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2016 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Gary Kubiak
Joe DeCamillis (interim, Week 6)
General manager John Elway
Owner The Pat Bowlen Trust
Home field Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
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The 2016 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the 57th overall. It was also the second season under head coach Gary Kubiak, as well as the final season of Kubiak's coaching career, as he retired at the end of the season due to health concerns.[1]

The Broncos entered the season as defending champions of Super Bowl 50, after undergoing numerous roster changes as well as an off-season and preseason that was dominated by a quarterback controversy, following the retirement of Peyton Manning. Following a 4–0 start, the team sputtered down the stretch, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010, as well as having their franchise-record streak of five consecutive playoff appearances and five consecutive AFC West division titles snapped.[2] In addition, the Broncos became the 12th consecutive team to fail to repeat as Super Bowl champions, as well as the first reigning champion to miss the playoffs since the 2013 Baltimore Ravens.

Coaching changes[edit]

  • February 12: Brian Callahan, who had served as the Broncos' offensive quality control coach since 2010, was hired as a quarterbacks coach with the Detroit Lions.[3]
  • February 16: Klint Kubiak, son of Broncos' head coach Gary Kubiak, was hired as the offensive quality control coach, replacing Brian Callahan. Klint Kubiak previously served as a coaching assistant with the Minnesota Vikings from 2013–14, and was a wide receiver's coach at the University of Kansas in 2015.[4]

Gary Kubiak missed one game[edit]

On October 9, shortly after the Broncos' Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Gary Kubiak was rushed to a Denver-area hospital, after experiencing flu-like symptoms and extreme body fatigue. According to executive vice president/general manager John Elway, Kubiak had been feeling ill prior to the loss to the Falcons, and following a precautionary MRI and CT scan, Kubiak was diagnosed with a "complex migraine." Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis served as the team's interim head coach for the team's Week 6 Thursday Night loss at the San Diego Chargers, while Kubiak underwent a doctor-mandated week of rest. This was the second time in three years in which Kubiak experienced a health scare—in November 2013, while serving as the Houston Texans' head coach, Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke after collapsing on the field during a game against the Indianapolis Colts.[5] Concerns over his health ultimately resulted in Kubiak retiring from coaching at the end of the season.[1]

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Unrestricted[edit]

Position Player 2016 Team Notes
CB/RS Omar Bolden Chicago Bears signed with the Bears on March 31[6]
S David Bruton Washington Redskins signed with the Redskins on March 16[7]
S Josh Bush None originally an RFA
WR Andre Caldwell Detroit Lions signed with the Lions on May 4[8]
TE Vernon Davis Washington Redskins signed with the Redskins on March 31[9]
OT Ryan Harris Pittsburgh Steelers signed with the Steelers on March 15[10]
RB Ronnie Hillman Minnesota Vikings re-signed April 18,[11] released September 3,[12]
signed with the Vikings on September 21[13]
DE Malik Jackson Jacksonville Jaguars signed with the Jaguars on March 8[14]
S Shiloh Keo New Orleans Saints re-signed April 18,[15] suspended for the first two games,[16]
released October 25,[17] signed with the Saints on November 9[18]
G Evan Mathis Arizona Cardinals signed with the Cardinals on March 16[19]
LB Lerentee McCray Green Bay Packers originally an RFA, signed with the Packers on April 18[20]
LB Von Miller Denver Broncos assigned franchise tag on March 1,[21] re-signed July 15[22]
WR Jordan Norwood Denver Broncos re-signed March 23[23]
QB Brock Osweiler Houston Texans signed with the Texans on March 9[24]
OT Tyler Polumbus None retired April 5[25]
DE Antonio Smith Houston Texans signed with the Texans on September 28[26]
LB Danny Trevathan Chicago Bears signed with the Bears on March 9[27]
WR Kyle Williams New York Jets signed with the Jets on June 17[28]
DE Derek Wolfe Denver Broncos re-signed January 15[29]

Restricted[edit]

Position Player 2016 Team Notes
RB C. J. Anderson Denver Broncos signed to offer sheet by the Miami Dolphins on March 10,[30]
Broncos matched offer and re-signed Anderson on March 15,[31]
placed on injured reserve on October 28[32]
LB Todd Davis Denver Broncos originally an ERFA
LB Brandon Marshall Denver Broncos assigned tender on March 21,[33] re-signed June 14[34]

Exclusive-Rights[edit]

Position Player 2016 Team Notes
C Sam Brenner Denver Broncos signed tender on April 15,[35] designated as waived/injured on August 5[36]
WR Bennie Fowler Denver Broncos signed tender on April 15[35]
PK Brandon McManus Denver Broncos signed tender on April 19[37]
C Matt Paradis Denver Broncos signed tender on April 15[38]

Signings[edit]

Position Player 2015 Team Notes
WR Marlon Brown Baltimore Ravens signed July 27,[39] designated as waived/injured on August 4,[40]
re-signed November 21,[41] placed on injured reserve on December 10[42]
DE Jared Crick Houston Texans signed April 6[43]
QB Austin Davis Cleveland Browns signed September 2[12]
RB Justin Forsett Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions
claimed off waivers from the Lions on December 5[44]
LS Thomas Gafford Chicago Bears
Oakland Raiders
signed November 25[45]
TE Manasseh Garner None signed to a future contract on January 12,[46] waived July 28,[47]
re-signed August 19,[48] waived August 29[49]
LB Quentin Gause Practice squad promoted to the active roster on December 16[42]
TE Richard Gordon Denver Broncos signed February 22,[50] waived May 4[51]
TE Garrett Graham Houston Texans signed April 25,[52] placed on injured reserve August 30[53]
LS Casey Kreiter Dallas Cowboys signed April 7,[54] placed on injured reserve on December 16[55]
NT Henry Melton Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed August 22,[56] released September 2[12]
S Ryan Murphy Practice squad signed August 8,[57] waived September 2,[12]
assigned to the practice squad on September 4[58]
OT Russell Okung Seattle Seahawks signed March 17[19]
FB Toben Opurum New Orleans Saints claimed off waivers on May 10,[59] waived May 12[60]
TE John Phillips San Diego Chargers signed July 28,[47] released November 5[61]
S Brandian Ross San Diego Chargers signed April 18,[15] released August 29[49]
OT Donald Stephenson Kansas City Chiefs signed March 9[62]
NT Phil Taylor None signed February 22,[50] placed on injured reserve July 31[63]
G Billy Turner Miami Dolphins signed October 17[64]
DE Billy Winn Indianapolis Colts signed July 31[63]
LB Dekoda Watson New England Patriots signed May 16[65]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2015 season.

