|2010 Denver Broncos season|
|Head coach||Josh McDaniels (fired on December 6; 3-9 record)|
Eric Studesville (interim; 1-3 record)
|General manager||Brian Xanders|
|Home field||INVESCO Field at Mile High|
|Division place||4th AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||WR Brandon Lloyd|
CB Champ Bailey
|AP All-Pros||WR Brandon Lloyd (2nd team)|
The 2010 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 41st season in the National Football League, the 51st overall and the 10th playing their home games at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The off-season was marked by the draft selections of Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and All-American Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, as well as season-ending injuries to All-Pro linebacker Elvis Dumervil and free agent running back LenDale White. The team failed to improve on its 8-8 record from 2009, and set a new franchise record for losses in a single season, with a 4-12 record, which was their worst record in the post-merger era, and worst in a 16-game schedule. The regular season was marked by a videotaping scandal and the firing of head coach Josh McDaniels.
The Broncos had the league's worst defense in 2010, allowing a league-worst 471 points (29.4 per game) and 6,253 yards.
On December 6, head coach Josh McDaniels was fired, one day after the team's 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. In addition to the team's sluggish performance (they had gone 5-17 since a 6-0 start to the 2009 season), the videotaping scandal was a factor in his ouster. According to The Denver Post, while Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen did not consider the incident something that merited firing McDaniels for cause, he and others in the Broncos' front office still felt his failure to report the incident was "unforgivable." Running backs coach Eric Studesville was named interim coach that same day.
|LB||Elvis Dumervil||RFA||None||signed tender June 14, signed contract extension July 22,|
placed on injured reserve September 4
|LB||Nick Greisen||UFA||Omaha Nighthawks (UFL)||signed April 29, waived August 12|
|OT||Ben Hamilton||UFA||Seattle Seahawks||signed with the Seahawks on April 20|
|G/C||Russ Hochstein||UFA||Denver Broncos||signed March 5|
|DE||Vonnie Holliday||UFA||Washington Redskins||signed with the Redskins on May 17|
|G||Chris Kuper||RFA||Denver Broncos||signed June 4|
|WR||Brandon Lloyd||UFA||Denver Broncos||signed March 5|
|WR||Brandon Marshall||RFA||Miami Dolphins||signed tender April 13, traded to the Dolphins on April 14|
|QB||Kyle Orton||RFA||Denver Broncos||signed tender April 16, contract extension August 19|
|PK||Matt Prater||ERFA||Denver Broncos||signed March 9, placed on injured reserve December 23|
|TE||Tony Scheffler||RFA||Detroit Lions||signed tender April 14, traded to the Lions on April 20|
|DE||Le Kevin Smith||RFA||Denver Broncos||signed March 11, released September 7,|
re-signed October 26, released November 9
|RB||J. J. Arrington||Injured reserve||signed March 5, traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on July 31|
|LB/DE||Baraka Atkins||San Francisco 49ers||signed January 13, waived September 5|
|LB||Akin Ayodele||Miami Dolphins||signed April 24, released August 24|
|RB||Lance Ball||Practice squad player||moved to the active roster on November 10, on final roster|
|DT||Justin Bannan||Baltimore Ravens||signed March 5, on final roster|
|OT||Kirk Barton||Detroit Lions||signed July 7, waived August 23|
|LB||Diyral Briggs||San Francisco 49ers||moved to the active roster on October 19,|
waived October 25
|RB||Andre Brown||New York Giants||signed September 5, released September 15,|
assigned to the practice squad on September 17,
moved to the active roster on September 21,
released October 16
|G||Jeff Byers||Practice squad player||moved to the active roster on December 23, on final roster|
|WR||Patrick Carter||Seattle Seahawks||signed August 5, waived August 23|
|OT||Chris Clark||Minnesota Vikings||signed September 5, on final roster|
|TE||Daniel Coats||Cincinnati Bengals||signed November 9, released November 10,|
re-signed December 7, on final roster
|G||Stanley Daniels||Green Bay Packers||signed May 14, waived December 11,|
moved to the active roster on December 22,
on final roster
|WR||Britt Davis||New York Jets||signed August 5, released September 4,|
assigned to the practice squad September 5,
moved to the active roster December 13, on final roster
|LB||Bruce Davis||New England Patriots||signed June 1, waived July 27|
