Denver Broncos: Weaknesses exposed in season’s first loss

Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) reaches for a first down marker as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Philip Wheeler (41) defends in the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) reaches for a first down marker as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Philip Wheeler (41) defends in the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Trevor Siemian hasn’t been perfect this season, but it’s abundantly clear that he’s the most game-ready quarterback on this team. Paxton Lynch did well in spot duty against the Buccaneers, but he was horrible against the Atlanta Falcons.

Lynch was holding the ball too long, he reverted to old habits with his footwork, and he wasn’t driving throws like he did against the Bucs. He just looked tight, he didn’t look overly natural, and he wasn’t making accurate throws.

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That’s not me trying to be unfair to a rookie quarterback, but you have to be honest when you’re talking about a team trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The mistakes Lynch made and the throws he missed that he shouldn’t have are things the Broncos simply can’t afford to deal with at this point in time.

Trevor Siemian showed that he can be accurate with the football, poised in success or failure, and make big plays. He has completed 28 of his last 42 pass attempts with five touchdowns and no interceptions. We’ve seen the reasons why this coaching staff has been so confident in Siemian as the starter for this team, and as soon as he’s healthy, he’ll be back on the field while Lynch is learning.