Departures[edit]

Position Player Notes
DE Kenny Anunike waived August 8[57]
LS Aaron Brewer released March 8[66]
P Britton Colquitt released August 30[53]
TE Owen Daniels released March 8[66]
NT Darius Kilgo waived November 25[45]
CB Taurean Nixon waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 4,[58]
re-signed November 5,[61] waived November 21,[41]
promoted to the active roster on December 28[67]
RB Juwan Thompson waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 4,[58]
re-signed October 29[32]
G Louis Vasquez released March 8[66]
G Darrion Weems waived October 17[64]

Retirement of Peyton Manning[edit]

On March 7, two days before the start of the 2016 league year, quarterback Peyton Manning retired after 18 NFL seasons.[68] In his four seasons with the Broncos (2012–2015), Manning threw for 17,112 passing yards and 140 touchdowns, both second in franchise history behind John Elway. Manning also set numerous league records, including regular season passing yardage (71,940), regular season passing touchdowns (539), regular season wins (186—tied with Brett Favre), single-season passing yardage (5,477) and single-season touchdown passes (55); Manning achieved the latter two feats in 2013.[69]

At the time of his retirement, Manning was the NFL's all-time leader in combined regular season and postseason wins (200), until New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady surpassed that record in 2016.[70]

Trades[edit]

Draft[edit]

2016 Denver Broncos Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 26 Paxton Lynch QB Memphis signed June 9[74]
2 63 Adam Gotsis DT Georgia Tech signed May 25[75]
3 98 * Justin Simmons S Boston College signed May 13[76]
4 136 * Devontae Booker RB Utah signed May 13[76]
5 144 Connor McGovern G Missouri signed May 16[77]
6 176 Andy Janovich FB Nebraska signed May 12,[78]
placed on injured reserve on December 1[79]
219 * Will Parks S Arizona signed May 12[78]
7 228 Riley Dixon P Syracuse signed May 11[80]
* Compensatory selection[81]

Draft trades[edit]

Trading team Broncos give Broncos receive Source
Seattle Seahawks First-round selection (No. 31)
Third-round selection (No. 94)
First-round selection (No. 26) [82]
Baltimore Ravens Original fourth-round selection (No. 130) Fifth-round selection (No. 144)
Center Gino Gradkowski
[83]
Houston Texans Offensive tackle Chris Clark Seventh-round selection (No. 235 — later traded to the New York Jets) [84][73]
New York Jets Seventh-round selection (No. 235)
Offensive tackle Ryan Clady
Fifth-round selection (No. 157 — later traded to the Tennessee Titans) [73]
Tennessee Titans Fifth-round selection (No. 157)
Original seventh-round selection (No. 253)
2016 sixth-round selection (No. 176)
2017 sixth-round selection
[73][85]
Detroit Lions 2015 first- and fifth-round selections
Original 2016 fifth-round selection (No. 169)
2016 sixth-round selection (No. 176)
Guard/Center Manny Ramirez
2015 first-round selection [86]
San Francisco 49ers original 2016 sixth-round selection (No. 207)
2017 sixth-round selection
Seventh-round selection (No. 228)
Tight end Vernon Davis
[87]

Undrafted free agents[edit]

All undrafted free agents were signed after the 2016 NFL draft concluded on April 30,[88] unless noted otherwise.

2016 Denver Broncos Undrafted Free Agents
Player Position College Notes
WR Bralon Addison Oregon waived August 30[53]
OT Sam Carlson Colorado State signed August 4,[40] waived August 22[56]
DE Vontarrius Dora Louisiana Tech waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 4,[58]
promoted to the active roster on December 16[55] on final roster
G Mathu Gibson Wingate signed August 5,[36] waived August 29[49]
WR Mose Frazier Memphis waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 4[58]
S Antonio Glover Georgia Southern waived August 29[49]
OT Lars Hanson Sacramento State waived September 2[12]
DT Calvin Heurtelou Miami (Florida) waived August 29[49]
DE Shaneil Jenkins Shepherd waived August 2[89]
DE Lars Koht Florida International signed August 2,[89] waived September 2[12]
LB Kyle Kragen California waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 4[90]
TE Henry Krieger-Coble Iowa waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 4,[58]
promoted to the active roster on December 23,[91] on final roster
NT David Moala Utah State waived August 29[49]
G Justin Murray Cincinnati waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 4[58]
WR Durron Neal Oklahoma waived August 29[49]
G Aaron Neary Eastern Washington waived September 2[12]
LB Dwayne Norman Duke waived September 2[12]
TE Anthony Norris Southern Utah waived May 10[59]
NT Kyle Peko Oregon State the only undrafted rookie to make the Week 1 roster;[12] waived September 20,[92]
assigned to the practice squad on September 22,[93]
promoted to the active roster on December 28,[67] on final roster
WR Kalif Raymond Holy Cross waived September 2,[12] assigned to the practice squad on September 5,[94]
promoted to the active roster on December 2[95]
LB Darnell Sankey Sacramento State signed July 26,[96] waived August 29[49]
LB Frank Shannon Oklahoma waived August 29[49]
LB Sadat Sulleyman Portland State waived September 2[12]
LS Nathan Theus Georgia waived July 26[96]
CB John Tidwell Sioux Falls waived September 2[12]
DE Eddie Yarbrough Wyoming waived September 2[12]

Suspensions[edit]

On August 12, safety Shiloh Keo was suspended for the first two games of the 2016 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension was a result of a DUI arrest in Idaho in February.[16]

Injuries[edit]

