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1984 Denver Broncos

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13-3-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1984 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.7, Offense: 1.0, Defense: 6.7, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 353 points (22.1/g), 11th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 241 points (15.1/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 112 points (7.0/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 11.4-4.6.

Coach: Dan Reeves (13-3-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Shanahan (Receivers)

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

Team Info

Owner/Chairman/CEO Pat Bowlen
General Manager John Beake
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
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 353 4935 1018 4.8 34 17 26 299 263 475 2859 22 17 5.6 152 508 2076 12 4.1 121
Team Defense 241 5687 1123 5.1 55 24 15 311 346 631 4023 16 31 5.8 206 435 1664 10 3.8 90
Lg Rank Offense 11 22 9 20 16 24 23 10 7 18 10 10 19 12
Lg Rank Defense 2 25 2 2 14 28 27 5 2 14 4 5 2 10

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W 1-0 Cincinnati Bengals 20 17 19 323 202 121 2 29 433 322 111 2
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 1-1 @ Chicago Bears 0 27 8 130 77 53 4 15 406 104 302 3
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 2-1 @ Cleveland Browns 24 14 18 297 164 133 2 21 310 231 79 4
4 Sun September 23 boxscore W 3-1 Kansas City Chiefs 21 0 21 367 157 210 2 16 337 287 50 2
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 4-1 Los Angeles Raiders 16 13 26 352 121 231 1 12 281 211 70 2
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 5-1 @ Detroit Lions 28 7 20 287 179 108 3 23 348 256 92 10
7 Mon October 15 boxscore W 6-1 Green Bay Packers 17 14 10 193 101 92 1 25 423 349 74 5
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 7-1 @ Buffalo Bills 37 7 24 339 232 107 10 226 155 71 5
9 Sun October 28 boxscore W OT 8-1 @ Los Angeles Raiders 22 19 24 360 178 182 3 20 356 234 122 7
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 9-1 New England Patriots 26 19 18 319 291 28 1 25 484 289 195 3
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 10-1 @ San Diego Chargers 16 13 17 239 177 62 20 366 254 112 1
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 11-1 Minnesota Vikings 42 21 22 435 229 206 2 19 314 247 67 5
13 Sun November 25 boxscore L 11-2 Seattle Seahawks 24 27 18 351 258 93 2 20 466 406 60
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 11-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 13 16 17 309 164 145 3 17 318 225 93 3
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 12-3 San Diego Chargers 16 13 22 343 181 162 4 16 234 147 87
16 Sat December 15 boxscore W 13-3 @ Seattle Seahawks 31 14 15 291 148 143 4 23 385 306 79 3
Playoffs
Division Sun December 30 boxscore L 13-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 24 15 250 199 51 2 25 381 212 169 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 John Elway 24 QB 15 14 12-2-0 214 380 56.3% 2598 18 4.7 15 3.9 73 6.8 6.0 12.1 173.2 76.8 24 158 6.04 5.26 5.9 2 2
8 Gary Kubiak 23 qb 7 2 1-1-0 44 75 58.7% 440 4 5.3 1 1.3 41 5.9 6.3 10.0 62.9 87.6 10 86 4.16 4.58 11.8 2 2
14 Scott Stankavage 22 1 0 4 18 22.2% 58 0 0.0 1 5.6 16 3.2 0.7 14.5 58.0 17.4 1 13 2.37 0.00 5.3
47 Gerald Willhite 25 PR 16 1 1 2 50.0% 20 0 0.0 0 0.0 20 10.0 10.0 20.0 1.3 85.4 0 0 10.00 10.00 0.0
Team Total 25.6 16 13-3-0 263 475 55.4% 3116 22 4.6 17 3.6 73 6.6 5.9 11.8 194.8 76.1 35 257 5.61 4.97 6.9 4 4
Opp Total 16 346 631 54.8% 4453 16 2.5 31 4.9 7.1 5.35 12.9 278.3 65.2 57 430 5.8 4.3 8.3

