1981 Denver Broncos Season
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1981 Denver Broncos Season

1981 Denver Broncos season
Head coachDan Reeves
General managerGrady Alderman
OwnerEdgar Kaiser
Home fieldMile High Stadium
Results
Record10-6
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1981 Denver Broncos season was the team's 22nd year in professional football and its 12th with the National Football League (NFL). The 1981 season depicted Denver trying to improve on their 8-8 record in 1980. They did improve on their record, finishing 10-6. However, they would miss the playoffs by virtue of their head to head loss to the Buffalo Bills during the season. After a very fast 8-3 start, Denver would lose 3 of their final 5 games, including a critical loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 12. Denver would finish 8-0 at home, but a 2-6 road record proved to doom the Broncos at season's end.

NFL Draft

1981 Denver Broncos draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 15 Dennis Smith *  S USC
2 42 Clay Brown  TE BYU
4 106 Mark Herrmann  QB Purdue
5 125 Ken Lanier  T Florida State
6 151 Alvin Lewis  RB Colorado State
7 181 Steve Busick  LB USC
9 234 Rusty Olsen  DE Washington
11 290 Pat Walker  WR Miami (FL)
12 317 John Hankerd  LB Notre Dame
12 321 Mandel Robinson  RB Wyoming
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

[1]

Roster

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 6 Oakland Raiders W 9-7 Mile High Stadium 1-0
74,796
2 September 13 at Seattle Seahawks L 10-13 Kingdome 1-1
58,513
3 September 20 Baltimore Colts W 28-10 Mile High Stadium 2-1
74,804
4 September 27 San Diego Chargers W 42-24 Mile High Stadium 3-1
74,822
5 October 4 at Oakland Raiders W 17-0 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 4-1
51,035
6 October 11 Detroit Lions W 27-21 Mile High Stadium 5-1
74,816
7 October 18 at Kansas City Chiefs L 14-28 Arrowhead Stadium 5-2
74,672
8 October 25 at Buffalo Bills L 7-9 Rich Stadium 5-3
77,757
9 November 2 Minnesota Vikings W 19-17 Mile High Stadium 6-3
74,834
10 November 8 Cleveland Browns W 23-20 (OT) Mile High Stadium 7-3
74,859
11 November 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24-7 Tampa Stadium 8-3
64,518
12 November 22 at Cincinnati Bengals L 21-38 Riverfront Stadium 8-4
57,207
13 November 29 at San Diego Chargers L 17-34 Jack Murphy Stadium 8-5
51,533
14 December 6 Kansas City Chiefs W 16-13 Mile High Stadium 9-5
74,744
15 December 13 Seattle Seahawks W 23-13 Mile High Stadium 10-5
74,527
16 December 20 at Chicago Bears L 24-35 Soldier Field 10-6
40,125

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Diego Chargers(3) 10 6 0 .625 6-2 8-4 478 390 W2
Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 5-3 7-5 321 289 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 5-3 7-5 343 290 W1
Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 .438 2-6 5-7 273 343 L2
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 2-6 6-8 322 388 W1

References

  1. ^ 2010 Denver Broncos Media Guide. p. 365. Retrieved 2011.

External links


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