1973 Denver Broncos season

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1973 Denver Broncos season
Head coach John Ralston
General manager John Ralston
Owner Gerald Phipps
Home field Mile High Stadium
Results
Record 7–5–2
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1972 1974 >

The 1973 Denver Broncos season was the team's 14th year in professional football and its fourth with the National Football League (NFL). For the first time in franchise history, the team posted a winning record of seven wins, five losses, and two ties. One of these ties, in their first-ever game with the Cardinals,[1] was the nearest they would come to losing to that franchise until 2010,[1] and also their only NFL appearance in St. Louis until 2000 against the relocated Rams at Edward Jones Dome.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1973 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – John Ralston

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Backfield – Max Coley
  • Wide Receivers – Dick Coury
  • Offensive Line – Jerry Frei
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


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Roster[edit]

1973 Denver Broncos roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams


Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 16 Cincinnati Bengals W 28–10 Mile High Stadium 1–0
49,059
2 September 23 San Francisco 49ers L 34–36 Mile High Stadium 1–1
50,966
3 September 30 Chicago Bears L 14–33 Mile High Stadium 1–2
51,159
4 October 7 at Kansas City Chiefs L 14–16 Arrowhead Stadium 1–3
71,414
5 October 14 at Houston Oilers W 48–20 Astrodome 2–3
32,801
6 October 22 Oakland Raiders T 23–23 Mile High Stadium 2–3–1
51,270
7 October 28 at New York Jets W 40–28 Shea Stadium 3–3–1
55,108
8 November 4 at St. Louis Cardinals T 17–17 Busch Memorial Stadium 3–3–2
46,565
9 November 11 San Diego Chargers W 30–19 Mile High Stadium 4–3–2
51,034
10 November 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–13 Three Rivers Stadium 5–3–2
48,580
11 November 25 Kansas City Chiefs W 14–10 Mile High Stadium 6–3–2
51,331
12 December 2 Dallas Cowboys L 10–22 Mile High Stadium 6–4–2
51,508
13 December 9 at San Diego Chargers W 42–28 San Diego Stadium 7–4–2
44,954
14 December 16 at Oakland Raiders L 17–21 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 7–5–2
51,910

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 9 4 1 .679 4–1–1 7–3–1 292 175 W4
Kansas City Chiefs 7 5 2 .571 4–2 6–4–1 231 192 W1
Denver Broncos 7 5 2 .571 3–2–1 7–2–1 354 296 L1
San Diego Chargers 2 11 1 .179 0–6 1–9–1 188 386 L4

Awards and honors[edit]

  • UPI AFC Coach of the Year: John Ralston

References[edit]

External links[edit]