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1985 Denver Broncos

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11-5-0, AFC West Division  · 1985 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.6, Offense: 1.8, Defense: 1.9, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 380 points (23.8/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 329 points (20.6/g), 13th.
 Differential of 51 points (3.2/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.4-6.6.

Coach: Dan Reeves (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shanahan
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Chan Gailey (Special Teams/Tight Ends)

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
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 380 5496 1152 4.8 31 8 34 339 329 617 3645 23 23 5.6 192 497 1851 20 3.7 113
Team Defense 329 5179 1069 4.8 36 12 19 290 277 547 3206 22 24 5.4 168 475 1973 10 4.2 103
Lg Rank Offense 8 10 4 1 8 2 6 8 16 19 12 16 4 24
Lg Rank Defense 13 13 16 25 9 23 14 16 6 9 15 14 5 16

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 8 boxscore L 0-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 16 20 13 277 214 63 3 19 285 138 147 3
2 Sun September 15 boxscore W 1-1 New Orleans Saints 34 23 22 432 327 105 2 17 342 235 107 1
3 Sun September 22 boxscore W 2-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 44 28 27 428 280 148 2 16 341 233 108 2
4 Sun September 29 boxscore L 2-2 Miami Dolphins 26 30 23 395 226 169 2 19 418 365 53 1
5 Sun October 6 boxscore W 3-2 Houston Oilers 31 20 31 362 241 121 3 18 321 201 120
6 Sun October 13 boxscore W 4-2 @ Indianapolis Colts 15 10 20 351 223 128 1 12 237 117 120 3
7 Sun October 20 boxscore W OT 5-2 Seattle Seahawks 13 10 14 246 148 98 17 249 77 172 5
8 Sun October 27 boxscore W 6-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 30 10 25 324 118 206 13 257 180 77
9 Sun November 3 boxscore L 6-3 @ San Diego Chargers 10 30 17 295 231 64 3 24 430 285 145 3
10 Mon November 11 boxscore W 7-3 San Francisco 49ers 17 16 18 336 215 121 1 16 341 203 138
11 Sun November 17 boxscore W OT 8-3 San Diego Chargers 30 24 21 331 240 91 2 22 340 245 95 4
12 Sun November 24 boxscore L OT 8-4 @ Los Angeles Raiders 28 31 25 291 138 153 1 21 424 223 201 3
13 Sun December 1 boxscore W 9-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 31 23 20 331 238 93 1 22 327 250 77 4
14 Sun December 8 boxscore L OT 9-5 Los Angeles Raiders 14 17 17 207 120 87 4 20 274 93 181 5
15 Sat December 14 boxscore W 10-5 Kansas City Chiefs 14 13 20 411 301 110 6 14 262 156 106 1
16 Fri December 20 boxscore W 11-5 @ Seattle Seahawks 27 24 26 479 385 94 20 331 205 126 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 25 QB 16 16 11-5-0 327 605 54.0 3891 22 3.6 23 3.8 65 6.4 5.4 11.9 243.2 70.2 38 307 5.57 4.65 5.9 6 6
8 Gary Kubiak 24 16 0 2 5 40.0 61 1 20.0 0 0.0 54 12.2 16.2 30.5 3.8 125.8 0 0 12.20 16.20 0.0 0 1
47 Gerald Willhite 26 rb 15 4 0 3 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
82 Vance Johnson 22 KR/PR/wr 16 7 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
1 Chris Norman 23 P 16 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
30 Steve Sewell 22 rb 16 2 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
23 Sammy Winder 26 RB 14 12 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 26.7 16 11-5-0 329 617 53.3 3952 23 3.7 23 3.7 65 6.4 5.5 12.0 247.0 70.1 38 307 5.56 4.69 5.8 6 7
Opp Total 16 277 547 50.6 3584 22 4.0 24 4.4 6.6 5.38 12.9 224.0 66.7 47 378 5.4 4.3 7.9

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 26 RB 14 12 199 714 8 42 3.6 51.0 14.2 31 197 6.4 0 24 2.2 14.1 911 8 4
33 Gene Lang 23 rb 12 2 84 318 5 26 3.8 26.5 7.0 23 180 7.8 2 24 1.9 15.0 498 7 3
30 Steve Sewell 22 rb 16 2 81 275 4 16 3.4 17.2 5.1 24 224 9.3 1 54 1.5 14.0 499 5 1
47 Gerald Willhite 26 rb 15 4 66 237 3 14 3.6 15.8 4.4 35 297 8.5 1 21 2.3 19.8 534 4 2
7 John Elway 25 QB 16 16 51 253 0 22 5.0 15.8 3.2 253 0 7
82 Vance Johnson 22 KR/PR/wr 16 7 10 36 0 14 3.6 2.3 0.6 51 721 14.1 3 63 3.2 45.1 757 3 5
34 Nathan Poole 29 3 0 4 12 0 6 3.0 4.0 1.3 12 0 0
8 Gary Kubiak 24 16 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 6 0 0
1 Chris Norman 23 P 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 1
81 Steve Watson 28 WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 61 915 15.0 5 60 3.8 57.2 915 5 0
88 Clarence Kay 24 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 29 339 11.7 3 27 1.8 21.2 339 3 1
87 James Wright 29 TE 16 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 28 246 8.8 1 30 1.8 15.4 246 1 0
84 Clint Sampson 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 432 16.6 4 46 1.6 27.0 432 4 0
86 Butch Johnson 31 WR 16 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 380 20.0 3 65 1.2 23.8 380 3 0
85 Mike Barber 32 te 10 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.8 8 0 0
63 Mark Cooper 25 g 15 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 0.9 13 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 497 1851 20 42 3.7 115.7 31.1 329 3952 12.0 23 65 20.6 247.0 5803 43 24
Opp Total 16 475 1973 10 4.2 123.3 29.7 277 3206 11.6 22 17.3 200.4 5179 32 22

