Trevor Siemian due a big bounce back week vs. Raiders

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian put up a dud against the Buffalo Bills last week, but should be due a big bounce back game vs. Oakland…

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian started off the 2017 season with two fantastic performances, including seven total touchdowns.

That production came to a screeching halt in the team’s first road game of the season last weekend against the Buffalo Bills.

Siemian had no touchdown passes, and two critical interceptions. Both he and the rest of the Broncos team fell into the dreaded ‘trap’ of a seemingly easy matchup before a big divisional matchup the next week.

As much as you hate to let the trap game theory get credit, it seems like that’s the exact script that played out for the Broncos and Siemian in week three.

Now on to week four, Siemian could be due a big time bounce back performance. As Evan Silva of Rotoworld notes, the Raiders have been a very friendly pass defense for quarterbacks to throw against. Here are some of his notes as to why Siemian could have success in this game:

"“A predictable flop at Buffalo after his hot Weeks 1-2, Trevor Siemian returns home for a bounce-back spot against the Raiders, who have been flamed for fantasy finishes of QB6 (Marcus Mariota), QB13 (Josh McCown), and QB4 (Kirk Cousins) – each of those quarterbacks’ season-best games. Siemian isn’t the fantasy passer he produced as in the first two weeks, but he’s a better streamer this week than last. He turned in respectable 2016 finishes of QB15 and QB17 against Oakland, tossing multiple touchdown passes in both.”Evan Silva, Rotoworld"

Kudos to Silva for his great research there, and the notes that each of the past three quarterbacks the Raiders have faced have put together their best statistical performances of the season against a somewhat porous Raiders pass defense.

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Add in the fact that Siemian has had multiple touchdown throws in each of his two starts against the Raiders, and this figures to be a nice bounce back week for the Broncos’ starting quarterback.

The Broncos need Siemian to find a way to be less reckless with the ball at critical points in the game. Despite the team’s two wins to start the season, there were times in each game where Siemian was uncharacteristically careless with the football, and while it didn’t cost the Broncos in the win column, it is something he doesn’t want to make too much of a habit of.

My guess is that against the Raiders, the Broncos will attempt to get the ball out of Siemian’s hand very quickly, mainly to neutralize the edge presence of Khalil Mack. The Broncos will have to beat man-to-man and press coverage all game from an aggressive Jack Del Rio group, which has plenty of experience going against Mike McCoy offenses.