1970 Denver Broncos season
|1970 Denver Broncos season|
|Head coach||Lou Saban|
|General manager||Lou Saban|
|Home field||Mile High Stadium|
|Division place||4th AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1970 Denver Broncos season was the team's 11th season in professional football and first in the National Football League (NFL) after the merger. Led by fourth-year head coach and general manager Lou Saban, the Broncos posted a record of five wins, eight losses, and one tie, the same as the the previous season, and were last in the new four-team AFC West division.
Denver won four of its first five games, but then had only one win and one tie in the final nine games. Running back Floyd Little became the first player to lead his conference in rushing for a last place team.
|1970 Denver Broncos draft|
|3||63||John Kohler||OT||South Dakota|
|7||167||Randy Montgomery||CB||Weber State|
|9||219||Dave Washington *||LB||Alcorn State|
|15||375||Maher Barakat||K||South Dakota Tech|
|16||401||Bob Stewart||QB||Northern Arizona|
|17||427||Frank Kalfoss||K||Montana State|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during careerMade roster|
|1970 Denver Broncos staff|
|1970 Denver Broncos roster|
|1||September 20||at Buffalo Bills||W 25–10||1–0||War Memorial Stadium|
|2||September 27||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 16–13||2–0||Mile High Stadium|
|3||October 4||Kansas City Chiefs||W 26–13||3–0||Mile High Stadium|
|4||October 11||at Oakland Raiders||L 23–35||3–1||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum|
|5||October 18||Atlanta Falcons||W 24–10||4–1||Mile High Stadium|
|6||October 25||at San Francisco 49ers||L 14–19||4–2||Kezar Stadium|
|7||November 1||Washington Redskins||L 3–19||4–3||Mile High Stadium|
|8||November 8||at San Diego Chargers||L 21–24||4–4||San Diego Stadium|
|9||November 15||Oakland Raiders||L 19–24||4–5||Mile High Stadium|
|10||November 22||at New Orleans Saints||W 31–6||5–5||Tulane Stadium|
|11||November 29||at Houston Oilers||L 21–31||5–6||Astrodome|
|12||December 6||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 0–16||5–7||Municipal Stadium|
|13||December 13||San Diego Chargers||T 17–17||5–7–1||Mile High Stadium|
|14||December 20||Cleveland Browns||L 13–27||5–8–1||Mile High Stadium|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||5||2||.583||2–3–1||7–3–1||272||244||L2|
|San Diego Chargers||5||6||3||.455||2–2–2||4–4–3||282||278||W1|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
Awards and honors
- Floyd Little, AFC Rushing champion
- "Broncs kick Falcons by 24 to 10". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. October 19, 1970. p. 29.
- Sports Illustrated, July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.60, Published by Time Inc.