After a solid first quarter performance, the second-team Denver Broncos defense began to falter as the first-team Chicago Bears offense drove down the field on a long drive, moving the ball from inside their own ten to the Broncos 40-yard line. However, on third down and ten, the Broncos defense held firm to force another punt.
Trevor Siemian got his last series in with the second-team offense. After a four yard run, Siemian made a nice completion to Cody Latimer for 12-yards. A play-action pass from Siemian to Latimer across the middle of the field was behind Latimer, but he made a fantastic adjustment to snag the pass for a nice 14-yard gain.
Finding his groove, Siemian hit Jordan Taylor on his next throw to setup a third and one. Stevan Ridley was completely blown up behind the line on the next play to force a punt. That might have been the first negative yardage in the run game in the game at that point.
Siemian’s night finished with a respectable 6/7 for 51 yards, but none of the big plays or juice that we had hoped to see from this new Mike McCoy offense.
Mark Sanchez came in for the Bears on the next series and promptly went three-and-out, giving Paxton Lynch his first look of the 2017 season. However, it ended in a three-and-out too as not a receiver was open on third down for Lynch to go to.
Lynch seemed to have no touch on his passes, but it is hard to tell if that is due to constantly being under pressure or if he just can’t throw a catchable ball. The first-team offensive line looked serviceable, but the second-team offensive line is not good at all.
A great punt return set the Bears up with fantastic field position. Mitch Trubisky got Bears fans into a tizzy driving down the half-field for the touchdown in a two-minute drill to close the gap before halftime.
Broncos 10, Bears 7.
The three points the Broncos have scored on offense were aided by 40-yards in Bears penalties, which is not how we all hoped the offense would be progressing this close to the regular season.