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1988 Denver Broncos

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8-8-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.3, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -3.4, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 327 points (20.4/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 352 points (22.0/g), 20th.
 Differential of -25 points (-1.6/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.3-8.7.

Coach: Dan Reeves (8-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Chan Gailey (Quarterbacks) and Mike Nolan (Special Teams/Linebackers)

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 327 5506 1077 5.1 34 12 36 338 324 581 3691 24 22 6.0 196 464 1815 13 3.9 106
Team Defense 352 5471 1055 5.2 29 13 15 316 262 467 2933 18 16 5.8 161 552 2538 21 4.6 140
Lg Rank Offense 15 8 15 4 2 4 6 7 21 12 19 19 18 17
Lg Rank Defense 20 22 24 18 21 4 7 10 19 12 26 27 25 28

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 L 0-1 Seattle Seahawks 14 21 19 302 226 76 3 19 330 152 178 1
2 Sun September 11 boxscore W 1-1 San Diego Chargers 34 3 24 443 259 184 13 244 111 133 2
3 Sun September 18 boxscore L 1-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 13 20 17 283 213 70 3 22 380 250 130
4 Mon September 26 boxscore L OT 1-3 Los Angeles Raiders 27 30 23 398 209 189 5 20 363 235 128 1
5 Sun October 2 boxscore W 2-3 @ San Diego Chargers 12 0 22 291 162 129 1 11 190 170 20 2
6 Sun October 9 boxscore W OT 3-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 16 13 24 314 167 147 3 21 417 171 246 4
7 Sun October 16 boxscore W 4-3 Atlanta Falcons 30 14 21 406 302 104 1 20 311 137 174 3
8 Sun October 23 boxscore L 4-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21 39 15 323 278 45 4 18 386 130 256 2
9 Mon October 31 boxscore L 4-5 @ Indianapolis Colts 23 55 22 397 266 131 4 23 464 220 244
10 Sun November 6 boxscore W 5-5 Kansas City Chiefs 17 11 23 308 177 131 2 16 273 183 90 3
11 Sun November 13 boxscore W 6-5 Cleveland Browns 30 7 27 335 215 120 15 227 140 87 4
12 Sun November 20 boxscore L 6-6 @ New Orleans Saints 0 42 17 258 206 52 1 28 385 189 196
13 Sun November 27 boxscore W 7-6 Los Angeles Rams 35 24 19 368 270 98 1 28 484 352 132 3
14 Sun December 4 boxscore L 7-7 @ Los Angeles Raiders 20 21 20 347 297 50 3 14 216 87 129 2
15 Sun December 11 boxscore L 7-8 @ Seattle Seahawks 14 42 25 402 301 101 1 30 450 220 230
16 Sat December 17 boxscore W 8-8 New England Patriots 21 10 20 331 143 188 2 18 351 186 165 2

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 28 QB 15 15 8-7-0 274 496 55.2 3309 17 3.4 19 3.8 86 6.7 5.6 12.1 220.6 71.4 30 237 5.84 4.86 5.7 1 1
8 Gary Kubiak 27 qb 16 1 0-1-0 43 69 62.3 497 5 7.2 3 4.3 68 7.2 6.7 11.6 31.1 90.1 2 13 6.82 6.32 2.8 1 0
12 Ken Karcher 25 1 0 6 12 50.0 128 1 8.3 0 0.0 74 10.7 12.3 21.3 128.0 116.0 0 0 10.67 12.33 0.0
33 Tony Dorsett 34 RB 16 13 1 2 50.0 7 1 50.0 0 0.0 7 3.5 13.5 7.0 0.4 97.9 0 0 3.50 13.50 0.0
84 Ricky Nattiel 22 PR/WR 15 11 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 25 rb 16 3 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 26.8 16 8-8-0 324 581 55.8 3941 24 4.1 22 3.8 86 6.8 5.9 12.2 246.3 74.8 32 250 6.02 5.19 5.2 2 1
Opp Total 16 262 467 56.1 3168 18 3.9 16 3.4 6.8 6.01 12.1 198.0 75.7 36 235 5.8 5.1 7.2

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
33 Tony Dorsett 34 RB 16 13 181 703 5 26 3.9 43.9 11.3 16 122 7.6 0 16 1.0 7.6 825 5 6
23 Sammy Winder 29 FB 16 12 149 543 4 35 3.6 33.9 9.3 17 103 6.1 1 14 1.1 6.4 646 5 1
7 John Elway 28 QB 15 15 54 234 1 26 4.3 15.6 3.6 234 1 7
30 Steve Sewell 25 rb 16 3 32 135 1 26 4.2 8.4 2.0 38 507 13.3 5 68 2.4 31.7 642 6 2
8 Gary Kubiak 27 qb 16 1 17 65 0 15 3.8 4.1 1.1 65 0 3
47 Gerald Willhite 29 rb 11 1 13 39 2 7 3.0 3.5 1.2 32 238 7.4 0 15 2.9 21.6 277 2 2
35 Ken Bell 24 KR 16 0 9 36 0 6 4.0 2.3 0.6 36 0 2
84 Ricky Nattiel 22 PR/WR 15 11 5 51 0 29 10.2 3.4 0.3 46 574 12.5 1 74 3.1 38.3 625 1 3
82 Vance Johnson 25 WR 16 13 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 68 896 13.2 5 86 4.3 56.0 897 5 0
80 Mark Jackson 25 wr 12 4 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 46 852 18.5 6 63 3.8 71.0 857 6 1
87 Jason Johnson 23 8 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.4 0.1 1 6 6.0 0 6 0.1 0.8 9 0 1
32 Calvin Thomas 28 2 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0 0 0
88 Clarence Kay 27 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 34 352 10.4 4 27 2.4 25.1 352 4 1
89 Orson Mobley 25 te 16 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 218 10.4 2 28 1.3 13.6 218 2 1
85 Rick Massie 28 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 39 13.0 0 21 0.8 9.8 39 0 0
83 Sam Graddy 24 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 30 30.0 0 30 0.1 4.3 30 0 0
86 Pat Kelly 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.1 0.3 4 0 1
Team Total 26.8 16 464 1815 13 35 3.9 113.4 29.0 324 3941 12.2 24 86 20.3 246.3 5756 37 34
Opp Total 16 552 2538 21 4.6 158.6 34.5 262 2933 11.2 18 16.4 183.3 5471 39 23