  • August 12: One day after the Broncos' first preseason game against the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Bennie Fowler revealed that he suffered a fractured elbow after blocking a punt.[97] Fowler missed the first two games of the season.
  • August 15: Defensive end Vance Walker suffered a ruptured ACL in his right knee during practice,[98] and was placed on the season-ending injured reserve four days later (August 19).[48]
  • September 18: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware suffered an ulna fracture in his right forearm, during the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Ware collided with teammate Von Miller, with both converging on a sack attempt of Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck. Ware missed six weeks of action, before returning in Week 8.[99][100]
  • October 24: Running back C. J. Anderson suffered an injury to his right knee during the first quarter of the Broncos' Week 7 win over the Houston Texans, though he returned in the second quarter and played the remainder of the game. Two days later (October 26), media reports indicated that Anderson missed practice and sought multiple medical opinions on his knee.[101] After an MRI revealed that he suffered meniscus damage,[102] Anderson was placed on injured reserve, and will miss a minimum of eight weeks.[103] Also on October 24, linebacker Brandon Marshall suffered a hamstring injury, and missed the team's Week 9 loss to the Oakland Raiders.[99]
  • November 6: Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe suffered a hairline fracture in his elbow during the team's Week 9 loss to the Oakland Raiders,[104] and missed the team's Week 10 win over the New Orleans Saints.
  • Weeks 8–10: Cornerback Aqib Talib missed three games due to a lower back injury.[105]
  • December 1: Fullback Andy Janovich, the team's sixth-round draft selection, was placed on injured reserve, after undergoing ankle surgery two days earlier.[79]
  • December 6: Running back Kapri Bibbs was placed on the season-ending injured reserve, after suffering a high ankle sprain during the team's Week 13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.[44]
  • December 10: Wide receiver Marlon Brown was placed on injured reserve due to recurring back injuries.[42]
  • December 16: Long snapper Casey Kreiter was placed on injured reserve, four weeks after suffering a calf injury during the team's Week 10 win over the New Orleans Saints.[55]

Brandon Marshall

Linebacker Brandon Marshall missed multiple games due to a hamstring injury — the Broncos' Week 6 loss to the San Diego Chargers as well as the team's Week 14 loss to the Tennessee Titans.[106]

Trevor Siemian

Quarterback Trevor Siemian missed two games due to injury. He suffered a sprain to his non-throwing shoulder during the team's Week 4 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that kept him out of the Broncos' Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons the following week. Siemian also suffered a sprained foot during the Broncos' Week 12 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that kept him out of the team's Week 13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars the following week. Backup quarterback Paxton Lynch, the team's first-round draft selection, filled in for Siemian in Weeks 4, 5 and 13.[107][108][109]

Quarterback selection[edit]

Following the retirement of Peyton Manning, the Broncos underwent a process to select a new quarterback throughout the entire off-season and preseason. Brock Osweiler, Manning's backup quarterback from 2012–15, signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent.[24] Mark Sanchez was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles,[72] and the Broncos selected Paxton Lynch during the first round of the draft. Sanchez, Lynch and second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian competed for the starting quarterback position,[110] with Siemian being named the starting quarterback for the start of the regular season[111] and Sanchez being released on September 3.[71] Following Sanchez's release, the Broncos signed Austin Davis,[12] who was later waived on December 23.[91]

Staff[edit]

2016 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

† Served as interim head coach during Week 6 while Gary Kubiak
recovered from a migraine condition.

Final roster[edit]

2016 Denver Broncos final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 9 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Chicago Bears W 22–0 1–0 Soldier Field Recap
2 August 20 San Francisco 49ers L 24–31 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
3 August 27 Los Angeles Rams W 17–9 2–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
4 September 1 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–38 2–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

As the result of winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos earned the right to host the Week 1 kickoff game on Thursday, September 8, in a Super Bowl rematch vs. the Carolina Panthers. The Broncos' 2016 schedule was announced on April 14.[112]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 Carolina Panthers W 21–20 1–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
2 September 18 Indianapolis Colts W 34–20 2–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
3 September 25 at Cincinnati Bengals W 29–17 3–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–7 4–0 Raymond James Stadium Recap
5 October 9 Atlanta Falcons L 16–23 4–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
6 October 13 at San Diego Chargers L 13–21 4–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
7 October 24 Houston Texans W 27–9 5–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
8 October 30 San Diego Chargers W 27–19 6–2 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
9 November 6 at Oakland Raiders L 20–30 6–3 Oakland Alameda Coliseum Recap
10 November 13 at New Orleans Saints W 25–23 7–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
11 Bye
12 November 27 Kansas City Chiefs L 27–30 (OT) 7–4 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
13 December 4 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 20–10 8–4 EverBank Field Recap
14 December 11 at Tennessee Titans L 10–13 8–5 Nissan Stadium Recap
15 December 18 New England Patriots L 3–16 8–6 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
16 December 25 at Kansas City Chiefs L 10–33 8–7 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
17 January 1 Oakland Raiders W 24–6 9–7 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

NFL Kickoff game

Week One: Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 10 0 3 20
Broncos 0 7 0 14 21

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

In a rematch of Super Bowl 50, the defending champion Broncos played host to the Carolina Panthers, in the opening kickoff game. This was the Panthers' their first visit to Denver since 2004. Following a fumble on the Broncos' initial possession, the Panthers grabbed the early lead, with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Newton to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The Broncos responded early in the second quarter, with a 28-yard touchdown by fullback Andy Janovich on his first rushing attempt. The Panthers then re-claimed the lead, with Newton rushing for a 2-yard touchdown, in an 18-play, 89-yard drive that took nine minutes off the clock. After the Broncos' offense went three-and-out, the Panthers added to their lead just before halftime, with a 44-yard field goal by placekicker Graham Gano.[113]

Following a scoreless third quarter, the Broncos pulled to within a 17–14 deficit on the first play of the fourth quarter, with quarterback Trevor Siemian connecting on a 25-yard touchdown pass to running back C. J. Anderson. On the second play of the Panthers' next drive, Newton was intercepted by cornerback Chris Harris Jr. at the Panthers' 38-yard line, giving the Broncos excellent field position. Ten plays later, the Broncos grabbed their first lead of the game, with Anderson rushing up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown at the 9:30 mark of the fourth quarter. The Panthers methodically marched down the field, hoping to re-claim the lead, but had to settle for a 36-yard field goal by Gano to pull to within a 21–20 deficit with 4:25 remaining.[113]

