When Brock Osweiler signed in the offseason with the Houston Texans after the retirement of Peyton Manning, many thought the Super Bowl Champs were going to have a tough time just getting to the playoffs. Then the Denver Broncos started 4-0 with Trevor Siemian looking pretty good at quarterback. But in the second half of the fourth win, Siemian was hurt against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Rookie Paxton Lynch looked good finishing up the win, but when he had to start the following week against the Atlanta Falcons the offense sputtered mightily in a 23-16 loss that was not as close as the score.
But, no big deal many Broncos fans thought. After all Atlanta is a good team too. They haven’t lost since Week One themselves. But when the Broncos followed that stinker up with another one on Thursday night to the previously 1-4 San Diego Chargers, it may be time for some concern. The Broncos offense has been terrible for two straight weeks under both quarterbacks. One of them has to play because there is no one else.
The Broncos can still lean on one of the best defenses in the NFL. That’s the good news. The offense really doesn’t have to be great, just good enough, much like they were in September. With some extra days off, that should help a lot as they get ready to take on Osweiler and the Texans. That game is big in the AFC playoff race as the loser will have three losses. With teams such as the Patriots, Raiders and Steelers with only one loss going into Sunday, getting two losses behind in the loss column to that many teams is not where either wants to be. Denver especially doesn’t want to lose to Osweiler after he jilted them for Houston and they certainly do not want to lose a third in a row. So yes, it is time to panic a little. An NFL season get get away from you in a hurry. This isn’t baseball where a tree game losing streak is just a minor blip in the 162 game grind. Three straight in the NFL can wreck your once promising season.
Siemian had better get back to where he was before the Tampa Bay game and in a hurry. At 5-2, Denver still looks like a playoff caliber team. At 4-3, they will be a team hoping for the Wild Card.