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2011 Denver Broncos season
Head Coach John Fox
General Manager Brian Xanders
Home Field Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Results
Record 7–5
Place 1st AFC West
Playoff Finish
Timeline
Previous season Next season
2010 2012

The 2011 Denver Broncos season is the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League and the 52nd overall. It also marks the first season under new head coach John Fox, as well as the first with John Elway as the team's Executive Vice President of Football Operations. With a 7–5 record, the Broncos have exceeded their win total from 2010, in which the team set a new franchise record for losses in a single season, with a 4–12 record.[1] The Broncos selected linebacker Von Miller as the #2 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

On July 25, the NFLPA and NFL owners agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement, which was ratified on August 4.[2] The Broncos training camp began on July 28 at the team headquarters in Dove Valley, Colorado, and the preseason and regular season started on time.[3]

The first five weeks of the season were dominated by a quarterback controversy involving Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, with fans voicing their displeasure with the play of Orton, which resulted in a 1–4 start, and the public outcry for Tebow to be moved to starter. On October 11, Tebow was named the starter for the team's Week 7 game at the Miami Dolphins on October 23, and has led the Broncos to a 6–1 record, despite constant criticism of Tebow's ability as a passer.[4] Orton was later waived on November 22.[5] On October 17, shortly after the quarterback change, the team traded wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for a conditional 2012 draft selection.[6]

OffseasonEdit

Personnel changesEdit

  • On January 5, Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway was hired as the team's Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Brian Xanders will remain as general manager, but Elway will have the final word in all football matters. Joe Ellis, who served as the team's chief operating officer for the past three years, was promoted to team president.[7]
  • On January 17, the following changes were made to the Broncos' coaching staff: Clancy Barone was moved from offensive line coach to tight ends coach, replacing Bob Ligashesky. Dave Magazu was named the new offensive line coach. Tyke Tolbert was named the new wide receivers coach. Magazu and Tolbert both previously served on John Fox's staff with the Panthers. Brian Callahan was moved to the offensive quality control position, while Jay Rodgers was moved to the defensive quality control position. Eric Studesville, who served as the team's interim head coach for the final four games of the 2010 season, will retain his position as running backs coach.[9]
  • On January 20, Adam Gase, who served as the Broncos' wide receivers coach during the previous two seasons, was named the team's new quarterbacks coach, replacing Ben McDaniels. That same day, Jeff Rodgers, who served on John Fox's staff with the Panthers during the previous two seasons, was named the team's new special teams coach.[10]
  • On January 24, the Broncos hired former New Orleans Saints' secondary coach Dennis Allen as the team's new defensive coordinator, replacing Don Martindale.[11] The following day (January 25), the team hired Ron Milus as the new secondary coach and Richard Smith as the new linebackers coach. Milus previously served as the Broncos' secondary coach in 2000, while Smith previously served as the Broncos' special teams coach and linebackers coach in the mid-1990s, and both previously served on John Fox's staff with the Panthers during the past two seasons.[12]
  • On January 27, the coaching staff was finalized, when Keith Burns was brought back as the assistant special teams coach and Sam Garnes was hired as the teams' new assistant secondary coach. Garnes served on John Fox's staff with the Panthers last season.[13]

Pre-lockout roster changesEdit

The Broncos made the following roster moves prior to the decertification of the NFLPA on March 11 and subsequent 2011 NFL Lockout:

2011 draft classEdit

Despite the 2011 NFL Lockout, the 2011 NFL Draft was held from April 28–30. However, no undrafted free agents were signed until after the lockout ended on July 25.[18]

Round Selection Player Position College Signed Cut Notes
1 2 Von Miller LB Texas A&M July 28[19]
2 45 Rahim Moore S UCLA July 28[20] [dr 1]
46 Orlando Franklin T Miami July 29[22] [dr 2]
3 67 Nate Irving LB NC State July 29[22]
4 108 Quinton Carter S Oklahoma July 29[22] [dr 3] [dr 4]
129 Julius Thomas TE Portland State July 27[25] [dr 5]
5 None [dr 6] [dr 7]
6 189 Mike Mohamed LB California July 27[25] September 22[29] [dr 8] [dr 9]
7 204 Virgil Green TE Nevada July 27[25] [dr 10]
247 Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma July 27[25] September 3[31] [dr 11]

Draft notesEdit

  1. Caldwell, Gray (January 2, 2011). "Broncos Fall in Season Finale". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-Fall-in-Season-Finale/17e60c37-f9ef-4857-bbba-f2c174277bcb. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  2. Jones, Lindsay (August 4, 2011). "CBA done, full Broncos roster takes field". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/08/04/cba-done-full-broncos-roster-takes-field/8707/. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  3. Legan, Kenny (July 28, 2011). "Training Camp Gets Underway". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Training-Camp-Gets-Underway/15582d9c-5424-4573-b03d-84f690ee0c8e. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  4. Klis, Mike (October 11, 2011). "Tim Tebow named Broncos' starting quarterback". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_19087742. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  5. Klis, Mike (November 22, 2011). "Denver Broncos cut QB Kyle Orton; Chicago Bears might be next". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_19391873. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  6. Klis, Mike (October 17, 2011). "Denver Broncos trade Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis Rams". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_19131036. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  7. Caldwell, Gray (January 5, 2011). "Elway Joins Front Office". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Elway-Joins-Front-Office/b5a8ebe0-71e5-483d-bca5-9acdcf3877c5. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  8. Klis, Mike (January 13, 2011). "John Fox named Broncos head coach, Elway says". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_17087361. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  9. Detweiler, Eric (January 17, 2011). "Fox Begins Staff". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Fox-Begins-Staff/d9daf123-78d2-4d6b-a870-7b0b4ea1f148. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  10. Detweiler, Eric (January 20, 2011). "Rodgers, Gase Join Staff". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Rodgers-Gase-Join-Staff/5f1feb03-a5e0-4c5b-b8b4-791cae7c3aa4. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  11. Legwold, Jeff (January 24, 2011). "Allen new D-coordinator". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_17189158. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  12. Detweiler, Eric (January 25, 2011). "Milus, Smith Join Staff". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Milus-Smith-Join-Staff/9e0f6246-ab88-4c70-a89b-90cd9c47f562. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  13. Caldwell, Gray (January 27, 2011). "2011 Coaching Staff Finalized". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/2011-Coaching-Staff-Finalized/ffa21c87-724f-4b9a-9159-a3598a629d3a. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  14. "Broncos sign Four To Reserve/Futures Contracts". milehighreport.com. January 7, 2011. http://www.milehighreport.com/2011/1/7/1921036/broncos-sign-four-to-reserve-futures-contracts. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
  15. Klis, Mike (February 22, 2011). "Broncos re-sign Champ Bailey to four-year contract". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_17454037. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  16. Klis, Mike (March 2, 2011). "Broncos release tight-end Graham". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_17525560. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  17. Klis, Mike (March 3, 2011). "Broncos keeping defensive end Kevin Vickerson". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_17535725. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  18. "Roger Goodell: 'Football is back'". espn.com. July 26, 2011. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6799301/nflpa-oks-deal-roger-goodell-says-football-back. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  19. Jones, Lindsay (July 28, 2011). "Von Miller, Broncos agree to contract". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/07/28/von-miller-to-sign-contract-soon/8326/. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  20. Jones, Lindsay (July 28, 2011). "Elway: Rahim Moore agrees to contract, too". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/07/28/elway-rahim-moore-agrees-to-contract-too/8333/. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
  21. "Xanders acquires draft pick haul". denverpost.com. April 29, 2011. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/04/29/xanders-acquires-draft-pick-haul/7396/. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Caldwell, Gray (July 29, 2011). "2011 NFL Draft Class On Board". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/2011-NFL-Draft-Class-On-Board/390adc34-2308-4b8e-804b-3e70896d4b87. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  23. "Marshall Traded to Dolphins". denverbroncos.com. April 14, 2010. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Marshall-Traded-to-Dolphins/ca6cb4bd-7892-11df-ba56-acc8e62813e9. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  24. Klis, Mike (September 14, 2010). "Broncos trade for New England running back Laurence Maroney". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_16073675. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Jones, Lindsay (July 27, 2011). "Rookies J. Thomas, Mohamed, Beal sign". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/07/27/rookies-j-thomas-mohamed-sign/8264/. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  26. Caldwell, Gray (March 31, 2011). "Tentative Draft Order". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/tentative-draft-order/. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  27. Kensler, Tom (April 30, 2011). "Draft Day 3: Broncos take Oklahoma S Quinton Carter in 4th round". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_17965179. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  28. Caldwell, Gray (April 25, 2010). "Staying Active on Day Three". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Staying-Active-on-Day-Three/ca4edd89-7892-11df-ba56-acc8e62813e9. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  29. Jones, Lindsay (September 22, 2011). "Broncos add tight end depth with Dante Rosario". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/preps/ci_18953572. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  30. Caldwell, Gray (March 14, 2010). "Broncos Acquire Quinn". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-Acquire-Quinn/cab5d44a-7892-11df-ba56-acc8e62813e9. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  31. Caldwell, Gray (September 3, 2011). "Roster Reaches 53". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Roster-Reaches-53/45c881ad-4f47-4203-ae18-7ea23b874e5d. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  32. "NFL distributes compensatory draft picks to 23 teams". Associated Press. nfl.com. March 25, 2011. http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81ef35f4/article/nfl-distributes-compensatory-draft-picks-to-23-teams?module=HP_headlines. Retrieved March 25, 2011.