|FB||Kyle Eckel||New Orleans Saints||signed June 4, placed on injured reserve June 17|
|RB||Justin Fargas||Oakland Raiders||signed August 11, released August 30|
|C||Dustin Fry||Carolina Panthers||signed January 7, released August 19|
|DE||Jarvis Green||New England Patriots||signed March 9, released September 4|
|PK||Steven Hauschka||Atlanta Falcons/Detroit Lions||signed December 11, on final roster|
|DE/LB||Jason Hunter||Detroit Lions||signed August 19, on final roster|
|CB||Chevis Jackson||New England Patriots||signed December 20, on final roster|
|CB||Nate Jones||Miami Dolphins||signed March 5, on final roster|
|DT||Louis Leonard||New England Patriots||signed December 27, on final roster|
|G||Matt McChesney||Injured reserve||signed January 7, retired on May 16|
|LB||Lee Robinson||Practice squad player||moved to the active roster on December 7,|
placed on injured reserve December 27
|RB||Kolby Smith||Kansas City Chiefs||signed June 15, waived August 4|
|TE||Kory Sperry||Miami Dolphins||signed August 24 waived September 3|
|P||A. J. Trapasso||Tennessee Titans||signed January 7, released June 15|
|LB||David Veikune||Cleveland Browns||signed November 17, on final roster|
|DT||Kevin Vickerson||Tennessee Titans||signed September 7, on final roster|
|RB||LenDale White||Tennessee Titans||signed August 4, placed on injured reserve September 3|
|NT||Jamal Williams||San Diego Chargers||signed March 9, on final roster|
|LB||Johnny Williams||Pittsburgh Steelers||signed August 12, waived September 3|
|OT||Maurice Williams||Jacksonville Jaguars||signed May 6, released June 4|
|LB||Worrell Williams||Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL)||signed August 20, released September 4,|
assigned to practice squad September 5,
released September 14
|Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2009 season.|
|NT||Chris Baker||released September 3|
|QB||Tom Brandstater||released June 4|
|LB||Andra Davis||released March 11|
|RB||LaMont Jordan||released February 23|
|LB||Jarvis Moss||waived November 17|
|DT||J'Vonne Parker||released March 11|
|C||Seth Olsen||released September 4|
|DT||Kenny Peterson||released March 10|
|OT||Tyler Polumbus||waived August 24|
|LB||Darrell Reid||released September 4|
|QB||Chris Simms||released March 15|
|WR||Brandon Stokley||released September 14|
|C||Casey Wiegmann||released February 23|
|1||22||Demaryius Thomas||WR||Georgia Tech||signed July 31||[dr 1][dr 2][dr 3][dr 4][dr 5]|
|25||Tim Tebow||QB||Florida||signed July 29|
|2||45||Zane Beadles||OT||Utah||signed July 27||-|
|3||80||J. D. Walton||C||Baylor||signed June 17||-|
|87||Eric Decker||WR||Minnesota||signed July 27||[dr 6]|
|5||137||Perrish Cox||CB||Oklahoma State||signed June 9||[dr 8][dr 9][dr 10]|
|6||183||Eric Olsen||C||Notre Dame||signed July 24||-|
|7||225||Syd'Quan Thompson||CB||California||signed May 21||[dr 11][dr 12][dr 13]|
|232||Jammie Kirlew||DE||Indiana||signed May 25, waived September 3|
|LB/DE||Kevin Alexander||Clemson||released September 4,|
assigned to practice squad September 5,
promoted to active roster October 16,
released December 20
|WR||Alric Arnett||West Virginia||waived September 3|
|RB||Toney Baker||North Carolina State||waived August 23|
|NT/DE||Jaron Baston||Missouri||released June 17|
|LB||Devin Bishop||California||released August 20|
|LB/DT||Korey Bosworth||UCLA||released June 15|
|S||Marcellus Bowman||Boston College||released May 6|
|RB||Chris Brown||Oklahoma||released May 3|
|OT||Paul Duncan||Notre Dame||waived September 3|
|DE||Ben Garland||Air Force||placed on the reserve/military list|
|TE||Riar Geer||Colorado||released September 4,|
assigned to practice squad September 5
|WR||Patrick Honeycutt||Middle Tennessee State||waived August 5|
|WR||Dicky Lyons, Jr.||Kentucky||signed May 3, waived July 6|
|T||Chris Marinelli||Stanford||waived July 27|
|S||Kyle McCarthy||Notre Dame||released September 4,|
assigned to practice squad September 5,
promoted to active roster October 16,
placed on injured reserve December 13
|TE||Nathan Overbay||Eastern Washington||waived September 3|
|G||Michael Shumard||Texas A&M||released May 6|
|NT||Jeff Stehle||Wisconsin||released September 4,|
assigned to practice squad September 14,
released October 13
|CB||Cassius Vaughn||Mississippi||on final roster|
|WR||Landis Williams||Maine||waived July 6|
|1||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 24-33||0-1||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|2||Detroit Lions||L 20-25||0-2||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|3||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 34-17||1-2||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|4||at Minnesota Vikings||L 24-31||1-3||Mall of America Field at the