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
35 Ken Bell 24 KR 16 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 36 762 0 38 21.2 802
84 Ricky Nattiel 22 PR/WR 15 11 23 223 0 24 9.7 6 124 0 25 20.7 972
87 Jason Johnson 23 8 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 14 292 0 34 20.9 306
27 Kevin Clark 24 3 0 13 115 0 16 8.8 115
47 Gerald Willhite 29 rb 11 1 13 90 0 12 6.9 367
31 Mike Harden 29 FS 16 16 2 14 0 14 7.0 1 9 0 9 9.0 23
23 Sammy Winder 29 FB 16 12 1 11 0 11 11.0 657
Team Total 26.8 16 53 451 0 24 8.5 58 1198 0 38 20.7 7405
Opp Total 16 33 364 1 11.0 52 1035 0 19.9

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
3 Rich Karlis 29 K 16 0 1 1 10 9 13 6 8 5 4 2 36 23 63.9% 37 36 97.3%
2 Mike Horan*+ 29 P 16 0 65 2861 70 0 44.0
7 John Elway 28 QB 15 15 3 117 40 0 39.0
Team Total 26.8 16 1 1 10 9 13 6 8 5 4 2 36 23 63.9% 37 36 97.3% 68 2978 70 0 43.8
Opp Total 16 27 21 77.8% 41 41 100.0% 84 3646 43.4

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
71 Greg Kragen 26 NT 16 16 2.5 0 0 1 0 0 140 0
73 Simon Fletcher 26 LOLB 16 16 9.0 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 115 0
49 Dennis Smith 29 SS 11 11 1.0 0 0 2 0 0 106 0
77 Karl Mecklenburg 28 LILB 9 9 1.0 102 0
56 Michael Brooks 24 lb 16 4 49 0
34 Tyrone Braxton 24 16 0 1.0 2 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 39 0
7 John Elway 28 QB 15 15 0 7 5 -9 0
33 Tony Dorsett 34 RB 16 13 0 6 1 0 0
48 Randy Robbins 26 ss 16 5 2.0 2 66 0 39 0 0 1 2 0 0
61 Andre Townsend 26 RDE 16 16 5.5 0 0 1 0 0
31 Mike Harden 29 FS 16 16 4 36 0 34 0 0 1 1 0 0
8 Gary Kubiak 27 qb 16 1 0 3 3 -9 0
75 Rulon Jones 30 16 0 5.0
30 Steve Sewell 25 rb 16 3 0 2 3 4 0
55 Rick Dennison 30 RILB 16 16 0.5 1 29 0 29 0 0 0 3 0 0
50 Jim Ryan 31 ROLB 16 14 3.5 0 0 1 0 0
84 Ricky Nattiel 22 PR/WR 15 11 0 3 1 0 0
45 Steve Wilson 31 db 12 2 2.0 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Ken Bell 24 KR 16 0 0 2 1 0 0
28 Jeremiah Castille 27 RCB 16 15 3 51 0 33 0
47 Gerald Willhite 29 rb 11 1 0 2 1 0 0
65 Walt Bowyer 28 LDE 16 11 1.0 1 1 0 1 0
36 Mark Haynes 30 LCB 15 15 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
80 Mark Jackson 25 wr 12 4 0 1 1 0 0
87 Jason Johnson 23 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
89 Orson Mobley 25 te 16 9 0 1 1 0 0
54 Keith Bishop 31 LG 16 10 0 1 0 -5 0
64 Bill Bryan 33 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
95 Steve Bryan 24 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
90 Freddie Gilbert 26 lde 13 5 1.0
88 Clarence Kay 27 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
86 Pat Kelly 23 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Sammy Winder 29 FB 16 12 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.8 16 36.0 16 200 0 39 0 0 34 34 -19 0 551 0
Opp Total 16 32 23 10 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 29 K 16 0 36 23 105
80 Mark Jackson 25 wr 12 4 6 6 36
30 Steve Sewell 25 rb 16 3 1 5 6 36
33 Tony Dorsett 34 RB 16 13 5 5 30
82 Vance Johnson 25 WR 16 13 5 5 30
23 Sammy Winder 29 FB 16 12 4 1 5 30
88 Clarence Kay 27 TE 14 14 4 4 24
89 Orson Mobley 25 te 16 9 2 2 12
47 Gerald Willhite 29 rb 11 1 2 2 12
7 John Elway 28 QB 15 15 1 1 6
84 Ricky Nattiel 22 PR/WR 15 11 1 1 6
Team Total 26.8 16 13 24 37 36 23 327
Opp Total 16 21 18 1 1 41 21 1 352