2010 Denver Broncos season

2010 Denver Broncos season

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
Owner Pat Bowlen
Home field INVESCO Field at Mile High
Local radio 850 KOA (AM)
Results
Record 4–12
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)
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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. The regular season was marked by a videotaping scandal dubbed Spygate II 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.[1]

Offseason

Coaching changes

  • On January 13, longtime offensive coordinator/line coach Rick Dennison was hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans.[2]
  • On January 14, longtime running backs coach Bobby Turner was hired to the same position with the Washington Redskins, reuniting him with former Broncos' head coach Mike Shanahan.[3]
  • On January 18, the Broncos and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan decided to mutually part ways.[4]
  • On January 23, the following changes were made to the Broncos' coaching staff: Eric Studesville was hired as the new running backs coach. Bob Ligashesky was hired as the new tight ends coach, a position previously held by Clancy Barone, who was moved to offensive line coach. Bob Wylie was named the assistant offensive line coach. Ben McDaniels, younger brother of former head coach Josh McDaniels, became the quarterbacks coach, while Mike McCoy, who previously served as both quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, will retain his position as offensive coordinator.[5]
  • On January 28, Don Martindale was promoted from linebackers coach to the defensive coordinator position that was previously vacated by Mike Nolan.[6]
  • On February 11, Craig Aukerman, who was previously a linebackers coach at Kent State University, was named the team's defensive assistant.[7]
  • On February 23, the coaching staff was finalized, when Brian Callahan was hired as a coaching assistant.[8]

Roster changes

Free agents

Position Player Tag 2010 Team Notes
DT Justin Bannan UFA Denver Broncos Signed March 5[9]
P Mitch Berger UFA None
LB Elvis Dumervil RFA Denver Broncos Signed tender June 14,[10] contract extension July 22[11]
S Vernon Fox UFA None
G Brandon Gorin UFA None
DE Jarvis Green UFA Denver Broncos Signed March 9,[12] released September 4[13]
LB Nick Greisen UFA Omaha Nighthawks (UFL) Signed April 29,[14] waived August 12[15]
T Ben Hamilton UFA Seattle Seahawks
G/C Russ Hochstein UFA Denver Broncos Signed March 5[16]
DE Vonnie Holliday UFA Washington Redskins
WR Chad Jackson UFA Buffalo Bills
CB Nate Jones UFA Denver Broncos Signed March 5[9]
G Chris Kuper RFA Denver Broncos Signed June 4[17]
CB Ty Law UFA None
WR Brandon Lloyd UFA Denver Broncos Signed March 5[16]
WR Brandon Marshall RFA Miami Dolphins Signed tender April 13,[18] traded to the Dolphins on April 14[19]
QB Kyle Orton RFA Denver Broncos Signed tender April 16,[20] contract extension August 19[21]
PK Matt Prater RFA Denver Broncos Signed March 9[22]
DE Le Kevin Smith RFA Denver Broncos Signed March 11.[23] released September 7,[24]
re-signed October 26,[25] released November 9[26]
Player re-signed by the Broncos

Signings

Position Player Tag 2009 team Notes
RB J. J. Arrington UFA Injured reserve signed March 5,[27] traded to the Philadelphia Eagles on July 31[28]
LB/DE Baraka Atkins UFA San Francisco 49ers signed January 13,[29] waived September 5[30]
LB Akin Ayodele UFA Miami Dolphins signed April 24,[31] released August 24[32]
T Kirk Barton WVR Detroit Lions signed July 7,[33] waived August 23[34]
G Stanley Daniels WVR Green Bay Packers signed May 14,[35] waived December 11,[36]
moved from practice squad to active roster December 22,[37]
on final roster
LB Bruce Davis WVR New England Patriots signed June 1,[38] waived July 27[39]
FB Kyle Eckel UFA New Orleans Saints signed June 4,[40] placed on Injured reserve June 17[41]
C Dustin Fry UFA Carolina Panthers signed January 7,[42] released August 19[43]
G Matt McChesney UFA Injured Reserve signed January 7,[42] retired on May 16[44]
P A. J. Trapasso UFA Tennessee Titans signed January 7,[42] released June 15[45]
RB Kolby Smith WVR Kansas City Chiefs signed June 15,[45] waived August 4[46]
NT Jamal Williams UFA San Diego Chargers signed March 9,[47] on final roster
T Maurice Williams UFA Jacksonville Jaguars signed May 6,[48] released June 4[49]

Departures

Position Player Notes
S Josh Barrett waived August 6, then claimed by the New England Patriots[50]
QB Tom Brandstater released June 4,[49] signed with the Indianapolis Colts on June 7
LB Andra Davis released March 11,[23] signed with the Buffalo Bills on March 16
RB LaMont Jordan released February 23[51]
DT J'Vonne Parker released March 11[23]
DT Kenny Peterson released March 10[52]
QB Chris Simms released March 15,[53] signed with the Tennessee Titans on April 12
C Casey Wiegmann released February 23,[51] signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 12

Trades

2010 draft class

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Signed Cut Notes
1 22 Demaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech July 31[57] [dr 1] [dr 2] [dr 3] [dr 4] [dr 5]
25 Tim Tebow QB Florida July 29[62]
2 45 Zane Beadles OT Utah July 27[63]
3 80 J. D. Walton C Baylor June 17[41]
87 Eric Decker WR Minnesota July 27[39] [dr 6]
4 None [dr 7]
5 137 Perrish Cox CB Oklahoma State June 9[64] [dr 8] [dr 9] [dr 10]
6 183 Eric Olsen C Notre Dame July 24[69]
7 225 Syd'Quan Thompson CB California May 21[70] [dr 11] [dr 12] [dr 13]
232 Jammie Kirlew DE Indiana May 25[72] September 3[73]

