23-of-35. 312 yards. Four touchdown passes. 132.1 QBR.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1710248-elway-weighs-in-on-osweil... The onus was put on Siemian early. He promptly led the Broncos down the field on a scoring play of his own, going 74 yards on 14 plays. Unfortunately, they were unable to punch it in, settling for a Brandon McManus field goal.
It seemed the redzone issues that had plagued the Broncos through the first two weeks would linger on the road. However, from there, Siemian and company would go on to absolutely light it up, putting up 26 points.
Although the Broncos entered halftime with the lead, Andy Dalton eventually got it back on the heels of a 15-play drive that would suck 8:18 off the clock. Siemian would begin the fourth quarter trailing by one point.
On the road, in an hostile environment, the statistics and odds say that Siemian should have wilted. He did not.
He led the Broncos on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter — a one-yard TD throw to tight end John Phillips and a 55-yard TD strike to Demaryius Thomas. It was an impressive outing for Siemian and one that should give fans great hope that the 2016 Broncos are well-poised to defend their World Championship sans Peyton Manning.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, right? After Denver's Pro Bowl receiving duo — Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders — took to the media earlier in the week to decry their lack of statistical production and inefficiency in the redzone, head coach Gary Kubiak heeded their call.
Thomas was targeted seven times, hauling in six receptions for 100 yards and a score. He did have a fumble, alas.
The real breakout was Sanders. Siemian targeted him a whopping 13 times, which Sanders converted to nine catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas and Sanders both got to eat and the Broncos emerged with the 'W'.
What's even more impressive is that both receivers went over 100 yards receiving and Siemian still completed passes to eight other receivers. That makes 10 different receivers with receptions on the day. Hats off.
The prolific production of the passing game came at the expense of Denver's rushing attack, which could not find a groove on Sunday. C.J. Anderson carried the ball 14 times, but could only convert the touches to 37 yards on the ground.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... Although nothing was reported in-game, it looked like Anderson was hobbled by something. He did take a big helmet-to-helmet shot to the head from Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey. But Anderson remained in the game.
The Bengals entered Week 3 last in the league in rushing defense, but the Broncos O-line couldn't get it done. Kubiak and company were content to air it out, however, and the proof is in the pudding.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos pass defense once again displayed their dominance, holding Andy Dalton to just 206 yards passing. Wade Phillips' unit sacked Dalton four times and picked him off once. Rookie safety Will Parks notched the first interception of his young career on a ball broken up and tipped into the air by T.J. Ward.
There were real questions whether Shane Ray could step in and produce with DeMarcus Ware sidelined. The second-year edge rusher had the game of his career, notching six total tackles (three solo) and a career-high three sacks. Ray exploded despite a very tough matchup with All-Pro left tackle Andrew Whitworth.
Denver's rushing defense, unfortunately, was terrible. They tightened up late in the game, but relinquished 143 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. That's got to be a focus moving forward.
Ultimately, the battle-tested Broncos did what they were supposed to do. They went on the road against a playoff-caliber squad and beat them by two scores.
The only question going into the game was how Trevor Siemain would perform in his first road test. He passed with flying colors.
The Broncos are 3-0 and will travel to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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