Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch Will Make His First Start Against the Atlanta Falcons

The rookie out of Memphis gets the start in front of the home crowd on Sunday.

The Denver Broncos spent the week lulling the media into believing that there was little to no chance they would trot out Paxton Lynch on Sunday in favor of Trevor Siemian, who sprained his AC joint in the second quarter of last week's victory in Tampa.

All that misdirection was just that; misdirection. Lynch will make his first start tomorrow afternoon against the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons, as reported by 9News. 

It seems the decision was made so that Siemian would have enough time to recover for the Broncos Week Six Thursday Night Football game in San Diego, just four days after they're done with Atlanta.

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If you'll remember all the way back to early May, John Elway worked the phones at the back end of the first round of the NFL draft, eventually wheeling and dealing his way five spots to select the quarterback out of Memphis (The Duke always gets his guy).

Lynch made his first appearance late in the first half against the Buccaneers after Siemian's injury. After missing his first pass, it didn't take long for him to get into a groove, leading a two-minute drill to cap off the second half with a field goal.

In the second half, Lynch and the Broncos offense sucked the life out of the Bucs, orchestrating a nearly eight-minute drive that culminated in another field goal. To start the fourth, Lynch again worked the ball deep into Tampa Bay territory, this time finding Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone for his first career touchdown pass.

This Sunday, he'll have a chance to build off of that momentum as he sees his first action in front of the home crowd. Can Lynch, like Siemian, win his first start in Denver?

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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