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
23 Sammy Winder* 25 RB 16 15 296 1153 4 24 3.9 72.1 18.5 44 288 6.5 2 21 2.8 18.0 1441 6 5
47 Gerald Willhite 25 PR 16 1 77 371 2 52 4.8 23.2 4.8 27 298 11.0 0 63 1.7 18.6 669 2 3
7 John Elway 24 QB 15 14 56 237 1 21 4.2 15.8 3.7 237 1 14
24 Rick Parros 26 rb 15 2 46 208 2 25 4.5 13.9 3.1 6 25 4.2 0 9 0.4 1.7 233 2 0
26 Chris Brewer 22 13 0 10 28 0 8 2.8 2.2 0.8 2 20 10.0 0 16 0.2 1.5 48 0 1
8 Gary Kubiak 23 qb 7 2 9 27 1 17 3.0 3.9 1.3 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 2.9 47 1 1
33 Gene Lang 22 KR 16 0 8 42 2 15 5.3 2.6 0.5 4 24 6.0 1 9 0.3 1.5 66 3 0
39 Jesse Myles 24 7 0 5 7 0 2 1.4 1.0 0.7 2 22 11.0 0 12 0.3 3.1 29 0 0
86 Butch Johnson 30 WR 16 11 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 42 587 14.0 6 49 2.6 36.7 590 6 1
81 Steve Watson 27 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 69 1170 17.0 7 73 4.3 73.1 1170 7 0
83 John Sawyer 31 te 10 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 122 7.2 0 25 1.7 12.2 122 0 0
88 Clarence Kay 23 TE 16 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 136 8.5 3 21 1.0 8.5 136 3 1
87 James Wright 28 TE 16 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 118 10.7 1 21 0.7 7.4 118 1 0
84 Clint Sampson 23 wr 12 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 123 13.7 1 25 0.8 10.3 123 1 1
80 Ray Alexander 22 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 132 16.5 1 41 1.0 16.5 132 1 0
85 Don Summers 23 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 32 10.7 0 16 0.2 2.0 32 0 0
89 Dave Logan 30 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.3 0.8 3 0 0
70 Dave Studdard 29 LT 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -4 -4.0 0 -4 0.1 -0.3 -4 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 508 2076 12 52 4.1 129.8 31.8 263 3116 11.8 22 73 16.4 194.8 5192 34 36
Opp Total 16 435 1664 10 3.8 104.0 27.2 346 4023 11.6 16 21.6 251.4 5687 26 44

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 Zach Thomas 24 12 0 20 118 0 15 5.9 18 351 0 33 19.5 469
47 Gerald Willhite 25 PR 16 1 20 200 0 35 10.0 4 109 0 40 27.3 978
33 Gene Lang 22 KR 16 0 19 404 0 38 21.3 470
55 Rick Dennison 26 LILB 16 15 2 27 0 16 13.5 27
31 Mike Harden 25 RCB 16 16 1 4 0 4 4.0 4
56 Aaron Smith 22 10 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 2
45 Steve Wilson 27 db 15 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 41 318 0 35 7.8 45 897 0 40 19.9 6407
Opp Total 16 44 335 0 7.6 55 1181 0 21.5

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
1 Chris Norman 22 P 16 0 96 3850 83 0 40.1
3 Rich Karlis 25 K 16 0 1 1 7 6 8 7 9 6 3 1 28 21 75.0%% 41 38 92.7%%
Team Total 25.6 16 1 1 7 6 8 7 9 6 3 1 28 21 75.0%% 41 38 92.7%% 96 3850 83 0 40.1
Opp Total 16 33 19 57.6%% 26 26 100.0%% 81 3362 41.5

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
49 Dennis Smith 25 SS 15 15 1.0 3 13 0 10 0 0 0 1 64 1 92 0
77 Karl Mecklenburg 24 lb 16 1 7.0 2 105 0 63 0 0 0 1 0 0 41 0
7 John Elway 24 QB 15 14 0 14 5 -10 0
75 Rulon Jones 26 RDE 16 16 11.0 0 0 2 5 1
31 Mike Harden 25 RCB 16 16 6 79 1 45 0 0 1 2 0 0
43 Steve Foley 31 FS 16 16 6 97 1 40 0 0 0 2 22 1
79 Barney Chavous 33 LDE 15 15 7.5
57 Tom Jackson 33 ROLB 16 16 6.0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Sammy Winder* 25 RB 16 15 0 5 2 0 0
45 Steve Wilson 27 db 15 1 0.5 4 59 0 22 0 0 1 1 0 0
61 Andre Townsend 22 16 0 5.0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Rubin Carter 32 NT 15 15 3.0 0 0 2 0 0
50 Jim Ryan 27 LOLB 16 14 3.0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Zach Thomas 24 12 0 0 3 2 0 0
47 Gerald Willhite 25 PR 16 1 0 3 2 0 0
65 Walt Bowyer 24 de 16 1 3.0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Steve Busick 26 RILB 16 16 1.0 2 21 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Rick Dennison 26 LILB 16 15 3.0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Randy Robbins 22 db 16 1 1.0 2 62 1 62 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Ken Woodard 24 lb 16 2 3.0 1 27 1 27 0
59 Darren Comeaux 24 16 0 1.0 1 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
22 Tony Lilly 22 13 0 1 5 0 5 0 0 1 1 3 0
20 Louis Wright 31 LCB 16 15 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 27 1
26 Chris Brewer 22 13 0 0 1 1 0 0
66 Scott Garnett 22 nt 16 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
1 Chris Norman 22 P 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
83 John Sawyer 31 te 10 8 0 0 2 0 0
64 Bill Bryan 29 C 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
28 Roger Jackson 25 16 0 1 23 0 23 0
86 Butch Johnson 30 WR 16 11 0 1 0 0 0
88 Clarence Kay 23 TE 16 13 0 1 0 0 0
8 Gary Kubiak 23 qb 7 2 0 1 0 0 0
33 Gene Lang 22 KR 16 0 0 0 1 6 0
76 Ken Lanier 25 RT 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
84 Clint Sampson 23 wr 12 3 0 1 0 0 0
56 Aaron Smith 22 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
14 Scott Stankavage 22 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Don Summers 23 te 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.6 16 57.0 31 510 4 63 0 0 36 42 117 4 133 0
Opp Total 16 35 44 20 1

