Bold Predictions: Denver Broncos v. Jacksonville Jaguars
At 11:00am, the Denver Broncos give way to their first-round draft Paxton Lynch as the team face the Jacksonville Jaguars in his home state.
Trevor Siemian appeared to be the week 13 starter, but after news broke about a right foot injury and him walking in a boot Wednesday, all the optimism changed. Siemian played his best game of his career, college or professional utilizing his legs to neutralize a pass rush.
The Broncos are fortunate to play two young quarterbacks as Lynch takes the reins in his home state of Florida. This will be his second game in Florida, his first against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week four. Yet, facing the Jacksonville Jaguars this will be his first start since the Atlanta Falcons in week five.
Lynch’s start left a lot to be desired. However, expect Broncos/Lynch to learn from last week and Falcons’ game with a better game plan to suit his strengths. In my opinion, anticipate an improved quarterback play.
After the heartbreaking loss to the Chiefs, Von Miller was quite candid about the outcome of the game, putting the blame squarely on the defense. The Jaguars will be without key components on offense: Julius Thomas, Allen Hurns, Chris Ivory and Rashad Greene are all out or doubtful. You would prefer to play a team with all players at disposal, but look for Miller and the rest of the defense to step up after last week.
Jaguars are top-5 in total defense, but are near 25th in run defense. Devontae Booker is still searching for his first 100-yard game as a rookie. Malik Jackson may put his stamp on ending such desire, but he is not the player he was in Denver. Booker’s chance at a 100-yard game hinges on the performance of the offensive line. If center Matt Paradis and company can push piles, there will be lanes to run through.
Week 13 bold predictions are officially a go.