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
|1||September 12||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 17-24||0-1||EverBank Field||Recap|
|2||September 19||Seattle Seahawks||W 31-14||1-1||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|3||September 26||Indianapolis Colts||L 13-27||1-2||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|4||October 3||at Tennessee Titans||W 26-20||2-2||LP Field||Recap|
|5||October 10||at Baltimore Ravens||L 17-31||2-3||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 17||New York Jets||L 20-24||2-4||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|7||October 24||Oakland Raiders||L 14-59||2-5||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|8||October 31||at San Francisco 49ers||L 16-24||2-6||Wembley Stadium (London)||Recap|
|10||November 14||Kansas City Chiefs||W 49-29||3-6||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|11||at San Diego Chargers||L 14-35||3-7||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 28||St. Louis Rams||L 33-36||3-8||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|13||December 5||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 6-10||3-9||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 12||at Arizona Cardinals||L 13-43||3-10||University of Phoenix Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 19||at Oakland Raiders||L 23-39||3-11||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum||Recap|
|16||December 26||Houston Texans||W 24-23||4-11||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
|17||January 2||San Diego Chargers||L 28-33||4-12||INVESCO Field at Mile High||Recap|
The Broncos began their 2010 season at EverBank Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a scoreless first quarter, the Broncos trailed late in the second quarter, as Jaguars' quarterback David Garrard completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis. The Broncos answered prior to halftime, as quarterback Kyle Orton found wide receiver Jabar Gaffney on an 8-yard touchdown pass. The Jaguars reclaimed the lead in the third quarter, as Garrard hooked up with Lewis again on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos responded with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Knowshon Moreno. However, the Jaguars grabbed the lead again, with a 45-yard field goal by placekicker Josh Scobee. The Broncos caught up in the fourth quarter with a 54-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. However, the Jaguars got the last laugh, as Garrard completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kassim Osgood.
Hoping to rebound from their season-opening loss to the Jaguars, the Broncos played on home ground for an interconference duel with the Seattle Seahawks. In the first quarter, the Broncos took the early lead, as quarterback Kyle Orton completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eddie Royal, followed in the second quarter by a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Correll Buckhalter and a 20-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. The Seahawks got on the board in the third quarter, when quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ben Obomanu, but the Broncos replied with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Knowshon Moreno. The Broncos increased their lead in the fourth quarter, when Orton threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The Seahawks replied, with Hasselbeck scrambling 20 yards for a touchdown, but the Broncos' lead was too much for Seattle to overcome.
Coming off their win over the Seahawks, the Broncos remained on home ground for an AFC duel with the Indianapolis Colts. In the first quarter, the Broncos trailed early when Colts' placekicker Adam Vinatieri nailed field goals from 38 and 33 yards. This was followed in the second quarter by quarterback Peyton Manning throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Collie. The Broncos got on the board, with placekicker Matt Prater nailing a 25-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Broncos cut the lead, when quarterback Kyle Orton completed a 48-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, but the Colts replied, with Manning throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Blair White. The Broncos responded, with Prater hitting a 34-yard field goal, but they trailed further in the fourth quarter, when Manning found Collie on a 23-yard touchdown pass, sealing the win for Indianapolis.