Draft notes

Undrafted free agents

All undrafted free agents were signed on April 26,[74] unless noted otherwise.
Position Player College Notes
LB/DE Kevin Alexander Clemson released September 4,[75]
assigned to practice squad September 5,[30]
promoted to active roster October 16,[76]
released December 20[77]
WR Alric Arnett West Virginia waived September 3[73]
RB Toney Baker North Carolina State waived August 23[34]
NT/DE Jaron Baston Missouri released June 17[41]
LB Devin Bishop California released August 20[78]
LB/DT Korey Bosworth UCLA released June 15[45]
S Marcellus Bowman Boston College released May 6[48]
RB Chris Brown Oklahoma released May 3[79]
T Paul Duncan Notre Dame waived September 3[73]
DE Ben Garland Air Force placed on the reserve/military list[75]
TE Riar Geer Colorado released September 4,[75]
assigned to practice squad September 5[30]
WR Patrick Honeycutt Middle Tennessee State waived August 5[80]
WR Dicky Lyons, Jr. Kentucky signed May 3,[79] waived July 6[81]
T Chris Marinelli Stanford waived July 27[39]
S Kyle McCarthy Notre Dame released September 4,[75]
assigned to practice squad September 5,[30]
promoted to active roster October 16,[76]
placed on Injured reserve December 13[82]
TE Nathan Overbay Eastern Washington waived September 3[73]
G Michael Shumard Texas A&M released May 6[48]
NT Jeff Stehle Wisconsin released September 4,[75]
assigned to practice squad September 14,[83]
released October 13[84]
CB Cassius Vaughn Mississippi on final roster
WR Landis Williams Maine waived July 6[81]

Preseason

Schedule

The Broncos preseason schedule was announced on March 31, 2010.[85]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 15 5:00 p.m. MDT at Cincinnati Bengals L 24–33 0–1 Paul Brown Stadium KCNC Recap
2 August 21 7:00 p.m. MDT Detroit Lions L 20–25 0–2 INVESCO Field at Mile High KCNC Recap
3 August 29 6:00 p.m. MDT Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–17 1–2 INVESCO Field at Mile High KDVR Recap
4 September 2 6:00 p.m. MDT at Minnesota Vikings L 24–31 1–3 Mall of America Field at the
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
KCNC Recap

Opening training camp roster

Roster changes

Notable injuries

  • On August 4, shortly after the start of training camp, the Broncos suffered a devastating blow to their defense, when outside linebacker/defensive end Elvis Dumervil suffered a torn pectoral muscle in practice. Though there was speculation that Dumervil would be able to return as early as November,[86] he was placed on Injured Reserve on September 3, and missed the entire 2010 season.[87]

Signings

Position Player Tag 2009 team Notes
RB Andre Brown WVR New York Giants signed September 5,[30]
released September 15,[88]
assigned to practice squad September 17,[89]
moved to active roster September 21,[90]
released October 16[76]
WR Patrick Carter UFA Seattle Seahawks signed August 5,[80] waived August 23[34]
T Chris Clark WVR Minnesota Vikings signed September 5,[30] on final roster
WR Britt Davis UFA New York Jets signed August 5,[80]
released September 4,
assigned to practice squad September 5,[75][30]
moved to active roster December 13[82]
RB Justin Fargas UFA Oakland Raiders signed August 11,[91] released August 30[92]
DE/LB Jason Hunter UFA Detroit Lions signed August 19,[93] on final roster
TE Kory Sperry UFA Miami Dolphins signed August 24[32] waived September 3[73]
DT Kevin Vickerson UFA Tennessee Titans signed September 7,[24] on final roster
RB LenDale White UFA Tennessee Titans signed August 4,[46] placed on Injured Reserve September 3[73]
LB Johnny Williams UFA Pittsburgh Steelers signed August 12,[15] waived September 3[73]
LB Worrell Williams UFA Sacramento Mountain Lions (UFL) signed August 20,[78] released September 4,
assigned to practice squad September 5,[75][30]
released September 14[83]

Roster cuts

During a one-week span from August 23–30, the Broncos began trimming their roster from 80 to 75 players, with the releases of running back Toney Baker, offensive tackles Kirk Barton and Tyler Polumbus, linebacker Akin Ayodele and wide receiver Patrick Carter.[34][32]

The next round of roster cuts occurred on September 3, as the team prepared to trim their roster to 53 players before the September 4 deadline. Nose tackle Chris Baker, tight ends Kory Sperry and Nathan Overbay, offensive tackle Paul Duncan, wide receiver Alric Arnett, linebacker Johnny Williams and one of the team's seventh-round draft picks, defensive end Jammie Kirlew, were all released.[73]

On September 4, linebacker Darrell Reid, defensive end Jarvis Green, tight end Marquez Branson, center Seth Olsen, wide receiver Britt Davis, tight end Riar Geer, linebackers Kevin Alexander and Worrell Williams, safety Kyle McCarthy and nose tackle Jeff Stehle were released, with the latter five players assigned to the practice squad the following day. Other notable transactions that occurred on September 4 involved the team placing defensive end/linebacker Elvis Dumervil and wide receiver Brandon Stokley on the Injured Reserve, trading cornerback Alphonso Smith to the Detroit Lions for tight end Dan Gronkowski, as well as placing undrafted defensive end Ben Garland on the Military reserve list.[75][30]

