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1981 Denver Broncos (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Western Division 10-6-0 .625
Head Coach: Dan Reeves
Defensive CoordinatorJoe Collier
ReceiversRod Dowhower
Offensive LineJerry Frei
Defensive LineStan Jones
Running BacksCharlie Lee
Defensive SecondaryRichie McCabe
Special AssistantNick Nicolau
Tight EndsFran Polsfoot
LinebackersBob Zeman
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun9/6/1981HOakland Raiders9-7WDenver, COMile High Stadium74796
Fri8/7/1981HNew York Jets7-33LDenver, COMile High Stadium63644
Sun9/13/1981ASeattle Seahawks10-13LSeattle, WAKingdome58513
Sat8/15/1981AMiami Dolphins14-24LMiami, FLOrange Bowl41502
Sun9/20/1981HBaltimore Colts28-10WDenver, COMile High Stadium74804
Sat8/22/1981HGreen Bay Packers17-7WDenver, COMile High Stadium72450
Sun9/27/1981HSan Diego Chargers42-24WDenver, COMile High Stadium74844
Sat8/29/1981ACincinnati Bengals24-20WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium41713
Sun10/4/1981AOakland Raiders17-0WOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum51035
Sun10/11/1981HDetroit Lions27-21WDenver, COMile High Stadium74509
Sun10/18/1981AKansas City Chiefs14-28LKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium74672
Sun10/25/1981ABuffalo Bills7-9LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium77757
Mon11/2/1981HMinnesota Vikings19-17WDenver, COMile High Stadium74834
Sun11/8/1981HCleveland Browns23-20WOTDenver, COMile High Stadium74859
Sun11/15/1981ATampa Bay Buccaneers24-7WTampa, FLTampa Stadium64518
Sun11/22/1981ACincinnati Bengals21-38LCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium57207
Sun11/29/1981ASan Diego Chargers17-34LSan Diego, CAJack Murphy Stadium51533
Sun12/6/1981HKansas City Chiefs16-13WDenver, COMile High Stadium74744
Sun12/13/1981HSeattle Seahawks23-13WDenver, COMile High Stadium74527
Sun12/20/1981AChicago Bears24-35LChicago, ILSoldier Field40125
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
77Greg BoydDE6'628029Fresno CC; San Diego State150
64Billy BryanC6'225526Duke1414
58Steve BusickLB6'422723Southern California160
35Larry CanadaRB6'222527Wisconsin160
68Rubin CarterNT6'025429Miami (Florida)1616
79Barney ChavousLDE6'325430South Carolina State1616
73Kelvin ClarkOT6'326525Nebraska163
17Steve DeBergQB6'321027Fullerton JC; San Jose State141
85Ron EgloffTE6'522726Wisconsin166
56Larry EvansLILB6'221728Mississippi College1616
43Steve FoleyFS6'319028Tulane1613
62Tom GlassicLOG6'325427Virginia1616
53Randy GradisharRILB6'323329Ohio State1616
31Mike HardenS6'119222Michigan163
60Paul HowardROG6'326031Brigham Young1615
65Glenn HydeOG-OT-C6'325530Pittsburgh162
57Tom JacksonROLB5'1122030Louisville1616
73Rulon JonesRDE6'626023Utah State1616
22Aaron KyleRCB5'1118527Wyoming1616
76Ken LanierOT6'327322Florida State81
72Don LatimerNT6'325926Miami (Florida)160
41Rob LytleRB5'1119627Michigan160
83Wade ManningWR5'1119026Ohio State160
66Brison ManorDE6'424829Pratt CC; Arkansas160
59Mark MerrillLB6'423826Minnesota150
71Claudie MinorROT6'427830Mount San Antonio JC; San Diego CC; San Diego State1313
7Craig MortonQB6'421338California1515
25Haven MosesWR6'220035Los Angeles Harbor JC; San Diego State166
88Riley OdomsTE6'423031Houston1515
24Rick ParrosFB5'1120223Utah State1616
46Dave PrestonRB5'1119526Bowling Green State1614
11Luke PrestridgeP6'423525Baylor160
32Tony ReedRB5'1119726Antelope Valley JC; Colorado150
50Jim RyanLB6'121824William & Mary160
49Dennis SmithS6'320022Southern California164
45Perry SmithCB6'019330Colorado Mesa; Colorado State124
39Roland SolomonCB5'1118025Utah40
19Fred SteinfortK5'1118028Boston College160
70Dave StuddardLOT6'426026Texas1616
51Bob SwensonLOLB6'322228California1616
36Billy ThompsonSS6'120035Maryland-Eastern Shore1616
37Steve TrimbleCB5'1119023Maryland30
80Rick UpchurchWR5'1017329Indian Hills JC; Minnesota1310
81Steve WatsonWR6'419524Temple1613
87Jim WrightTE6'324025Blinn JC; Texas Christian160