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
3 Rich Karlis 25 K 16 0 38 21 101
81 Steve Watson 27 WR 16 16 7 7 42
86 Butch Johnson 30 WR 16 11 6 6 36
23 Sammy Winder* 25 RB 16 15 4 2 6 36
88 Clarence Kay 23 TE 16 13 3 3 18
33 Gene Lang 22 KR 16 0 2 1 3 18
43 Steve Foley 31 FS 16 16 1 1 2 12
24 Rick Parros 26 rb 15 2 2 2 12
47 Gerald Willhite 25 PR 16 1 2 2 12
80 Ray Alexander 22 8 0 1 1 6
7 John Elway 24 QB 15 14 1 1 6
31 Mike Harden 25 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
75 Rulon Jones 26 RDE 16 16 1 1 6
8 Gary Kubiak 23 qb 7 2 1 1 6
48 Randy Robbins 22 db 16 1 1 1 6
84 Clint Sampson 23 wr 12 3 1 1 6
49 Dennis Smith 25 SS 15 15 1 1 6
52 Ken Woodard 24 lb 16 2 1 1 6
87 James Wright 28 TE 16 9 1 1 6
20 Louis Wright 31 LCB 16 15 1 1 6
Team Total 25.6 16 12 22 4 4 42 38 21 353
Opp Total 16 10 16 26 19 1 241

