2022 Denver Broncos season

63rd season in franchise history
2022 Denver Broncos season
OwnerRob Walton
General managerGeorge Paton
Head coachNathaniel Hackett
Home fieldEmpower Field at Mile High
Results
Record2–2
Division place3rd AFC West
Uniform
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The 2022 season is the Denver Broncos' 53rd in the National Football League (NFL), their 63rd overall, their second under the leadership of general manager George Paton and their first under new head coach Nathaniel Hackett. The Broncos attempt to improve on their 7–10 record from 2021 and attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since their 2015 Super Bowl-winning season, as they made a blockbuster trade to land former Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson.

Coaching changes

On January 9, one day after the Broncos' 2021 regular season finale, head coach Vic Fangio was fired after compiling a 19–30 record in three seasons and two consecutive last-place finishes.[1] On January 27, the Broncos finalized a deal for Nathaniel Hackett to become the 18th head coach in the franchise's history, replacing Fangio. This will be Hackett's first head coaching gig, after previously serving as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2014, the Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator from 2015 to 2018 and the Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator from 2019 to 2021. Hackett becomes the Broncos' sixth different head coach since 2008.[2]

In the one month after Hackett's hiring, the Broncos underwent the following coaching changes:

2022 Denver Broncos coaching staff changes
Position Previous coach 2022 replacement Source
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, 2020–2021 Justin Outten [3]
Offensive line coach Mike Munchak, 2019–2021 Butch Barry
Passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, 2019–2021 Klint Kubiak
Assistant offensive line coach Chris Kuper, 2019–2021 Ben Steele [4]
Assistant special teams coach Chris Gould, 2017–2021 Mike Mallory
Linebackers coach Reggie Herring, 2015–2021 Peter Hansen
Outside linebackers coach John Pagano, 2020–2021 Bert Watts
Offensive quality control coach Chris Cook, 2021
Justin Rascati, 2019–2021
Ramon Chinyoung
Senior defensive assistant None Dom Capers
Tight ends coach Wade Harman, 2019–2021 Jake Moreland
Assistant defensive backs coach None Ola Adams [5]
Running backs coach Curtis Modkins, 2018–2021 Tyrone Wheatley [6]
Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, 2019–2021 Ejiro Evero [7]
Defensive line coach Bill Kollar, 2015–2021 Marcus Dixon
Special teams coach Tom McMahon, 2018–2021 Dwayne Stukes
Defensive quality control coach Nathaniel Willingham, 2019–2021 Andrew Carter [8]
Note: Bill Kollar will remain on the Broncos' coaching staff as a defensive consultant.[9]

Front office changes

On February 3, Darren Mougey, who served as the Broncos' Director of Player Personnel in 2021, was promoted to assistant general manager. Mougey previously served as a Broncos' scouting assistant from 2012 to 2020.[10]

Roster changes

Future contracts

All players listed below were signed to reserve/future contracts from January 10–12, unless noted otherwise. Each player was officially added to the active roster on March 16—the first day of the 2022 league year.[11]

Position Player Notes
TE Shaun Beyer waived May 13[12]
RB Damarea Crockett placed on injured reserve August 2[13]
WR Travis Fulgham waived August 16[14]
OT Drew Himmelman waived May 13[12]
G Zack Johnson waived May 13,[12] re-signed May 16,[15] waived August 30[16]
DE Jonathan Kongbo waived August 30,[16] assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
DE Marquiss Spencer designated as waived/injured on August 22[18]
OT Casey Tucker signed January 20,[19] designated as waived/injured on August 23[20]
LB Barrington Wade designated as waived/injured on August 25[21]