Prior to the game, a moment of silence was held for wide receiver Kenny McKinley, who died on September 20, with the team paying tribute to him by placing a No. 11 decal on their helmets in his honor.
Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Colts, the Broncos traveled to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. After a scoreless first quarter, the Broncos took the lead in the second quarter, as quarterback Kyle Orton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eddie Royal. The Titans responded, with quarterback Vince Young throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Britt. The Broncos retook the lead with a 36-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater, but The Titans replied, when placekicker Rob Bironas nailed an incredible 55-yard field goal just before halftime. In the third quarter, the Broncos took the lead again, with another 36-yard field goal by Prater, but Titans' wide receiver Marc Mariani returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, putting Tennessee ahead 17-13. Tennessee's lead was narrowed, with a 35-yard field goal by Prater, but was increased again with a 46-yard field goal by Bironas. In the fourth quarter, the Broncos pulled ahead, when Orton completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to running back Correll Buckhalter. After the Titans fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Broncos increased their lead with 28 seconds remaining, with a 36-yard field goal by Prater. The Broncos' defense thwarted the Titans' final desperation drive of the game.
Coming off their win at Tennessee, the Broncos traveled to M&T Bank Stadium for an AFC duel with the Baltimore Ravens. In the first quarter, the Broncos trailed early, with Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco scrambling for a 1-yard touchdown, followed in the second quarter by a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Ray Rice, and a 37-yard field goal by placekicker Billy Cundiff. The Broncos got on the board, when quarterback Kyle Orton threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. After a scoreless third quarter, the Broncos fell further behind in the fourth quarter, with another 1-yard touchdown run by Rice. The Broncos replied, with a 38-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater, but a 30-yard touchdown run by running back Willis McGahee put the Ravens' up 31-10. The Broncos responded, with Orton finding Lloyd again on a 44-yard touchdown pass, but Baltimore's lead was too much to overcome.
Hoping to rebound from their loss at Baltimore, the Broncos donned their alternate orange jerseys and returned home for an AFC duel with the New York Jets. After a scoreless first quarter, the Jets grabbed the lead in the second quarter, as quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Broncos responded, with quarterback Tim Tebow scrambling for a 5-yard touchdown run. The Broncos grabbed the lead just before halftime, with a 59-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. In the third quarter, the Jets responded, with a 56-yard field goal by placekicker Nick Folk. The Broncos took the lead, when quarterback Kyle Orton threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The Jets responded midway through the fourth quarter, after running back LaDainian Tomlinson ran for a 20-yard touchdown. The Broncos grabbed the lead again, with a 48-yard field goal by Prater. However, following a pass-interference penalty on Broncos' cornerback Renaldo Hill near the goal line, the Jets pulled ahead, with a Tomlinson 2-yard touchdown run. The Jets' defense thwarted the Broncos' last drive of the game.
Hoping to rebound from their heartbreaking loss to the Jets, the Broncos remained on home ground for an AFC West rivalry match against the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, the Broncos trailed early, as Raiders' quarterback Jason Campbell completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller. The Raiders scored again, after cornerback Chris Johnson returned an interception by quarterback Kyle Orton 30 yards for a touchdown. This was followed by a 4-yard touchdown run by running back Darren McFadden and a 31-yard field goal by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski. Things got much worse for the Broncos in the second quarter, as Campbell threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to McFadden, followed by a McFadden 4-yard touchdown run that gave Oakland a 38-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Broncos finally got on the board with Orton finding running back Knowshon Moreno on a 7-yard touchdown pass, followed in the third quarter by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Orton to Moreno. However, the Raiders struck back, with a 1-yard touchdown run by fullback Marcel Reece, followed by a 57-yard touchdown run by McFadden and a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Michael Bush. Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
This was the Broncos' worst defeat since a 55-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV. The loss also tied the highest point total that the Broncos have allowed in a single game, since a 59-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963.
