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1979 Denver Broncos (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Western Division 10-6-0 .625
Head Coach: Red Miller
Special TeamsMarv Braden
Defensive CoordinatorJoe Collier
Offensive LineWhitey Dovell
Defensive LineStan Jones
LinebackersRichie McCabe
QuarterbacksBabe Parilli
ReceiversFran Polsfoot
Offensive BacksPaul Roach
Defensive BacksBob Zeman
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/4/1979ADallas Cowboys6-7LIrving, TXTexas Stadium61192
Sat8/11/1979HWashington Redskins13-6WDenver, COMile High Stadium58799
Sat8/18/1979ASan Francisco 49ers21-0WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park34133
Fri8/24/1979HNew England Patriots20-17WOTDenver, COMile High Stadium75103
Sun9/2/1979HCincinnati Bengals10-0WDenver, COMile High Stadium74788
Thu9/6/1979HLos Angeles Rams9-13LDenver, COMile High Stadium74884
Sun9/16/1979AAtlanta Falcons20-17WOTAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium57677
Sun9/23/1979HSeattle Seahawks37-34WDenver, COMile High Stadium74879
Sun9/30/1979AOakland Raiders3-27LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum52632
Sun10/7/1979HSan Diego Chargers7-0WDenver, COMile High Stadium74997
Sun10/14/1979AKansas City Chiefs24-10WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium74292
Mon10/22/1979APittsburgh Steelers7-42LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium49699
Sun10/28/1979HKansas City Chiefs20-3WDenver, COMile High Stadium74908
Sun11/4/1979HNew Orleans Saints10-3WDenver, COMile High Stadium74482
Sun11/11/1979HNew England Patriots45-10WDenver, COMile High Stadium74379
Sun11/18/1979ASan Francisco 49ers38-28WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park42910
Sun11/25/1979HOakland Raiders10-14LDenver, COMile High Stadium74186
Sun12/2/1979ABuffalo Bills19-16WOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium37886
Sat12/8/1979ASeattle Seahawks23-28LSeattle, WAKingdome60038
Mon12/17/1979ASan Diego Chargers7-17LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium51906
Sun12/23/1979AHouston Oilers7-13LHouston, TXAstrodome48776AFC Wild Card Playoff
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
24Otis ArmstrongRB5-1019629Purdue151
47George AtkinsonS6-018132Morris Brown60
55Ken BrownC6-125025New Mexico160
64Billy BryanC6-225524Duke1616
35Larry CanadaRB6-222525Wisconsin160
68Rubin CarterNT6-025427Miami (Florida)1515
79Barney ChavousLDE6-325428South Carolina State1616
73Kelvin ClarkOT6-326523Nebraska150
31Zachary DixonRB6-020023Dean JC; Temple50
82Jack DolbinWR5-1018031Wake Forest40
85Ron EgloffTE6-522724Wisconsin164
56Larry EvansROLB6-221726Mississippi College164
43Steve FoleyRCB6-319026Tulane1616
62Tom GlassicLOG6-325425Virginia1616
53Randy GradisharRILB6-323327Ohio State1615
63John GrantDE6-323529Southern California160
60Paul HowardROG6-326029Brigham Young1616
65Glenn HydeOG6-325528Pittsburgh160
29Bernie JacksonWS6-017329Los Angeles Pierce JC; Washington State129
57Tom JacksonROLB5-1122028Louisville1313
30Jim JensenRB6-323026Iowa167
32Jon KeyworthRB6-323029Colorado169
84Vince KinneyWR6-219023Maryland150
75Kit LathropDE6-426023West Valley JC; Arizona State90
72Don LatimerNT6-325924Miami (Florida)151
41Rob LytleRB5-1119625Michigan1512
66Brison ManorRDE6-424827Pratt CC; Arkansas1616
71Claudie MinorROT6-427828Mount San Antonio JC; San Diego CC; San Diego State1616
7Craig MortonQB6-421336California1410
25Haven MosesWR6-220033Los Angeles Harbor JC; San Diego State1616
58Rob NairneLILB6-422725Oregon State104
88Riley OdomsTE6-423029Houston1312
23Chris PaneCB5-1118426Chabot JC; Chico State160
12Craig PenroseQB6-321126Colorado; San Diego State20
46Dave PrestonRB5-1119524Bowling Green State103
11Luke PrestridgeP6-423523Baylor160
78Bruce RadfordDE6-525724Grambling State160
59Joe RizzoLILB6-122029Merchant Marine1312
50Jim RyanLB6-121822William & Mary160
19Fred SteinfortK5-1118026Boston College10
70Dave StuddardLOT6-426024Texas1616
51Bob SwensonLOLB6-322226California1616
36Billy ThompsonSS6-120033Maryland-Eastern Shore1616
15Jim TurnerK6-220638Utah State160
80Rick UpchurchWR5-1017327Indian Hills JC; Minnesota1616
81Steve WatsonWR6-419522Temple160
14Norris WeeseQB6-119528Mississippi166
40Charlie WestWS-SS6-119033Angelo State; Texas-El Paso167
20Louis WrightLCB6-320026Arizona State; Bakersfield CC; San Jose State1616