Free agents

Unrestricted

Position Player 2022 team Notes
QB Teddy Bridgewater Miami Dolphins signed with the Dolphins on March 14[22]
CB Bryce Callahan Los Angeles Chargers signed with the Chargers on May 4[23]
OT Cameron Fleming Denver Broncos signed July 27[24]
CB Mike Ford Atlanta Falcons signed with the Falcons on April 8[25]
CB Kyle Fuller Baltimore Ravens signed with the Ravens on May 24[26]
RB Melvin Gordon Denver Broncos re-signed April 27[27]
CB Nate Hairston Minnesota Vikings signed with the Vikings on March 28[28]
NT Justin Hamilton Washington Commanders originally an RFA, signed with the Commanders on June 14[29]
S Kareem Jackson Denver Broncos re-signed April 11[30]
LB Josey Jewell Denver Broncos re-signed March 15[31]
LB A. J. Johnson TBD
C Brett Jones TBD
LB Micah Kiser Las Vegas Raiders signed with the Raiders on March 21[32]
OT Bobby Massie TBD
LB Natrez Patrick Detroit Lions originally an RFA, signed with the Lions on May 16[33]
TE Eric Saubert Denver Broncos re-signed May 4[34]
G Austin Schlottmann Minnesota Vikings originally an RFA, signed with the Vikings on March 16[35]
WR Diontae Spencer TBD originally an RFA
DE Shamar Stephen TBD
LB Stephen Weatherly Cleveland Browns signed with the Browns on April 18[36]
NT DeShawn Williams Denver Broncos originally an RFA, re-signed March 18[37]
LB Kenny Young Las Vegas Raiders signed with the Raiders on May 9[38]

Note: Unrestricted free agents who were originally Restricted free agents (RFA) had three accrued seasons whose contracts expired at the end of the previous season, and did not receive a qualifying offer before the start of the 2022 league year on March 16.

Restricted and exclusive-rights

Position Player Tag 2022 team Notes
OT Calvin Anderson RFA Denver Broncos re-signed March 13[39]
TE Andrew Beck RFA Denver Broncos re-signed March 13[39]
LB Jonas Griffith ERFA Denver Broncos assigned tender on March 13[39]
RB Adrian Killins ERFA TBD
S P. J. Locke ERFA Denver Broncos assigned tender on March 13,[39] re-signed April 11[40]
LB Malik Reed RFA Pittsburgh Steelers assigned tender on March 17,[41] re-signed April 11,[40]
traded to the Steelers on August 30[16]
QB Brett Rypien ERFA Denver Broncos assigned tender on March 13,[39] re-signed April 11[40]
Restricted Free Agent (RFA): Players with three accrued seasons whose contracts expired at the end of the previous season
Exclusive-Rights Free Agent (ERFA): Players with two or fewer accrued seasons whose contracts expired at the end of the previous season

Signings

Position Player 2021 team(s) Notes
CB Blessuan Austin Denver Broncos
Seattle Seahawks
signed April 27,[42] waived August 29[43]
CB Essang Bassey Denver Broncos
Los Angeles Chargers
claimed off waivers from the Chargers on February 14,[44] waived September 1,[45]
promoted to the active roster on September 14[46]
G Ben Braden Green Bay Packers signed March 14,[47] released August 15[48]
OT Tom Compton San Francisco 49ers signed March 17,[49] placed on the physically unable to perform list August 23[20]
DE Randy Gregory Dallas Cowboys signed March 18,[50]
RB JaQuan Hardy Dallas Cowboys signed August 10,[51] waived August 29[43]
QB Josh Johnson New York Jets
Baltimore Ravens
signed March 18,[52] released August 30,[16]
assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
DT D. J. Jones San Francisco 49ers signed March 14[53]
CB Donnie Lewis None signed April 27,[42] designated as waived/injured on August 29[43]
RB Latavius Murray Baltimore Ravens signed October 4[54]
RB Devine Ozigbo None claimed off waivers from the New Orleans Saints on August 22,[55]
waived August 30,[16] assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
CB Darius Phillips Cincinnati Bengals signed September 1[45]
WR Trey Quinn None signed April 27,[42] waived August 23[20]
S J. R. Reed Los Angeles Rams
New York Giants
signed March 21,[56] waived August 30[16]
LB Joe Schobert Pittsburgh Steelers signed August 15,[48] released August 23[20]
RB Stevie Scott III None signed August 10,[51] waived August 23[20]
WR Darrius Shepherd None signed August 4,[57] waived August 30,[16]
assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
LB Alex Singleton Philadelphia Eagles signed March 18[58]
TE Eric Tomlinson Baltimore Ravens signed March 15,[59] released August 30,[16] re-signed August 31[60]
OT Billy Turner Green Bay Packers signed March 24[61]
CB K'Waun Williams San Francisco 49ers signed March 23[62]

