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1985 Denver Broncos (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Western Division 11-5-0 .688
Head Coach: Dan Reeves
Special AssistantMarvin Bass
Assistant Head Coach/DefenseJoe Collier
Special Teams/Defensive AssistantChan Gailey
Head Offensive Line/Running GameAlex Gibbs
Defensive LineStan Jones
Strength and ConditioningAl Miller
LinebackersMyrel Moore
Running Backs/Play-Action Passing GameNick Nicolau
Offensive Coordinator/Wide ReceiversMike Shanahan
Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive LineRichard Urich
Defensive BacksCharlie West
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/10/1985HNew York Giants20-30LDenver, COMile High Stadium49374
Mon8/19/1985ASan Francisco 49ers20-13WSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park55425
Sat8/24/1985HIndianapolis Colts20-3WDenver, COMile High Stadium71406
Fri8/30/1985HMinnesota Vikings9-13LDenver, COMile High Stadium69373
Sun9/8/1985ALos Angeles Rams16-20LAnaheim, CAAnaheim Stadium52522
Sun9/15/1985HNew Orleans Saints34-23WDenver, COMile High Stadium74488
Sun9/22/1985AAtlanta Falcons44-28WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium37903
Sun9/29/1985HMiami Dolphins26-30LDenver, COMile High Stadium73614
Sun10/6/1985HHouston Oilers31-20WDenver, COMile High Stadium74699
Sun10/13/1985AIndianapolis Colts15-10WIndianapolis, INHoosier Dome60128
Sun10/20/1985HSeattle Seahawks13-10WOTDenver, COMile High Stadium74899
Sun10/27/1985AKansas City Chiefs30-10WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium68246
Sun11/3/1985ASan Diego Chargers10-30LSan Diego, CAJack Murphy Stadium57312
Mon11/11/1985HSan Francisco 49ers17-16WDenver, COMile High Stadium73173
Sun11/17/1985HSan Diego Chargers30-24WOTDenver, COMile High Stadium74376
Sun11/24/1985ALos Angeles Raiders28-31LOTLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum63131
Sun12/1/1985APittsburgh Steelers31-23WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium56797
Sun12/8/1985HLos Angeles Raiders14-17LOTDenver, COMile High Stadium75042
Sat12/14/1985HKansas City Chiefs14-13WDenver, COMile High Stadium69209
Fri12/20/1985ASeattle Seahawks27-24WSeattle, WAKingdome56283
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
85Mike BarberTE6'323532Louisiana Tech101
54Keith BishopLOG6'326528Nebraska; Baylor1414
64Billy BryanC6'225530Duke1616
58Steve BusickRILB6'422727Southern California1616
68Rubin CarterNT6'025433Miami (Florida)1616
79Barney ChavousLDE6'325434South Carolina State1615
59Darren ComeauxLB6'122725San Diego Mesa JC; Arizona State110
63Mark CooperOT-OG6'527325Miami (Florida)152
55Rick DennisonLILB6'322027Colorado State157
7John ElwayQB6'321425Stanford1616
73Simon FletcherDE-NT6'624023Houston161
43Steve FoleyFS6'319032Tulane1211
31Mike HardenSS6'119226Michigan1616
74Winford HoodROG6'326323Georgia163
60Paul HowardROG6'326035Brigham Young1615
98Ricky HunleyLB6'224424Arizona162
25Daniel HunterCB5'1117823Henderson State160
66Glenn HydeOG-C6'325534Pittsburgh110
28Roger JacksonS6'018626Bethune-Cookman90
57Tom JacksonROLB5'1122034Louisville125
86Butch JohnsonWR6'118731UC Riverside168
82Vance JohnsonWR5'1118122Arizona167
75Rulon JonesRDE6'626027Utah State1616
3Rich KarlisK6'018026Cincinnati160
88Clarence KayTE6'223724Georgia1616
71Greg KragenNT6'326523Utah State161
8Gary KubiakQB6'019224Texas A&M160
33Gene LangRB5'1019923Louisiana State122
76Ken LanierROT6'327326Florida State1616
22Tony LillyS6'019923Florida165
89Keli McGregorTE6'625223Colorado State20
77Karl MecklenburgLILB6'323225Augustana (South Dakota); Minnesota169
67Dean MiraldiOT6'527027Long Beach State; Utah100
1Chris NormanP6'219823South Carolina160
34Nathan PooleRB5'921029Louisville30
48Randy RobbinsS-CB6'218923Arizona101
50Jim RyanLOLB6'121828William & Mary1614
84Clint SampsonWR5'1118324Mount San Antonio JC; San Diego State160
30Steve SewellRB6'321022Oklahoma162
49Dennis SmithSS6'320026Southern California1312
70Dave StuddardLOT6'426030Texas1615
85Don SummersTE6'423524Oregon Tech; Boise State20
61Andre TownsendDE-NT6'326523Mississippi161
81Steve WatsonWR6'419528Temple1615
47Gerald WillhiteRB5'1020026American River JC; San Jose State154
45Steve WilsonRCB5'1019528Howard144
23Sammy WinderRB5'1120326Southern Mississippi1412
52Ken WoodardROLB6'122025Tuskegee169
