2016 Season at the First Quarter Turn
This week, Kubiak noted how the Broncos think of the season in quarters, looking at the season in 4 game chunks. Since we sit squarely between the first two quarters of the season, let's look back at the first, and anticipate what's to come in the second:
1st Quarter Review:
Not sure you could find much to complain about how the first quarter of the season went. Not only do the Broncos look stronger than they did at this time a year ago, they seem to have carried over all their momentum from the peak in the playoffs.
After a narrow win in the first week carried by a strong defensive performance, the Broncos look more and more balanced, with both offense and defense contributing. The offense is not dominant enough carry the team the way the defense can, but they are finding a rhythm and doing a better job of capitalizing on the opportunities the defense hands them. This team could win a game even when the offense has an off week.
2nd Quarter Preview:
Of course every Broncos game is worth watching, but each game of the second quarter notches that up with a certain intrigue:
Week 5: Falcons at Broncos — Matt Ryan is the 1st quarter MVP as Kyle Shanahan returns to Denver coordinating a soaring Falcons' offense. This will be as good of a test as the Broncos have faced, and I can't wait to watch.
Week 6: Broncos at Chargers — A Thursday night game anticipated for throwback helmets (almost) and color rush uniforms. Much like the Broncos find ways to win, the Chargers seem to find ways to lose. But, a divisional game on the road is never a sure thing.
Week 7: Texans at Broncos — From Thursday night to Monday night and Brock is coming to town without JJ Watt. I don't see this one going well for the Texans.
Week 8: Chargers at Broncos — Playing a division opponent twice in a three week span is a rare challenge. The Broncos have the leadership to overcome the 'trap game' scenario. Even so, I'm glad this one is in Denver and not the other way around.
A few notes:
- Any team can win any given week in the NFL, so 7-1 would be a fine way to finish the second quarter. But 8-0 looks like a possibility.
- The most interesting storyline will be the QB position, especially if Siemien's injured shoulder bothers him the next few weeks. Kubiak remains committed to Siemien (as do I), but if Lynch gets more reps and progresses, he will get harder to keep off the field.