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Broncos' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011,[1] with kickoff times finalized on July 26, one day after the end of the 2011 NFL Lockout.[2]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 11 6:30 p.m. MDT at Dallas Cowboys L 23–24 0–1 Cowboys Stadium KUSA-TV Recap
2 August 20 6:30 p.m. MDT Buffalo Bills W 24–10 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High KUSA-TV Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. MDT Seattle Seahawks W 23–20 2–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High KUSA-TV Recap
4 September 1 8:00 p.m. MDT at Arizona Cardinals L 7–26 2–2 University of Phoenix Stadium KUSA-TV Recap

Opening training camp rosterEdit

Denver Broncos 2011 opening training camp roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Exclusive-Rights FAs


Notations

Post-lockout roster changesEdit

Free agentsEdit

The following free agents were left unsigned after the beginning of the 2011 NFL Lockout in March (CB Champ Bailey and DT Kevin Vickerson were re-signed before the lockout):

Position Player Tag 2011 Team Notes and references
FB Kyle Eckel UFA TBD
NT Ronald Fields UFA Miami Dolphins
T Ryan Harris UFA Philadelphia Eagles
RB Laurence Maroney UFA TBD
DE Ryan McBean ERFA Denver Broncos signed tender July 29[3]
K Matt Prater RFA Denver Broncos signed tender July 29[3]
DT/NT Marcus Thomas UFA Denver Broncos re-signed July 31[4]
LB Wesley Woodyard RFA Denver Broncos signed tender July 29[3]
Player re-signed by the Broncos

Undrafted free agentsEdit

All undrafted free agents were signed on July 27.[5]

Position Player College Notes and references
CB Brandon Bing Rutgers waived September 3[6]
DT Ronnell Brown James Madison waived September 3[6]
WR Mark Dell Michigan State designated as waived/injured on August 13[7]
LB Derek Domino South Dakota State designated as waived/injured on August 15[8]
RB Mario Fannin Auburn designated as waived/injured on August 6[9]
WR D'Andre Goodwin Washington waived September 3,[6] assigned to practice squad September 4[10]
T Adam Grant Arizona waived September 3,[6] assigned to practice squad September 4[10]
CB Chris Harris Kansas on active roster
WR Jamel Hamler Fresno State placed on Injured reserve September 3,[6] waived September 12[11]
LB A.J. Jones Florida waived August 16[12]
LB Deron Mayo Old Dominion waived August 29[13]
T Curt Porter Jacksonville State waived August 29[13]
CB James Rogers Michigan released August 1[14]
FB Austin Sylvester Washington waived September 3,[6] assigned to practice squad September 4[10]
QB Adam Weber Minnesota waived September 3,[6] assigned to practice squad September 4[10]
DT Colby Whitlock Texas Tech released August 2[15]
WR Marshall Williams Wake Forest released August 1[16]

SigningsEdit

Position Player Tag 2010 Team Notes and references
WR David Anderson REL Houston Texans signed July 30,[17] waived September 3[6]
LB Alvin Bowen WVR Jacksonville Jaguars signed August 15,[8] waived September 3[6]
TE Daniel Fells UFA St. Louis Rams signed August 1,[14] on active roster
RB C. J. Gable WVR New Orleans Saints signed August 6,[9] waived August 29[13]
DE Derrick Harvey WVR Jacksonville Jaguars signed August 1,[14] on active roster
RB Willis McGahee REL Baltimore Ravens signed July 31,[18] on active roster
WR Greg Orton UFA Spokane Shock (AFL) signed August 13,[7] waived September 3[6]
DT DeMario Pressley WVR Houston Texans signed August 17,[19] waived September 3[6]
TE Dante Rosario UFA Carolina Panthers signed August 1,[16] released September 3,[6] re-signed September 22[20]
DT Ty Warren REL New England Patriots signed August 2,[21] placed on Injured reserve September 17[22]

DeparturesEdit

Position Player Notes and references
RB Correll Buckhalter released July 29[23]
TE Daniel Coats released July 29,[23] signed with the New York Giants on August 7
LB Dominic Douglas waived July 31[24]
S Renaldo Hill released July 30[25]
CB Chevis Jackson waived August 4,[26] claimed by the Carolina Panthers on August 6
DT Louis Leonard released August 15[8]
FB Mike McLaughlin waived July 29[23]
S Nick Polk released August 1[14]
TE Richard Quinn designated as waived/injured on August 22,[27] released from Injured reserve on August 26[28]
RB LenDale White released August 16[12]