After the Broncos' went three-and-out, the Panthers had one last offensive possession. On the first play after the two-minute warning, the Panthers were facing a 4th-and-21 at their own 29-yard line, and a pass from Newton intended for Benjamin was incomplete, however, Harris was flagged for an illegal hands to the face penalty, giving a Panthers an automatic first down. With 47 seconds remaining, Newton was penalized for intentional grounding with the Panthers' at their own 47-yard line, however, Broncos' cornerback Darian Stewart was penalized for roughing the passer, with a helmet hit on Newton, resulting in both penalties offsetting. With only 14 seconds remaining, Newton completed a crucial pass to wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. at the Broncos' 32-yard line, setting up Gano for a potential game-winning field goal. After the Broncos called a timeout in order to ice the kicker, Gano's 50-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left, sealing the win for the Broncos.[113]

Notes

Andy Janovich became only the third player in Broncos' franchise history to score on his first rushing attempt; the other two are fullback Kyle Johnson and quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, both of which occurred in 2005.[114]

Week 2: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Two: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 3 7 7 20
Broncos 3 10 3 18 34

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

The two teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter, with a 48-yarder by Colts' placekicker Adam Vinatieri and a 23-yarder by Broncos' placekicker Brandon McManus. A 4-yard touchdown run by running back C. J. Anderson gave the Broncos the lead early in the second quarter. Vinatieri and McManus once again exchanged field goals late in the first half, with a 52-yarder by Vinatieri and a 43-yarder by McManus just before halftime. The Colts took the initial possession of the second half and tied the game at 13–13 midway through the third quarter, with running back Robert Turbin rushing for a 5-yard touchdown. However, the Broncos took the lead for good later in the third quarter, with a 33-yard field goal by McManus. On the Colts' next possession, quarterback Andrew Luck was intercepted by Broncos' cornerback Aqib Talib, who scampered 46 yards down the sideline for a touchdown to give the Broncos a 23–13 lead early in the fourth quarter. Following an exchange of punts, the Colts narrowed the Broncos' lead, with Luck connecting with running back Frank Gore on a 7-yard touchdown pass with four minutes remaining in the game. The Broncos then increased their lead to 26–20 on the first play after the two-minute warning, with McManus' fourth field goal of the game—a 35-yarder—and in the process, forced the Colts to burn all three of their timeouts. The Colts had one last offensive possession, hoping for a game-winning drive, however, on the very first play from scrimmage, Luck was strip-sacked by Broncos' linebacker Von Miller, and linebacker Shane Ray returned the fumble 15 yards for a game-clinching touchdown (with a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Trevor Siemian to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas).[115]

Notes

Demaryius Thomas passed Ed McCaffrey for fourth-place on the Broncos' all-time career receptions list—Thomas only trails Lionel Taylor, Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith.[115][116]

Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Three: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 13 0 13 29
Bengals 7 7 0 3 17

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

The Bengals grabbed the lead on their opening possession, with running back Jeremy Hill rushing for a 3-yard touchdown. The Broncos drove down to near the goal line on their second possession, which was aided by two Bengals' defensive penalties, however, the Broncos were forced to settle for a 20-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus. Following a Bengals' fumble on a punt return near midfield, the Broncos took the lead, with quarterback Trevor Siemian connecting on a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Following an exchange of punts, the Bengals went back ahead, with Hill rushing for his second touchdown from 4 yards out. The Broncos responded, with Siemian throwing another touchdown pass to Sanders from 7 yards out. However, the extra point attempt was blocked. Following a scoreless third quarter, a 34-yard field goal by placekicker Mike Nugent gave the Bengals a 17–16 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Broncos then assembled a 13-play, 82-yard drive, culminating with Siemian firing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Phillips (with an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt). After the Bengals went three-and-out on their next possession, in which wide receiver A. J. Green dropped a critical third-down pass play, the Broncos added to their lead, with Siemian throwing his fourth touchdown of the game—a 55-yarder to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas with 4:32 remaining in the game. The Broncos' defense stood their ground on the Bengals' last two possessions.[117]

Notes

Trevor Siemian became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a first career road start. With linebacker Shane Ray recording three sacks, this was the first time in franchise history in which the Broncos had two different players record 3+ sacks in a single game; linebacker Von Miller achieved three sacks vs. the Indianapolis Colts during the previous week.[118]

Week 4: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Four: Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 10 3 7 27
Buccaneers 7 0 0 0 7

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

The Broncos made their first visit to Tampa Bay since 2004. Cornerback Aqib Talib, who made his return to Tampa Bay where he played for the Buccaneers from 2018–2012, intercepted Buccaneers' quarterback Jameis Winston on the third play of the opening drive. The Broncos immediately capitalized, with quarterback Trevor Siemian throwing an 11-yard touchdown to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. On the Buccaneers' next drive, a 7-yard touchdown run by Winston tied the game, which would be the Buccaneers' only scoring play of the game. Following another interception of Winston by Talib, the Broncos re-claimed the lead, with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back C. J. Anderson. With 3:25 remaining in the first half, Siemian injured his non-throwing shoulder when he was sacked by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and backup quarterback Paxton Lynch, the team's first-round draft selection, took over in his NFL debut. Placekicker Brandon McManus added two field goals—a 38-yarder just before halftime and a 24-yarder midway through the third quarter. Lynch later threw his first touchdown pass—a 5-yarder to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders—which put the game out of reach. At the 6:52 mark of the fourth quarter, the game was delayed for an hour and a half due to a severe weather threat in the Tampa area.[107]

Week 5: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Five: Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 3 7 3 23
Broncos 0 3 0 13 16