On September 7, defensive end Le Kevin Smith was released.[24]

Regular season

Schedule

On January 15, 2010, the NFL announced the Broncos' International Series game against the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The game occurred during Week 8 on Sunday, October 31, at 11:00 am MDT (5:00 pm GMT), and was aired by CBS in the United States. The 49ers were the designated home team for this game.[94]

The remainder of the Broncos' schedule was announced on April 20, 2010.[95]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 11:00 a.m. MDT at Jacksonville Jaguars L 17–24 0–1 EverBank Field CBS Recap
2 September 19 2:05 p.m. MDT Seattle Seahawks W 31–14 1–1 INVESCO Field at Mile High Fox Recap
3 September 26 2:15 p.m. MDT Indianapolis Colts L 13–27 1–2 INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS Recap
4 October 3 11:00 a.m. MDT at Tennessee Titans W 26–20 2–2 LP Field CBS Recap
5 October 10 11:00 a.m. MDT at Baltimore Ravens L 17–31 2–3 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 17 2:05 p.m. MDT New York Jets L 20–24 2–4 INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS Recap
7 October 24 2:15 p.m. MDT Oakland Raiders L 14–59 2–5 INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS Recap
8 October 31 11:00 a.m. MDT vs. San Francisco 49ers L 16–24 2–6 Wembley Stadium (London, England) CBS Recap
9 Bye
10 November 14 2:05 p.m. MST Kansas City Chiefs W 49–29 3–6 INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS Recap
11 November 22 6:30 p.m. MST at San Diego Chargers L 14–35 3–7 Qualcomm Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
12 November 28 2:15 p.m. MST St. Louis Rams L 33–36 3–8 INVESCO Field at Mile High Fox Recap
13 December 5 11:00 a.m. MST at Kansas City Chiefs L 6–10 3–9 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 12 2:15 p.m. MST at Arizona Cardinals L 13–43 3–10 University of Phoenix Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 19 2:15 p.m. MST at Oakland Raiders L 23–39 3–11 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum CBS Recap
16 December 26 2:05 p.m. MST Houston Texans W 24–23 4–11 INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS Recap
17 January 2, 2011 2:15 p.m. MST San Diego Chargers L 28–33 4–12 INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast on KTVD.
 #  Blue/Red indicates the International Series game in London.

Week 1 roster

Roster changes

  • On September 21, running back Andre Brown was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.[90]
  • On October 18, wide receiver Matthew Willis was placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve, after suffering a broken foot during the team's 24–20 loss to the New York Jets the previous day.[98] His roster spot was filled on October 19, with the promotion of linebacker Diyral Briggs from the practice squad to the active roster.[99] Briggs was waived just six days later (October 25).[100]
  • On October 26, defensive end Le Kevin Smith, who was released prior to the start of the season during the final roster cut-down to 53 players, was re-signed.[25] Two weeks later, on November 9, Smith was once again released.[26]
  • On December 6, tight end Dan Gronkowski and linebacker Joe Mays were placed on Injured Reserve.[103] Their roster spots were filled the following day (December 7), when the team re-signed tight end Daniel Coats and moved linebacker Lee Robinson from the practice squad to the active roster.[104]
  • On December 13, safety Kyle McCarthy was placed on Injured Reserve. His roster spot was filled, when wide receiver Britt Davis was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.[82]
  • On December 20, the Broncos waived linebacker Kevin Alexander. His roster spot was filled, when the team claimed cornerback Chevis Jackson off waivers from the New England Patriots.[77]
  • On December 22, fullback Spencer Larsen was placed on Injured Reserve. His roster spot was filled, when guard Stanley Daniels, previously waived on December 11, was moved from the practice squad to the active roster.[37]
  • On December 23, placekicker Matt Prater was placed on Injured Reserve. His roster spot was filled, when undrafted rookie guard Jeff Byers was moved from the practice squad to active roster.[105]
  • On December 27, linebacker Lee Robinson was placed on Injured Reserve. His roster spot was filled, when the team signed defensive end/nose tackle Louis Leonard.[106]

Game summaries

Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week One: Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 7 7317
Jaguars 0 7 10724

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: September 12
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. Game book
Game information
First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter
Third quarter
  • JAC – 10:43 Marcedes Lewis 10-yard TD pass from David Garrard, Josh Scobee kick. Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 4:17. (JAC 14–7)
  • DEN – 4:07 Knowshon Moreno 1-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 4 plays, 40 yards, 1:59. (tied 14–14)
  • JAC – 0:45 Josh Scobee 45-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 3:22. (JAC 17–14)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 11:20 Matt Prater 54-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 4:25. (tied 17–17)
  • JAC – 7:59 Kassim Osgood 24-yard TD pass from David Garrard, Josh Scobee kick. Drive: 7 plays, 83 yards, 3:21. (JAC 24–17)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 21/33, 295 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • JAC – David Garrard: 16/21, 170 yards, 3 TD
Top rushers
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 15 rushes, 60 yards, 1 TD
  • JAC – Maurice Jones-Drew: 23 rushes, 98 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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 would answer prior to halftime, as quarterback Kyle Orton found wide receiver Jabar Gaffney on an 8-yard touchdown pass. The Jaguars would re-claim the lead in the third quarter, as Garrard hooked up with Lewis again on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos would respond, 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 would catch 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.[107]