TradesEdit

Notable injuriesEdit

  • On July 27, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was placed on the non-football injury list. Thomas suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon shortly after the end of the 2010 season, and had surgery back in February.[31] Thomas later suffered a broken finger during practice on September 8, and missed the first six weeks of the regular season.[32]
  • On August 15, defensive tackles Marcus Thomas and Ty Warren each sustained separate injuries in practice. Thomas suffered a strained pectoral muscle, and missed the first four weeks of the regular season. Warren suffered torn triceps, and was initially expected to return in November, but was placed on the season-ending Injured reserve on September 17.[33][22]

Roster cutsEdit

On August 29, the Broncos began trimming their roster to 80 players. Cornerback Nate Jones was released, while the following players were waived: Running back C. J. Gable, linebackers Braxton Kelley and Deron Mayo, guard Shawn Murphy, tackle Curt Porter and defensive end David Veikune.[13]

Four days later, on September 3, the Broncos trimmed their roster to a regular season-maximum 53 players. Undrafted wide receiver Jamel Hamler, running back Brandon Minor and cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson were each placed on Injured reserve, while the following 24 players were waived, unless indicated otherwise:[6]

On September 4, the Broncos signed former New England Patriots' cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and waived safety Darcel McBath. Additionally, the aforementioned players listed in italics were assigned to the practice squad.[10]

On September 6, the Broncos signed former Pittsburgh Steelers' tackle Tony Hills and waived tackle Herb Taylor.[36]

Sports Authority naming rights takeoverEdit

On August 16, 2011, Sports Authority, a sporting goods retailer based in Englewood, Colorado, took over the naming rights of INVESCO Field at Mile High. Invesco held the original naming rights to the Denver Broncos' stadium since it opened in 2001, and Invesco's naming rights agreement was set to expire in 2021. INVESCO Field at Mile High officially became known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High, in time for the Broncos' first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on August 20.[37]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Broncos' 2011 regular season schedule was announced on April 19, 2011.[38]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 8:15 p.m. MDT Oakland Raiders L 20–23 0–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High ESPN[a] Recap
2 September 18 2:15 p.m. MDT Cincinnati Bengals W 24–22 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap
3 September 25 11:00 a.m. MDT at Tennessee Titans L 14–17 1–2 LP Field CBS Recap
4 October 2 2:15 p.m. MDT at Green Bay Packers L 23–49 1–3 Lambeau Field CBS Recap
5 October 9 2:15 p.m. MDT San Diego Chargers L 24–29 1–4 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap
6 Bye
7 October 23 11:00 a.m. MDT at Miami Dolphins W 18–15 (OT) 2–4 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
8 October 30 2:05 p.m. MDT Detroit Lions L 10–45 2–5 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Fox Recap
9 November 6 2:05 p.m. MST at Oakland Raiders W 38–24 3–5 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
10 November 13 11:00 a.m. MST at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–10 4–5 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 17 6:20 p.m. MST New York Jets W 17–13 5–5 Sports Authority Field at Mile High NFLN[b] Recap
12 November 27 2:15 p.m. MST at San Diego Chargers W 16–13 (OT) 6–5 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 4 11:00 a.m. MST[39] at Minnesota Vikings W 35–32 7–5 Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox[40] Recap
14 December 11 2:05 p.m. MST Chicago Bears Sports Authority Field at Mile High Fox
15 December 18 2:15 p.m. MST New England Patriots Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS
16 December 24 11:00 a.m. MST at Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS
17 January 1, 2012 2:15 p.m. MST * Kansas City Chiefs Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS

LEGEND:

^[a] The game was simulcast locally on KTVD.
^[b] The game was simulcast locally on KWGN-TV.
 #  The Broncos wore their alternate orange jerseys.
 #  The Broncos wore their navy blue jerseys as the visiting team.
 *  Indicates that the game time is subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.

Week 1 rosterEdit

Denver Broncos 2011 Week 1 roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad


Notations

Roster changesEdit

  • On November 14, running back Knowshon Moreno was placed on Injured reserve, after he suffered a torn ACL in the team's Week 10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs the previous day. His roster spot was filled, when running back Jeremiah Johnson, who was previously waived on September 20, was promoted from the practice squad.[47]

Quarterback controversyEdit

On October 11, Tim Tebow was named the Broncos' starting quarterback for the team's October 23 game at the Miami Dolphins in Week 7 (the Broncos had their bye in Week 6).[49] Tebow started the last three games of the 2010 season, and the team was considering trading incumbent Kyle Orton to the Dolphins before the start of training camp,[50] however, Orton was eventually named the starting quarterback in training camp by head coach John Fox and John Elway, the team's Executive Vice President of Football Operations.[51] After a 1–3 start and public outcry from fans, an ineffective Orton was benched for the second half of the team's 29–24 loss in Week 5 to the San Diego Chargers, and replaced by Tebow, who nearly engineered a fourth-quarter comeback.[52] On November 22, Orton was waived, ending a two and a half year run as the team's starting quarterback.[53]

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week One: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 16 0 7

23

Broncos 3 0 10 7

20

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – 9:55 Matt Prater 28-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 0:55. (DEN 3–0)
Second quarter
  • OAK – 13:28 Marcel Reece 3-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 4:34. (OAK 7–3)
  • OAK – 11:14 Sebastian Janikowski 37-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 2:09. (OAK 10–3)
  • OAK – 1:27 Sebastian Janikowski 21-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 2:45. (OAK 13–3)
  • OAK – 0:00 Sebastian Janikowski 63-yard FG. Drive: 3 plays, 31 yards, 0:24. (OAK 16–3)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 12:31 Eric Decker 90-yard punt return for a TD, Matt Prater kick. (OAK 16–10)
  • DEN – 1:55 Matt Prater 30-yard FG. Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 4:56. (OAK 16–13)
Fourth quarter
  • OAK – 12:33 Jason Campbell 1-yard TD run, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 3 plays, 65 yards, 1:38. (OAK 23–13)
  • DEN – 3:43 Lance Ball 9-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 3:56. (OAK 23–20)
Top passers
  • OAK – Jason Campbell: 13/22, 105 yards, 1 TD
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 24/26, 304 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Broncos donned their alternate orange jerseys and kicked off their 2011 season at home against their AFC West rival Oakland Raiders, the Broncos' first regular-season home opener since 2004. The Broncos took an early lead in the first quarter, with a 28-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. Oakland reeled off 16 unanswered points in the second quarter, with a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jason Campbell to fullback Marcel Reece, followed by three field goals of 37, 21 and 63 yards by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, the latter of which tied the record for the longest field goal in NFL history. The Broncos responded in the third quarter, with kick returner Eric Decker returning a punt 90 yards for a touchdown, followed by a 30-yard field goal by Prater. Oakland increased their lead in the fourth quarter, with a 1-yard touchdown run by Campbell. The Broncos tried to rally, with quarterback Kyle Orton throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Lance Ball. However, Oakland would run out the clock.[54]

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

Week 2: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Two: Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 3 12 7

