1974 Denver Broncos Season
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1974 Denver Broncos Season

1974 Denver Broncos season
OwnerGerald Phipps
Head coachJohn Ralston
General managerJohn Ralston
Home fieldMile High Stadium
Results
Record7-6-1
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1974 Denver Broncos season was the team's 15th year in professional football and its fifth with the National Football League (NFL). Led by third-year head coach and general manager John Ralston, the Broncos had a winning record for the second straight season with seven wins, six losses, and one tie, which was fifth-best in the conference.

Denver finished second in the AFC West, but 4½ games behind the Oakland Raiders, who clinched in mid-November,[1] and 1½ games behind the wild card Buffalo Bills. In their fifteen years of existence, the Broncos had yet to reach the postseason.

The team played at Detroit on Thanksgiving and won in the final NFL game at Tiger Stadium;[2] the Lions moved north to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1974 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Randy Gradishar *  LB Ohio State
2 42 Carl Wafer  DT Tennessee State
3 68 Claudie Minor  T San Diego State
4 92 Ozell Collie  DB Colorado
6 145 John Winesberry  WR Stanford
10 248 Charlie Johnson  DB Southern
11 276 Steve Buchanan  RB Holy Cross
12 301 Larry Cameron  LB Alcorn A&M
13 326 John Clerkley  DT Fort Valley State
14 354 Rich Marks  DB Northern Illinois
15 379 Peil Pennington  QB Massachusetts
16 404 Darrell Austin  T South Carolina
17 432 Boyd Brown  TE Alcorn A&M
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

Source:[3]

Roster

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Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 15 Los Angeles Rams L 10-17 Mile High Stadium 0-1
51,121
2 September 22 Pittsburgh Steelers T 35-35 (OT) Mile High Stadium 0-1-1
51,068
3 September 30 at Washington Redskins L 3-30 RFK Stadium 0-2-1
54,395
4 October 6 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17-14 Arrowhead Stadium 1-2-1
67,298
5 October 13 New Orleans Saints W 33-17 Mile High Stadium 2-2-1
50,881
6 October 20 San Diego Chargers W 27-7 Mile High Stadium 3-2-1
50,928
7 October 27 at Cleveland Browns L 21-23 Cleveland Stadium 3-3-1
60,478
8 November 3 Oakland Raiders L 17-28 Mile High Stadium 3-4-1
45,946
9 November 10 at Baltimore Colts W 17-6 Memorial Stadium 4-4-1
33,244
10 November 18 Kansas City Chiefs L 34-42 Mile High Stadium 4-5-1
50,236
11 November 24 at Oakland Raiders W 20-17 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 5-5-1
51,224
12 November 28 at Detroit Lions W 31-27 Tiger Stadium 6-5-1
51,157
13 December 8 Houston Oilers W 37-14 Mile High Stadium 7-5-1
46,942
14 December 15 at San Diego Chargers L 0-17 San Diego Stadium 7-6-1
36,571

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 .857 5-1 9-2 355 228 W3
Denver Broncos 7 6 1 .536 3-3 5-4-1 302 294 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 2-4 4-7 233 293 L2
San Diego Chargers 5 9 0 .357 2-4 4-7 212 285 W2

References

  1. ^ a b "Third-period blitz spurs Chiefs, 42-34". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 19, 1974. p. 3C.
  2. ^ a b "Broncs boot Lions with onside kick". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 29, 1974. p. 20.
  3. ^ 1974 Denver Broncos Media Guide. p. 4. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "'The Redskins are back' - Allen". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 1, 1974. p. 1B.

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