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

The Falcons, making their first visit to Denver since 2004, took a 10–0 lead in the first quarter, with running back Devonta Freeman rushing for a 1-yard touchdown, followed by a 46-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Bryant. The Broncos, with quarterback Paxton Lynch, playing in place of the injured Trevor Siemian, punted on their first two possessions, and got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter, with a 35-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus. Following an exchange of punts, a 33-yard field goal by Bryant just after the two-minute warning extended the Falcons' lead, in a drive that took seven minutes off the clock. In the third quarter, Lynch was intercepted by Falcons' safety Ricardo Allen at the Broncos' 42-yard line, and the Falcons capitalized, with quarterback Matt Ryan connecting on a 31-yard touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman to extend to a 20–3 lead. On the Falcons' next drive, Broncos' safety T. J. Ward forced a fumble off wide receiver Mohamed Sanu at midfield, though the Broncos had to settle for a 46-yard field goal by McManus early in the fourth quarter. The Falcons responded, with a 25-yard field goal by McManus to extend to a 23–6 lead with 8:24 remaining in the game. Hoping for a rally, the Broncos went on a 16-play, 78-yard drive, culminating in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Lynch to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas with 2:43 remaining. After an unsuccessful onside kick attempt, the Broncos' defense forced a three-and-out, but were forced to use all of their team timeouts prior to the two-minute warning. The Broncos advanced 44 yards in 7 plays, and pulled to within a 23–16 deficit, with a 45-yard field goal by McManus with only 19 seconds remaining. However, another onside kick attempt was unsuccessful, sealing the win for the Falcons.[108]

Notes

Demaryius Thomas became the third player in Broncos' franchise history to achieve 50 career touchdowns; the other two are Shannon Sharpe (55) and Rod Smith (68).[119]

Week 6: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Six: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 3 0 10 13
Chargers 7 3 9 2 21

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 6:25 p.m. MDT/5:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), fair
  • Game attendance: 58,904
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS/NFLN/Twitter): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
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The Chargers scored took a 10–0 lead, with quarterback Philip Rivers connecting on a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry, followed in the second quarter by a 37-yard field goal by placekicker Josh Lambo. Chargers' return specialist Travis Benjamin fumbled a punt return at the Chargers' 11-yard line, however, the Broncos did not gain any yardage, and were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus. Three third-quarter field goals by Lambo—from 21, 31 and 32 yards out—added to the Chargers' lead. The middle score occurred after a fumble by Broncos' wide receiver Jordan Taylor. McManus missed wide-right on a 56-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, the Broncos' defense forced a Chargers' punt that backed up the Broncos to their own 3-yard line.[120]

On the next play from scrimmage, Broncos' offensive tackle Russell Okung was penalized for holding in the end zone that resulted in a safety, extending the Chargers' lead to 21–3. On the ensuing free kick, the Chargers committed another special teams turnover, with guard Kenny Wiggins fumbling the kick near midfield. The Broncos capitalized on this turnover, with a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trevor Siemian to wide receiver Bennie Fowler. The Broncos' defense forced a three-and-out on the Chargers' next possession with six minutes remaining in the game. On the sixth play of the Broncos' next drive, Siemian connected with running back C. J. Anderson on a 20-yard touchdown, however, another costly holding penalty on Okung negated the scoring play. Two plays later, Siemian connected on a pass completion to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Chargers' 13-yard line, however, Chargers' linebacker Jatavis Brown forced a fumble off Thomas, which was recovered by cornerback Craig Mager, ending the drive with 3:35 remaining. The Broncos' defense forced another three-and-out, but used all three of their team timeouts in the process. A 46-yard field goal by McManus with 32 seconds remaining pulled the Broncos to within a 21–13 deficit. The Broncos recovered the onside kick at their own 46-yard line, however, four plays later, a desperation hail mary pass by Siemian fell short of the end zone.[120]

Notes

Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis served as interim head coach, while Gary Kubiak recovered from a migraine condition that he suffered during the previous week. As part of the NFL Color Rush program, the Broncos wore all-orange throwback uniforms. With the loss, the Broncos' NFL-record 15-game road winning streak against division opponents came to an end.[120] This was the Broncos' final game in San Diego, as the Chargers relocated to Los Angeles after the 2016 season.[121]

Week 7: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week Seven: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 6 0 3 0 9
Broncos 0 14 7 6 27

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

The Broncos' defense surrendered only three field goals by Texans' placekicker Nick Novak, and spoiled quarterback Brock Osweiler's return to Denver, allowing only 131 passing yards. Osweiler spent the previous four seasons (2012–2015) as Peyton Manning's backup quarterback, and started seven games in 2015 while Manning was injured. The Broncos scored three offensive touchdowns: a 4-yard pass from quarterback Trevor Siemian to Demaryius Thomas, plus two rushing touchdowns, one from C. J. Anderson, and the other from rookie Devontae Booker. Placekicker Brandon McManus also added two field goals.[122]

Notes

This was the first of two games in which the Broncos wore wear their alternate navy blue uniforms[123]—the other was Week 15 vs. the New England Patriots. This was Broncos' head coach Gary Kubiak's first victory against the Texans, for whom he coached from 2006–2013, as well as Kubiak's return to the sideline following a health scare that forced him to miss the team's Week 6 loss to the San Diego Chargers.[124]

During halftime, three former Broncos were inducted into the Ring of Fame: Placekicker Jason Elam, who played with the Broncos from 1993–2007 and is the franchise's all-time leader in field goals (395) and points scored (1,786); defensive lineman Simon Fletcher, who played with the Broncos from 1985–1995 and is the franchise's all-time leader in sacks (97.5) and consecutive games played (172); safety John Lynch, who played four seasons with the Broncos from 2004–2007.[125]

Week 8: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Eight: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 0 6 6 19
Broncos 3 7 7 10 27

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

For the second time in a three-week span, the Broncos faced their AFC West rivals, the San Diego Chargers. Following a 28-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus on the Broncos' opening possession, a 7-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Rivers to tight end Antonio Gates gave the Chargers their only lead of the game. The Broncos' defense then proceeded to frustrate the Chargers' offense, including three interceptions of Rivers. In the second quarter, Broncos' cornerback Bradley Roby returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, and Chargers' placekicker Josh Lambo later missed on a 44-yard field goal attempt. On the Chargers' opening possession of the second half, the Broncos took advantage of a Rivers' interception deep in Chargers' territory, and added to their lead, with running back Devontae Booker rushing for a 3-yard touchdown. Rivers subsequently threw another interception deep in Chargers' territory, his third of the game; however, a fumble by Booker gave the football back to the Chargers. Thirteen plays and 98 yards later, the Chargers narrowed the Broncos' lead, with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to wide receiver Travis Benjamin. Broncos' linebacker Shaquil Barrett blocked the extra point attempt, keeping the score at 17–13.[126]