22

Broncos 7 3 7 7

24

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CIN – 6:33 Mike Nugent 45-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 3:02. (DEN 7–3)
  • DEN – 0:12 Matt Prater 34-yard FG. Drive: 16 plays, 64 yards, 6:21. (DEN 10–3)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 10:57 Eric Decker 25-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, 2:12. (DEN 17–3)
  • CIN – 8:54 Mike Nugent 37-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 61 yards, 2:03. (DEN 17–6)
  • CIN – 3:36 Andre Caldwell 10-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton, two-point pass failed. Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 3:14. (DEN 17–12)
  • CIN – 1:05 Mike Nugent 23-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:13. (DEN 17–15)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 13:30 Eric Decker 52-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:35. (DEN 24–15)
  • CIN – 11:17 A.J. Green 5-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 2:13. (DEN 24–22)
Top passers
  • CIN – Andy Dalton: 27/41, 332 yards, 2 TD
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 15/25, 195 yards, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • CIN – Cedric Benson: 16 rushes, 59 yards
  • DEN – Willis McGahee: 28 rushes, 101 yards
Top receivers
  • CIN – Jerome Simpson: 4 receptions, 136 yards
  • DEN – Eric Decker: 5 receptions, 113 yards
Top tacklers

Following their Monday night loss to the Raiders, the Broncos remained on home turf to face the Cincinnati Bengals. The Broncos took the lead in the first quarter, with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Willis McGahee. Cincinnati got on the board in the second quarter, with a 45-yard field goal by placekicker Mike Nugent. The Broncos responded, with a 34-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater just before halftime. In the third quarter, the Broncos extended their lead, with a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Orton to wide receiver Eric Decker. However, Cincinnati reeled off 12 unanswered points, with a 37-yard field field goal by Nugent, a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton to wide receiver Andre Caldwell (with a failed two-point conversion attempt), followed by a 23-yard field goal by Nugent, narrowing the Broncos' lead to 17–15. In the fourth quarter, the Broncos once again increased their lead, with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Orton to Decker, but Cincinnati responded, with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to running back A. J. Green. The Broncos' defense prevented any more scoring.[55]

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

Week 3: at Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Three: Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 0 7 0

14

Titans 0 10 0 7

17

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • TEN – 11:37 Nate Washington 14-yard TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck, Rob Bironas kick. Drive: 9 plays, 85 yards, 4:05. (tied 7–7)
  • TEN – 1:11 Rob Bironas 46-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 29 yards, 2:39. (TEN 10–7)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 1:17 Willis McGahee 5-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 16 plays, 80 yards, 8:09. (DEN 14–10)
Fourth quarter
  • TEN – 4:24 Daniel Graham 4-yard TD pass from Matt Hasselbeck, Rob Bironas kick. Drive: 7 plays, 95 yards, 3:30. (TEN 17–14)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 24/29, 173 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • TEN – Matt Hasselbeck: 27/36, 311 yards, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • DEN – Willis McGahee: 22 rushes, 52 yards
  • TEN – Chris Johnson: 13 rushes, 21 yards
Top receivers
  • DEN – Eric Decker: 7 receptions, 48 yards
  • TEN – Nate Washington: 8 receptions, 92 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Following their close win over the Bengals, the Broncos traveled to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans. The Broncos took the lead in the first quarter, with a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Orton to wide receiver Matthew Willis. Tennessee responded in the second quarter, with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to wide receiver Nate Washington, followed by a 46-yard field goal by placekicker Rob Bironas. The Broncos re-claimed the lead in the third quarter, when Orton connecting with running back Willis McGahee on a 5-yard touchdown pass. However, after recovering a Hasselbeck fumble in Titans' territory late in the third quarter, the Broncos failed to capitalize on the turnover, as Tennessee's defense denied the Broncos from extending their lead with a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter. Tennessee later claimed the lead, when Hasselbeck, playing on his 36th birthday, threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Daniel Graham, who played with the Broncos from 2007–2010. Tennessee's defense thwarted the Broncos' final drive.[56]

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

Week 4: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Four: Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 14 0 6

23

Packers 14 14 14 7

49

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CDT/2:15 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 67 °F (), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,529
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • GB – 12:18 Aaron Rodgers 11-yard TD run, Mason Crosby kick. Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 3:32. (GB 21–3)
  • DEN – 10:27 Eric Decker 5-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 4 plays, 69 yards, 1:51. (GB 21–10)
  • DEN – 3:21 Eric Decker 33-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 4:58. (GB 21–17)
  • GB – 0:24 Greg Jennings 17-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers, Mason Crosby kick. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 2:57. (GB 28–17)
Third quarter
  • GB – 8:26 Aaron Rodgers 8-yard TD run, Mason Crosby kick. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:34. (GB 35–17)
  • GB – 1:12 James Jones 16-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers, Mason Crosby kick. Drive: 5 plays, 86 yards, 4:09. (GB 42–17)
Fourth quarter
  • GB – 7:46 Donald Driver 8-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers, Mason Crosby kick. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 4:09. (GB 49–17)
  • DEN – 3:02 Daniel Fells 7-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton, two-point run failed. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 4:44. (GB 49–23)
Top passers
  • DEN – Kyle Orton: 22/32, 273 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers: 29/38, 408 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • DEN – Brandon Lloyd: 8 receptions, 136 yards
  • GB – Greg Jennings: 7 receptions, 136 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Hoping to avenge their loss at Tennessee, the Broncos flew to Lambeau Field to face the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The Broncos took the early lead, with a 27-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. However, Green Bay responded, with a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, followed by cornerback Charles Woodson returning an interception off Broncos' quarterback Kyle Orton 30 yards for a touchdown. After recovering a onside kick, Green Bay added to their lead early in the second quarter, with Rodgers scrambling 11 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos responded, with Orton throwing two touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Decker: a 5-yarder, followed by a 33-yarder. Green Bay responded just before halftime, when Rodgers connected on a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings. Green Bay increased their lead on the opening possession of the third quarter, with Rodgers scrambling for an 8-yard touchdown run, followed by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to wide receiver James Jones. Green Bay continued their onslaught in the fourth quarter, with Rodgers hooking up with wide receiver Donald Driver on an 8-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos scored a late touchdown, when Orton connected with tight end Daniel Fells on a 7-yard touchdown pass (with a failed two-point conversion attempt), but the outcome of the game had already been decided in Green Bay's favor.[57]

With the loss, the Broncos fell to 1–3.

