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1977 Denver Broncos (NFL)
1st place American Football Conference Western Division 12-2-0 .857
Head Coach: Red Miller
Marv Braden Special Teams
Joe Collier Defensive Coordinator
Bob Gambold Defensive Backs
Ken Gray Offensive Line
Stan Jones Defensive Line
Myrel Moore Linebackers/Special Teams
Babe Parilli Quarterbacks
Fran Polsfoot Receivers
Paul Roach Offensive Backs
SCORES
Day Date Opponent Score Location Venue Attendance Notes
Fri 8/5/1977 H Baltimore Colts 14-8 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 40059
Sat 8/13/1977 H St. Louis Cardinals 15-7 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 44001
Sat 8/20/1977 A Atlanta Falcons 10-2 W Atlanta, GA Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 21239
Sun 8/28/1977 A Philadelphia Eagles 24-28 L Philadelphia, PA Veterans Stadium 29532
Fri 9/2/1977 A Seattle Seahawks 27-10 W Seattle, WA Kingdome 54916
Sat 9/10/1977 A San Francisco 49ers 20-0 W San Francisco, CA Candlestick Park 36441
Sun 9/18/1977 H St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 75002
Sun 9/25/1977 H Buffalo Bills 26-6 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 74737
Sun 10/2/1977 A Seattle Seahawks 24-13 W Seattle, WA Kingdome 53108
Sun 10/9/1977 H Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 74718
Sun 10/16/1977 A Oakland Raiders 30-7 W Oakland, CA Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 53616
Sun 10/23/1977 A Cincinnati Bengals 24-13 W Cincinnati, OH Riverfront Stadium 54395
Sun 10/30/1977 H Oakland Raiders 14-24 L Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 75007
Sun 11/6/1977 H Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 74697
Sun 11/13/1977 A San Diego Chargers 17-14 W San Diego, CA San Diego Stadium 45211
Sun 11/20/1977 A Kansas City Chiefs 14-7 W Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium 54050
Sun 11/27/1977 H Baltimore Colts 27-13 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 74939
Sun 12/4/1977 A Houston Oilers 24-14 W Houston, TX Astrodome 46875
Sun 12/11/1977 H San Diego Chargers 17-9 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 74905
Sun 12/18/1977 A Dallas Cowboys 6-14 L Irving, TX Texas Stadium 63752
Sat 12/24/1977 H Pittsburgh Steelers 34-21 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 75011 AFC Divisional Playoff
Sun 1/1/1978 H Oakland Raiders 20-17 W Denver, CO Mile High Stadium 74982 AFC Championship
Sun 1/15/1978 H Dallas Cowboys 10-27 L New Orleans, LA Louisiana Superdome 75583 Super Bowl XII
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
ROSTER
No Player Pos Ht Wt Age College GP GS
73 Hank Allison OT 6-3 255 30 Sequoias JC; San Diego State 3 0
77 Lyle Alzado RDE 6-3 254 28 Yankton 14 14
24 Otis Armstrong RB 5-10 196 27 Purdue 10 10
54 Rick Baska LB 6-3 225 25 UCLA 4 0
72 Billy Bryan C 6-2 255 22 Duke 1 0
68 Rubin Carter NT 6-0 254 25 Miami (Florida) 14 14
79 Barney Chavous LDE 6-3 254 26 South Carolina State 13 11
10 Bucky Dilts P 5-9 183 24 Georgia 14 0
82 Jack Dolbin WR 5-10 180 29 Wake Forest 14 13
85 Ron Egloff TE 6-5 227 22 Wisconsin 13 0
56 Larry Evans RLB 6-2 217 24 Mississippi College 14 0
43 Steve Foley RCB 6-3 190 24 Tulane 13 13
62 Tom Glassic LOG 6-3 254 23 Virginia 14 14
53 Randy Gradishar RILB 6-3 233 25 Ohio State 14 14
63 John Grant NT 6-3 235 27 Southern California 14 0
60 Paul Howard ROG 6-3 260 27 Brigham Young 14 14
65 Glenn Hyde LOT-ROT 6-3 255 26 Pittsburgh 14 0
29 Bernie Jackson WS 6-0 173 27 Los Angeles Pierce JC; Washington State 14 13
57 Tom Jackson ROLB 5-11 220 26 Louisville 13 13