Departures

Position Player Notes
WR Kendall Hinton released August 30,[16] assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
S Jamar Johnson waived August 16[14]
P Sam Martin released August 29[43]
LB Andre Mintze waived May 16[12]
G Netane Muti waived August 30,[16] assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
NT Mike Purcell released August 30,[16] re-signed August 31[60]
WR Seth Williams waived August 30[16]

Draft

2022 Denver Broncos Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
2 64 Nik Bonitto LB Oklahoma signed May 12[63]
3 80 Greg Dulcich TE UCLA signed May 13[64]
4 115 Damarri Mathis CB Pittsburgh signed June 23[65]
116 Eyioma Uwazurike DE Iowa State signed June 23[65]
5 152 Delarrin Turner-Yell S Oklahoma signed May 12[66]
162 Montrell Washington WR Samford signed May 12[66]
171 Luke Wattenberg C Washington signed May 12[66]
6 206 Matt Henningsen DE Wisconsin signed May 12[66]
7 232 Faion Hicks CB Wisconsin signed May 12,[66] waived August 30,[16]
assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]

Draft trades

Trade partner Broncos give Broncos receive Source
Detroit Lions WR Trinity Benson
2023 sixth-round selection
2022 fifth-round selection (No. 145 overall—later traded to SEA)
2022 seventh-round selection (No. 234 overall—later traded to GB)
[67][68]
Green Bay Packers 2022 fifth-round selection (No. 179 overall—from IND)
2022 seventh-round selection (No. 234 overall—from DET)
2022 fifth-round selection (No. 171 overall) [69]
Houston Texans original 2022 third-round selection (No. 75 overall) 2022 third- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 80 and 162 overall) [70]
Indianapolis Colts 2022 third-round selection (No. 96 overall—from LAR) 2022 fifth-round selection (No. 179 overall—later traded to GB)
2023 third-round selection
[71]
Los Angeles Rams 2024 sixth-round selection LB Kenny Young
2024 seventh-round selection
[72]
LB Von Miller 2022 second-round selection (No. 64 overall)
2022 third-round selection (No. 96 overall—later traded to IND)
[73]
Minnesota Vikings 2022 seventh-round selection (No. 250 overall—from SF) LB Stephen Weatherly
2023 seventh-round selection
[74]
Philadelphia Eagles CB Kary Vincent Jr. 2022 sixth-round selection (No. 206 overall) [75]
San Francisco 49ers original 2022 sixth-round selection (No. 187 overall)
2023 seventh-round selection
LB Jonas Griffith
2022 seventh-round selection (No. 250 overall—later traded to MIN)
[76]
Seattle Seahawks See this section

Post-draft trades

On August 30, the Broncos traded linebacker Malik Reed and a 2023 seventh-round selection to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round selection.[16]

Undrafted free agents

All undrafted free agents were signed at the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 30,[77] unless noted otherwise.

2022 Denver Broncos Undrafted Free Agents
Player Position College Notes
Christopher Allen LB Alabama placed on injured reserve August 10[51]
Max Borghi RB Washington State originally signed and waived by the Indianapolis Colts,
signed by the Broncos on August 3,[78] waived August 16[14]
Cortez Davis CB Hawaii waived May 16[15]
Kaden Davis WR North Missouri State waived August 16[14]
Jeremiah Gemmel LB North Carolina signed August 25,[21] waived August 29[43]
Sebastian Gutierrez OT Minot State waived August 29[43]
Brandon Johnson WR UCF placed on injured reserve August 30[16]
Tyreik McAllister RB Charleston designated as waived/injured on August 10[51]
Ja'Quan McMillian CB East Carolina waived August 30,[16] assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
Kana'i Mauga LB USC waived August 30,[16] assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
Michael Niese OT Temple waived August 30[16]
Dylan Parham TE NC State waived August 30,[16] assigned to the practice squad on August 31[17]
Jalen Virgil WR, RS Appalachian State the only undrafted rookie to make the Week 1 roster
Rodney Williams TE UT Martin waived August 16[14]
Kadofi Wright LB Buffalo waived July 27[24]

