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1983 Denver Broncos season


1983 Denver Broncos season

1983 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Dan Reeves
General manager Hein Poulus
Owner Edgar Kaiser
Home field Mile High Stadium
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card
Previous season      Next season
< 1982      1984 >

The 1983 Denver Broncos season was the team's 24th year in professional football and its 14th with the National Football League. The team finished the year with nine wins and seven losses, giving them 3rd place in the AFC West and their first playoff berth in four seasons. It was the third season for head coach Dan Reeves.

Before the season, the Broncos traded with the Baltimore Colts for the rights to first overall pick in the 1983 draft, quarterback John Elway. Elway would start ten games for the Broncos, winning four of them.[1] Elway's finest game as a rookie came in Week 15 against Baltimore—the team that drafted him. The Broncos were trailing 19-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, until Elway threw for three touchdowns in the final period to win the game, 21-19, keeping Denver's playoff hopes alive. [2]




Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 4 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 14–10 Three Rivers Stadium 1–0
2 September 11 at Baltimore Colts W 17–10 Memorial Stadium 2–0
3 September 18 Philadelphia Eagles L 10–13 Mile High Stadium 2–1
4 September 25 Los Angeles Raiders L 7–22 Mile High Stadium 2–2
5 October 2 at Chicago Bears L 14–31 Soldier Field 2–3
6 October 9 at Houston Oilers W 26–14 Astrodome 3–3
7 October 16 Cincinnati Bengals W 24–17 Mile High Stadium 4–3
8 October 23 San Diego Chargers W 14–6 Mile High Stadium 5–3
9 October 30 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24 Mile High Stadium 6–3
10 November 6 at Seattle Seahawks L 19–27 Kingdome 6–4
11 November 13 at Los Angeles Raiders L 20–22 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 6–5
12 November 20 Seattle Seahawks W 38–27 Mile High Stadium 7–5
13 November 27 at San Diego Chargers L 7–31 San Diego/Jack Murphy Stadium 7–6
14 December 4 Cleveland Browns W 27–6 Mile High Stadium 8–6
15 December 11 Baltimore Colts W 21–19 Mile High Stadium 9–6
16 December 18 at Kansas City Chiefs L 17–48 Arrowhead Stadium 9–7

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
• Broncos 0 707 14
Steelers 0 730 10


Week 2

Denver Broncos (1-0) at Baltimore Colts (0-1)
1 234Total
Broncos 0 3014 17
Colts 3 007 10
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Round Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Wild Card Playoffs December 24 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–31 Kingdome


External links

  • Broncos on Pro Football Reference
  • Broncos Schedule on

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