20Louis WrightLCB6'320028Arizona State; Bakersfield CC; San Jose State88
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Dennis Smith115DBSouthern California
Clay Brown242TEBrigham Young
Mark Herrmann498QBPurdue
Ken Lanier5125TFlorida State
Alvin Lewis6151RBColorado State
Steve Busick7181LBSouthern California
Rusty Olsen9234DEWashington
Pat Walker11290WRMiami (Florida)
John Hankerd12317LBNotre Dame
Mandel Robinson12321RBWyomingfrom DET
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals679174863
Opponents Totals638071750
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals32:2730691181348523037.099834
Opponents Totals27:33268103142237421933.8104949
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Fred Steinfort0363797.3173056.7087
Steve Watson130000078
Rob Lytle50000030
Riley Odoms50000030
Larry Canada40000024
Rick Parros30000018
Dave Preston30000018
Rick Upchurch30000018
Ron Egloff1000006
Haven Moses1000006
Jim Wright1000006
(Team)0020.00000
Team Totals39363992.3173056.70321
Opponents Totals35343597.1152755.60289
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Fred Steinfort173056.70/06/95/116/80/2
Team Totals173056.70/06/95/116/80/2
Opponents Totals152755.60/05/64/65/111/4
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Rick Parros1767494.3252
Dave Preston1836403.5233
Tony Reed681562.3100
Larry Canada331133.4113
Rob Lytle301063.5184
Rick Upchurch55611.2370
Steve DeBerg9404.4110
Craig Morton8182.350
Jim Wright11111.0110
Steve Watson263.060
Team Totals51518953.73712
Opponents Totals46720054.382t17
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Craig Morton37622559.813731958.514.295t215.6143.754394280190.5
Steve DeBerg1086459.3387977.412.54465.665.676773077.6
Tony Reed100.0000.000.01100.00000.0
Team Totals48528959.617539928.213.895t275.6214.361461353186.6
Opponents Totals49726753.720731686.411.965t132.6234.636295287362.8
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Steve Watson60124420.795t13
Dave Preston525079.8370
Riley Odoms3851613.6285
Tony Reed343179.3330
Rick Upchurch3255017.2633
Rick Parros252168.6261
Ron Egloff1723113.6401
Haven Moses1524616.4301
Rob Lytle6477.814t1
Wade Manning34916.3340
Larry Canada33712.3201
Jim Wright3227.3141
Dave Studdard11010.0100
Team Totals289399213.895t27
Opponents Totals267316811.965t13
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Steve Foley58116.2240
Randy Gradishar4389.5160
Billy Thompson4143.5140
Bob Swenson35317.7320
Aaron Kyle24020.0400
Mike Harden23417.0380
Dennis Smith16565.0650
Brison Manor11616.0160
Larry Evans111.010
Team Totals2334214.9650
Opponents Totals2140519.369t4
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Luke Prestridge86347840.4670520388299034.8
Team Totals86347840.4670520388299034.8
Opponents Totals88378943.1711922441316836.0
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Wade Manning4143789.2390
Rick Upchurch91637.0150
Aaron Kyle1000.000
Team Totals5154418.7390
Opponents Totals46173888.4260
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Wade Manning26051419.8310
Mike Harden11017816.2230
Rob Lytle508016.0240
Larry Canada20199.5130
Ron Egloff1077.070
Jim Ryan1022.020
Dave Preston1011.010
Team Totals47080117.0310
Opponents Totals47100721.4460
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Billy Bryan100000
Steve Busick0002230
Larry Canada110100
Rubin Carter0001100
Barney Chavous0001100
Steve DeBerg200000
Ron Egloff201160
Larry Evans0001100
Steve Foley0001100
Tom Glassic0010100
Mike Harden0001100
Tom Jackson0001100
Rulon Jones0001100
Aaron Kyle0004410
Don Latimer0001100
Rob Lytle100000
Wade Manning300000
Craig Morton200000
Haven Moses100000
Riley Odoms100000
Rick Parros610100
Dave Preston400000
Luke Prestridge100000
Tony Reed100000
Dennis Smith0002200
Bob Swenson0003300
Billy Thompson0002200
Steve Watson0020200
Jim Wright0010110
Louis Wright00011-50
Team Totals26206232960
Opponents Totals36231118291
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