Following their disastrous home loss to the Raiders, the Broncos flew to London, England, for an International Series contest with the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium. In the first quarter, the Broncos trailed early, with a 34-yard field goal by 49ers' placekicker Joe Nedney. After a scoreless second quarter, the Broncos grabbed the lead in the third quarter, when quarterback Tim Tebow scrambled for a 1-yard touchdown run, followed in the fourth quarter by a 32-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. However, the Broncos suddenly fell behind, with 49ers' quarterback Troy Smith scrambling for a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by his 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Frank Gore. The Broncos tried to rally when quarterback Kyle Orton threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (with a blocked extra-point attempt), but San Francisco's defense stood their ground.
Less than a month later, the Broncos were subjected to a videotaping scandal involving the team's director of video operations that occurred during a 49ers' walkthrough practice, one day before the game.
Coming off their overseas trip to London and subsequent bye week, the Broncos donned their alternate orange jerseys and returned home for an AFC West duel against the Kansas City Chiefs, hoping to snap a 4-game losing streak. In the first quarter, quarterback Kyle Orton, playing on his 28th birthday, threw three touchdown passes: a 17-yarder to running back Knowshon Moreno, a 6-yarder to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd and a 40-yarder to wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. In the second quarter, quarterback Tim Tebow ran for a 1-yard touchdown, followed by linebacker Jason Hunter returning a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown, giving the Broncos a commanding 35-0 lead before the two-minute warning. The Chiefs got on the board, with a 5-yard touchdown run from running back Jamaal Charles, followed by a 40-yard field goal by placekicker Ryan Succop just before halftime. In the third quarter, Tim Tebow threw his first touchdown pass--a 3-yarder to fullback Spencer Larsen, but the Chiefs responded, with quarterback Matt Cassel throwing a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. In the fourth quarter, Orton threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game--a 15-yarder to Lloyd. The Chiefs responded, with Cassel throwing a pair of touchdown passes--an 11-yarder to wide receiver Chris Chambers, followed by a 22-yarder to Bowe (both with failed two-point conversion attempts), but the outcome had already been decided in the Broncos' favor.
Coming off their dominating win over the Chiefs, the Broncos traveled to Qualcomm Stadium for an AFC West duel with the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. The Broncos delivered the opening strike in the first quarter, with a 4-yard touchdown run from running back Knowshon Moreno. However, the Chargers answered, with quarterback Philip Rivers completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Malcom Floyd. The Chargers took the lead in the second quarter, as fullback Mike Tolbert ran for a 1-yard touchdown, followed by Rivers completing a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Patrick Crayton. The Chargers added to their lead in the third quarter, as Rivers completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles. In the fourth quarter, the Chargers continued their dominating night, with Rivers completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jacob Hester. The Broncos tried to rally, as quarterback Kyle Orton found wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on a 13-yard touchdown pass, but San Diego's lead was too much to overcome.
Following their Monday Night debacle in San Diego and subsequent videotaping scandal, the Broncos returned home for an interconference match against the St. Louis Rams. In the first quarter, the Broncos jumped out to a 10-0 lead, with a 4-yard touchdown run from running back Knowshon Moreno, followed by a 49-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. The Rams responded, with quarterback Sam Bradford throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui. In the second quarter, The Broncos took a 13-7 lead, with a 40-yard field goal by Prater. However, the Rams reeled off 26 points, starting off with a pair of touchdown passes from Bradford to tight end Billy Bajema--2 and 26 yards--the latter with a missed extra point, followed by a pair of field goals from placekicker Josh Brown--28 and 37 yards--before halftime. In the third quarter, the Rams continued their offensive onslaught, with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Kenneth Darby, giving St. Louis a 33-13 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Broncos snapped the Rams' streak of 26 unanswered points, with quarterback Kyle Orton throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, but the Rams responded with a 26-yard field goal from Brown. Trailing 36-20 with four minutes remaining, the Broncos tried to rally, with Orton throwing two touchdown passes--a 16-yarder to wide receiver Eddie Royal (with a failed two-point conversion attempt), followed by a 5-yarder to Lloyd, but the Broncos' rally attempt was cut short by the Rams' defense.
With the loss, the Broncos matched their loss total from the previous two seasons.
