2004 Denver Broncos season

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2004 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Mike Shanahan
Owner Pat Bowlen
Home field Invesco Field at Mile High
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wild Card Playoff (at Colts) 24–49
Pro Bowlers FS John Lynch
CB Champ Bailey

The 2004 Denver Broncos season was the team's 45th year in professional football and its 35th with the National Football League. Under head coach Mike Shanahan the Broncos equalled their 10–6 record from 2003, and again finished second in the AFC West. In another repeat of 2003, the Broncos’ season ended in defeat to the Indianapolis Colts 49–24 in the AFC Wild Card playoffs.

Starting quarterback Jake Plummer finished the season with 4,089 passing yards (4th in the league). During the offseason, the Broncos traded running back Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins in exchange for cornerback Champ Bailey.

Personnel

Staff

2004 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Roster

2004 Denver Broncos final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad 99 McKenzie Tilmon


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Schedule

In addition to their regular games with AFC West rivals, the Broncos played teams from the AFC South and NFC South as per the schedule rotation, and also played intraconference games against the Dolphins and the Bengals based on their common divisional position vis-à-vis the Broncos from 2003.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 Kansas City Chiefs W 34–24
75,939
2 September 19, 2004 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 7–6
69,127
3 September 26, 2004 San Diego Chargers W 23–13
74,533
4 October 3, 2004 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–13
65,341
5 October 10, 2004 Carolina Panthers W 20–17
75,072
6 October 17, 2004 at Oakland Raiders W 31–3
57,293
7 October 25, 2004 at Cincinnati Bengals L 23–10
65,806
8 October 31, 2004 Atlanta Falcons L 41–28
75,083
9 November 7, 2004 Houston Texans W 31–13
74,292
10 Bye
11 November 21, 2004 at New Orleans Saints W 34–13
64,900
12 November 28, 2004 Oakland Raiders L 25–24
75,936
13 December 5, 2004 at San Diego Chargers L 20–17
65,395
14 December 12, 2004 Miami Dolphins W 20–17
75,027
15 December 19, 2004 at Kansas City Chiefs L 45–17
77,702
16 December 25, 2004 at Tennessee Titans W 37–16
68,809
17 January 2, 2005 Indianapolis Colts W 33–14
75,149

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 9, 2005 at Indianapolis Colts L 49–24
56,609

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) San Diego Chargers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 446 313 W1
(6) Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 381 304 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 483 435 L1
Oakland Raiders 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 320 422 L2

References

  • Broncos on Pro Football Reference
  • Broncos Schedule on jt-sw.com
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