Trade for Russell Wilson

On March 16, the Broncos acquired quarterback Russell Wilson and a 2022 fourth-round selection (No. 116 overall) from the Seattle Seahawks, in one of the largest trades in NFL history. The Broncos sent quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive end Shelby Harris, their 2022 first-, second- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 9, 40 and 145 overall) and their 2023 first- and second-round selections to the Seahawks in exchange. In his ten seasons in Seattle (2012–2021), Wilson reached nine Pro Bowls, led the Seahawks to eight playoff appearances and two Super Bowl berths, including a 43–8 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Wilson will become the Broncos' 12th different starting quarterback since Peyton Manning's retirement after their 2015 Super Bowl-winning season—tied with the Washington Commanders for the most in the NFL during that span.[79][80]

Injuries

Position Player Time & type of injury Games missed Source(s)
RB Damarea Crockett knee, preseason workouts season-ending injured reserve, Week 1 [13][78]
TE Greg Dulcich hamstring, training camp injured reserve, Week 1–present [81][60]
LB Randy Gregory knee, Week 4 injured reserve, Week 4–present [54]
CB Michael Ojemudia elbow, preseason injured reserve, Week 1–present [82][60]
WR Tim Patrick knee, preseason workouts season-ending injured reserve, Week 1 [13][78]
S Justin Simmons quad, Week 1 injured reserve, Week 2–present [46]
RB Javonte Williams torn ACL, Week 4 season-ending injured reserve, Week 5 [54]

Practice squad elevations

Each NFL team is permitted to elevate up to two players from the practice squad to the active game day roster per week, with those designated players being allowed to return to the practice squad after each game without being exposed to waivers. Each player can be elevated a maximum of three times.[83]

Week Player(s) promoted Source
2 WR Kendall Hinton, G Netane Muti [84]
3 DE Jonathan Harris, WR Kendall Hinton [85]
4 WR Kendall Hinton, G Netane Muti [86]

Staff

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Front office
  • Owners – Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group
  • CEO – Greg Penner
  • President – Damani Leech
  • General manager – George Paton
  • Assistant general manager – Darren Mougey
  • Director of player personnel – Reed Burckhardt
  • Director of pro personnel – A. J. Durso
  • Executive director of football operations – Kelly Kleine
  • Vice president of football administration – Rich Hurtado
  • Vice president of football operation and compliance – Mark Thewes
  • Vice president of player development – Ray Jackson
  • Director of college scouting – Brian Stark
  • Senior personnel executive – Roman Phifer
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Nick Schiralli
Head coach
Offensive coaches
  • Offensive coordinator – Justin Outten
  • Passing game coordinator/quarterbacks – Klint Kubiak
  • Running backs – Tyrone Wheatley
  • Wide receivers – Zach Azzanni
  • Tight ends – Jake Moreland
  • Offensive line – Butch Barry
  • Assistant offensive line – Ben Steele
  • Offensive quality control – Ramon Chinyoung
  • Offensive quality control – Zach Grossi
  • Marlin Briscoe coaching fellowship – Mateo Kambui
 
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Ejiro Evero
  • Defensive line – Marcus Dixon
  • Linebackers – Peter Hansen
  • Outside linebackers – Bert Watts
  • Defensive backs – Christian Parker
  • Assistant defensive backs – Ola Adams
  • Senior defensive assistant – Dom Capers
  • Defensive quality control – Andrew Carter
  • Defensive/special projects – Bill Kollar
  • Billy Thompson coaching fellowship – DeAndre Thompson
Special teams coaches
Support staff
  • Assistant to head coach – Derek Haithcock
  • Football strategy analyst – Brad Miller
  • Instructional designer – John Vieira
  • Senior assistant – Jerry Rosburg
Strength and Conditioning
  • Head strength and conditioning – Loren Landow
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Richard Guarascio
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Korey Jones
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Pierre Ngo