Week 5: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Five: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 6 17 0 6

29

Broncos 7 3 0 14

24

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
  • SD – 8:37 Nick Novak 24-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:54. (SD 3–0)
  • DEN – 5:58 Cassius Vaughn 55-yard interception return for a TD, Matt Prater kick. (DEN 7–3)
  • SD – 0:45 Nick Novak 32-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 5:13. (DEN 7–6)
Second quarter
  • DEN – 11:10 Matt Prater 35-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 4:35. (DEN 10–6)
  • SD – 7:19 Philip Rivers 2-yard TD run, Nick Novak kick. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:51. (SD 13–10)
  • SD – 1:47 Nick Novak 28-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 3:42. (SD 16–10)
  • SD – 0:13 Malcom Floyd 42-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers, Nick Novak kick. Drive: 5 plays, 54 yards, 0:49. (SD 23–10)
Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter
  • SD – 13:35 Nick Novak 51-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 30 yards, 4:13. (SD 26–10)
  • DEN – 6:35 Tim Tebow 12-yard TD run, Willis McGahee run for a two-point conversion. Drive: 4 plays, 51 yards, 2:19. (SD 26–18)
  • DEN – 3:19 Knowshon Moreno 28-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, two-point pass failed. Drive: 3 plays, 41 yards, 1:19. (SD 26–24)
  • SD – 0:24 Nick Novak 35-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 63 yards, 2:55. (SD 29–24)
Top passers
  • SD – Philip Rivers: 18/29, 250 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 4/10, 79 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
  • SD – Ryan Mathews: 24 rushes, 125 yards
  • DEN – Willis McGahee: 16 yards, 125 yards
Top receivers
  • SD – Malcom Floyd: 3 receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD
  • DEN – Daniel Fells: 3 receptions, 47 yards
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their blowout loss at Green Bay, the Broncos returned home for an AFC West duel with the San Diego Chargers. San Diego took the early lead in the first quarter, with a 24-yard field goal by placekicker Nick Novak. The Broncos grabbed the lead, when cornerback Cassius Vaughn returned a interception off Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers 55 yards for a touchdown. San Diego responded, with a 32-yard field goal by Novak. The Broncos extended their lead in the second quarter, with a 32-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. However, San Diego would re-claim the lead, with a 2-yard touchdown run by Rivers, a 28-yard field goal by Novak, followed by a 42-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to wide receiver Malcom Floyd, giving the Chargers a 23–10 halftime lead. After a scoreless third quarter, San Diego added to their lead, with a 51-yard field goal by Novak. The Broncos responded, when quarterback Tim Tebow scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown (with a two-point conversion run by running back Willis McGahee), then threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to running back Knowshon Moreno (with a failed two-point conversion attempt), to pull the Broncos to within 26–24 with just over three minutes left in the game. San Diego responded, with a 35-yard field goal by Novak. The Broncos tried to rally with 24 seconds remaining in regulation, but Tebow's last-second desperation pass into the end zone was unsuccessful, sealing the win for San Diego.[58]

With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 1–4, entering their bye week.

Week 7: at Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Seven: Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 0 15

18

Dolphins 0 6 0 9

15

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter
  • MIA – 14:18 Dan Carpenter 38-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 41 yards, 2:26. (MIA 3–0)
  • MIA – 2:46 Dan Carpenter 36-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 22 yards, 3:13. (MIA 6–0)
Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter
  • MIA – 15:00 Anthony Fasano 16-yard TD pass from Matt Moore, two-point pass failed. Drive: 11 plays, 72 yards, 6:31. (MIA 12–0)
  • MIA – 7:34 Dan Carpenter 43-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 5:05. (MIA 15–0)
  • DEN – 2:44 Demaryius Thomas 5-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:39. (MIA 15–7)
  • DEN – 0:17 Daniel Fells 3-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow run for a two-point conversion. Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 2:27. (tied 15–15)
Overtime
  • DEN – 7:24 Matt Prater 52-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 2:06. (DEN 18–15)
Top passers
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 13/27, 161 yards, 2 TD
  • MIA – Matt Moore: 22/33, 197 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to snap their three-game losing streak, and coming off their bye week, the Broncos flew to Sun Life Stadium to face the Miami Dolphins, where the Broncos had never won in their franchise history. After a scoreless first quarter, Miami grabbed the lead in the second quarter, with field goals of 38 and 36 yards by placekicker Dan Carpenter. After a scoreless third quarter, Miami extended their lead in the fourth quarter, with quarterback Matt Moore throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Anthony Fasano (with a failed two-point conversion attempt), followed by a 43-yard field goal by Carpenter, giving Miami a 15–0 lead. However, after each team traded punts, the Broncos staged a rally with just over five minutes remaining, with quarterback Tim Tebow throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to pull to within 15–7 with 2:44 remaining. After the Broncos recovered an onside kick, they subsequently marched down the field, with Tebow connecting on a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Daniel Fells, which was followed by Tebow scrambling for a two-point conversion run to send the game into overtime. On Miami's second possession in overtime, Broncos' linebacker D. J. Williams forced a fumble off Moore, giving the Broncos possession at the Dolphins' 36-yard line. Four plays later, placekicker Matt Prater, who had missed two field goals in the first half, nailed the game-winning 52-yard field goal.

With the win, the Broncos not only improved to 2–4, but also earned their 400th win in franchise history, their first-ever win at Miami in eight tries, and became the first team since the AFL–NFL merger to win a game after trailing by 15 or more points with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.[59][60]

Week 8: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Eight: Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 17 14 7

45

Broncos 3 0 0 7

10

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET – 14:44 Jason Hanson 50-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards, 2:34. (DET 10–3)
  • DET – 4:11 Tony Scheffler 1-yard TD pass from Matthew Stafford, Jason Hanson kick. Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 4:39. (DET 17–3)
  • DET – 0:29 Maurice Morris 1-yard TD run, Jason Hanson kick. Drive: 7 plays, 49 yards, 1:36. (DET 24–3)
Third quarter
  • DET – 13:26 Cliff Avril 24-yard fumble return, Jason Hanson kick. (DET 31–3)
  • DET – 6:18 Calvin Johnson 56-yard TD from Matthew Stafford, Jason Hanson kick. Drive: 2 plays, 67 yards, 0:48. (DET 38–3)
Fourth quarter
  • DET – 12:04 Chris Houston 100-yard interception return for a TD, Jason Hanson kick. (DET 45–3)
  • DEN – 8:19 Eric Decker 14-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:45. (DET 45–10)
Top passers
  • DET – Matthew Stafford: 21/30, 267 yards, 3 TD
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 18/39, 172 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • DET – Maurice Morris: 13 rushes, 58 yards, 1 TD
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 14 rushes, 69 yards
Top receivers
  • DET – Calvin Johnson: 6 receptions, 125 yards, 1 TD
  • DEN – Eric Decker: 6 receptions, 72 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Hoping to build on the momentum of their comeback win at Miami, the Broncos donned their alternate orange jerseys and returned home for an interconference duel with the Detroit Lions. The Broncos grabbed the early lead in the first quarter, with a 39-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. However, Detroit would dominate the remainder of the game, beginning with a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Titus Young, followed in the second quarter by a 50-yard field goal by placekicker Jason Hanson, a 1-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to tight end Tony Scheffler and a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Maurice Morris, giving Detroit a 24–3 halftime lead. Detroit continued their domination in the third quarter, with a 24-yard fumble return for a touchdown by defensive end Cliff Avril, a 56-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to wide receiver Calvin Johnson, followed in the fourth quarter by cornerback Chris Houston returning an interception off Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow 100 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos finally got into the end zone, with Tebow throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Decker, but the outcome of the game had already been decided in Detroit's favor.[61]

With the loss, the Broncos dropped to 2–5.

