception return (Rolf Benirschke kick)
9 1980-09-29 @ NWE W, 23-14 2 2 rush Vagas Ferguson 2 yard rush (John Smith kick)
10 1980-09-29 @ NWE W, 23-14 3 45 pass Stanley Morgan 45 yard pass from Steve Grogan (John Smith kick)
11 1980-10-05 @ CLE L, 16-19 2 40 pass Reggie Rucker 40 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
12 1980-10-13 WAS L, 17-20 3 55 rush Wilbur Jackson 55 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
13 1980-10-13 WAS L, 17-20 4 1 pass Art Monk 1 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick)
14 1980-10-19 KAN W, 23-17 2 26 pass Al Dixon 26 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Nick Lowery kick)
15 1980-10-19 KAN W, 23-17 3 46 pass Henry Marshall 46 yard pass from Steve Fuller (Nick Lowery kick)
16 1980-11-02 HOU W, 20-16 2 1 rush Earl Campbell 1 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
17 1980-11-02 HOU W, 20-16 3 9 rush Earl Campbell 9 yard rush
18 1980-11-02 HOU W, 20-16 4 2 rush Rob Carpenter 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
19 1980-11-09 @ SDG L, 13-20 4 3 pass John Jefferson 3 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
20 1980-11-16 NYJ L, 24-31 1 36 pass Wesley Walker 36 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
21 1980-11-16 NYJ L, 24-31 2 31 pass Lam Jones 31 yard pass from Richard Todd (Pat Leahy kick)
22 1980-11-16 NYJ L, 24-31 4 1 rush Scott Dierking 1 yard rush (Pat Leahy kick)
23 1980-11-23 SEA L, 20-36 2 75 punt Will Lewis 75 yard punt return (Efren Herrera kick)
24 1980-11-23 SEA L, 20-36 4 5 pass Lawrence McCutcheon 5 yard pass from Sam Adkins (Efren Herrera kick)
25 1980-12-01 @ OAK W, 9-3 3 8 rush Jim Plunkett 8 yard rush
26 1980-12-07 @ KAN W, 31-14 2 33 pass J.T. Smith 33 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
27 1980-12-07 @ KAN W, 31-14 2 1 rush Arnold Morgado 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
28 1980-12-07 @ KAN W, 31-14 2 3 fumble Tom Howard 3 yard fumble return (Nick Lowery kick)
29 1980-12-07 @ KAN W, 31-14 2 8 pass Bubba Garcia 8 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
30 1980-12-14 OAK W, 24-21 1 58 interception Burgess Owens 58 yard interception return (Chris Bahr kick)
31 1980-12-14 OAK W, 24-21 2 11 pass Bob Chandler 11 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)
32 1980-12-14 OAK W, 24-21 4 38 pass Bob Chandler 38 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)
33 1980-12-21 @ SEA L, 17-25 4 2 rush Lawrence McCutcheon 2 yard rush (Efren Herrera kick)
34 1980-12-21 @ SEA L, 17-25 4 9 pass Jim Jodat 9 yard pass from Jim Zorn (Efren Herrera kick)