Hoping to break a two-game losing streak, the Broncos traveled to Arrowhead Stadium for a AFC West rivalry rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos trailed in the first quarter, as Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Leonard Pope, the game's only touchdown. The Broncos responded in the second quarter, with placekicker Matt Prater nailing a 25-yard field goal, but the Chiefs countered, with a 47-yard field goal by placekicker Ryan Succop just before halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, the Broncos cut into the lead with a 41-yard field goal by Prater, but Kansas City's defense prevented anything else from happening.
With the loss, not only were the Broncos officially eliminated from postseason contention, but they also exceeded their loss total from their previous two seasons.
Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, the Broncos traveled to the University of Phoenix Stadium for an interconference duel with the Arizona Cardinals, whom the Broncos had never lost to in the teams' previous eight meetings. The Broncos took the early lead in the first quarter, with a 32-yard field goal by placekicker Steven Hauschka. However, the Cardinals responded, as placekicker Jay Feely accounted for 22 unanswered points--a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter, a 48-yard field goal, 5-yard touchdown run off a fake field goal and a 55-yard field goal in the second quarter, a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter, and a 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. A 30-yard field goal by Hauschka cut the lead to 22-6, but the Cardinals answered with an 8-yard touchdown run by running back Tim Hightower. The Broncos responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Knowshon Moreno, but the Cardinals pulled away, with Hightower running for a 35-yard touchdown, followed by linebacker Daryl Washington returning an interception 40 yards (and defensive end Darnell Dockett recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown).
Hoping to snap a four-game losing streak, the Broncos traveled to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, for an AFC West divisional rematch with the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, the Raiders grabbed the early lead, with a 71-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Jacoby Ford. The Broncos responded, when quarterback Tim Tebow, starting in place of an injured Kyle Orton, scrambled for a 40-yard touchdown run. The Broncos grabbed the lead, when Tebow threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, but the Raiders responded, with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Michael Bush. In the second quarter, the Broncos lead again, with a 46-yard field goal by placekicker Steven Hauschka, but the Raiders tied the game with a 49-yard field goal by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski just before halftime. In the third quarter, the Raiders grabbed the lead, with a 35-yard field goal by Janikowski. The Broncos responded, with a 35-yard field goal by Hauschka. Oakland lead again, with a 47-yard field goal by Janikowski. In the fourth quarter, the Raiders widened their lead, when quarterback Jason Campbell threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to fullback Marcel Reece. The Broncos narrowed the lead, with a 45-yard field goal by Hauschka, but the Raiders pulled away, when linebacker Quentin Groves tackled running back Correll Buckhalter in the end zone for a safety, followed by a 1-yard touchdown by Bush.
With the loss, the Broncos tied their franchise record for losses in a single season. This also was the Broncos last road loss to a division opponent until Week 6 of the 2016 season.
Hoping to snap a five-game losing streak, the Broncos returned home for a game against the Houston Texans. In the first quarter, the Broncos trailed early, after a 3-yard touchdown run by Texans' running back Arian Foster, followed in the second quarter by a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Schaub to tight end Owen Daniels, and a 34-yard field goal by placekicker Neil Rackers, giving Houston a 17-0 halftime lead. The Broncos got on the board in the third quarter, with a 6-yard touchdown run by running back Correll Buckhalter, but the Texans responded, with a 54-yard field goal by Rackers. The Broncos cut into the Texans' lead, with a 27-yard field goal by placekicker Steven Hauschka, but a 57-yard field goal by Rackers gave Houston a 23-10 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Broncos staged a rally, with a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to Buckhalter, followed by Tebow scrambling for a 6-yard touchdown run, giving the Broncos a 24-23 lead with three minutes remaining. The Broncos' defense thwarted Houston's final drive.
The Broncos' final game of the 2010 season was an AFC West divisional rematch with the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos took the lead in the first quarter, with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. However, the Chargers responded in the second quarter, with a 27-yard touchdown run by running back Ryan Mathews, followed by field goals from 42, 45 and 47 yards by placekicker Nate Kaeding. The Chargers added to their lead in the third quarter, with a 12-yard touchdown run by Mathews, followed by a 37-yard field goal by Kaeding. The Broncos narrowed San Diego's lead, with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to wide receiver Eric Decker, but was increased in the fourth quarter, with a 31-yard touchdown run by Mathews. Trailing 33-14 with 7:55 remaining in the game, the Broncos immediately responded, when kick returner Cassius Vaughn returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, followed by a 6-yard touchdown scramble by Tebow with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Following Tebow's touchdown run, the Broncos recovered the onside kick, but two desperation hail mary passes by Tebow were unsuccessful, sealing the win for San Diego.