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1984-09-02 CIN W, 20-17 2 35 pass Butch Johnson 35 yard pass from John Elway
2 1984-09-02 CIN W, 20-17 2 1 rush Gene Lang 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
3 1984-09-02 CIN W, 20-17 4 8 pass Clarence Kay 8 yard pass from Gary Kubiak (Rich Karlis kick)
4 1984-09-16 @ CLE W, 24-14 2 23 pass Clint Sampson 23 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
5 1984-09-16 @ CLE W, 24-14 2 18 pass Butch Johnson 18 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
6 1984-09-16 @ CLE W, 24-14 4 62 interception Randy Robbins 62 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
7 1984-09-23 KAN W, 21-0 2 6 rush Sammy Winder 6 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
8 1984-09-23 KAN W, 21-0 2 3 rush Rick Parros 3 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
9 1984-09-23 KAN W, 21-0 3 45 interception Mike Harden 45 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
10 1984-09-30 RAI W, 16-13 3 4 rush Gerald Willhite 4 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
11 1984-10-07 @ DET W, 28-7 1 1 rush Sammy Winder 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
12 1984-10-07 @ DET W, 28-7 1 5 fumble Rulon Jones 5 yard fumble return (Rich Karlis kick)
13 1984-10-07 @ DET W, 28-7 2 42 pass Steve Watson 42 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
14 1984-10-07 @ DET W, 28-7 4 27 interception Ken Woodard 27 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
15 1984-10-15 GNB W, 17-14 1 22 fumble Steve Foley 22 yard fumble return (Rich Karlis kick)
16 1984-10-15 GNB W, 17-14 1 27 fumble Louis Wright 27 yard fumble return (Rich Karlis kick)
17 1984-10-21 @ BUF W, 37-7 2 3 pass Clarence Kay 3 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
18 1984-10-21 @ BUF W, 37-7 2 52 pass Steve Watson 52 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
19 1984-10-21 @ BUF W, 37-7 3 3 rush Gary Kubiak 3 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
20 1984-10-21 @ BUF W, 37-7 4 14 pass Sammy Winder 14 yard pass from Gary Kubiak (Rich Karlis kick)
21 1984-10-28 @ RAI W, 22-19 4 4 pass Clarence Kay 4 yard pass from Gary Kubiak (pass failed)
22 1984-10-28 @ RAI W, 22-19 4 12 pass Steve Watson 12 yard pass from Gary Kubiak (Rich Karlis kick)
23 1984-11-04 NWE W, 26-19 2 35 pass Steve Watson 35 yard pass from John Elway
24 1984-11-04 NWE W, 26-19 3 17 pass Butch Johnson 17 yard pass from John Elway
25 1984-11-04 NWE W, 26-19 4 5 pass Butch Johnson 5 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
26 1984-11-04 NWE W, 26-19 4 64 fumble Dennis Smith 64 yard fumble return (Rich Karlis kick)
27 1984-11-11 @ SDG W, 16-13 4 1 rush Sammy Winder 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
28 1984-11-18 MIN W, 42-21 1 13 rush Gerald Willhite 13 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
29 1984-11-18 MIN W, 42-21 1 8 pass Sammy Winder 8 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
30 1984-11-18 MIN W, 42-21 1 26 pass Steve Watson 26 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
31 1984-11-18 MIN W, 42-21 2 19 pass Butch Johnson 19 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
32 1984-11-18 MIN W, 42-21 2 12 pass Ray Alexander 12 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
33 1984-11-18 MIN W, 42-21 3 13 pass Steve Watson 13 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
34 1984-11-25 SEA L, 24-27 2 19 pass Butch Johnson 19 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
35 1984-11-25 SEA L, 24-27 3 2 rush Gene Lang 2 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
36 1984-11-25 SEA L, 24-27 4 9 pass Gene Lang 9 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
37 1984-12-02 @ KAN L, 13-16 1 48 pass Steve Watson 48 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
38 1984-12-09 SDG W, 16-13 3 4 rush Sammy Winder 4 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
39 1984-12-15 @ SEA W, 31-14 1 1 rush John Elway 1 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
40 1984-12-15 @ SEA W, 31-14 3 14 pass James Wright 14 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
41 1984-12-15 @ SEA W, 31-14 3 40 interception Steve Foley 40 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
42 1984-12-15 @ SEA W, 31-14 4 4 rush Rick Parros 4 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1984-09-02 CIN L, 17-20 3 1 rush James Brooks 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
2 1984-09-02 CIN L, 17-20 4 1 rush Larry Kinnebrew 1 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
3 1984-09-09 @ CHI W, 27-0 1 61 pass Willie Gault 61 yard pass from Jim McMahon (Bob Thomas kick)
4 1984-09-09 @ CHI W, 27-0 2 72 rush Walter Payton 72 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
5 1984-09-09 @ CHI W, 27-0 2 4 rush Matt Suhey 4 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
6 1984-09-16 @ CLE L, 14-24 1 1 rush Mike Pruitt 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
7 1984-09-16 @ CLE L, 14-24 2 2 rush Mike Pruitt 2 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
8 1984-09-30 RAI L, 13-16 2 19 pass Todd Christensen 19 yard pass from Jim Plunkett (Chris Bahr kick)
9 1984-10-07 @ DET L, 7-28 2 2 rush Gary Danielson 2 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
10 1984-10-15 GNB L, 14-17 3 5 rush Gerry Ellis 5 yard rush (Eddie Garcia kick)
11 1984-10-15 GNB L, 14-17 4 54 pass James Lofton 54 yard pass from Lynn Dickey (Eddie Garcia kick)
12 1984-10-21 @ BUF L, 7-37 4 70 pass Mitchell Brookins 70 yard pass from Matt Kofler (Joe Danelo kick)
13 1984-10-28 @ RAI L, 19-22 1 36 pass Marcus Allen 36 yard pass from Marc Wilson (Chris Bahr kick)
14 1984-10-28 @ RAI L, 19-22 3 1 rush Marcus Allen 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
15 1984-11-04 NWE L, 19-26 3 15 pass Clarence Weathers 15 yard pass from Tony Eason (Tony Franklin kick)
16 1984-11-11 @ SDG L, 13-16 1 25 pass Charlie Joiner 25 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Rolf Benirschke kick)
17 1984-11-18 MIN L, 21-42 2 21 pass Ted Brown 21 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Jan Stenerud kick)
18 1984-11-18 MIN L, 21-42 4 1 rush Ted Brown 1 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
19 1984-11-18 MIN L, 21-42 4 9 pass Allen Rice 9 yard pass from Wade Wilson (Jan Stenerud kick)
20 1984-11-25 SEA W, 27-24 1 80 pass Daryl Turner 80 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
21 1984-11-25 SEA W, 27-24 3 6 pass David Hughes 6 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
22 1984-11-25 SEA W, 27-24 4 3 pass Steve Largent 3 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
23 1984-12-02 @ KAN W, 16-13 2 24 pass Carlos Carson 24 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
24 1984-12-09 SDG L, 13-16 4 4 pass Buford McGee 4 yard pass from Ed Luther (Rolf Benirschke kick)
25 1984-12-15 @ SEA L, 14-31 2 4 pass Dan Doornink 4 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
26 1984-12-15 @ SEA L, 14-31 3 14 pass Charle Young 14 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)