Here are five things we learned from the Broncos win over the Bengals.
1. Trevor Siemian is here to stay
If 300 yards and four touchdowns in his third start isn’t enough to convince you then you just don’t like the guy. After some struggles in the first half, Siemian completely dominated the Bengals defense in the second half.
“His numbers were terrific,” head coach Gary Kubiak said of Siemian’s performance. “He’s very composed. That’s a strength of his. We continue to work on decision making. He got away with a few tipped passes today, and he hasn’t gotten away with that before, but that’s part of playing quarterback. He works hard.”
If there was doubt out here about Siemian heading into Week 3, then you know there was at least some doubt creeping in within the locker room about him. However, if you watch the post-game video of Kubiak presenting Siemian with a game ball you could see only excitement and happiness from his teammates. It feels like this was a galvanizing moment for a young quarterback on a veteran Super Bowl team.
You’ve got to love that.
2. This team is scary good
The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. For the fifth year in a row, these are the only two teams in the AFC that just seem to get the job done week in and week out. No Peyton Manning? No problem. No Tom Brady? No problem.
With the Pittsburgh Steelers being exposed as a pretender on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, I think it’s clear again which two teams are the teams to beat in the AFC. That homefield advantage is going to be critical.
It’s a good thing the Patriots have to play in Denver again in 2016.
3. The No Fly Zone is dominant
Cam Newton. Andrew Luck. Andy Dalton. It doesn’t matter.
QBs vs DEN Defense— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 25, 2016
Last 5 Gms
Dalton: 0 TD, 1 INT
Luck: 1 TD, 1 INT
Newton (Wk 1): 1 TD, 1 INT
Newton (SB): 0 TD, 1 INT
Brady: 1 TD, 2 INT
The Broncos defense is giving up a laughable 178 yards passing per game with a league best 5.7 yards per attempt.
You have to love that swagger.
4. Von Miller is unstoppable
We already knew this, but he only had one sack on Sunday. Shane Ray should thank him anyway, because at least two of his three sacks in that game came in a clean up role as Miller forced Dalton right into his waiting arms.
You can see Von wants to not just be remembered as a Super Bowl MVP, but also an NFL MVP. And yes, he is worth every penny John Elway signed him for.
5. Interior run defense is a problem
Hopefully this is something the Broncos can clean up, but through three games it just feels like they are barely holding the line inside. The loss of Vance Walker seems to have really hurt the Broncos defense.
“Yea they ran it really well — over five yards per carry,” Kubiak said of the run defense. “We struggled with the counter a bit. We need to start games better, but we were able to finish this one.”
This fifty yard run wasn’t even the ugliest play.
The very next run Jeremy Hill took for a touchdown went right up the gut with several Bronco defenders running right by him. That was the ugliest run of the game.