The Broncos responded early in the fourth quarter, with running back Juwan Thompson rushing for a 1-yard touchdown. On the Broncos' next possession, quarterback Trevor Siemian was intercepted by Chargers' cornerback Casey Hayward, who returned the football 16 yards for a touchdown. The initial two-point conversion pass from Rivers to Gates was successful, however, it was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty on Gates. Rivers' second attempt intended for tight end Hunter Henry was incomplete, keeping the score at 24–19 with 8:10 remaining in the game. Two long pass plays from Siemian—one to tight end Virgil Green for 31 yards and another to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for 40 yards—gave the Broncos a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line. However, the Chargers' defense forced the Broncos to settle for a 22-yard field goal by McManus. The Chargers attempted a rally, and with 2:54 remaining, the Chargers had a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line, but Rivers threw four consecutive incompletions, the last of which was knocked away by Broncos' cornerback Lorenzo Doss at the goal line. While backed up deep in their own territory, the Broncos' offense went three-and-out, and were forced to punt, giving the Chargers one last possession. The Broncos' defense stood their ground, not allowing the Chargers to advance past midfield.[126]

Notes

Broncos' defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was rushed to a Denver-area hospital, following a second-quarter sideline collision after Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon was blocked into him. Linebackers coach Reggie Herring filled in for Phillips for the remainder of the game.[127]

Week 9: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Nine: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 10 0 10 20
Raiders 6 14 0 10 30

at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. MST/5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,957
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
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The Raiders dominated the time of possession by a 2–1 margin, and though the Broncos' defense limited Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr to 184 yards passing, running back Latavius Murray amassed 114 rushing yards as well as three touchdowns. The Broncos trailed 23–13 with eight minutes remaining in the game, and attempted a rally, however, quarterback Trevor Siemian was strip-sacked by Raiders' linebacker Khalil Mack, giving the Raiders a short field. A 1-yard touchdown by Murray extended the lead, a drive that was kept alive by one defensive holding and two pass interference penalties on Broncos' cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. On the Broncos' next drive, Siemian connected with running back Kapri Bibbs on a 69-yard touchdown pass to pull to within a 30–20 deficit, but the Broncos got no closer.[128]

Week 10: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Ten: Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 3 0 15 25
Saints 0 3 14 6 23

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,138
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
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The Broncos, making their first visit to New Orleans since 2004, jumped out to a 10–0 lead. First, quarterback Trevor Siemian connected with wide receiver Jordan Taylor on a 14-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown was initially ruled as an incomplete pass, but overturned by a replay challenge. Following an interception of Saints' quarterback Drew Brees by cornerback Darian Stewart, placekicker Brandon McManus added a 50-yard field goal early in the second quarter. The Broncos were attempting to add to their lead just before halftime, however Siemian was intercepted by cornerback Sterling Moore, and the Saints quickly advanced 50 yards in only 29 seconds, culminating in a 30-yard field goal by placekicker Will Lutz. Early in the third quarter, the Saints tied the game, with Brees connecting with wide receiver Willie Snead on a 3-yard touchdown pass. On the Broncos' second possession of the second half, Siemian was intercepted by safety Kenny Vaccaro, and four plays later, another touchdown pass from Brees to Snead from 5 yards out gave the Saints a 17–10 lead.[129]

On the Broncos next drive, McManus missed wide left on a 42-yard field attempt early in the fourth quarter. Two plays into the Saints' next possession, Broncos' cornerback Bradley Roby forced a fumble off wide receiver Michael Thomas, which was recovered by Stewart at the Saints' 27-yard line. Seven plays later, the Broncos tied the game, with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Siemian to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. After forcing the Saints to go three-and-out, the Broncos drove down the field, but had to settle on a 28-yard field goal by McManus. The Broncos' defense forced another fumble deep in Saints' territory, but had to settle on a 37-yard field goal by McManus with 2:50 remaining in the game, while forcing the Saints to burn the last two of their three team timeouts. The Saints then drove 75 yards in only six plays, culminating in Brees throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandin Cooks to tie the game at 23–23 with 1:30 remaining in the game. However, Lutz's extra point attempt was blocked by Justin Simmons, and Will Parks scooped up the football and ran to the end zone for a defensive two-point conversion. The Saints claimed that Parks may have stepped out of bounds, but the initial ruling on the field was upheld after an instant replay review. The Saints' onside kick attempt was unsuccessful, sealing the win for the Broncos.[129]

Notes

Darian Stewart became the Broncos' first defensive player since Deltha O'Neal in 2001 to record three takeaways in one game.[130]

Week 12: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Twelve: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chiefs 0 9 7 8 6 30
Broncos 0 3 7 14 3 27

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,819
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
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After a scoreless first quarter, the Chiefs took a 9–0 lead midway through the second quarter. After Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian was strip-sacked near the goal line, offensive tackle Russell Okung was tackled in the end zone trying to recover the fumble and the Chiefs were awarded a safety; running back Tyreek Hill then returned the ensuing free kick 86 yards for a touchdown. A 33-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus just after the two-minute warning put the Broncos on the scoreboard. The Broncos grabbed the lead midway through the third quarter, with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Siemian to wide receiver Jordan Taylor. The Chiefs responded on their next possession, with Hill rushing for a 3-yard touchdown. The drive was extended after the Chiefs accepted an illegal formation penalty on the Broncos that nullified a 35-yard field goal by placekicker Cairo Santos. The Broncos re-claimed the lead midway through the fourth quarter, with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Siemian to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. After forcing a Chiefs' punt, the Broncos were attempting to run out the clock after earning a first down with 3:31 remaining in the game. Two plays later, and after the Chiefs had used all of their team timeouts, the Broncos extended their lead to 24–16, with a 76-yard touchdown pass from Siemian to wide receiver Bennie Fowler.[109]