Week 9: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Nine: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 0 17 14

38

Raiders 3 14 7 0

24

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 58,125
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • OAK – 10:42 Michael Bush 11-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 3 plays, 14 yards, 1:38. (OAK 10–7)
  • OAK – 1:30 Marcel Reece 40-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 4 plays, 72 yards, 1:16. (OAK 17–7)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 10:48 Eddie Royal 26-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:12. (OAK 17–14)
  • OAK – 6:41 Jacoby Ford 18-yard TD pass from Carson Palmer, Sebastian Janikowski kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:07. (OAK 24–14)
  • DEN – 2:52 Matt Prater 43-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:49. (OAK 24–17)
  • DEN – 0:00 Willis McGahee 60-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 1 play, 60 yards, 0:07. (tied 24–24)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 5:53 Eddie Royal 85-yard punt return for a TD, Matt Prater kick. (DEN 31–24)
  • DEN – 1:53 Willis McGahee 24-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 4 plays, 77 yards, 2:02. (DEN 38–24)
Top passers
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 10/21, 124 yards, 2 TD
  • OAK – Carson Palmer: 19/35, 332 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
Top rushers
  • DEN – Willis McGahee: 20 rushes, 163 yards, 2 TD
  • OAK – Michael Bush: 19 rushes, 96 yards
Top receivers
  • DEN – Eric Decker: 3 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD
  • OAK – Jacoby Ford: 5 receptions, 105 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their disastrous home loss to the Lions, the Broncos flew to O.co Coliseum for an AFC West rematch with the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, Oakland grabbed the early lead, with a 48-yard field goal by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski. The Broncos responded, with quarterback Tim Tebow hooking up with wide receiver Eric Decker on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Oakland re-claimed the lead in the second quarter, with quarterback Carson Palmer throwing two touchdown passes: an 11-yarder to running back Michael Bush, followed by a 40-yarder to fullback Marcel Reece. In the third quarter, the Broncos cut into the Raiders' lead, with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to wide receiver Eddie Royal. Oakland responded, with Palmer throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jacoby Ford, giving the Raiders a 24–14 lead. However, the Broncos would dominate the remainder of the game, with a 43-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater, followed by a 60-yard touchdown run by running back Willis McGahee at the end of the third quarter. The Broncos grabbed the lead with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, when Royal returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, then pulled away with a 24-yard touchdown run by McGahee.[62]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 3–5.

Week 10: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Ten: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 3 0 7

17

Chiefs 0 0 7 3

10

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: 67 °F (), sunny
  • Game attendance: 72,908
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee (play-by-play) and Steve Tasker (color commentator)
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – 7:38 Tim Tebow 7-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 4:11. (DEN 7–0)
Second quarter
  • DEN – 7:51 Matt Prater 38-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards, 4:32. (DEN 10–0)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 6:52 Eric Decker 56-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 5:21. (DEN 17–7)
  • KC – 0:07 Ryan Succop 32-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 55 yards, 1:48. (DEN 17–10)
Top passers
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 2/8, 69 yards, 1 TD
  • KC – Matt Cassel: 13/28, 93 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • DEN – Eric Decker: 1 reception, 56 yards, 1 TD
  • KC – Dexter McCluster: 6 receptions, 48 yards
Top tacklers

Coming off their win at Oakland, the Broncos flew to Arrowhead Stadium for an AFC West duel with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the first quarter, the Broncos grabbed the early lead, with quarterback Tim Tebow scrambling for a 7-yard touchdown, followed in the second quarter by a 38-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. Kansas City got on the board in the third quarter, with a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Cassel to fullback Le'Ron McClain. The Broncos responded in the fourth quarter, with Tebow throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Decker. Kansas City tried to rally, with placekicker Ryan Succop nailing a late 32-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, but the ensuing onside kickoff was unsuccessful, sealing the win for the Broncos.[63]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 4–5, matching their win total from 2010.

Week 11: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Eleven: New York Jets at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 7 3

13

Broncos 3 0 7 7

17

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – 5:08 Matt Prater 37-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards, 2:55. (DEN 3–0)
Second quarter
  • NYJ – 12:04 Nick Folk 21-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 3:20. (tied 3–3)
Third quarter
  • NYJ – 10:57 Matt Slauson 1-yard fumble recovery for a TD, Nick Folk kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:03. (NYJ 10–3)
  • DEN – 4:25 André Goodman 26-yard interception return for a TD, Matt Prater kick. (tied 10–10)
Fourth quarter
  • NYJ – 9:14 Nick Folk 45-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 42 yards, 5:34. (NYJ 13–10)
  • DEN – 0:58 Tim Tebow 20-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 12 plays, 95 yards, 4:56. (DEN 17–13)
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez: 24/40, 252 yards, 1 INT
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 9/20, 104 yards
Top rushers
  • NYJ – Joe McKnight: 16 rushes, 59 yards
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 8 rushes, 68 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win at Kansas City, the Broncos returned home for an AFC duel against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. The Broncos grabbed the lead in the first quarter, with a 37-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. The Jets tied the game in the second quarter, with a 21-yard field goal by placekicker Nick Folk, then grabbed the lead in the third quarter, when guard Matt Slauson returned a fumble off Jets' running back Bilal Powell into the end zone for a touchdown. The Broncos tied the game, when cornerback André Goodman returned an interception off Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez 26 yards for a touchdown. The Jets re-claimed the lead in the fourth quarter, with a 45-yard field goal by Folk. After each team traded punts, the Broncos got the ball with 5:54 remaining, when quarterback Tim Tebow led the Broncos on a 12-play, 95-yard drive, culminating with Tebow scrambling 20 yards for a touchdown with 58 seconds remaining. The Broncos' defense thwarted Sanchez' last-second desperation pass toward the end zone.[64]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 5–5, exceeding their win total from 2010.

Week 12: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Twelve: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 3 3

16

Chargers 3 7 3 0

13

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
  • SD – 11:34 Nick Novak 53-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 45 yards, 3:26. (SD 3–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SD – 9:30 Nick Novak 25-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 3:48. (SD 13–7)
  • DEN – 0:33 Matt Prater 41-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards, 6:08. (SD 13–10)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 1:34 Matt Prater 24-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 68 yards, 3:53. (tied 13–13)
Overtime
  • DEN – 0:29 M.Prater 37-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 2:02. (DEN 16–13)
Top passers
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 9/18, 143 yards, 1 TD
  • SD – Philip Rivers: 19/36, 188 yards, 1 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Jets, the Broncos flew to Qualcomm Stadium for an AFC West rematch with the San Diego Chargers. San Diego jumped out to a 10–0 lead, with a 53-yard field goal by placekicker Nick Novak in the first quarter, followed in the second quarter by a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Rivers to tight end Antonio Gates. The Broncos responded just before halftime, with an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to wide receiver Eric Decker. San Diego added to their lead in the third quarter, with a 25-yard field goal by Novak. The Broncos countered just before the end of the third quarter, with a 41-yard field goal by placekicker Matt Prater. Novak missed a 48-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Trailing 13–10 with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Broncos marched down the field and tied the game with a 24-yard field goal by Prater. The Broncos' defense subdued San Diego's final drive of the fourth quarter, sending the game to overtime. On San Diego's second possession in overtime, Novak's potential game-winning 53-yard field goal was blocked. However, head coach John Fox had called a timeout prior to the kick. Novak missed the second attempt. The Broncos' third possession in overtime began with 2:31 remaining, and Prater nailed the game-winning 37-yard field goal with 29 seconds remaining in overtime.[65]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 6–5, winning their fourth straight game.

