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The 1978 Denver Broncos season was the team's 19th year in professional football and its ninth with the National Football League (NFL). The team finished first in the AFC West, and made the playoffs for the second straight season. The season ended with a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom they had lost to in the last game in the season at Mile High Stadium.

1978 Denver Broncos season
Head coachRed Miller
General managerFred Gehrke
Home fieldMile High Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st AFC West
Playoff finishLost AFC Divisional Playoff (Steelers) 10-33

The offense finished 15th in the league in scoring offense, while the defense finished 2nd in points allowed and 6th in yards allowed. [1]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1978 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


[2]

NFL DraftEdit

1978 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 27 Don Latimer  DT Miami (FL)
2 55 Bill Gay *  TE USC
8 221 Frank Smith  OT Alabama A&M
10 277 Vince Kinney  WR Maryland
11 305 Lacy Brumley  OT Clemson
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

RosterEdit

1978 Denver Broncos roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 3 Oakland Raiders W 14–6 Mile High Stadium 1–0
75,092
2 September 11 at Minnesota Vikings L 9–12 (OT) Metropolitan Stadium 1–1
46,508
3 September 17 San Diego Chargers W 27–14 Mile High Stadium 2–1
74,983
4 September 24 at Kansas City Chiefs W 23–17 (OT) Arrowhead Stadium 3–1
60,593
5 October 1 Seattle Seahawks W 28–7 Mile High Stadium 4–1
74,989
6 October 8 at San Diego Chargers L 0–23 San Diego Stadium 4–2
50,077
7 October 16 Chicago Bears W 16–7 Mile High Stadium 5–2
75,008
8 October 22 at Baltimore Colts L 6–7 Memorial Stadium 5–3
54,057
9 October 29 at Seattle Seahawks W 20–17 (OT) Kingdome 6–3
62,948
10 November 5 New York Jets L 28–31 Mile High Stadium 6–4
74,983
11 November 12 at Cleveland Browns W 19–7 Cleveland Stadium 7–4
70,856
12 November 19 Green Bay Packers W 16–3 Mile High Stadium 8–4
74,965
13 November 23 at Detroit Lions L 14–17 Pontiac Silverdome 8–5
71,785
14 December 3 at Oakland Raiders W 21–6 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 9–5
53,932
15 December 10 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–3 Mile High Stadium 10–5
74,149
16 December 16 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–24 Mile High Stadium 10–6
74,104

PlayoffsEdit

Round Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Divisional Playoffs December 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–33 Three Rivers Stadium
48,921

StandingsEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(3) 10 6 0 .625 7–1 8–4 282 198 L1
Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 .563 3–5 5–7 311 283 W1
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 345 358 W1
San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 355 309 W3
Kansas City Chiefs 4 12 0 .250 1–7 4–10 243 327 L2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/den/1978.htm#all_team_stats
  2. ^ 1978 Denver Broncos Media Guide. p. 4. Retrieved December 22, 2013.

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