With the loss, the Broncos began its season at 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week Two: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 0 0 7714
Broncos 7 10 7731

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: September 19
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 91 °F (33 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 75,130
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DEN – 10:30 Correll Buckhalter 1-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 4:41. (DEN 14–0)
  • DEN – 0:11 Matt Prater 20-yard FG. Drive: 16 plays, 91 yards, 6:07. (DEN 17–0)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 9:11 Demaryius Thomas 21-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:56. (DEN 31–7)
  • SEA – 5:59 Matt Hasselbeck 20-yard TD run, Olindo Mare kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:12. (DEN 31–7)
Top passers
  • SEA – Matt Hasselbeck: 20/35, 233 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 25/35, 307 yards, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • SEA – Justin Forsett: 8 rushes, 44 yards
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 24 rushes, 51 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • SEA – Golden Tate: 1 reception, 52 yards
  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas: 8 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

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.[108]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 1–1.

Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week Three: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Colts 6 7 7727
Broncos 0 3 10013

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: September 26
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,401
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • IND – 7:35 Adam Vinatieri 38-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 3:11. (IND 3–0)
  • IND – 1:38 Adam Vinatieri 33-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, -1 yards, 0:53. (IND 6–0)
Second quarter
  • IND – 10:37 Austin Collie 5-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, Adam Vinatieri kick. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 3:00. (IND 13–0)
  • DEN – 0:12 Matt Prater 25-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 54 yards, 1:37. (IND 13–3)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 11:40 Brandon Lloyd 48-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:20. (IND 13–10)
  • IND – 4:51 Blair White 9-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, Adam Vinatieri kick. Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 4:40. (IND 20–10)
  • DEN – 2:24 Matt Prater 34-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 64 yards, 2:27. (IND 20–13)
Fourth quarter
  • IND – 4:26 Austin Collie 23-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, Adam Vinatieri kick. Drive: 9 plays, 88 yards, 4:16. (IND 27–13)
Top passers
  • IND – Peyton Manning: 27/43, 325 yards, 3 TD
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 37/57, 476 yards 1 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • IND – Austin Collie: 12 receptions, 171 yards, 2 TD
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 6 receptions, 169 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • IND – Kelvin Hayden: 10 tackles
  • DEN – Nate Jones: 6 tackles, 1 assist

Coming off their win over the Seahawks, the Broncos played 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.[109]

With the loss, the Broncos fell to 1–2.

Footnote

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 number 11 decal on their helmets in his honor.[109]

Week 4: at Tennessee Titans

Week Four: Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 10 61026
Titans 0 10 10020

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 3
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. Game book
Game information
First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter
  • DEN – 11:24 Eddie Royal 2-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 5 plays, 68 yards, 2:23. (DEN 7–0)
  • TEN – 9:18 Kenny Britt 8-yard TD pass from Vince Young, Rob Bironas kick. Drive: 4 plays, 71 yards, 2:06. (tied 7–7)
  • DEN – 0:23 Matt Prater 36-yard FG. Drive: 13 plays, 62 yards, 4:28. (DEN 10–7)
  • TEN – 0:00 Rob Bironas 55-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 26 yards, 0:23. (tied 10–10)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 10:30 Matt Prater 36-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:30. (DEN 13–10)
  • TEN – 10:19 Marc Mariani 98-yard kickoff return for a TD, Rob Bironas kick. Drive: 0:11. (TEN 17–13)
  • DEN – 8:12 Matt Prater 35-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 2:07. (TEN 17–16)
  • TEN – 5:00 Rob Bironas 46-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 39 yards, 3:12. (TEN 20–16)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 1:33 Correll Buckhalter 6-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 5 plays, 49 yards, 1:09. (DEN 23–20)
  • DEN – 0:28 Matt Prater 36-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, -1 yards, 1:05. (DEN 26–20)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 35/50, 341 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • TEN – Vince Young: 17/28, 173 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 3 rushes, 11 yards
  • TEN – Chris Johnson: 19 rushes, 53 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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 would retake 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.[110]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 2–2.

Week 5: at Baltimore Ravens

Week Five: Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 7 01017
Ravens 7 10 01431

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: October 10
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 71,246
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • BAL – 10:16 Ray Rice 1-yard TD run, Billy Cundiff kick. Drive: 5 plays, 72 yards, 2:30. (BAL 14–0)
  • BAL – 9:21 Billy Cundiff 37-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 0:48. (BAL 17–0)
  • DEN – 0:48 Brandon Lloyd 42-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, 1:09. (BAL 17–7)
Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter
  • BAL – 14:21 Ray Rice 1-yard TD run, Billy Cundiff kick. Drive: 14 plays, 72 yards, 7:25. (BAL 24–7)
  • DEN – 11:50 Matt Prater38-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards, 2:31. (BAL 24–10)
  • BAL – 5:06 Willis McGahee 30-yard TD run, Billy Cundiff kick. Drive: 11 plays, 90 yards, 6:44. (BAL 31–10)
  • DEN – 0:35 Brandon Lloyd 44-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 5 plays, 90 yards, 1:16. (BAL 31–17)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 23/38, 314 yards, 2 TD
  • BAL – Joe Flacco: 14/25, 196 yards
Top rushers
  • DEN – Laurence Maroney: 6 rushes, 27 yards
  • BAL – Ray Rice: 27 rushes, 133 yards, 2 TD
Top receivers
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 5 receptions, 135 yards, 2 TD
  • BAL – Ed Dickson: 1 reception, 58 yards
Top tacklers

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.[111]

With the loss, the Broncos fell to 2–3.