Week 13: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Thirteen: Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 0 14 14

35

Vikings 5 10 7 10

32

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • MIN – 3:40 Kyle Rudolph 19-yard TD pass from Christian Ponder, Ryan Longwell kick. Drive: 12 plays, 96 yards, 5:57. (MIN 12–7)
  • MIN – 0:03 Ryan Longwell 25-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 15 yards, 0:39. (MIN 15–7)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 11:24 Demaryius Thomas 21-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 3:42. (MIN 15–14)
  • MIN – 3:22 Percy Harvin 52-yard TD pass from Christian Ponder, Ryan Longwell kick. Drive: 6 plays, 85 yards, 3:23. (MIN 22–14)
  • DEN – 3:03 Demaryius Thomas 41-yard TD pass from Tim Tebow, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 1 play, 41 yards, 0:24. (MIN 22–21)
Fourth quarter
  • MIN – 9:41 Percy Harvin 48-yard TD pass from Christian Ponder, Ryan Longwell kick. Drive: 4 plays, 77 yards, 1:36. (MIN 29–21)
  • DEN – 8:52 Willis McGahee 24-yard TD run, Tim Tebow run for a two-point conversion. Drive: 2 plays, 66 yards, 0:49. (tied 29–29)
  • MIN – 3:06 Ryan Longwell 39-yard FG. Drive: 13 plays, 59 yards, 5:46. (MIN 32–29)
  • DEN – 1:33 Matt Prater 46-yard FG. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 1:33. (tied 32–32)
  • DEN – 0:00 Matt Prater 23-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 10 yards, 1:25. (DEN 35–32)
Top passers
  • DEN – Tim Tebow: 10/15, 202 yards, 2 TD
  • MIN – Christian Ponder: 29/47, 381 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Top rushers
  • DEN – Willis McGahee: 20 rushes, 111 yards, 1 TD
  • MIN – Toby Gerhart: 21 rushes, 91 yards
Top receivers
  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas: 4 receptions, 144 yards, 2 TD
  • MIN – Percy Harvin: 8 receptions, 156 yards, 2 TD
Top tacklers
  • DEN – Mario Haggan: 7 tackles, 5 assists
  • MIN – Benny Sapp: 6 tackles

Coming off their overtime win at San Diego, the Broncos flew to the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for an interconference duel with the Minnesota Vikings. The game's first points came from Minnesota, when defensive end Jared Allen tackled running back Willis McGahee in the end zone for a safety. The Broncos grabbed the lead when linebacker Mario Haggan returned an interception off Christian Ponder 16 yards for a touchdown. Vikings' placekicker Ryan Longwell made a 40-yard field goal, then the Vikings reclaimed the lead in the second quarter, on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ponder to tight end Kyle Rudolph, followed by another field goal by Longwell, this time from 25 yards, just before halftime. The Broncos narrowed Minnesota's lead in the third quarter, with a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, but Minnesota countered with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Ponder to wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Broncos responded with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to Thomas. Ponder then threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Harvin to give Minnesota a 29–21 lead. On the Broncos' next possession, McGahee rushed 24 yards for a touchdown and Tebow scrambled for a two-point conversion to tie the game at 29. Minnesota subsequently reclaimed the lead on Longwell's 39-yard field goal with 3:06 left in the game. The Broncos answered with placekicker Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal with 1:33 left to tie the game at 32. On Minnesota's ensuing possession, Broncos' cornerback André Goodman returned an interception off Ponder to the Vikings' 15-yard line. Six plays later, Prater nailed the game-winning 23-yard field goal as time expired to give the Broncos their fifth consecutive win.[66]

With the win, the Broncos improved to 7–5 and jumped into first place atop the AFC West, following the Raiders' 34–14 loss to the Dolphins.

Week 14: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Fourteen: Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears

0

Broncos

0

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CHI –
  • DEN –
Top rushers
  • CHI –
  • DEN –
Top receivers
  • CHI –
  • DEN –
Top tacklers
  • CHI –
  • DEN –

Week 15: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Fifteen: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots

0

Broncos

0

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MST
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • DEN –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • DEN –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • DEN –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • DEN –

Week 16: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Sixteen: Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos

0

Bills

0

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. MST
  • TV: CBS
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • DEN –
  • BUF –

Week 17: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Seventeen: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs

0

Broncos

0

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • KC –
  • DEN –
Top rushers
  • KC –
  • DEN –
Top receivers
  • KC –
  • DEN –
Top tacklers
  • KC –
  • DEN –

Current standingsEdit

AFC West
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y (4) Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 309 390 L3
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 406 377 W1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 395 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 W1

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Current rosterEdit

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Tight Ends

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Roster updated April 30, 2011
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63 Active, 0 Inactive, 8 FAs

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Awards and honorsEdit

Recipient Award(s)
Willis McGahee Week 9: FedEx Ground Player of the Week[67]
Von Miller First half of the season: Sports Illustrated Defensive Rookie of the Year.[68]
Week 10: AFC Defensive Player of the Week[69]
November: Defensive Rookie of the Month[70]
Eddie Royal Week 9: Special Teams Player of the Week[71]
Team Week 7: GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (come-from-behind win)[72]
Week 10: GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to Eric Decker)[73]
Week 11: GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (come-from-behind win)[74]
Week 12: GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (overtime win)[75]

