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Lynch is not ready to lead the Broncos to the play-offs

Sunday’s victory over the Jaguars, coupled with the Ravens blowing out the Dolphins, means the Broncos are once again the sixth seed in the AFC.

However, the 20-10 win in Jacksonville is proof that Trevor Siemian is the team’s best quarterback.

The Jaguars defence played lights out on Sunday, shutting down the run for 104 yards and the pass for 102 yards.

Rookie Paxton Lynch went 12/24, averaging 4.3 yards and finished with a QBR of 19.4. While he didn’t throw any interceptions, he didn’t throw any touchdowns either and once again it was the defence that stepped up in a big spot.

Lynch has a very strong arm but poor pocket presence, bad accuracy and struggles to read a defence.

Though he is still a rookie, the high level of play by some of the QBs taken in this year’s draft has Broncos fans worried about their pick and any calls for Siemian to be benched were forgotten about after the game against Jacksonville.

Ultimately, Sunday showed that Lynch is not ready to start and the offence cannot keep relying on Von Miller and co to win them the game. Had they played a competent NFL team, the Broncos probably would have lost that game.

The Broncos have converted just 22.9% of their third downs this year with Lynch. With Siemian, it’s 41.4%.

Siemian should be available for Sunday against the Titans but the team and fans will hope he stays fit for the remaining four games.

The Broncos have to play the Patriots, Chiefs and finish the season against the Raiders and with Lynch under centre, it wouldn’t be surprising if Denver didn’t win another game.

The Broncos barely beat a really bad 2-9 Jaguars team and are up against much better opposition from now until the end of the season.

Siemian may not be the long-term answer but he is the best option they have at the moment.



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Kadeem joined the team in 2016 and is currently the AFC Conference Editor, covering the AFC West division, as well as writing about Madden for the Gaming section. Though quite new to the NFL, after becoming acquainted with it through Madden, Kadeem has written features and articles on the sport for the Morning Star newspaper, where he is the current sports editor. He can be followed on Twitter @KadeemSimmonds.

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