1963 Denver Broncos season
The 1963 Denver Broncos season was the fourth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). They finished with a record of two wins, eleven losses, and one tie, and finished fourth in the AFL's Western Division, and also the worst record in the league. The Broncos went winless in their final 10 games of the season.
|1963 Denver Broncos season|
|Head coach||Jack Faulkner|
|General manager||Jack Faulkner|
|Home field||Bears Stadium|
University of Denver Stadium (1st game)
|Division place||4th AFL Western|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The Broncos had the fewest passing yards in the AFL in 1963, throwing for only 2,487 yards, or 177.6 yards per game. For comparison, the league's top passing team — the Houston Oilers — threw for 229.2 yards per game. Curiously, Broncos wide receiver Lionel Taylor led the league with 78 receptions.
The Broncos allowed 473 points in 1963, the most in the history of the AFL, and second most all time for a 14-game season. The Broncos' 40 passing touchdowns allowed in 1963 were the most in the history of pro football until the New Orleans Saints broke the record in 2015.
|1963 Denver Broncos staff|
|1||September 7||Kansas City Chiefs||L, 7–59||University of Denver Stadium||0–1–0|
|2||September 14||at Houston Oilers||L, 14–20||Jeppesen Stadium||0–2–0|
|4||September 29||Boston Patriots||W, 14–10||Bears Stadium||1–2–0|
|5||October 6||San Diego Chargers||W, 50–34||Bears Stadium||2–2–0|
|6||October 13||Houston Oilers||L, 24–33||Bears Stadium||2–3–0|
|7||October 18||at Boston Patriots||L, 21–40||Fenway Park||2–4–0|
|8||October 26||at New York Jets||T, 35–35||Polo Grounds||2–4–1|
|9||November 3||Buffalo Bills||L, 28–30||Bears Stadium||2–5–1|
|10||November 9||at Buffalo Bills||L, 17–27||War Memorial Stadium||2–6–1|
|11||November 17||New York Jets||L, 9–14||Bears Stadium||2–7–1|
|12||November 28||Oakland Raiders||L, 10–26||Bears Stadium||2–8–1|
|13||December 7||at Kansas City Chiefs||L, 21–52||Municipal Stadium||2–9–1|
|14||December 15||at Oakland Raiders||L, 31–35||Frank Youell Field||2–10–1|
|15||December 22||at San Diego Chargers||L, 20–58||Balboa Stadium||2–11–1|
|AFL Western Division|
|San Diego Chargers||11||3||0||.786||3–3||399||255||W2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||7||2||.417||2–4||347||263||W3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1963 AFL Leaders and Leaderboards
- Only the 1966 New York Giants of the National Football League surrendered more in fourteen games.Pro-Football-Reference: In a single season, from 1960 to 1977, in the regular season, sorted by descending Points Allowed