1983 Denver Broncos season

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1983 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Dan Reeves
General manager Hein Poulus
Owner Edgar Kaiser
Home field Mile High Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 Denver Broncos season was the team's 24th year in professional football and its 14th with the National Football League (NFL). The team finished the year with nine wins and seven losses, giving them 3rd place in the AFC West and their first playoff berth in four seasons. It was the third season for head coach Dan Reeves.

Before the season, the Broncos traded with the Baltimore Colts for the rights to first overall pick in the 1983 draft, quarterback John Elway. Elway would start ten games for the Broncos, winning four of them.[1] Elway's finest game as a rookie came in Week 15 against Baltimore—the team that drafted him. The Broncos were trailing 19–0 at the start of the fourth quarter, until Elway threw for three touchdowns in the final period to win the game, 21–19, keeping Denver's playoff hopes alive.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1983 Denver Broncos staff
Front office
  • Owner – Edgar Kaiser
  • Vice President/General Manager – Hein Poulus
  • Director of Football Operations – John Beake
  • Coordinator of College Scouting – Reed Johnson

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Fran Polsfoot

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – I. J. Gorman

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 4 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 14–10 Three Rivers Stadium 1–0
58,233
2 September 11 at Baltimore Colts W 17–10 Memorial Stadium 2–0
52,613
3 September 18 Philadelphia Eagles L 10–13 Mile High Stadium 2–1
74,202
4 September 25 Los Angeles Raiders L 7–22 Mile High Stadium 2–2
x74,289
5 October 2 at Chicago Bears L 14–31 Soldier Field 2–3
58,210
6 October 9 at Houston Oilers W 26–14 Astrodome 3–3
44,209
7 October 16 Cincinnati Bengals W 24–17 Mile High Stadium 4–3
74,305
8 October 23 San Diego Chargers W 14–6 Mile High Stadium 5–3
74,581
9 October 30 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24 Mile High Stadium 6–3
74,640
10 November 6 at Seattle Seahawks L 19–27 Kingdome 6–4
61,189
11 November 13 at Los Angeles Raiders L 20–22 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 6–5
51,945
12 November 20 Seattle Seahawks W 38–27 Mile High Stadium 7–5
74,710
13 November 27 at San Diego Chargers L 7–31 San Diego/Jack Murphy Stadium 7–6
43,650
14 December 4 Cleveland Browns W 27–6 Mile High Stadium 8–6
70,912
15 December 11 Baltimore Colts W 21–19 Mile High Stadium 9–6
74,864
16 December 18 at Kansas City Chiefs L 17–48 Arrowhead Stadium 9–7
11,377

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Broncos 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 0 7 3 0 10

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Week 2[edit]

Denver Broncos (1–0) at Baltimore Colts (0–1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 3 0 14 17
Colts 3 0 0 7 10


Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Los Angeles Raiders(1) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 10–2 442 338
Seattle Seahawks(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 403 397
Denver Broncos(5) 9 7 0 .563 3–5 9–5 302 327
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 358 462
Kansas City Chiefs 6 10 0 .375 2–6 4–8 386 367

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Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Wild Card Playoffs December 24 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–31 Kingdome
60,752

References[edit]

External links[edit]