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Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 13 Dallas Cowboys W 17–7 1–0 Empower Field at Mile High Recap
2 August 20 at Buffalo Bills L 15–42 1–1 Highmark Stadium Recap
3 August 27 Minnesota Vikings W 23–13 2–1 Empower Field at Mile High Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Time (MT) Opponent Result Record Venue TV Recap
1 September 12 6:15 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks L 16–17 0–1 Lumen Field ESPN/ABC Recap
2 September 18 2:25 p.m. Houston Texans W 16–9 1–1 Empower Field at Mile High CBS Recap
3 September 25 6:20 p.m. San Francisco 49ers W 11–10 2–1 Empower Field at Mile High NBC Recap
4 October 2 2:25 p.m. at Las Vegas Raiders L 23–32 2–2 Allegiant Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 6 6:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts Empower Field at Mile High Prime Video
6 October 17 6:15 p.m. at Los Angeles Chargers SoFi Stadium ESPN
7 October 23 2:05 p.m. New York Jets Empower Field at Mile High CBS
8 October 30 7:30 a.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars United Kingdom Wembley Stadium (London) ESPN+
9 Bye
10 November 13 11:00 a.m. at Tennessee Titans Nissan Stadium CBS
11 November 20 2:05 p.m. Las Vegas Raiders Empower Field at Mile High Fox
12 November 27 11:00 a.m. at Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium Fox
13 December 4 11:00 a.m. at Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium CBS
14 December 11 6:20 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs Empower Field at Mile High NBC
15 December 18 2:05 p.m. Arizona Cardinals Empower Field at Mile High Fox
16 December 25 2:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Rams SoFi Stadium CBS/Nick
17 January 1 11:00 a.m. at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium CBS
18 January 7/8 TBD Los Angeles Chargers Empower Field at Mile High TBD

Notes

  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times in Weeks 7, 10–15 and 17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.
  • The date, time and network for Week 18 will be determined at the end of Week 17.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 1: Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 3 10 0316
Seahawks 7 10 0017

at Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • SEA – Jason Myers 49-yard field goal, 7:20. Seahawks 10–3. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 5:54.
  • DEN – Jerry Jeudy 67-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Brandon McManus kick), 5:34. Tied 10–10. Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:46.
  • SEA – Colby Parkinson 25-yard pass from Geno Smith (Jason Myers kick), 2:24. Seahawks 17–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:10.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 40-yard field goal, 0:00. Seahawks 17–13. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 2:24.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays.

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 26-yard field goal, 6:13. Seahawks 17–16. Drive: 15 plays, 72 yards, 6:37.

Top passers

  • DEN – Russell Wilson – 29/42, 340 yards, TD
  • SEA – Geno Smith – 23/28, 195 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • DEN – Jerry Jeudy – 4 receptions, 102 yards, TD
  • SEA – Colby Parkinson – 2 receptions, 43 yards, TD

The 2022 season opener marked Russell Wilson's return to Seattle, where he led the Seahawks to eight playoff appearances and two Super Bowl berths during his ten seasons in Seattle from 2012–2021. After his trade from the Seahawks to the Broncos in March, he became the Broncos' sixth different opening day starting quarterback in as many seasons. This also marked Nathaniel Hackett's debut as the Broncos' head coach.[87]

Each team alternated scoring plays in the first half. The Seahawks took the early lead on the game's opening drive, with quarterback Geno Smith connecting on a 38-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Dissly in the first quarter. Placekicker Brandon McManus got the Broncos on the scoring board, with a 30-yard field goal. The Seahawks increased their lead to 10–3 midway through the second quarter, with a 49-yard field goal. The Broncos then pulled even with the Seahawks, when Wilson threw his first touchdown pass as a Bronco—a 67-yarder to wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. However, the Seahawks responded, with Smith's second touchdown of the first half—a 25-yarder to tight end Colby Parkinson prior to the 2-minute warning. The Broncos' defense held the Seahawks scoreless for the remainder of the game. McManus added a 30-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to narrow the Seahawks' lead to 17–13.[87]