30 Jim Jensen RB 6-3 230 24 Iowa 11 0
32 Jon Keyworth RB 6-3 230 27 Colorado 11 9
33 Jim Kiick RB 5-11 215 31 Wyoming 3 0
41 Rob Lytle RB 5-11 196 23 Michigan 14 4
66 Brison Manor LDE 6-4 248 25 Pratt CC; Arkansas 13 1
50 Bobby Maples C 6-3 247 35 Baylor 14 0
74 Andy Maurer LOT 6-3 255 29 Oregon 13 13
71 Claudie Minor ROT 6-4 278 26 Mount San Antonio JC; San Diego CC; San Diego State 14 14
52 Mike Montler C 6-4 260 33 Colorado 14 14
7 Craig Morton QB 6-4 213 34 California 14 14
25 Haven Moses WR 6-2 200 31 Los Angeles Harbor JC; San Diego State 14 14
58 Rob Nairne LLB 6-4 227 23 Oregon State 13 0
88 Riley Odoms TE 6-4 230 27 Houston 14 14
23 Chris Pane RCB-LCB-FS 5-11 184 24 Chabot JC; Chico State 11 1
13 Craig Penrose QB 6-3 211 24 Colorado; San Diego State 8 0
35 Lonnie Perrin RB 6-1 222 25 Illinois 14 5
21 Randy Poltl WS-SS 6-3 190 25 Stanford 14 1
26 Larry Riley LCB 5-10 195 23 Salem 5 0
59 Joe Rizzo LILB 6-1 220 27 Merchant Marine 13 12
67 Steve Schindler LOT-LOG-ROG 6-3 255 23 Boston College 14 1
86 John Schultz WR 5-10 182 24 Maryland 14 0
70 Paul Smith LDE-RDE-DT 6-3 254 32 New Mexico 12 2
51 Bob Swenson LOLB 6-3 222 24 California 14 14
36 Billy Thompson SS 6-1 200 31 Maryland-Eastern Shore 14 14
55 Godwin Turk LILB-ROLB-RILB 6-3 230 27 California; Southern University 13 3
15 Jim Turner K 6-2 206 36 Utah State 14 0
80 Rick Upchurch WR 5-10 173 25 Indian Hills JC; Minnesota 14 1
14 Norris Weese QB-P 6-1 195 26 Mississippi 13 0
20 Louis Wright LCB 6-3 200 24 Arizona State; Bakersfield CC; San Jose State 14 14
DRAFT LIST
Round Overall Player Pos College Notes
1 18 Steve Schindler G Boston College
2 45 Rob Lytle RB Michigan
4 101 Billy Bryan C Duke
7 185 Larry Swider P Pittsburgh
8 212 Calvin Culliver RB Alabama
9 241 Charles Jackson DT Washington
10 268 Oren Middlebrook WR Arkansas State
11 297 Phil Heck LB California
12 324 Scott Levenhagen TE Western Illinois
SCORING BY QUARTERS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT
Team Totals 68 72 60 74
Opponents Totals 45 46 40 17
TEAM STATS TOP 1ST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty 3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY 4TH DOWN EFFICIENCY PEN YDS
Team Totals 223 101 107 15 72/210 34.3% / % 91 883
Opponents Totals 217 77 123 17 71/221 32.1% / % 97 718
SCORING TD X1 X1A PCT FG FGA PCT SAF PTS
Jim Turner 1 31 34 91.2 13 19 68.4 0 76
Otis Armstrong 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Craig Morton 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Haven Moses 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Lonnie Perrin 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Rick Upchurch 4 0 0 0 0 0 24
Jack Dolbin 3 0 0 0 0 0 18
Riley Odoms 3 0 0 0 0 0 18
Rob Lytle 2 0 0 0 0 0 12
Tom Jackson 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Jim Jensen 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Jon Keyworth 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Norris Weese 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Louis Wright 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Team Totals 34 31 34 91.2 13 19 68.4 0 274
Opponents Totals 18 16 18 88.9 8 22 36.4 0 148
FIELD GOALS MADE ATT PCT 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Jim Turner 13 19 68.4 0/0 3/4 7/10 3/5 0/0
Team Totals 13 19 68.4 0/0 3/4 7/10 3/5 0/0
Opponents Totals 8 22 36.4 1/1 2/3 1/5 4/9 0/4
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Otis Armstrong 130 489 3.8 35 4
Lonnie Perrin 110 456 4.1 62 3
Rob Lytle 104 408 3.9 21 1
Jon Keyworth 83 311 3.7 16 1
Jim Jensen 40 143 3.6 12 1
