The Denver Broncos have completely melted down. Trevor Siemian had his worst game of his NFL career and looked like it. Vance Joseph should have benched him for Brock Osweiler at half time, but they stuck with it to the tune of a half dozen three and outs and a single third down conversion.
With the 35-9 beatdown at the hands of a woeful Miami Dolphins team, it is clear that Denver may not win another game in 2017. The offense is permanently broken.
Jay Cutler was able to get going on the Dolphins first drive, but it stalled outside of field goal range despite having the ball for six and a half minutes to open the game. They were forced to punt to Isaiah McKenzie who caught the ball.
Isaiah McKenzie caught the ball. pic.twitter.com/qHF8N8BxMI— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) December 3, 2017
C.J. Anderson got going on the Broncos first drive with some big runs. An unnecessary roughness penalty on third down helped extend that drive and get them out near midfield. From there Trevor Siemian took over with an incompletion and a one-read poor throw that was tipped and intercepted to end the drive.
Early interception off a tipped pass for T.J. McDonald. That's a benefit of having split safeties pic.twitter.com/QzrDICvMeL— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) December 3, 2017
You can really see how Siemian locks on and never looks away. His footwork and stutter steps should be his cue to look to his next read, but he stays flat footed and waits for what he hopes will be an opening.
After the Broncos defense forced a three and out, the offense promptly gifted the Dolphins a safety after a botched snap between Matt Paradis and Siemian.
With a free possession, the Dolphins hoped to get going again. Shelby Harris spearheaded the Broncos defensive attack with a sack and some big run stops for negative yardage to force another three and out.
On back to back plays, Siemian hit Virgil Green for 36-yards and then Bennie Fowler for another 23-yards to get the Broncos into the red zone to end the first quarter.
Dolphins 2, Broncos 0.
After a five yard run, Siemian hit Devontae Booker outside for no gain and on third down Siemian overthrew Demaryius Thomas and the ball was knocked away. Brandon McManus gave the Broncos the lead with the field goal.
Cutler got himself a big play on a pass that was well underthrown and barely hauled in by Kenny Stills. Another big play came on a pass to Jarvis Landry down inside the 10-yard line. Landry was wide open after Chris Harris Jr. was picked.
Darian Stewart was fined for a hit on Amari Cooper last week. Didn't go for a big hit on Dolphins' big play that set up that TD. pic.twitter.com/U55kzihXo8— Jon Heath (@JonHeathNFL) December 3, 2017
On the very next play, Cutler hit Julius Thomas on the back shoulder for the touchdown. Will Parks was in coverage, but he never looked back and it was an easy pitch and catch.
The Broncos first offensive play on the next drive was one of the worst throws of Siemian’s career that was easily intercepted and returned for a touchdown.
Safe to say the game was over at that point.
Smartly, Bill Musgrave opened the next drive running the ball. It didn’t matter much as Siemian could not complete a pass on third down and the Broncos punted again. At this point in the game, Denver was 0/4 on third downs.
Cutler, looking for the kill, went deep to Stills. However, Chris Harris Jr. is no Will Parks and broke the pass up and caught it for the interception.
For some reason, the Broncos throw it three straight times for the punt. Thomas was wide open on second down and Siemian overthrew him over the middle by 10 yards. Then overthrew it deep a second time on third down.
Potential game-changing turnover spurred #Broncos to call three straight passes. Two were bad overthrows. Sheesh....— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 3, 2017
The first half came to a close with Trevor Siemian having been completely dominated by the worst defense in the NFL.
Dolphins 16, Broncos 3.
After a quick three and out to open the second half from Siemian and the Broncos, Cutler connected with Anthony Fasano deep after Brandon Marshall lost the tight end at the line to set the Dolphins up inside the red zone.
Todd Davis got away with a holding penalty on the Dolphins third down attempt. The field goal put Miami up 19-3, however, and with Siemian playing as poorly as he is the lead was clearly insurmountable.
Broncos defense giving up 1.43 net points per possession. That will keep you in most games.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 3, 2017
Broncos offense accounting for -0.75 net points per possession. That will NOT keep you in most games.
On the Broncos next drive, Siemian would be sacked after backing up in the pocket and paralyzed with indecision for a 14-yard loss. Riley Dixon had his punt blocked and the Dolphins would again be in scoring position.
Cutler hit Stills for a 25 yard gain, but Bradley Roby forced a fumble and recovered it to end the Dolphins scoring opportunity. Of course, that means Siemian and the offense would promptly go three and out and they did.
The Broncos defense had to have been sick and tired of doing their job and not getting anything for it, so Justin Simmons took things into his own hands with a pick six off of Cutler.
However, another short field thanks to a failed onside kick attempt gave Miami the ball against a tired defense. A 42-yard touchdown from Kenyan Drake run iced the game for Miami as they opened their lead up 26-9.
Another three and out gave the ball right back to the Dolphins. Siemian and the offense was 0/10 on third downs at this point in the game.
Dolphins 26, Broncos 9.
With the fourth quarter starting, the Broncos had the ball again and went three and out again.
The game finally wound itself down as the Dolphins churned out the rushing yards against an exhausted Broncos defense. Another interception by Siemian led to another touchdown for the Dolphins.
This Miami defense had been giving up 35 points per game over the last five weeks, but the Broncos offense could only muster a field goal. So much for Siemian’s career.
Against a team giving up 35 points per game, the #Broncos offense under Siemian put up a whooping field goal. That's rough...— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) December 3, 2017
The 2017 Broncos are every bit as embarrassing as the 2010 Broncos. It is clear that John Elway needs to blow this thing up and start from scratch in 2018. Just like he did when he came into this job in 2011.
Dolphins 35, Broncos 9.