The Broncos had the ball on the 1-yard line on back-to-back drives in the third quarter, but suffered two very costly turnovers when running backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams fumbled on the goal line on two consecutive possessions. In between the two goal line fumbles, Broncos' linebacker Randy Gregory forced a fumble off Seahawks' wide receiver D. K. Metcalf near midfield and a recovery by safety Justin Simmons. After a scoreless third quarter, the Broncos started their first possession of the fourth quarter with 12:50 remaining in the game, but failed to reach the end zone after a 1st-and goal at the 3-yard line. McManus kicked a 26-yard field goal to narrow the Seahawks' lead to 17–16 at the 6:16 mark of the fourth quarter. After the defense forced a three-and-out from the Seahawks' offense, the Broncos started their final drive at their own 22-yard line with 4:02 remaining in the game. Wilson marched the Broncos down the field and forced a 4th-and-5 on the Seahawks' 46-yard line with 56 seconds to play. Instead of calling a timeout and calling a play, Hackett decided to let the clock run down to 20 seconds and called his first timeout to send out placekicker Brandon McManus to kick a 64-yard game-winning field goal, which he missed wide left, sealing the win for the Seahawks. Hackett's decision to burn over 40 seconds of game clock to kick a 64-yard field goal instead of letting the offense try to convert and move the ball further down the field was widely criticized. The Broncos' offense failed to reach the end zone on all three of their red zone trips, including the aforementioned 30-yard field goal by McManus.[87]

Week 2: vs. Houston Texans

Week 2: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 3 3 309
Broncos 3 3 01016

at Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: Sunny, 77 °F (25 °C)
  • Game attendance: 76,191
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton and Michael Grady
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 20-yard field goal, 5:30. Broncos 3–0. Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 2:18.
  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 40-yard field goal, 2:19. Tied 3–3. Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 3:11.

Second quarter

  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 44-yard field goal, 7:20. Texans 6–3. Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 5:32.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 24-yard field goal, 0:20. Tied 6–6. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 3:44.

Third quarter

  • HOU – Ka'imi Fairbairn 24-yard field goal, 8:33. Texans 9–6. Drive: 11 plays, 39 yards, 5:09.

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – Eric Saubert 22-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Brandon McManus kick), 12:37. Broncos 13–9. Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards, 3:56.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 50-yard field goal, 3:36. 'Broncos 16–9. Drive: 12 plays, 54 yards, 6:12.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Through the midway point of the third quarter, all of the scoring came courtesy of the placekickers—40-, 44- and 24-yard field goals by the Texans' Ka'imi Fairbairn, and 24- and 50-yard field goals by the Broncos' Brandon McManus. The 24-yard field goal by Fairbairn occurred after an interception of Broncos' quarterback Russell Wilson on the first possession of the first half. The Broncos took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter, with Wilson connecting on a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Eric Saubert—the game's only touchdown. After forcing a Texans' punt, McManus added a 50-yard field goal with 3:36 remaining in the game. The Broncos' defense forced two Texans' turnovers on downs, ending their rally attempt, and in the process, held the Texans to 234 total yards, helping Nathaniel Hackett earning his first win as Broncos head coach.[88]

Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 3: San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 7 0 0310
Broncos 0 3 2611

at Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 55-yard field goal, 11:56. 49ers 7–3. Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 3:11.

Third quarter

  • DEN – Jimmy Garoppolo sacked by Mike Purcell in the end-zone, safety, 9:53. 49ers 7–5. Drive: 2 plays, -2 yards, 0:38.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Robbie Gould 51-yard field goal, 14:10. 49ers 10–5. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:19.
  • DEN – Melvin Gordon 1-yard run (pass failed), 4:10. Broncos 11–10. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:04.