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Kelvin Clark122TNebraska
Bruce Radford377DEGrambling State
Charles Jefferson4105DBMcNeese State
Rick Leach5132QBMichigan
Jeff McIntyre6148LBArizona Statefrom DET
Luke Prestridge7188PBaylor
Charlie Taylor9242WRRice
Zachary Dixon11297RBTemple
Dave Jacobs12325KSyracuse
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals648399403
Opponents Totals3710744740
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals306130149277722234.7116996
Opponents Totals273100146279524838.31181033
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Jim Turner0323494.1132161.9071
Rick Upchurch70000042
Haven Moses60000036
Rob Lytle40000024
Otis Armstrong30000018
Norris Weese30000018
Jim Jensen20000012
Dave Preston20000012
Rubin Carter1000006
Jon Keyworth1000006
Craig Morton1000006
Rob Nairne1000006
Riley Odoms1000006
Dave Studdard1000006
Bob Swenson1000006
Billy Thompson1000006
Louis Wright1000006
(Team)0020.00012
Team Totals36323688.9132161.91289
Opponents Totals313131100.0152657.70262
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Jim Turner132161.91/17/94/81/30/0
Team Totals132161.91/17/94/81/30/0
Opponents Totals152657.70/09/104/72/80/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Otis Armstrong1084534.2262
Jim Jensen1064003.8301
Rob Lytle1023713.6194
Jon Keyworth813234.0171
Dave Preston431693.9181
Larry Canada361434.0170
Norris Weese181166.4203
Luke Prestridge12929.0290
Rick Upchurch3175.7180
Craig Morton23130.671
Zachary Dixon393.070
Riley Odoms1-7-7.0-70
Team Totals52520363.93013
Opponents Totals50216933.47216
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Craig Morton37020455.114726267.112.964t164.3195.130241238570.6
Norris Weese975354.6417317.513.85011.033.1138664569.6
Jon Keyworth11100.003232.032.032t1100.000.00032158.3
Dave Preston100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Luke Prestridge100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Rick Upchurch100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Craig Penrose5240.02448.822.02900.0120.0004432.5
Team Totals47626054.619334337.213.264t183.8234.843327310670.1
Opponents Totals51229657.819733216.511.265112.1193.719162315969.0
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Rick Upchurch6493714.6477
Haven Moses5494317.564t6
Riley Odoms4063816.0451
Jim Jensen191447.625t1
Dave Preston191377.2191
Jon Keyworth181327.3180
Otis Armstrong141389.9171
Rob Lytle13937.2120
Steve Watson68313.8220
Ron Egloff57014.0220
Jack Dolbin37424.7450
Larry Canada33612.0150
Jim Turner166.060
Dave Studdard122.02t1
Team Totals260343313.264t18
Opponents Totals296332111.26511
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Steve Foley6142.370
Billy Thompson45714.3280
Bob Swenson300.000
Joe Rizzo22512.5250
Louis Wright22010.0150
Tom Jackson13434.0340
Charlie West12626.0260
Bernie Jackson01313L0
Team Totals191899.9340
Opponents Totals2329112.750t1
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Luke Prestridge89355539.9630717480293533.0
Team Totals89355539.9630717480293533.0
Opponents Totals88370542.16201524401300434.1
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Rick Upchurch30430410.1440
Dave Preston717811.1220
Chris Pane53204.0100
Charlie West10-1-1.0-10
Team Totals4384019.3440
Opponents Totals52114809.2330
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Chris Pane1835419.7200
Dave Preston1333625.8370
Rick Upchurch57915.8260
Bernie Jackson45313.3210
Zachary Dixon35317.7240
Larry Canada33110.3180
John Grant12525.0250
Otis Armstrong12121.0210
Vince Kinney11414.0140
Ron Egloff100.000
Team Totals5096619.3370
Opponents Totals57117320.685t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Otis Armstrong210100
Ken Brown0010100
Billy Bryan0020200
Larry Canada2112-50
Rubin Carter0002221
Zachary Dixon100000
Steve Foley100000
Tom Glassic0010100
Randy Gradishar0001180
John Grant0001100
Tom Jackson00022700
Jim Jensen200000
Jon Keyworth410100
Don Latimer0001140
Rob Lytle130300
Brison Manor0001100
Craig Morton9202-110
Chris Pane100000
Dave Preston100000
Bruce Radford0001100
Joe Rizzo0001100
Jim Ryan0001100
Bob Swenson1044931
Billy Thompson00112281
Rick Upchurch510100
Norris Weese400000
Charlie West0001100
Louis Wright00101821
Team Totals34191518332714
Opponents Totals30181017272
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