However, the Broncos' defense was unable to keep the Chiefs out of the end zone. Quarterback Alex Smith methodically engineered a game-tying 13-play, 75-yard drive, with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Hill, coupled with a two-point conversion pass to tight end Demetrius Harris. The play was initially ruled down at the 1-yard line with 15 seconds remaining, but overturned by instant replay, sending the game to overtime. The Broncos won the overtime coin toss, and the teams exchanged field goals on their initial possessions: a 44-yarder by Brandon McManus followed by a 37-yarder by Santos. The Broncos' next overtime possession commenced with 4:19 remaining, and drove to as far as the Chiefs' 44-yard line. Instead of a short punt, Broncos' head coach Gary Kubiak elected to send McManus onto the field for a potential game-winning 62-yard field goal, however, McManus attempt was both short and wide left, giving the Chiefs possession at the Broncos' 48-yard line with 1:08 remaining. Four plays later, and with five seconds remaining, Santos kicked the game-winning 34-yard field goal for the Chiefs, which initially caromed off the left upright.[109]

Week 13: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Thirteen: Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 10 7 3 20
Jaguars 0 3 0 7 10

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 63,075
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
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For the second time this season, backup quarterback Paxton Lynch started in place of Trevor Siemian, who missed the game due to a sprained foot. Following a scoreless first quarter, a 47-yard field goal by placekicker Jason Myers gave the Jaguars the brief lead. The Broncos then reeled off 17 unanswered points, with a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Devontae Booker and a 32-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus just before halftime. Then, in the third quarter, cornerback Bradley Roby returned an interception off quarterback Blake Bortles 51 yards for a touchdown. The Jaguars narrowed the Broncos' lead to 17–10 early in the fourth quarter, when Bortles ran for a 22-yard touchdown. Following an exchange of punts throughout the majority of the fourth quarter, the Jaguars were attempting a rally just after the two-minute warning, when Broncos' linebacker Shane Ray forced a strip sack and fumble recovery off Bortles in Jaguars' territory. Four plays later, McManus added a 41-yard field goal with only 33 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.[131]

Week 14: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Fourteen: Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 0 10 10
Titans 10 3 0 0 13

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,780
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn
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The Broncos' defense limited Titans' quarterback Marcus Mariota to only 88 yards passing on 6 of 20 attempts; however, the Titans controlled the first half time of possession by a 2–1 margin and led 10–0 in the first quarter. Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and placekicker Ryan Succop kicked a 53-yard field goal; the latter scoring play occurred after the Titans' defense forced a fumble off Broncos' running back Justin Forsett. A 41-yard field goal by Succop just before halftime gave the Titans a 13–0 lead. The Broncos' offense did not cross midfield in the first half. After a scoreless third quarter, the Broncos were attempting to cut into the Titans' lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Titans' defense stopped the Broncos on a 4th-and-goal. After forcing a Titans' punt, the Broncos finally got on the scoreboard with ten minutes remaining in the game, with quarterback Trevor Siemian connecting on a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. After forcing a three-and-out from the Titans, the Broncos marched down to as far as the Titans' 16-yard line, but had to settle on a 34-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus to narrow the Titans' lead to 13–10 with 4:33 remaining in the game. After forcing another Titans' punt, the Broncos had one last possession, hoping for a rally. With 1:04 remaining in the game, Siemian completed a pass to tight end A. J. Derby at the 41-yard line, however, Titans' linebacker Avery Williamson forced a fumble off Derby, which was recovered by safety Daimion Stafford to seal the win for the Titans.[132]

Week 15: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Fifteen: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 7 3 3 16
Broncos 3 0 0 0 3

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 18 °F (−8 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,893
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Broncos' defense limited Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady to 188 yards passing and no touchdowns, but their defensive effort was wasted by a poor performance from their inconsistent offense. The Broncos' only scoring play was a 33-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus. In the first quarter, a fumbled punt by Jordan Norwood led to a 45-yard field goal by Patriots' placekicker Stephen Gostkowski. An interception off Broncos' quarterback Trevor Siemian by cornerback Logan Ryan resulted in the only touchdown of the game—a 1-yard run by Patriots' running back LeGarrette Blount in the second quarter. Gostkowski added two more field goals—a 40-yarder in the third quarter and a 21-yarder in the fourth.[133]

Notes

The Broncos wore their alternate navy blue uniforms for this game.[133]

Week 16: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

NFL on Christmas Day

Week Sixteen: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 3 0 0 10
Chiefs 21 0 0 12 33

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 25
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST/6:30 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), cloudy, rain
  • Game attendance: 76,671
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
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The Chiefs jumped out to a 21–7 lead at the end of the first quarter, consisting of a 10-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alex Smith, followed by Smith throwing a pair of touchdown passes—a 70-yarder to wide receiver Tyreek Hill and an 80-yarder to tight end Travis Kelce. The Broncos' only touchdown of the game was a 1-yard run by running back Justin Forsett, which occurred after a Justin Simmons' interception of Smith. A 52-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus midway through the second quarter was the Broncos' only other scoring play of the game; a fake field goal attempt just before halftime was unsuccessful. After a scoreless third quarter, the Chiefs pulled away in the fourth quarter, with two field goals by placekicker Cairo Santos—from 27 and 39 yards out—and nose tackle Dontari Poe throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Demetrius Harris (with a missed extra point). The latter field goal occurred after Broncos' return specialist Kalif Raymond muffed a punt return.[134]

Notes

With the loss, the Broncos were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2010, lost all three of their AFC West divisional road games for the first time since 2010 and suffered their first season sweep at the hands of the Chiefs since 2000. The Broncos' streak of five consecutive playoff appearances—the longest in franchise history—came to an end. For the first time since 1966, the Broncos' offense scored 10 of fewer points for a third consecutive game. The Broncos' defense surrendered 330 yards in the first half—the most the Broncos have surrendered in a half since 1981, and 484 for the entire game—the most since 2013.[2]

Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Seventeen: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 6 0 6
Broncos 7 10 7 0 24