Top passers

Top rushers

  • SF – Jeff Wilson – 12 rushes, 75 yards
  • DEN – Javonte Williams – 15 rushes, 58 yards

Top receivers

The Broncos' offense had ten drives that ended in a 3-and-out, but their defense stymied the 49ers throughout the entire game. The only scoring plays within the first quarter were a 3-yard touchdown pass from 49ers' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk in the first quarter, and a 55-yard field goal by Broncos' placekicker Brandon McManus early in the second quarter. After the Broncos went 3-and-out on their first two possessions of the third quarter, Garoppolo accidentally stepped out of the back of the end zone for a safety while being pressured by Broncos' nose tackle Mike Purcell—a play which proved critical to the game's outcome. The Broncos trailed 10–5 following a 51-yard field goal by 49ers' placekicker Robbie Gould early in the 4th quarter, but finally found their rhythm on a 12-play, 80-yard drive which running back Melvin Gordon capped off with a 1-yard touchdown run. While they failed to convert the 2-point conversion, they took an 11–10 lead with 4:13 remaining in the game. The Broncos' defense then forced two game-saving turnovers. First, Garoppolo was intercepted by linebacker Jonas Griffith, following a deflection by cornerback Kareem Jackson. Then, after the Broncos went 3-and-out just after the two-minute warning, and in the process, forcing the 49ers to burn two of their team timeouts, safety P.J. Locke forced a fumble off 49ers' running back Jeff Wilson deep in 49ers' territory, with Jackson recovering the fumble to seal the Broncos' victory.[89]

Week 4: at Las Vegas Raiders

Week 4: Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 7 9 0723
Raiders 3 16 31032

at Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, Nevada

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MDT/1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: None (indoor stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,332
  • Referee: Land Clark
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green and Melanie Collins
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • LV – Josh Jacobs 5-yard run (Daniel Carlson kick), 11:46. Raiders 10–7. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:59.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 28-yard field goal, 8:03. Tied 10–10. Drive: 7 plays, 39 yards, 3:42.
  • LV – Amik Robertson 68-yard fumble return (kick failed), 3:15. Raiders 16–10.
  • DEN – Jerry Jeudy 20-yard pass from Russell Wilson (kick failed), 1:24. Tied 16–16. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:51.
  • LV – Daniel Carlson 39-yard field goal, 0:00. Raiders 19–16. Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 1:24.

Third quarter

  • LV – Daniel Carlson 22-yard field goal, 2:27. Raiders 22–16. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 4:42.

Fourth quarter

  • LV – Daniel Carlson 30-yard field goal, 9:50. Raiders 25–16. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 3:15.
  • DEN – Russell Wilson 3-yard run (Brandon McManus kick), 7:16. Raiders 25–23. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:34.
  • LV – Josh Jacobs 7-yard run (Daniel Carlson kick), 2:02. Raiders 32–23. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:14.

Top passers

  • DEN – Russell Wilson – 17/25, 237 yards, 2 TD
  • LV – Derek Carr – 21/34, 188 yards

Top rushers

  • DEN – Russell Wilson – 4 rushes, 29 yards, TD
  • LV – Josh Jacobs – 28 rushes, 144 yards, 2 TD

Top receivers

Week 5: vs. Indianapolis Colts

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Standings

Division

AFC West
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W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Kansas City Chiefs 3 1 0 .750 1–0 1–1 129 96 W1
Los Angeles Chargers 2 2 0 .500 1–1 2–2 92 108 W1
Denver Broncos 2 2 0 .500 0–1 1–1 66 68 L1
Las Vegas Raiders 1 3 0 .250 1–1 1–2 96 100 W1