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
82 Vance Johnson 22 KR/PR/wr 16 7 30 260 0 38 8.7 30 740 0 39 24.7 1757
47 Gerald Willhite 26 rb 15 4 16 169 0 18 10.6 2 40 0 20 20.0 743
33 Gene Lang 23 rb 12 2 17 361 0 33 21.2 859
25 Daniel Hunter 23 16 0 2 33 0 18 16.5 33
30 Steve Sewell 22 rb 16 2 1 29 0 29 29.0 528
Team Total 26.7 16 46 429 0 38 9.3 52 1203 0 39 23.1 7435
Opp Total 16 38 325 0 8.6 64 1346 1 21.0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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
1 Chris Norman 23 P 16 0 92 3764 61 2 40.9
3 Rich Karlis 26 K 16 0 2 2 9 7 11 6 11 8 5 38 23 60.5% 44 41 93.2%
Team Total 26.7 16 2 2 9 7 11 6 11 8 5 38 23 60.5% 44 41 93.2% 92 3764 61 2 40.9
Opp Total 16 33 26 78.8% 36 35 97.2% 94 3863 41.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
77 Karl Mecklenburg*+ 25 LILB 16 9 13.0 5 0 1 0 0 65 0
49 Dennis Smith* 26 SS 13 12 4.0 3 46 0 39 0 66 0
73 Simon Fletcher 23 lb 16 1 1.0 17 0
71 Greg Kragen 23 nt 16 1 2.0 13 0
75 Rulon Jones* 27 RDE 16 16 10.0 0 0 3 0 0
7 John Elway 25 QB 16 16 0 7 2 -35 0
31 Mike Harden 26 RCB 16 16 1.0 5 100 1 42 0 0 0 2 5 0
79 Barney Chavous 34 LDE 16 15 6.0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Vance Johnson 22 KR/PR/wr 16 7 0 5 2 0 0
61 Andre Townsend 23 de 16 1 5.0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Sammy Winder 26 RB 14 12 0 4 1 0 0
20 Louis Wright* 32 LCB 15 15 5 44 0 24 0
33 Gene Lang 23 rb 12 2 0 3 1 0 0
45 Steve Wilson 28 db 14 4 3 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 2 0
52 Ken Woodard 25 ROLB 16 9 3.0 1 18 0 18 0
43 Steve Foley 32 FS 12 11 3 47 0 29 0
22 Tony Lilly 23 fs 16 5 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Rubin Carter 33 NT 16 16 1.0 0 0 1 6 0
88 Clarence Kay 24 TE 16 16 0 1 1 0 0
1 Chris Norman 23 P 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
50 Jim Ryan 28 LOLB 16 14 1.0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Steve Sewell 22 rb 16 2 0 1 1 0 0
70 Dave Studdard 30 LT 16 15 0 0 2 0 0
47 Gerald Willhite 26 rb 15 4 0 2 0 0 0
64 Bill Bryan 30 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
58 Steve Busick 27 RILB 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
25 Daniel Hunter 23 16 0 1 20 0 20 0
48 Randy Robbins 23 db 10 1 1 3 0 3 0
87 James Wright 29 TE 16 12 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 47.0 24 290 1 42 0 5 24 26 -22 0 161 0
Opp Total 16 38 22 10

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
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 26 K 16 0 41 23 110
23 Sammy Winder 26 RB 14 12 8 8 48
33 Gene Lang 23 rb 12 2 5 2 7 42
30 Steve Sewell 22 rb 16 2 4 1 5 30
81 Steve Watson 28 WR 16 15 5 5 30
84 Clint Sampson 24 16 0 4 4 24
47 Gerald Willhite 26 rb 15 4 3 1 4 24
86 Butch Johnson 31 WR 16 8 3 3 18
82 Vance Johnson 22 KR/PR/wr 16 7 3 3 18
88 Clarence Kay 24 TE 16 16 3 3 18
31 Mike Harden 26 RCB 16 16 1 1 6
87 James Wright 29 TE 16 12 1 1 6
20 Louis Wright* 32 LCB 15 15 1 1 6
Team Total 26.7 16 20 23 1 1 45 41 23 380
Opp Total 16 10 22 1 2 35 26 329