87Jim WrightTE6'324029Blinn JC; Texas Christian1612
20Louis WrightLCB6'320032Arizona State; Bakersfield CC; San Jose State1515
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Steve Sewell126RBOklahoma
Vance Johnson231WRArizonafrom HOU
Keli McGregor4110TEColorado State
Billy Hinson5139GFloridafrom MIA
Dallas Cameron7194NTMiami (Florida)
Eric Riley8222DBFlorida State
Daryl Smith9249DBNorth Alabama
Buddy Funck10269QBNew Mexicofrom NE
Ron Anderson10278LBSouthern Methodist
Gary Rolle11306WRFlorida
Dan Lynch12334GWashington State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals82142391089
Opponents Totals4889102846
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals31:193391131923410225340.361060.085677
Opponents Totals28:41290103168197322931.982040.091953
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Rich Karlis0414493.2233860.50110
Sammy Winder80000048
Gene Lang70000042
Steve Sewell50000030
Steve Watson50000030
Clint Sampson40000024
Gerald Willhite40000024
Butch Johnson30000018
Vance Johnson30000018
Clarence Kay30000018
Mike Harden1000006
Jim Wright1000006
Louis Wright1000006
Team Totals45414493.2233860.50380
Opponents Totals36353697.2263378.80329
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Rich Karlis233860.52/27/96/118/110/5
Team Totals233860.52/27/96/118/110/5
Opponents Totals263378.81/111/1110/103/81/3
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Sammy Winder1997143.6428
Gene Lang843183.8265
Steve Sewell812753.4164
John Elway512535.0220
Gerald Willhite662373.6143
Vance Johnson10363.6140
Nathan Poole4123.060
Gary Kubiak166.060
Chris Norman100.000
Team Totals49718513.74220
Opponents Totals47519734.261t10
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
John Elway60532754.025538916.411.965t223.6233.838307358470.2
Gary Kubiak5240.036112.230.554t120.000.00061125.8
Gerald Willhite300.0300.000.000.000039.6
Vance Johnson100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Chris Norman100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Steve Sewell100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Sammy Winder100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals61732953.326539526.412.065t233.7233.738307364570.1
Opponents Totals54727750.624635866.612.973224.0244.447378320866.7
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Steve Watson6191515.0605
Vance Johnson5172114.163t3
Gerald Willhite352978.5211
Sammy Winder311976.4240
Clarence Kay2933911.7273
Jim Wright282468.8301
Clint Sampson2643216.6464
Steve Sewell242249.354t1
Gene Lang231807.8242
Butch Johnson1938020.065t3
Mark Cooper11313.0130
Mike Barber188.080
Team Totals329395212.065t23
Opponents Totals277358612.97322
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Harden510020.042t1
Louis Wright5448.8240
Steve Foley34715.7290
Dennis Smith34615.3390
Steve Wilson382.780
Tony Lilly242.040
Daniel Hunter12020.0200
Ken Woodard11818.0180
Randy Robbins133.030
Team Totals2429012.142t1
Opponents Totals2333214.4532
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Chris Norman92376440.96121216325319934.0
Team Totals94376440.06121216325319934.0
Opponents Totals94386841.16821119429321934.2
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Vance Johnson3062608.7380
Gerald Willhite16516910.6180
Team Totals46114299.3380
Opponents Totals38173258.6300
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Vance Johnson3074024.7390
Gene Lang1736121.2330
Gerald Willhite24020.0200
Daniel Hunter23316.5180
Steve Sewell12929.0290
Team Totals52120323.1390
Opponents Totals64134621.098t1
SACKSNOYDS
Karl Mecklenburg13.0
Rulon Jones10.0
Barney Chavous6.0
Andre Townsend5.0
Dennis Smith4.0
Ken Woodard3.0
Greg Kragen2.0
Jim Ryan1.0
Mike Harden1.0
Simon Fletcher1.0
Rubin Carter1.0
Team Totals47.0378.0
Opponents Totals38.0307.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Billy Bryan0010100
Steve Busick0001100
Rubin Carter0001160
Barney Chavous0001100
John Elway7202-350
Mike Harden0011250
Vance Johnson520200
Rulon Jones0003300
Clarence Kay110100
Gene Lang310100
Tony Lilly0001100
Karl Mecklenburg0001100
Chris Norman110100
Jim Ryan0001100
Steve Sewell110100
Dave Studdard0020200
Andre Townsend0001100
Gerald Willhite200000
Steve Wilson0001120
Sammy Winder410100
Jim Wright0010100
Team Totals2410141226-220
Opponents Totals221278150
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