The Denver Broncos Individual Accolades Are A Reflection Of Team Dominance

Individual Broncos have received accolades of late. How does that reflect on the team? Adam Uribes evaluates.

With Trevor Siemian winning the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors this past week and Von Miller taking home AFC Defensive Player of the Month, individual Denver Broncos are being recognized for their stellar play, which coincides with the team’s 3-0 start.

To refresh your memory from last Sunday, Siemian had the best game of his young career going 25-of-35 for 312 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has shown continuous improvement since being named the surprise starter at the end of camp. Siemian has come from being a gameday inactive third-string quarterback last year to effective NFL starter in short time, with the recent Conference honor serving as a positive promise of similar performances to come.

When asked about the award, Siemian humbly accepted the praise he's received from around the league, while also deflecting it to his teammates.

“It’s a great honor no doubt, but I think it’s’ more of a testament to what we do as an offense and the team," Siemian said. "The two guys on the outside played really well. Everybody up front, I think [OL] Michael Schofield played almost every position on the offensive line, so a lot of guys stepped up and made some plays for us.”

Pro Bowl running back C.J. Anderson pointed to Siemian’s performance as being an indicator of continued improvement of the offense as a unit.

“I think everybody on offense should go out there and expect that they can win Offensive Player of the Week," Anderson said. "That just speaks to his [Siemian's] confidence. We, as great teammates making plays for him, but that definitely just speaks to his confidence and the type of kid that he’s always believed in what he can do." The same attitude is being adopted by the defense, as Miller was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for the third time in his career. The linebacker has been a one-man wrecking crew since the start of last year’s title-winning run. 

In the month of September, Miller tallied five sacks in just three games, and came up with a crucial strip-sack fumble of quarterback Andrew Luck in Week 2 that would set up a Shane Ray scoop-and-score touchdown, sealing the win.

Miller is taking his place as one of the most dominant defenders in the league. His ability to get after opposing quarterbacks leaves other rushers like Ray, Derek Wolfe and Shaq Barrett with one-on-one matchups.

The Broncos have 12 sacks in just three games and that pressure leads quarterbacks to force passes that turn into interceptions. This can be seen in the momentum changing plays both Chris Harris, Jr. and Aqib Talib made late in games against Carolina and Cincinnati, respectively.

Miller causes pressure and takes up multiple blockers, which allows other capable defenders to bring the fight to opposing quarterbacks. The No Fly Zone secondary is the natural beneficiary of those errant passes and decisions under fire.

In a symbiotic way, Miller elevates the level of the defense and the players around him make the most of the turnover opportunities he affords them.

The team now travels to Tampa to take on pass-happy Jameis Winston and the rest of the Buccaneers in a matchup that looks tailor-made for the Denver defense to exploit. With Von Miller terrorizing overwhelmed linemen and Trevor Siemian leading an offense that is starting to find it’s grove, look for Denver to bring back another win on Sunday.


Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.

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