USA TODAY - Through two weeks of NFL action, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian leads the NFL with six touchdown passes.
Just as everyone predicted, right?
Siemian leads AFC West rivals Derek Carr (five), Alex Smith (five), Philip Rivers (four) and every other quarterback in the NFL — including superstars like Tom Brady (three) and Aaron Rodgers (three).
After a so-so first season as Denver’s starter in 2016, Siemian has begun the 2017 campaign by leading the Broncos to a 2-0 record thanks in large part to his seven touchdowns (he rushed for one, too).
“Trevor played excellent once again,” coach Vance Joseph said following a 42-17 win over the Cowboys on Sunday. “Very, very, very efficient with the football. He put us in good plays all night. Again, outside of the one interception, which was more of a unit issue than a Trevor issue, he played well. If he plays that solid for us, we’ll be hard to beat down the stretch.”
Siemian now has two interceptions on the year but one of them should have been negated by a defensive holding penalty and the other was a result of miscommunication with receiver Demaryius Thomas.
It’s only been two weeks, but Siemian has protected the ball well and he’s had no problem putting points on the board, something Denver struggled to do in 2015 and 2016. If he keeps up this pace, Siemian could be looking at a Pro Bowl-caliber season.
After dismantling Dallas on Sunday, Siemian credited his success to the Broncos’ impressive rushing attack. Through two games, Denver has averaged 159 rushing yards per game, which ranks first in the NFL.
“Running the ball really well helps,” Siemian said Sunday evening. “When you’re getting into a manageable second down or third down, you’ve got a chance. I don’t have any stats on it or anything, but third-and-long is tough in this league. Third downs are tough as it gets. Hopefully we can keep staying in those third-and-5, third-and-4s, and keep on the field.”
So far this season, Siemian has gone 39-60 (65 percent) for 450 passing yards, six touchdowns and a 106.9 passer rating, which ranks eight among all NFL quarterbacks.
It’s probably safe to say Siemian has arrived, folks.
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