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1983 Denver Broncos

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9-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.8, Offense: -4.1, Defense: 1.3, SoS: -1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (18.9/g), 21st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 327 points (20.4/g), 9th.
 Differential of -25 points (-1.6/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-8.8.

Coach: Dan Reeves (9-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colorado)

Team Info

Principal Owner Edgar Kaiser
General Manager Hein Poulus
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 302 4811 1025 4.7 41 19 38 292 254 499 3027 17 22 5.5 155 471 1784 15 3.8 99
Team Defense 327 5609 1099 5.1 47 20 17 321 307 552 3671 18 27 6.2 185 509 1938 14 3.8 119
Lg Rank Offense 21 26 18 15 23 15 20 20 11 22 20 23 17 22
Lg Rank Defense 9 21 7 6 19 25 23 4 5 18 14 10 12 9

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 4 boxscore W 1-0 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 14 10 14 139 1 138 3 21 314 191 123 7
2 Sun September 11 boxscore W 2-0 @ Baltimore Colts 17 10 15 327 223 104 3 13 271 121 150 3
3 Sun September 18 boxscore L 2-1 Philadelphia Eagles 10 13 16 245 176 69 3 19 407 274 133 2
4 Sun September 25 boxscore L 2-2 Los Angeles Raiders 7 22 16 268 138 130 4 11 214 132 82 1
5 Sun October 2 boxscore L 2-3 @ Chicago Bears 14 31 16 246 200 46 2 22 423 246 177 4
6 Sun October 9 boxscore W 3-3 @ Houston Oilers 26 14 22 401 148 253 1 19 293 167 126 4
7 Sun October 16 boxscore W 4-3 Cincinnati Bengals 24 17 22 386 276 110 2 22 357 252 105 1
8 Sun October 23 boxscore W 5-3 San Diego Chargers 14 6 21 261 133 128 4 17 299 193 106 3
9 Sun October 30 boxscore W 6-3 Kansas City Chiefs 27 24 23 404 329 75 1 21 362 327 35 3
10 Sun November 6 boxscore L 6-4 @ Seattle Seahawks 19 27 23 357 222 135 3 18 399 216 183 1
11 Sun November 13 boxscore L 6-5 @ Los Angeles Raiders 20 22 14 232 169 63 2 23 340 200 140 3
12 Sun November 20 boxscore W 7-5 Seattle Seahawks 38 27 17 329 145 184 2 29 474 380 94 8
13 Sun November 27 boxscore L 7-6 @ San Diego Chargers 7 31 15 195 112 83 3 31 428 287 141 2
14 Sun December 4 boxscore W 8-6 Cleveland Browns 27 6 24 411 284 127 1 19 281 216 65 3
15 Sun December 11 boxscore W 9-6 Baltimore Colts 21 19 19 352 307 45 2 19 388 201 187 1
16 Sun December 18 boxscore L 9-7 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 48 15 258 164 94 5 17 359 268 91 1
Playoffs
WildCard Sat December 24 boxscore L 9-8 @ Seattle Seahawks 7 31 21 360 235 125 3 17 324 179 145

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
7 John Elway 23 QB 11 10 4-6-0 123 259 47.5 1663 7 2.7 14 5.4 49 6.4 4.5 13.5 151.2 54.9 28 218 5.03 3.33 9.8 1 1
17 Steve DeBerg 29 qb 10 5 4-1-0 119 215 55.3 1617 9 4.2 7 3.3 54 7.5 6.9 13.6 161.7 79.9 25 201 5.90 5.34 10.4 3 4
8 Gary Kubiak 22 qb 4 1 1-0-0 12 22 54.5 186 1 4.5 1 4.5 78 8.5 7.3 15.5 46.5 79.0 2 20 6.92 5.88 8.3
80 Rick Upchurch 31 WR 12 11 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
47 Gerald Willhite 24 8 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.2 16 9-7-0 254 499 50.9 3466 17 3.4 22 4.4 78 6.9 5.6 13.6 216.6 66.4 55 439 5.46 4.29 9.9 4 5
Opp Total 16 307 552 55.6 3988 18 3.3 27 4.9 7.2 5.68 13.0 249.3 69.0 38 317 6.2 4.8 6.4

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
23 Sammy Winder 24 RB 14 13 196 757 3 52 3.9 54.1 14.0 23 150 6.5 0 17 1.6 10.7 907 3 7
34 Nathan Poole 27 FB 16 10 81 246 4 19 3.0 15.4 5.1 20 184 9.2 0 23 1.3 11.5 430 4 1
46 Dave Preston 28 rb 14 3 57 222 1 28 3.9 15.9 4.1 17 137 8.1 1 25 1.2 9.8 359 2 0
47 Gerald Willhite 24 8 0 43 188 3 24 4.4 23.5 5.4 14 153 10.9 1 26 1.8 19.1 341 4 0
24 Rick Parros 25 fb 6 5 30 96 1 13 3.2 16.0 5.0 12 126 10.5 2 33 2.0 21.0 222 3 3
7 John Elway 23 QB 11 10 28 146 1 23 5.2 13.3 2.5 146 1 6
17 Steve DeBerg 29 qb 10 5 13 28 1 11 2.2 2.8 1.3 28 1 5
39 Jesse Myles 23 16 0 8 52 0 16 6.5 3.3 0.5 7 119 17.0 1 33 0.4 7.4 171 1 0
80 Rick Upchurch 31 WR 12 11 6 19 0 9 3.2 1.6 0.5 40 639 16.0 2 40 3.3 53.3 658 2 0
8 Gary Kubiak 22 qb 4 1 4 17 1 8 4.3 4.3 1.0 17 1 0
81 Steve Watson 26 WR 16 16 3 17 0 10 5.7 1.1 0.2 59 1133 19.2 5 78 3.7 70.8 1150 5 1
87 James Wright 27 te 6 6 1 -11 0 -11 -11.0 -1.8 0.2 13 134 10.3 0 23 2.2 22.3 123 0 2
11 Luke Prestridge 27 P 16 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.4 0.1 7 0 0
85 Ron Egloff 28 TE 16 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 205 10.3 2 32 1.3 12.8 205 2 0
82 Zach Thomas 23 KR/PR 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 182 15.2 0 44 0.8 11.4 182 0 4
84 Clint Sampson 22 wr 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 200 20.0 3 49 0.6 12.5 200 3 0
88 Riley Odoms 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 62 15.5 0 21 2.0 31.0 62 0 0
83 John Sawyer 30 te 7 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 42 14.0 0 17 0.4 6.0 42 0 1
Team Total 26.2 16 471 1784 15 52 3.8 111.5 29.4 254 3466 13.6 17 78 15.9 216.6 5250 32 34
Opp Total 16 509 1938 14 3.8 121.1 31.8 307 3671 12.0 18 19.2 229.4 5609 32 46

