Trevor Siemian was off to a terrific start, going 5 of 7 for 68-yards and a touchdown. Then he was slammed into the turf and was carted into the locker room. All that talk about how Trevor was now and Paxton Lynch was the future came to a head. The future was now.
When it looked like hope could be lost, Paxton Lynch entered the game.
Pirate jokes aside, the kid did a masterful job playing in the shotgun and under center. Throwing for 170 yards and a touchdown isn't a bad way to debut. Heck, former first round pick Jameis Winston only got 9 more yards on many more attempts with no touchdowns, and he played the entire game.
So what now?
Paxton Lynch was selected to be the future, but Trevor Siemian has brought us this far. The word on the street is that Siemain's injury isn't severe and so the Broncos will have some tough decisions to make. No matter what that decision is, Broncos Country will have feelings about it. Don't expect the debate to die down anytime soon. No matter who is picked to start, not everybody will be happy.
Personally, I think we have to stick with Lynch. He looked good out there against Tampa and if his ceiling is indeed higher than what we saw on Sunday, let's help him reach that potential with a start against Atlanta this week. If not now, when? Then there's Trevor Siemian. His trade value may not get any higher than it is right now. He's demonstrated he can play at this level and I'm all for him getting a shot somewhere else... if the price is right. You hear that, Jets? I'm talking loudly in your direction.
Who wants some recaps?
Trevor Semian went down, but Paxton Lynch impressed in relief.
Semain's injury doesn't seem too severe. Kubiak thinks Trevor Siemian could have returned to game if needed | ProFootballTalk
So why did the Broncos win?
C.J. Anderson ascended on the list of all-time Denver Broncos rushers. Anderson Passes Hillman On Broncos All-Time Rushing List " CBS Denver
How tired are you of hearing this: "The Broncos are good, but...." When will people start to believe in the Broncos? | 9news.com
How did the rest of the 'contenders' do on Sunday? Sorting the Sunday Pile: Several contenders looking hung over after four weeks - CBSSports.com
Are advanced stats the secret to the Denver Broncos success? Broncos continue to embrace advanced stats, hire second analyst – The Denver Post
Don't look now, but the Oakland Raiders are making a case that they're the Broncos primary competition in the AFC West. Michael Crabtree wills Raiders to win over Ravens with three TDs - Oakland Raiders Blog- ESPN
The Chiefs, on the other hand, are making a very different case. Sunday Night wrap-up: Steelers make it rain on the Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
That said, the Broncos continue to get no respect. Steelers look like AFC's best team after destroying Chiefs 43-14: 8 takeaways - CBSSports.com
It's hard to believe that Drew Brees hadn't been back in San Diego since 2005. He made the most of it. Watch Drew Brees fight back tears after Saints' narrow win over Chargers | FOX Sports
Brady is back! Would have liked to see a few more Patriots losses in his absence, but I'll take one in November when they play at Mile High. After a monthlong hiatus, Brady returns to Patriots (Oct 3, 2016) | FOX Sports
Cam Newton and the Panthers have taken a very large step back. Cam Newton, blasted by Falcons LB he taunted, has a concussion | FOX Sports
Redskins DB Josh Norman had very little to say on the the Panthers loss. Norman on Julio Jones' 300-yard day: 'I'm just gonna sip my tea on that one' - CBSSports.com
Ryan Fitzpatrick got paid and now doesn't seem interested in just who catches the footballs he throws. WATCH: Ryan Fitzpatrick throws ninth interception in the last eight quarters - CBSSports.com
The Seahawks embarassed the Jets... or allowed New York to do it to themselves. Russell Wilson shreds Jets' secondary in Seahawks win - NFL.com
Carson Palmer is injured again. Carson Palmer suffers concussion, status in doubt for 'Thursday Night Football' - CBSSports.com
Jerry Jones got hit in the face. Watch Jerry Jones get smacked in the face by a helmet thrown his way | FOX Sports
...and it's about to get much worse for the 49ers. Niners' Bowman believed to have torn Achilles in loss - NFL.com