Week 6: vs. New York Jets

Week Six: New York Jets at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 7 31424
Broncos 0 10 7320

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: October 17
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 75,982
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter
  • NYJ – 14:54 Braylon Edwards 32-yard TD pass from Mark Sanchez, Nick Folk kick. Drive: 13 plays, 77 yards, 6:40. (NYJ 7–0)
  • DEN – 11:11 Tim Tebow 5-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:43. (tied 7–7)
  • DEN – 0:00 Matt Prater 59-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 24 yards, 0:39. (DEN 10–7)
Third quarter
  • NYJ – 6:41 Nick Folk 56-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, 2:57. (tied 10–10)
  • DEN – 1:23 Demaryius Thomas 17-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 5 plays, 66 yards, 1:36. (DEN 17–10)
Fourth quarter
  • NYJ – 8:36 LaDainian Tomlinson 20-yard TD run, Nick Folk kick. Drive: 5 plays, 54 yards, 2:07. (tied 17–17)
  • DEN – 3:55 Matt Prater 48-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 4:41. (DEN 20–17)
  • NYJ – 1:13 LaDainian Tomlinson 2-yard TD run, Nick Folk kick. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 2:42. (NYJ 24–20)
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez: 17/30, 198 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 14/34, 209 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
  • NYJ – LaDainian Tomlinson: 16 rushes, 55 yards, 2 TD
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 12 rushes, 48 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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.[112]

With the loss, the Broncos fell to 2–4.

Week 7: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week Seven: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 24 14 21059
Broncos 0 7 7014

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: October 24
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 75,835
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • OAK – 10:44 Zach Miller 43-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:16. (OAK 7–0)
  • OAK – 10:36 Chris Johnson 30-yard interception return for a TD, Sebastian Janikowski kick. (OAK 14–0)
  • OAK – 8:58 Darren McFadden 4-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 3 plays, 21 yards, 1:04. (OAK 21–0)
  • OAK – 4:20 Sebastian Janikowski 31-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 2:52. (OAK 24–0)
Second quarter
  • OAK – 14:36 Darren McFadden 19-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 3:15. (OAK 31–0)
  • OAK – 7:58 Darren McFadden 4-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 3 plays, 14 yards 1:48. (OAK 38–0)
  • DEN – 1:56 Knowshon Moreno 7-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 9 plays, 68 yards, 3:17. (OAK 38–7)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 13:34 Knowshon Moreno 27-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 3 plays, 64 yards, 1:26. (OAK 38–14)
  • OAK – 7:33 Marcel Reece 1-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 6:01. (OAK 45–14)
  • OAK – 5:28 Darren McFadden 57-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 1 play, 57 yards, 0:11. (OAK 52–14)
  • OAK – 0:27 Michael Bush 1-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 7 plays, 68 yards, 3:59. (OAK 59–14)
Fourth quarter

No scoring

Top passers
  • OAK – Jason Campbell: 12/20, 204 yards, 2 TD
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 12/29, 198 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • OAK – Darren McFadden: 16 rushes, 165 yards, 3 TD
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 14 rushes, 53 yards
Top receivers
  • OAK – Zach Miller: 3 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD
  • DEN – Jabar Gaffney: 4 receptions, 54 yards
Top tacklers

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 would finally get 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.[113]

The Broncos not only fell to 2–5, but suffered their 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.

Week 8: at San Francisco 49ers

International Series

Week Eight: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 0 7916
49ers 3 0 02124

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

  • Date: October 31
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • SF – 0:23 Joe Nedney 34-yard FG. Drive: 13 plays, 65 yards, 7:31. (SF 3–0)
Second quarter

No scoring

Third quarter
  • DEN – 8:08 Tim Tebow 1-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 5 plays, 89 yards, 2:15. (DEN 7–3)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 14:13 Matt Prater 32-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 2:11. (DEN 10–3)
  • SF – 11:51 Troy Smith 1-yard TD run, Joe Nedney kick. Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:22. (tied 10–10)
  • SF – 7:23 Michael Crabtree 28-yard TD pass from Troy Smith, Joe Nedney kick. Drive: 4 plays, 48 yards, 2:11. (SF 17–10)
  • SF – 3:47 Frank Gore 3-yard TD run, Joe Nedney kick. Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 3:20. (SF 24–10)
  • DEN – 2:19 Brandon Lloyd 1-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, kick blocked. Drive: 7 plays, 78 yards, 1:28. (SF 24–16)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 28/40, 370 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • SF – Troy Smith: 12/19, 196 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 11 rushes, 40 yards
  • SF – Frank Gore: 29 rushes, 118 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 7 receptions, 169 yards, 1 TD
  • SF – Delanie Walker: 5 receptions, 85 yards
Top tacklers

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.[114]

With the loss, the Broncos went into their bye week at 2–6.

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.

Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week Ten: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 0 10 71229
Broncos 21 14 7749

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 14
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 75,334
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – 12:02 Knowshon Moreno 17-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:58. (DEN 7–0)
  • DEN – 4:19 Brandon Lloyd 6-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 9 plays, 82 yards, 4:37. (DEN 14–0)
  • DEN – 1:19 Jabar Gaffney 40-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive:' 3 plays, 53 yards, 1:15. (DEN 21–0)
Second quarter
  • DEN – 10:07 Tim Tebow 1-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 3:10. (DEN 28–0)
  • DEN – 5:48 Jason Hunter 75-yard fumble return for a TD, Matt Prater kick. (DEN 35–0)
  • KC – Jamaal Charles 5-yard TD pass from Matt Cassel, Ryan Succop kick. Drive: 9 plays, 83 yards, 4:20. (DEN 35–7)
  • KC – 0:00 Ryan Succop 40-yard FG. Drive: 1 play, 0:01. (DEN 35–10)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 9:24 Spencer Larsen 3-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 4:45. (DEN 42–10)
  • KC – 2:22 Dwayne Bowe 15-yard TD pass from Matt Cassel, Ryan Succop kick. Drive: 4 plays, 38 yards, 1:22. (DEN 42–17)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 11:47 Brandon Lloyd 15-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 5:35. (DEN 49–17)
  • KC – 6:54 Chris Chambers 11-yard TD pass from Matt Cassel, two-point pass failed. Drive: 15 plays, 83 yards, 4:53. (DEN 49–23)
  • KC – 0:10 Dwayne Bowe 22-yard TD pass from Matt Cassel, two-point pass failed. Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards, 1:45. (DEN 49–29)
Top passers
  • KC – Matt Cassel: 33/53, 469 yards, 4 TD
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 22/34, 296 yards, 4 TD
Top rushers
  • KC – Jamaal Charles: 14 rushes, 41 yards
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 22 rushes, 106 yards
Top receivers
  • KC – Dwayne Bowe: 13 receptions, 186 yards, 2 TD
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 6 receptions, 90 yards, 2 TD
Top tacklers

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.[115]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 3–6.

Week 11: at San Diego Chargers

Week Eleven: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 7 0 0714
Chargers 7 14 7735

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. MST/5:30 p.m. Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SD – 7:58 Mike Tolbert 1-yard TD run, Nate Kaeding kick. Drive: 6 plays, 87 yards, 2:38. (SD 14–7)
  • SD – 2:05 Patrick Crayton 40-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers, Nate Kaeding kick. Drive: 2 plays, 54 yards, 0:54. (SD 21–7)
Third quarter
  • SD – 12:36 Darren Sproles 57-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers, Nate Kaeding kick. Drive: 5 plays, 72 plays, 2:24. (SD 28–7)
Fourth quarter
  • SD – 14:16 Jacob Hester 3-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers, Nate Kaeding kick. Drive: 11 plays, 53 yards, 6:29. (SD 35–7)
  • DEN – 8:48 Brandon Lloyd 13-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:39. (SD 35–14)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 24/38, 217 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • SD – Philip Rivers: 15/24, 233 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 13 rushes, 58 yards, 1 TD
  • SD – Mike Tolbert: 25 rushes, 111 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 6 receptions, 78 yards, 1 TD
  • SD – Patrick Crayton: 3 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

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 would add 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.[116]

With the loss, Denver fell to 3–7.

Week 12: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week Twelve: St. Louis Rams at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rams 7 19 7336
Broncos 10 3 02033

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: November 28
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,736
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DEN – 12:27 Matt Prater 40-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:05. (DEN 13–7)
  • STL – 5:45 Billy Bajema 2-yard TD pass from Sam Bradford, Josh Brown kick. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 6:42. (STL 14–13)
  • STL – 2:53 Billy Bajema 26-yard TD pass from Sam Bradford, kick failed. Drive: 4 plays, 71 yards, 1:15. (STL 20–13)
  • STL – 0:54 Josh Brown 28-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 50 yards, 1:33. (STL 23–13)
  • STL – 0:14 Josh Brown 37-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 0:33. (STL 26–13)
Third quarter
  • STL – 8:55 Kenneth Darby 1-yard TD run, Josh Brown kick. Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 2:05. (STL 33–13)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 14:54 Brandon Lloyd 41-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 3 plays, 65 yards, 1:01. (STL 33–20)
  • STL – 10:50 Josh Brown 26-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 67 yards, 4:04. (STL 36–20)
  • DEN – 4:50 Eddie Royal 16-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, two-point pass failed. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 3:09. (STL 36–26)
  • DEN – 2:35 Brandon Lloyd 5-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards, 1:51. (STL 36–33)
Top passers
  • STL – Sam Bradford: 22/37, 308 yards, 3 TD
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 24/41, 347 yards, 3 TD
Top rushers
  • STL – Stephen Jackson: 29 rushes, 72 yards
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 12 rushes, 56 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • STL – Danario Alexander: 4 receptions, 95 yards
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 4 receptions, 76 yards, 2 TD
Top tacklers

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 would reel off 26 unanswered 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.[117]

With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 3–8, matching their loss total from the previous two seasons.

Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week Thirteen: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 3 036
Chiefs 7 3 0010

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 5
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: 26 °F (−3 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 67,267
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DEN – 1:19 Matt Prater 25-yard FG. Drive: 12 plays, 85 yards, 5:20. (KC 7–3)
  • KC – 0:03 Ryan Succop 47-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 1:16. (KC 10–3)
Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 13:42 Matt Prater 41-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 44 yards, 2:42. (KC 10–6)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 9/28, 117 yards
  • KC – Matt Cassel: 17/31, 196 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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, in what would be 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.[118]

With the loss, the Broncos fell to 3–9, and were officially eliminated from postseason contention. One day later, head coach Josh McDaniels was fired, and replaced by running backs coach Eric Studesville on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.[119]

Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals

Week Fourteen: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 3 0 01013
Cardinals 3 13 32443

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 12
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 62,223
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – 10:36 Steven Hauschka 32-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 4:24. (DEN 3–0)
  • ARI – 4:35 Jay Feely 36-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 0:58. (tied 3–3)
Second quarter
  • ARI – 11:50 Jay Feely 48-yard FG. Drive: 7 yards, 17 yards, 2:58. (ARI 6–3)
  • ARI – 4:02 Jay Feely 5-yard fake-FG run for a TD, Jay Feely kick. Drive: 5 plays, 24 yards, 2:01. (ARI 13–3)
  • ARI – 0:02 Jay Feely 55-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 37 yards, 1:42. (ARI 16–3)
Third quarter
  • ARI – 9:40 Jay Feely 23-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 5:20. (ARI 19–3)
Fourth quarter
  • ARI – 14:55 Jay Feely 49-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:04. (ARI 22–3)
  • DEN – 11:20 Steven Hauschka 30-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 13 yards, 2:16. (ARI 22–6)
  • ARI – 6:07 Tim Hightower 8-yard TD run, Jay Feely kick. Drive: 8 plays, 79 yards, 5:13. (ARI 29–6)
  • DEN – 3:31 Knowshon Moreno 1-yard TD run, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 7 plays, 71 yards, 2:36. (ARI 29–13)
  • ARI – 3:09 Tim Hightower 35-yard TD run, Jay Feely kick. Drive: 3 plays, 41 yards, 0:22. (ARI 36–13)
  • ARI – 2:42 Darnell Dockett fumble recovery in the end zone, Jay Feely kick. (ARI 43–13)
Top passers
Top rushers
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 19 rushes, 81 yards, 1 TD
  • ARI – Tim Hightower: 18 rushes, 148 yards, 2 TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, the Broncos traveled to 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 would account 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 would cut the lead to 22–6, but the Cardinals would answer, with an 8-yard touchdown run by running back Tim Hightower. The Broncos would respond, 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).[120]

With the loss, the Broncos not only dropped to 3–10, but also suffered their first-ever loss to the Cardinals. The loss also guarantees that the Broncos will finish in fourth-place in the AFC West at the end of the season.

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders

Week Fifteen: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 14 3 3323
Raiders 14 3 61639

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: December 19
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST/1:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), cloudy/rainy
  • Game attendance: 44,246
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • OAK – 13:14 Jacoby Ford 71-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 1 play, 71 yards, 0:12. (OAK 7–0)
  • DEN – 9:40 Tim Tebow 40-yard TD run, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 3 plays, 26 yards, 1:56. (tied 7–7)
  • DEN – 7:38 Brandon Lloyd 33-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 2 plays, 32 yards, 0:44. (DEN 14–7)
  • OAK – 3:20 Michael Bush 1-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 4:18. (tied 14–14)
Second quarter
  • DEN – 14:09 Steven Hauschka 46-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:11. (DEN 17–14)
  • OAK – 1:02 Sebastian Janikowski 49-yard FG. Drive: 5 plays, 23 yards, 1:21. (tied 17–17)
Third quarter
  • OAK – 7:27 Sebastian Janikowski 35-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 1:30. (OAK 20–17)
  • DEN – 5:03 Steven Hauschka 35-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 2:24. (tied 20–20)
  • OAK – 1:29 Sebastian Janikowski 47-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 37 yards, 3:34. OAK 23–20)
Fourth quarter
  • OAK – 14:32 Marcel Reece 73-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 1 play, 73 yards, 0:12. (OAK 30–20)
  • DEN – 10:04 Steven Hauschka 45-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards, 4:28. (OAK 30–23)
  • OAK – 7:37 Quentin Groves tackled Correll Buckhalter in the end zone for a safety (OAK 32–23)
  • OAK – 3:37 Michael Bush 1-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 4:00. (OAK 39–23)
Top passers
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 8/16 138 yards, 1 TD
  • OAK – Jason Campbell: 15/26, 238 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Top rushers
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 8 rushes, 78 yards, 1 TD
  • OAK – Darren McFadden: 20 rushes, 119 yards
Top receivers
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 4 receptions, 79 yards, 1 TD
  • OAK – Marcel Reece: 2 receptions, 79 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

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 would tie 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.[121]

With the loss, the Broncos not only dropped to 3–11, but also tied their franchise record for losses in a season.

Week 16: vs. Houston Texans

Week Sixteen: Houston Texans at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Texans 7 10 6023
Broncos 0 0 101424

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 26
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,691
  • Referee: Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • HOU – 11:43 Owen Daniels 3-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub, Neil Rackers kick. Drive: 6 plays, 86 yards, 3:42. (HOU 14–0)
  • HOU – 0:22 Neil Rackers 34-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 37 yards, 3:42. (HOU 17–0)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 12:58 Correll Buckhalter 6-yard TD run, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 2:02. (HOU 17–7)
  • HOU – 10:14 Neil Rackers 54-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 2:44. (HOU 20–7)
  • DEN – 7:06 Steven Hauschka 27-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 71 yards, 3:08. (HOU 20–10)
  • HOU – 2:34 Neil Rackers 57-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:32. (HOU 23–10)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 10:55 Correll Buckhalter 23-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 12 plays, 74 yards, 6:39. (HOU 23–17)
  • DEN – 3:02 Tim Tebow 6-yard TD run, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards, 4:40. (DEN 24–23)
Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Schaub: 23/33, 310 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 16/29, 308 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • HOU – Arian Foster: 19 rushes, 91 yards, 1 TD
  • DEN – Correll Buckhalter: 11 rushes, 42 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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.[122]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 4–11.