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
82 Zach Thomas 23 KR/PR 16 0 33 368 1 70 11.2 28 573 0 42 20.5 1123
45 Steve Wilson 26 db 16 3 24 485 0 32 20.2 485
80 Rick Upchurch 31 WR 12 11 4 52 0 17 13.0 710
70 Dave Studdard 28 LT 16 16 2 8 0 8 4.0 8
31 Mike Harden 24 RCB 15 15 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
57 Tom Jackson 32 ROLB 15 15 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
20 Louis Wright* 30 LCB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.2 16 38 420 1 70 11.1 56 1077 0 42 19.2 6747
Opp Total 16 55 524 0 9.5 46 824 0 17.9

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
11 Luke Prestridge 27 P 16 0 87 3620 60 0 41.6
3 Rich Karlis 24 K 16 0 8 7 9 7 7 6 1 1 25 21 84.0% 34 33 97.1%
Team Total 26.2 16 8 7 9 7 7 6 1 1 25 21 84.0% 34 33 97.1% 87 3620 60 0 41.6
Opp Total 16 33 25 75.8% 36 34 94.4% 77 3403 44.2

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
49 Dennis Smith 24 SS 14 13 5.0 4 39 0 23 0 114 0
77 Karl Mecklenburg 23 16 0 2.0 24 0
7 John Elway 23 QB 11 10 0 6 3 0 0
20 Louis Wright* 30 LCB 16 16 1.0 6 50 0 34 0 0 1 1 40 0
57 Tom Jackson 32 ROLB 15 15 5.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 34 0
43 Steve Foley 30 FS 14 13 5 28 0 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
31 Mike Harden 24 RCB 15 15 4 127 0 48 0 0 0 3 0 0
82 Zach Thomas 23 KR/PR 16 0 0 4 3 0 0
45 Steve Wilson 26 db 16 3 5 91 0 36 0 0 1 1 0 0
23 Sammy Winder 24 RB 14 13 0 7 0 0 0
53 Randy Gradishar* 31 LILB 16 16 2.5 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 3 1 0
75 Rulon Jones 25 RDE 12 12 4.0 0 0 2 4 0 1
79 Barney Chavous 32 LDE 15 13 4.5 0 0 1 0 1
17 Steve DeBerg 29 qb 10 5 0 5 0 0 0
68 Rubin Carter 31 NT 16 15 1.0 0 0 3 0 0
66 Brison Manor 31 de 16 4 3.0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Rick Parros 25 fb 6 5 0 3 1 0 0
65 Walt Bowyer 23 de 14 3 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Roger Jackson 24 db 16 3 1.0 1 15 0 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
52 Ken Woodard 23 lb 16 1 2.0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Steve Busick 25 RILB 16 15 2.0
34 Nathan Poole 27 FB 16 10 0 1 1 -1 0
87 James Wright 27 te 6 6 0 2 0 0 0
54 Keith Bishop 26 LG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
46 Dave Preston 28 rb 14 3 0 0 1 0 0
50 Jim Ryan 26 LOLB 15 12 0 0 1 0 0
83 John Sawyer 30 te 7 4 0 1 0 0 0
70 Dave Studdard 28 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
81 Steve Watson 26 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
72 Don Latimer 28 nt 12 3 0.5
Team Total 26.2 16 36.0 27 355 0 48 0 0 34 32 78 1 138 0 1
Opp Total 16 55 46 26 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Rich Karlis 24 K 16 0 33 21 96
81 Steve Watson 26 WR 16 16 5 5 30
34 Nathan Poole 27 FB 16 10 4 4 24
47 Gerald Willhite 24 8 0 3 1 4 24
24 Rick Parros 25 fb 6 5 1 2 3 18
84 Clint Sampson 22 wr 16 2 3 3 18
23 Sammy Winder 24 RB 14 13 3 3 18
85 Ron Egloff 28 TE 16 10 2 2 12
46 Dave Preston 28 rb 14 3 1 1 2 12
80 Rick Upchurch 31 WR 12 11 2 2 12
79 Barney Chavous 32 LDE 15 13 1 1 6
17 Steve DeBerg 29 qb 10 5 1 1 6
7 John Elway 23 QB 11 10 1 1 6
8 Gary Kubiak 22 qb 4 1 1 1 6
39 Jesse Myles 23 16 0 1 1 6
82 Zach Thomas 23 KR/PR 16 0 1 1 6
75 Rulon Jones 25 RDE 12 12 1 2
Team Total 26.2 16 15 17 1 1 34 33 21 1 302
Opp Total 16 14 18 1 3 34 25 1 327