Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Broncos lead 3-0 for the 15th time in franchise history. Here’s how the previous Denver teams fared.

The Broncos go 3–0 to begin the season for the 15th time in franchise history. While such a start is usually a harbinger of good things to come, it does not guarantee success. Of the 14 previous Broncos teams that started the season with three straight victories, nine reached the postseason, seven of which went on to appear in the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at how each team fared:

Year unbeaten start last record Comment
1970 3-0 5-8-1 The last full season of the Lu Saban Era was before the 1971 “Half a Paw” tie.
1977 6-0 12-2* The first playoff bid ended with the Cowboys losing the Super Bowl.
1986 6-0 11-5* Dan Reeves’ first Super Bowl trip kicks off with loss to Giants
1989 3-0 11-5* Reeves’ third and final Super Bowl season, which also ended in a loss (49ers)
1996 3-0 13-3* Jaguar’s defeat in the divisional round ruined the dream season
1997 6-0 12-4* The Broncos’ first championship season begins with a six-game win streak
nineteen ninety eight 13-0 14-2* John Elway goes into the sunset with a second straight Super Bowl title
2002 3-0 9-7 Brian Gries’ final year as a Broncos QB was just short of a playoff bid.
2003 4-0 10-6* Wild card trip hints at optimism in Jake Plummer’s first year in Denver
2008 3-0 8-8 Three consecutive defeats at the end of the season ended the Jay Cutler era
2009 6-0 8-8 Josh McDaniels’ only full season as head coach ended with a 2-8 sound
2013 6-0 13-3* Peyton Manning leads 13-3 for the second year in a row, but the Broncos lose the Super Bowl
2015 7-0 12-4* The Broncos won the last of their three Super Bowl titles
2016 4-0 9-7 Trevor Simien looked like a future QB, then Broncos missed out on playoffs
2021 3-0 TBD TBD
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* Arrived after season

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