Notes and referencesEdit

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  2. Caldwell, Gray (July 26, 2011). "Preseason Schedule Finalized". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/preseason-schedule-finalized-2/. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Caldwell, Gray (July 29, 2011). "Familiar Faces Back in Orange and Blue". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Familiar-Faces-Back-in-Orange-and-Blue/eb29cb92-be05-461e-bdfb-e11624baf56f. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  4. Klis, Mike (July 31, 2011). "Marcus Thomas back with Broncos". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/07/31/marcus-thomas-back-with-broncos/8503/. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  5. Caldwell, Gray (July 27, 2011). "17 College Free Agents On Board". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/17-College-Free-Agents-On-Board/d3412da8-1c2b-46b1-8773-e2930134b402. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Klis, Mike (August 13, 2011). "Broncos sign Purdue’s Orton". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/08/13/broncos-sign-purdues-orton/8863/. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Klis, Mike (August 15, 2011). "Broncos claim Jacksonville LB Alvin Bowen". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/08/15/broncos-claim-jacksonville-lb-alvin-bowen/8878/. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Caldwell, Gray (August 6, 2011). "Broncos Add Gable". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/broncos-add-gable/. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Henson, Max and Legan, Kenny (September 4, 2011). "Broncos sign Wilhite; Fill Practice Squad". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-sign-Wilhite-Fill-Practice-Squad/a51a8845-762d-4e9e-91b8-f1ab320a8851. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  11. Klis, Mike (September 12, 2011). "Broncos waive WR Jamel Hamler". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/09/12/broncos-waive-wr-jamel-hamler/9501/. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Caldwell, Gray (August 16, 2011). "2011 Training Camp – Day 20: A.M. Blog". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/2011-training-camp-day-20-a-m-blog/. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Caldwell, Gray (August 29, 2011). "Roster Trimmed to 80". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Roster-Trimmed-to-80/6959793f-08d1-42f6-bf8e-ae7288dd25ad. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Caldwell, Gray (August 1, 2011). "Harvey, Fells Added". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Harvey-Fells-Added/081610f8-d782-462f-9a4b-60ee63d893f1. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  15. Legan, Kenny (August 2, 2011). "Broncos Release Whitlock". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-Release-Whitlock/669b813e-c57e-4a26-aaef-38c05d6a045f. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Caldwell, Gray (August 1, 2011). "Broncos Continue to Add Through Free Agency". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-Continue-to-Add-Through-Free-Agency/16f0834c-c23f-4ada-8ef4-62c63554d6d3. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  17. Caldwell, Gray (July 30, 2011). "Anderson Added to Receiving Corps". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Anderson-Added-to-Receiving-Corps/29c0ceb0-81d6-4d6f-9ad8-45b45086f153. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  18. Caldwell, Gray (July 31, 2011). "McGahee Joins Backfield". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/McGahee-Joins-Backfield/05507892-a095-42ec-8c4d-51fab088879e. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  19. Caldwell, Gray (August 17, 2011). "Pressley Joins D-Line". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/pressley-joins-d-line/. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
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  21. Jones, Lindsay (August 2, 2011). "Warren accepts Broncos’ offer". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/08/02/report-warren-accepts-broncos-offer/8613/. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Klis, Mike (September 17, 2011). "Broncos put DT Ty Warren on injured reserve, ending his season". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_18918456. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Caldwell, Gray (July 29, 2011). "Buckhalter and Coats Released, McLaughlin Waived". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Buckhalter-and-Coats-Released-McLaughlin-Waived/78c9a933-2536-4603-8c23-818267f942a8. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  24. "Broncos Waive Linebacker Dominic Douglas". broncotalk.net. July 31, 2011. http://broncotalk.net/2011/07/23054/denver-broncos/broncos-waive-linebacker-dominic-douglas/. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  25. Jones, Lindsay (July 30, 2011). "Broncos release Renaldo Hill". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/07/30/broncos-release-renaldo-hill/8460/. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  26. Caldwell, Gray (August 4, 2011). "Jackson Waived". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/jackson-waived//78c9a933-2536-4603-8c23-818267f942a8. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  27. Jones, Lindsay (August 22, 2011). "Richard Quinn waived, likely headed to injured reserve". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/08/22/richard-quinn-waived-likely-headed-to-injured-reserve/9067/. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  28. Jones, Lindsay (August 26, 2011). "R. Quinn released from IR with injury settlement". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/08/26/r-quinn-released-from-ir-with-injury-settlement/9118/. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  29. Caldwell, Gray (July 27, 2011). "Jarmon to Denver in Trade". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Jarmon-to-Denver-in-Trade/97bbe741-b998-4025-9bc7-0ce517769c23. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  30. Caldwell, Gray (August 1, 2011). "Broncos Trade for Bunkley". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-Trade-for-Bunkley/53e03414-1cc5-4777-8b3a-6fe42d7aa443. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  31. Jones, Lindsay (July 27, 2011). "Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas still recovering from torn Achilles". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/07/27/demaryius-thomas-on-non-football-injury-list/8266/. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  32. Klis, Mike (September 10, 2011). "Demaryius Thomas suffers broken finger". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/09/10/demaryius-thomas-suffers-broken-finger/9492/. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  33. Klis, Mike (August 17, 2011). "Injuries to Ty Warren, Marcus Thomas leave big dents in Broncos' defensive line". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_18696384. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  34. Klis, Mike (August 27, 2011). "D.J. Williams out 3-4 weeks with dislocated elbow". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/08/27/d-j-williams-out-3-4-weeks-with-dislocated-elbow/9128/. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  35. Klis, Mike, and Legwold, Jeff (September 3, 2011). "Broncos' Thompson joins long list of players with Achilles injuries". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_18817968?_requestid=7637395. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  36. Jones, Lindsay (September 6, 2011). "Broncos add offensive lineman Tony Hills". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_18836627. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  37. "Broncos stadium renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High". denverpost.com. August 16, 2011. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_18693613. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  38. Caldwell, Gray (April 19, 2011). "2011 Schedule Released". denverbroncos.com. http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/2011-Schedule-Released/0ff29637-df44-4d12-81a6-c1835f803cc6. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
  39. 39.0 39.1 Zaas, Stuart (November 21, 2011). "Broncos-Vikings Week 13 Kickoff Moved". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/broncos-vikings-week-13-kickoff-moved/. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  40. 40.0 40.1 NOTE: Even though the Broncos are the visiting team, the reason for this game being changed from CBS to Fox is explained here: "NFL announces Week 13 flex plan". espn.com. November 21, 2011. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7265289/week-13-flex-detroit-lions-new-orleans-saints-now-night-denver-broncos-minnesota-vikings-fox. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  41. Klis, Mike (September 16, 2011). "RB Jeremiah Johnson to be activated for Bengals". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/09/16/rb-jeremiah-johnson-will-be-activated-for-bengals/9679/. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  42. Jones, Lindsay (September 20, 2011). "Broncos sign former Bengals WR Quan Cosby, cut RB Jeremiah Johnson". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_18938245. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  43. Caldwell, Gray (October 10, 2011). "Broncos Awarded Johnson; Vickerson to IR". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/broncos-awarded-quinn-vickerson-to-ir/. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
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  45. Jones, Lindsay (November 27, 2011). "Lloyd’s 30th catch upgrades Broncos draft pick". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/11/27/lloyds-30th-catch-upgrades-broncos-draft-pick/10896/. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  46. Klis, Mike (October 17, 2011). "Broncos add safety Rafael Bush to roster after Brandon Lloyd trade". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/10/17/broncos-add-safety-rafael-bush-to-roster/10209/. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  47. Jones, Lindsay (November 14, 2011). "Broncos lose Knowshon Moreno for season to torn ACL". denverpost.com. http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_19333426. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  48. Jones, Lindsay (November 28, 2011). "McCarthy and Mohamed signed to active roster". denverpost.com. http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2011/11/28/mccarthy-says-hes-been-signed-to-active-roster/10908/. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
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  67. Henson, Max (November 11, 2011). "McGahee Named FedEx Ground Player of Week". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/mcgahee-named-fedex-ground-player-of-week/. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
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  71. Caldwell, Gray (November 8, 2011). "Royal Named Special Teams Player of the Week". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/royal-named-special-teams-player-of-the-week/. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
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  74. Zaas, Stuart (November 25, 2011). "Broncos Game-Winning Drive Earns Award". denverbroncos.com. http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/broncos-game-winning-drive-earns-award/. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
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