With the loss, the Broncos set a new franchise record for losses in a single season.
|(4)Kansas City Chiefs||10||6||0||.625||2-4||6-6||366||326||L1|
|San Diego Chargers||9||7||0||.563||3-3||7-5||441||319||W1|
|1||New England Patriots||East||14||2||0||.875||5-1||10-2||0.504||0.504||W8|
|4[b]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||10||6||0||.625||2-4||6-6||0.414||0.381||L1|
|6||New York Jets||East||11||5||0||.688||4-2||9-3||0.492||0.409||W1|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|7||San Diego Chargers||West||9||7||0||.563||3-3||7-5||0.457||0.410||W1|
|Passing yards||Kyle Orton||3,653|
|Passing touchdowns||Kyle Orton||20|
|Rushing yards||Knowshon Moreno||779|
|Rushing touchdowns||Tim Tebow||6|
|Receiving yards||Brandon Lloyd||1,448 *|
|Receiving touchdowns||Brandon Lloyd||11|
|Kickoff return yards||Eric Decker||556|
|Punt return yards||Eddie Royal||298|
|Tackles||D. J. Williams||119|
|Sacks||D. J. Williams||5.5|
|Forced fumbles||Perrish Cox
|*||Indicates league leader.|
Source for this section: Denver Broncos' official website.
Source for this section: NFL.com.
|Champ Bailey||Named to the All Fundamentals Team by the NFL Players Association|
Named to the Pro Bowl roster for the tenth time in his career, setting a new NFL record for cornerbacks
|Brandon Lloyd||Named to the AFC Pro Bowl team. Lloyd led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards|
Voted to The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team
|Kyle Orton||Week 4: FedEx Air Player of the Week.|
Week 10: AFC Offensive Player of the Week
|Tim Tebow||Week 10: Pepsi Rookie of the Week|
Week 16: Pepsi Rookie of the Week
|Wesley Woodyard||Named as the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year|
On November 27, one day before the team's 36-33 loss to the St. Louis Rams, media reports stated that the Broncos had come under investigation from the NFL, following a videotaping incident similar to the New England Patriots' videotaping controversy of 2007. The Denver Post reported that Steve Scarnecchia, the team's director of video operations hired by then-head coach Josh McDaniels in 2009, videotaped a San Francisco 49ers' walkthrough practice, prior to the teams' Week 8 International Series game at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Scarnecchia, the son of New England Patriots' offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, worked in the Patriots' (2001-2004) and the New York Jets' (2006-2007) video departments prior to joining the Broncos in 2009. The Denver Post reported he was placed on a leave of absence by the team after the allegation came to light.
The same day, the NFL fined the Broncos and McDaniels $50,000 each, and Scarnecchia was fired as a result of the incident. Scarnecchia told NFL investigators he acted alone and "knew it was wrong" to tape the walkthrough practice, after the rest of the Broncos' staff had left the stadium. Scarnecchia later presented McDaniels with the six-minute video, but McDaniels declined to view it, and it was not shown to any other Broncos staff member, and therefore the NFL determined the Broncos had not gained a competitive advantage from it.
However, the NFL fined McDaniels due to the fact that he did not immediately report the incident to the league office, as required by policy. Team executives learned of the incident on November 8, and informed the NFL on November 16. NFL Security then began its investigation, which included a forensic analysis of the computer from which the recording was later deleted by Scarnecchia. The recording was retained by the league; in the case of the Patriots' prior incident, the league had destroyed all tapes received from the Patriots. The NFL also fined the Broncos, as "clubs are ultimately accountable for the conduct of their employees."
Scarnecchia had previously been cited for his role in the Patriots' videotaping scandal in 2007. The NFL determined that as a repeat offender of the NFL's "integrity of the game" policy, he was subject to a hearing on whether he should be banned from ever working in the NFL again. "A significant number" of Broncos' employees also certified in writing to the league that they were aware of no further incidents, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated that if any more accusations came to light, he would re-open the investigation.
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