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,836
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
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The Broncos jumped out to a 24–0 lead midway through the third quarter and spoiled the Raiders' chances of earning the AFC West division title and a first-round bye. Running back Devontae Booker scored two touchdowns—an 11-yard run in the first quarter and on a 43-yard pass from quarterback Trevor Siemian, who also connected on a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Virgil Green in the third quarter. Placekicker Brandon McManus added a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter. The only scoring play allowed by the Broncos' defense was a 32-yard touchdown pass from Raiders' quarterback Connor Cook to wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cook substituted for starter Matt McGloin, who left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. McGloin was named the Raiders' starting quarterback after Derek Carr suffered a season-ending leg fracture during the previous week.[135]

Notes

This was Gary Kubiak's final game as the Broncos' head coach, as he retired from coaching on the following day due to concerns over his health.[1]

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 389 311 W2
(5) Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 416 385 L1
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 333 297 W1
San Diego Chargers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 410 423 L5

Conference[edit]

AFC
# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 New England Patriots East 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 .439 .424 W7
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 .508 .479 W2
3 Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .494 .423 W7
4[b] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .502 .427 L1
Wild Cards
5[a] Oakland Raiders West 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 .504 .443 L1
6 Miami Dolphins East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .455 .341 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .465 .458 W1
8[c] Denver Broncos West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .549 .455 W1
9[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .498 .363 L2
10[d] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .492 .406 W1
11 Buffalo Bills East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 .482 .339 L2
12 Cincinnati Bengals North 6 9 1 .406 3–3 5–7 .521 .333 W1
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .518 .313 W1
14[e] San Diego Chargers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .543 .513 L5
15 Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 2–4 2–10 .527 .417 L1
16 Cleveland Browns North 1 15 0 .063 0–6 1–11 .549 .313 L1
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City clinched the AFC West division over Oakland based on head-to-head sweep.
  2. ^ a b Houston clinched the AFC South division title over Tennessee based on record vs. division opponents.
  3. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of Denver based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ a b Baltimore finished ahead of Indianapolis based on record vs. conference opponents.
  5. ^ a b The New York Jets finished ahead of San Diego based record vs. common opponents — the Jets' cumulative record against Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Miami was 1–4, while San Diego's cumulative record against the same four teams was 0–5.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Trevor Siemian 3,401
Passing touchdowns Trevor Siemian 18
Rushing yards Devontae Booker 612
Rushing touchdowns C. J. Anderson
Devontae Booker
4
Receptions Demaryius Thomas 90
Receiving yards Demaryius Thomas 1,083
Receiving touchdowns Demaryius Thomas
Emmanuel Sanders
5
Points Brandon McManus 119
Kickoff return yards Cody Latimer 200
Punt return yards Jordan Norwood 204
Tackles Todd Davis 96
Sacks Von Miller 13.5
Forced fumbles T. J. Ward
Von Miller
3
Interceptions Aqib Talib
Darian Stewart
3

Source for this section: Denver Broncos' official website.[136]

League rankings[edit]

Offense
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Total yards 323.1 YPG 27th
Yards per play 5.1 26th
Rushing yards 92.8 YPG 27th
Yards per rush 3.6 28th
Passing yards 230.3 YPG T–21st
Yards per pass 6.9 20th
Total touchdowns 35 T–24th
Rushing touchdowns 11 T–20th
Receiving touchdowns 20 T–21st
Scoring 20.8 PPG 22nd
Pass completions 339/570 (.595) 25th
Third downs 75/219 (.342) 31st
First downs per game 18.1 28th
Possession average 29:03 27th
Fewest sacks allowed 40 24th
Turnover differential +2 T–13th
Fewest penalties 119 27th
Fewest penalty yardage 985 25th
Defense
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Total yards 316.1 YPG 4th
Yards per play 4.7 1st
Rushing yards 130.3 YPG 28th
Yards per rush 4.3 18th
Passing yards 185.8 YPG 1st
Yards per pass 5.8 1st
Total touchdowns 30 3rd
Rushing touchdowns 15 T–18th
Receiving touchdowns 13 1st
Scoring 18.6 PPG 4th
Pass completions 306/552 (.554) 1st
Third downs 86/236 (.364) 5th
First downs per game 19.1 9th
Sacks 42 T–3rd
Forced fumbles 16 T–7th
Fumble recoveries 13 T–4th
Interceptions 14 T–12th
Fewest penalties 110 T–21st
Fewest penalty yardage 990 26th
Special Teams
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Kickoff returns 22.9 YPR 11th
Punt returns 8.5 YPR 15th
Gross punting 45.7 YPP 16th
Net punting 41.3 YPP 9th
Kickoff coverage 20.2 YPR 7th
Punt coverage 6.8 YPR 7th

Source for this section: NFL.com.[137]

Awards and honors[edit]

Recipient Award(s)
Von Miller Week 2: AFC Defensive Player of the Week[138]
September: AFC Defensive Player of the Month[139]
Bradley Roby Week 8: AFC Defensive Player of the Week[140]
Trevor Siemian Week 3: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[141]
Justin Simmons Week 10: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week[142]

Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections[edit]

Three Broncos were selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl: Linebacker Von Miller and cornerbacks Chris Harris, Jr. and Aqib Talib.[143] All three were also voted to the 2016 All-Pro Team and named to the First Team.[144] Safety Darian Stewart[145] and wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders[146] and Demaryius Thomas[147] were later added to the Pro Bowl roster as replacements.

Other news and notes[edit]

  • August 25: Executive vice president/general manager John Elway was added to the NFL's competition committee.[148]
  • September 7: The Broncos and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep Sanders in Denver through the 2019 season. The initial three-year contract that Sanders signed with the Broncos in 2014 was set to expire after the 2016 season.[149]
  • September 13: The Broncos' Color Rush uniforms were unveiled, which the team wore during their Week 6 Thursday Night loss at the San Diego Chargers. The uniform kit contained the following features: orange pants, which the team wore for the first time since 1979, orange socks and shoes, as well as block-style numerals trimmed in navy blue that mirrored the team's 1968–96 uniform style. Due to the NFL's one-helmet rule implemented in 2013, the helmets remained the same, with the team temporarily replacing the modern primary logo with the throwback "D" horse logo.[150]
  • November 26: The Broncos and safety Darian Stewart agreed on a four-year contract extension that will keep Stewart in Denver through the 2020 season. The initial two-year contract that Stewart signed with the Broncos in 2015 was set to expire after the 2016 season.[130]

Notes[edit]

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