The Denver Broncos (7-4) are coming off a shocking loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) after an injury to Trevor Siemian left him inaccurate and unable to make the plays in overtime that he had been making the entire second half. Siemian is in a boot now and Paxton Lynch will be getting his second start of his career.
Fortunately for Lynch, it comes against the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9). However, the Jaguars do sport the third ranked pass defense, so the Broncos will need to rediscover their running game this week.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Mile High time at EVerBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will be broadcast on CBS with Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots (color analyst).
The game won’t be widely broadcast outside of the regional markets, so if you see YELLOW you will be among the fortunate few around the country who will get to see this game on your local CBS station.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play) and Carlos Valdez (color analyst).
The Broncos opened five-point favorites over the Jaguars, but that line has since crawled its way all the way down to a three-point spread in favor of Denver. The spread collapsed once Siemian was ruled out and Lynch named the starter, so that should tell you how the public feels about the rookie first round pick.
Perhaps an even bigger loss than Siemian, was Andy Janovich being placed on season-ending injured reserve. The anemic rushing attack will be without the lead blocker that has been playing fairly well for a rookie until his season ended.
Wade Phillips doesn’t mince words when discussing Von Miller and Defensive Player of the Year questions.
“I’ve had several in my career and he’s right up there on that level of having a tremendous year,” Phillips said of Miller. “He plays the run really well, too. What, he had 10 tackles last game? 10 unassisted tackles last game. He doesn’t just rush the passer. That’s where you get a Defensive Player of the Year—when you play both run and pass, and he does both tremendously well.”
The Broncos offense under Siemian has been annoyingly inconsistent. Siemian himself had put together a string of games that left me wondering why the hell a move to Lynch wasn’t being considered. But then Siemian went hog wild against a good Chiefs defense and I am officially ready to see more of Siemian. Then we learn of his injury and now he is out. The multiple injuries this year will be blamed on the offensive line, but we have to be worried about his durability when talking future. That is officially a thing now.
That all said, I’m no longer excited about the prospects of Lynch coming in. This offense is wholly dysfunctional and the offensive line cannot block a damn thing in the run game. Due to that and the likely lack of chemistry between Lynch and the wide receivers, the Broncos will struggle to put up points.
I feel the season slipping away...
Prediction: Jaguars 17, Broncos 13