Conference

AFC
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# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Miami Dolphins East 3 1 0 .750 2–0 3–1 .500 .500 L1
2 Kansas City Chiefs West 3 1 0 .750 1–0 1–1 .469 .500 W1
3 Jacksonville Jaguars South 2 2 0 .500 1–0 2–0 .531 .438 L1
4 Cleveland Browns North 2 2 0 .500 1–0 1–1 .375 .250 L1
Wild Cards
5 Buffalo Bills East 3 1 0 .750 0–1 2–1 .563 .500 W1
6 Cincinnati Bengals North 2 2 0 .500 0–1 2–1 .563 .625 W2
7 Tennessee Titans South 2 2 0 .500 1–0 2–1 .531 .313 W2
In the hunt
8 Baltimore Ravens North 2 2 0 .500 0–0 2–2 .563 .375 L1
9 New York Jets East 2 2 0 .500 0–0 2–2 .438 .375 W1
10 Los Angeles Chargers West 2 2 0 .500 1–1 2–2 .406 .188 W1
11 Denver Broncos West 2 2 0 .500 0–1 1–1 .344 .313 L1
12 Indianapolis Colts South 1 2 1 .375 0–2–1 1–2–1 .469 .750 L1
13 Las Vegas Raiders West 1 3 0 .250 1–1 1–2 .500 .500 W1
14 New England Patriots East 1 3 0 .250 0–1 1–2 .563 .250 L2
15 Pittsburgh Steelers North 1 3 0 .250 1–1 1–3 .438 .500 L3
16 Houston Texans South 0 3 1 .125 0–0–1 0–2–1 .469 .000 L3
Tiebreakers[a]
  1. ^ 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.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye and home-field advantage

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
Passing yards Russell Wilson 980
Passing touchdowns Russell Wilson 4
Rushing yards Javonte Williams 204
Rushing touchdowns Melvin Gordon
Russell Wilson
1
Receptions Courtland Sutton 24
Receiving yards Courtland Sutton 343
Receiving touchdowns Jerry Jeudy 2
Points Brandon McManus 28
Kickoff return yards Montrell Washington 82
Punt return yards Montrell Washington 137
Tackles Josey Jewell 23
Sacks Bradley Chubb 3
Forced fumbles Randy Gregory 2
Interceptions Jonas Griffith 1

Team statistics updated through Week 4.
Source for this section: Denver Broncos' official website.[90]

League rankings

Offense
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Total yards 335.8 YPG 21st
Yards per play 5.4 T–16th
Rushing yards 109.5 YPG 18th
Yards per rush 4.2 19th
Passing yards 226.3 YPG 18th
Yards per pass 7.5 T–8th
Pass completions 80/131 (.611) 26th
Total touchdowns 6 T–29th
Rushing touchdowns 2 T–20th
Receiving touchdowns 4 T–21st
Scoring 16.5 PPG 30th
Red Zone Touchdowns 3/10 (.300) 32nd
Third down efficiency 20/57 (.351) 23rd
Fourth down efficiency 2/4 (.500) T–15th
First downs per game 16.5 30th
Fewest sacks allowed 12 25th
Fewest giveaways 4 T–5th
Fewest penalties 37 32nd
Least penalty yardage 286 30th
Defense
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Total yards 284.8 YPG 4th
Yards per play 4.9 7th
Rushing yards 114.0 YPG 18th
Yards per rush 4.9 20th
Passing yards 170.8 YPG 5th
Yards per pass 6.0 4th
Pass completions 81/129 (.628) 14th
Total touchdowns 6 5th
Rushing touchdowns 2 T–6th
Receiving touchdowns 3 T–2nd
Scoring 17.0 PPG T–5th
Red Zone Touchdowns 3/9 (.333) 1st
Third down efficiency 16/48 (.333) 10th
Fourth down efficiency 1/4 (.250) T–2nd
First downs per game 15.7 4th
Sacks 9 T–8th
Takeaways 4 T–5th
Fewest penalties 24 T–18th
Least penalty yardage 236 27th
Special teams
Category Value NFL rank
(out of 32)
Gross punting 46.0 YPP 20th
Kickoffs 64.1 YPK 12th
Punt returns 15.2 YPR 2nd
Kick returns 16.4 YPR 29th
Punt coverage 6.0 YPR 9th
Kick coverage 21.4 YPR 19th

League statistics updated through Week 4.
Source for this section: Pro-Football Reference.[91]

Awards and honors

Recipient Award(s)
Corliss Waitman Week 3: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week[92]

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