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1968 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Lou Saban
General manager Lou Saban
Home field Mile High Stadium
Results
Record 5–9
Division place 4th AFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1968 Denver Broncos season was the ninth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The Broncos improved their record from the previous season by posting a record of five wins and nine losses. They finished fourth in the AFL's Western division for the sixth straight season.

There were threats of the Broncos relocating to Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta and Chicago.[1]

The 1968 season was the first in which Denver wore their trademark "D" logo on their helmets.[2] They would wear this uniform through the 1973 season, altering the shade of orange in their jerseys in 1974. Their helmets would remain the same until changing for the 1997 season.[3] In 1968 Bears Stadium was sold to the city of Denver, which renamed it Mile High Stadium and built the upper deck along the west side, thus raising capacity to 50,657.[4]

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

1968 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Curley Culp   Defensive tackle Arizona State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1968 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Roster[edit]

1968 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]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
2 September 15, 1968 at Cincinnati Bengals L 10–24 Nippert Stadium 0–1
25,049
3 September 22, 1968 at Kansas City Chiefs L 2–34 Municipal Stadium 0–2
45,821
4 September 29, 1968 Boston Patriots L 17–20 Mile High Stadium 0–3
37,024
5 October 6, 1968 Cincinnati Bengals W 10–7 Mile High Stadium 1–3
41,257
6 October 13, 1968 at New York Jets W 21–13 Shea Stadium 2–3
62,052
7 October 20, 1968 at San Diego Chargers L 44–55 San Diego Stadium 2–4
42,953
8 October 27, 1968 Miami Dolphins W 21–14 Mile High Stadium 3–4
44,115
9 November 3, 1968 at Boston Patriots W 35–14 Fenway Park 4–4
18,304
10 November 10, 1968 Oakland Raiders L 7–43 Mile High Stadium 4–5
50,002
11 November 17, 1968 at Houston Oilers L 17–38 Astrodome 4–6
36,075
12 November 24, 1968 Buffalo Bills W 34–32 Mile High Stadium 5–6
35,201
13 December 1, 1968 San Diego Chargers L 23–47 Mile High Stadium 5–7
35,212
14 December 8, 1968 at Oakland Raiders L 27–33 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 5–8
47,754
15 December 14, 1968 Kansas City Chiefs L 7–30 Mile High Stadium 5–9
38,463

Standings[edit]

AFL Western Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 .857 6–2 453 233 W8
Kansas City Chiefs 12 2 0 .857 7–1 371 170 W5
San Diego Chargers 9 5 0 .643 5–3 382 310 L2
Denver Broncos 5 9 0 .357 1–7 255 404 L3
Cincinnati Bengals 3 11 0 .214 1–7 215 329 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated', July 26, 2010, The Unexpected Hero by Gary Smith, p.60, Published by Time Inc.
  2. ^ Gridiron Uniform Database: Denver Broncos
  3. ^ SportsLogos.net: Denver Broncos
  4. ^ http://www.ballparktour.com/Former_Denver.html

External links[edit]

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