Craig Morton 31 125 4.0 15 4
Norris Weese 11 56 5.1 21 1
Craig Penrose 4 24 6.0 17 0
Rick Upchurch 1 19 19.0 19t 1
Jack Dolbin 2 12 6.0 14 0
Jim Kiick 1 1 1.0 1 0
Bucky Dilts 1 0 0.0 0 0
Haven Moses 5 -1 -0.2 8 0
Team Totals 523 2043 3.9 62 16
Opponents Totals 470 1531 3.3 65 5
PASSING ATT COM PCT INC YDS Y/ATT Y/COM LG TD TD% INT INT% TS YL NYP RTG
Craig Morton 254 131 51.6 115 1929 7.6 14.7 81t 14 5.5 8 3.1 43 338 1591 82.0
Norris Weese 20 11 55.0 9 119 6.0 10.8 31 1 5.0 0 0.0 2 15 104 89.4
Craig Penrose 39 21 53.8 14 217 5.6 10.3 35 0 0.0 4 10.3 5 49 168 30.6
Team Totals 313 163 52.1 138 2265 7.2 13.9 81t 15 4.8 12 3.8 50 402 1863 75.6
Opponents Totals 426 235 55.2 166 2556 6.0 10.9 51 11 2.6 25 5.9 35 312 2244 57.2
RECEIVING REC YDS AVG LG TD
Riley Odoms 37 429 11.6 33 3
Haven Moses 27 539 20.0 35 4
Jack Dolbin 26 443 17.0 81t 3
Otis Armstrong 18 128 7.1 20 0
Rob Lytle 17 198 11.6 47t 1
Rick Upchurch 12 245 20.4 45 2
Jon Keyworth 11 48 4.4 14 0
Lonnie Perrin 6 106 17.7 41t 1
Jim Jensen 4 63 15.8 34 0
Ron Egloff 2 27 13.5 20 0
Jim Kiick 2 14 7.0 11 0
Jim Turner 1 25 25.0 25t 1
Team Totals 163 2265 13.9 81t 15
Opponents Totals 235 2556 10.9 51 11
INTERCEPTIONS INT YDS AVG LG TD
Billy Thompson 5 122 24.4 38 0
Tom Jackson 4 95 23.8 73t 1
Louis Wright 3 128 42.7 59 1
Randy Gradishar 3 56 18.7 28 0
Joe Rizzo 3 49 16.3 38 0
Steve Foley 3 22 7.3 22 0
Bernie Jackson 1 13 13.0 13 0
Paul Smith 1 6 6.0 6 0
Larry Evans 1 0 0.0 0 0
Bob Swenson 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 25 491 19.6 73t 2
Opponents Totals 12 172 14.3 37 0
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG BL TB I20 RYDS NYDS NET
Bucky Dilts 90 3525 39.2 63 0 5 19 397 3028 33.6
Norris Weese 1 38 38.0 38 0 0 0 0 38 38.0
Team Totals 91 3563 39.2 63 0 5 19 397 3066 33.7
Opponents Totals 95 3868 40.7 74 9 13 712 2976 31.3
PUNT RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Rick Upchurch 51 6 653 12.8 87t 1
Chris Pane 6 2 48 8.0 14 0
John Schultz 1 0 11 11.0 11 0
Team Totals 58 8 712 12.3 87t 1
Opponents Totals 55 10 397 7.2 29 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO FC YDS AVG LG TD
Rick Upchurch 20 456 22.8 32 0
John Schultz 6 135 22.5 33 0
Lonnie Perrin 3 72 24.0 32 0
Chris Pane 1 16 16.0 16 0
Glenn Hyde 1 15 15.0 15 0
Jon Keyworth 1 15 15.0 15 0
John Grant 1 8 8.0 8 0
Rob Nairne 1 1 1.0 1 0
Jack Dolbin 0 14 14L 0
Team Totals 34 732 21.5 33 0
Opponents Totals 50 1084 21.7 41 0
FUMBLES NO LOST OWN OPP REC YDS TD
Lyle Alzado 0 0 0 3 3 1 0
Otis Armstrong 2 0 0 0 0 0
Bucky Dilts 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Ron Egloff 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Larry Evans 0 0 1 1 2 0 0
Tom Glassic 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Randy Gradishar 1 0 4 4 33 0
John Grant 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Paul Howard 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Tom Jackson 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Jensen 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Keyworth 2 0 0 0 0 0
Rob Lytle 2 0 0 0 0 0
Bobby Maples 1 0 0 0 -17 0
Craig Morton 7 3 0 3 -18 0
Haven Moses 1 1 1 2 0 0
Riley Odoms 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Pane 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lonnie Perrin 2 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Rizzo 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Paul Smith 0 0 0 1 1 18 0
Billy Thompson 0 0 1 2 3 16 0
Rick Upchurch 6 2 0 2 0 0
Team Totals 28 16 12 14 26 33 0
Opponents Totals 28 14 14 15 29 2
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