Week 17: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week Seventeen: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 16 10733
Broncos 7 0 71428

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 2
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 74,155
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Steve Beuerlein (color commentator)
  • Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SD – 13:52 Ryan Mathews 27-yard TD run, Nate Kaeding kick. Drive: 8 plays, 76 yards, 4:05. (tied 7–7)
  • SD – 9:59 Nate Kaeding 42-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 2:11. (SD 10–7)
  • SD – 3:45 Nate Kaeding 45-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 5:05. (SD 13–7)
  • SD – 0:09 Nate Kaeding 47-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards, 1:33. (SD 16–7)
Third quarter
  • SD – 11:10 Ryan Mathews 12-yard TD run, Nate Kaeding kick. Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, 2:34. (SD 23–7)
  • SD – 8:31 Nate Kaeding 37-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 0:58. (SD 26–7)
  • DEN – 3:15 Eric Decker 6-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 11 plays, 83 yards, 5:16. (SD 26–14)
Fourth quarter
  • SD – 7:55 Ryan Mathews 31-yard TD run, Nate Kaeding kick. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 4:13. (SD 33–14)
  • DEN – 7:42 Cassius Vaughn 97-yard kickoff return for a TD, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 0:13. (SD 33–21)
  • DEN – 0:26 Tim Tebow 6-yard TD run, Steven Hauschka kick. Drive: 12 plays, 92 yards, 2:23. (SD 33–28)
Top passers
  • SD – Philip Rivers: 21/37, 313 yards, 1 INT
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 16/36, 205 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Top rushers
  • SD – Ryan Mathews: 26 rushes, 120 yards, 3 TD
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 13 rushes, 94 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • SD – Legedu Naanee: 4 receptions, 79 yards
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 5 receptions, 73 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

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 finished the 2010 season at 4–12, setting a new franchise record for losses in a single season.[123]

Final standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
y (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
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 6–0 6–6 410 371 W1
Denver Broncos 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 344 471 L1

Videotaping scandal

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 game at Wembley Stadium in London, England.[124] 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.[124]

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. carnecchia 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.[125]

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."[125]

Scarnecchia had previously been cited for his role in the Patriots videotaping scandal; he worked for the Patriots from 2001–2004, during the period (2000 – September 2007) of their accused illegal taping. The NFL determined that as a repeat offender of the NFL's "integrity of the game" policy, he is 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 said that if any more accusations came to light, he would re-open the investigation.[125]

Firing of Josh McDaniels

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 "unforgivable."[126]

Running backs coach Eric Studesville was named interim coach that same day.[119]

Statistics

Team leaders

Category Player(s) Value
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[b]
Receiving touchdowns Brandon Lloyd 11
Points Matt Prater 76
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
Brian Dawkins
Mario Haggan
Lance Ball
2
Interceptions Champ Bailey
Renaldo Hill
Syd'Quan Thompson
2

^[b] Denotes league leader.[127]
Source for this section: Denver Broncos' official website.[128]

League rankings

Offense
Category Value NFL rank
Total yards 348.9 YPG 13th
Rushing yards 96.5 YPG 26th
Passing yards 252.4 YPG 7th
Yards per play 5.5 12th
Scoring 21.5 PPG 19th
Pass completions 334/580 (.576) 25th
Third downs 67/207 (.324) 28th
Possession average 28:09 28th
Turnover differential -9 28th
Defense
Category Value NFL rank
Total yards 390.8 YPG 32nd
Rushing yards 154.6 YPG 31st
Passing yards 236.2 YPG 25th
Yards per play 5.9 29th
Scoring 29.4 PPG 32nd
Pass completions 297/502 (.592) 13th
Third downs 80/209 (.383) T-17th
Sacks 23 32nd
Forced fumbles 13 T-19th
Interceptions 10 T-30th
Special teams
Category Value NFL rank
Kickoff returns 24.3 YPR 7th
Punt returns 10.4 YPR 16th
Gross punting 44.6 YPP 10th
Net punting 38.2 YPP 22nd
Kickoff coverage 24.7 YPR 29th
Punt coverage 11 YPR 24th

Source for this section: NFL.com.[129]

Awards and honors

Recipient Award(s)
Champ Bailey Named to the All Fundamentals Team by the NFL Players Association[130]
Named to the Pro Bowl roster for the tenth time in his career, setting a new NFL record for cornerbacks[131]
Brandon Lloyd Named to the AFC Pro Bowl team. Lloyd led the NFL with 1,448 receiving yards[132][127]
Voted to The Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team[133]
Kyle Orton Week 4: FedEx Air Player of the Week.[134]
Week 10: AFC Offensive Player of the Week[135]
Tim Tebow Week 10: Pepsi Rookie of the Week[136]
Week 16: Pepsi Rookie of the Week[137]
Wesley Woodyard Named as the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year[138]

Other news and notes

  • On March 30, longtime placekicker Jason Elam, who spent his first 15 seasons with the Broncos (1993–2007) and his final two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2008–2009), signed a one-day contract in order to officially retire as a Bronco.[139][140]

Staff

Final roster

References

External links

  • The Denver Post – Complete Broncos Coverage
  • 2010 Season page on Pro Football Reference
  • 2010 Denver Broncos at ESPN