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Broncos improve to 4-0 with clean relief performance by Paxton Lynch

Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) AP

It’s possible that it just doesn’t matter who the Broncos play at quarterback.

After winning a Super Bowl with a smart-but-old Peyton Manning and their first three games with untested seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian, the Broncos were able to win their fourth game of the season with Paxton Lynch in relief.

Lynch came on in the second quarter when Siemian was thrown down on his left (non-throwing) shoulder and led the Broncos to a 27-7 win on the road.

The first-rounder was 14-of-24 passing for 170 yards and a touchdown. But it was a fairly conservative game plan once he came in, and the Broncos had given him enough of a lead that it wasn’t a panic.

The Broncos forced the Buccaneers into three turnovers, with Jameis Winston throwing a pair of interceptions. They also held Tampa Bay (1-3) to just 215 yards.

The Bucs also left the game banged up, with star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy leaving the game with a calf injury and not returning. And after their second straight home game interrupted by a lengthy lightning delay, there’s a decided lack of energy about a team that had high hopes this offseason.

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25 Responses to “Broncos improve to 4-0 with clean relief performance by Paxton Lynch”
  1. tylawspick6 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:40 PM

    Denver has to yet to play anybody. They’re Baltimore West.

  2. todoubled says: Oct 2, 2016 8:43 PM

    Broncos are clearly the best team in the NFL right now. They steamrolled the bucs and Winston took a beating out there. Falcons at Broncos will be a great game next week.

  3. tyelee says: Oct 2, 2016 8:49 PM

    NEVER believed Tampa had a chance… Likely to be embarrassed on national TV next Monday night!

  4. tylawspick6 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:52 PM

    The Bucs are rebuilding and are in an awful cap position, still trying to recover from years of bloated contracts.

    To make it seem like they shouldn’t beat team, is hilarious.

    Throw in the fact, they’re still tapping into Gomer’s wife’s roids, and Goodell will make sure they get homefield again.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 2, 2016 8:54 PM

    If Peyton was old last year what does that make Brady this year? They are only a year apart.

  6. broncosllbuckya says: Oct 2, 2016 9:01 PM

    Apparently, the Broncos covered the ‘spread.’

  7. rykield509 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:02 PM

    Sometimes I wonder if the people writing the article actually watched the game. It was 14-7 when Lynch came in, hardly a comfortable lead. Plus Lynch threw the ball downfield regularly with him in, initially he ran a 2-minute drill. It didn’t seem super conservative to me.

  8. elwayisthegoat says: Oct 2, 2016 9:05 PM

    @patsfan4lifesbchamps: that makes Brady ancient, tee’d up for vm58 to smoke him.

  9. ch1ggs says: Oct 2, 2016 9:06 PM

    Lynch looked pretty good out there.

  10. somepeopleneedtogetalife says: Oct 2, 2016 9:07 PM

    This just looks worse and worse for Peyton. Pretty soon Papa John will QB this team to victory.

    Peyton Manning …… The ultimate system QB

  11. Sinuous Sausage says: Oct 2, 2016 9:10 PM

    Denver has to yet to play anybody. They’re Baltimore West.

    lol. Hey, tylawspick6, can you show us on the doll where John Elway touched you?

    FWIW, Kubiak went 4-0 with a seventh-round draft pick and a rookie as his QBs. By the rhetoric I heard out of NE last week, this vaults him into the GOAT conversation.

    Good game, Broncos. Stiff test with the Dirty Birds coming into town next week. Their offense is impressive.

  12. dmadras says: Oct 2, 2016 9:11 PM

    What in the world is Tampa Bay doing playing on a Monday night anyway? The NFL wonders why their prime time game’s ratings are down – look in the mirror and ask yourself, “why are we scheduling such boring teams consistently this year in prime time?” It’s really not that hard…plan better and please, no more Bears games until they get a resemblance of a clue, would be a good start!

  13. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Oct 2, 2016 9:41 PM

    What what, sorry for those on our schedule…. Dominate defeat demolish, we strive for protection, we feast on the weak-weekin week out, fear us,we are the #1 seed -AFC NFC, and while we feast… Know we’re still hungry, I am BC-WW

  14. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Oct 2, 2016 9:42 PM

    75 days patsies

  15. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Oct 2, 2016 9:42 PM

    Coming soon Bert,smash mouth, BC-WW

  16. dimi1919 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:56 PM

    Denver has to yet to play anybody. They’re Baltimore West.

    ————-

    Ok I’m not a Bronco fan but I’ll play. The Pats have played a terrible 1 and 3 Arizona team who lost at home to the rams today. A shaky 2 and 2 Houston team. Maybe I’ll give them that. An atrocious 1 and 3 dolphins team who should be 0 and 4 with a home loss to the Browns. And before today, a below average 1 and 2 bills team. Not to mention next week they play the worst team in football.

  17. illumination666 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:57 PM

    Trevor and Paxton are about the same level of QB. Not spectacular, but good enough to move the chains. I can’t imagine there was a huge drop of QB play once Paxton came in. We’ll see how it works out if Trevor doesn’t play next week.

  18. edelmanfanclub says: Oct 2, 2016 10:00 PM

    Denvers defense is special, lets see if they can lead them to another championship. I have my doubts but after what they did last year I wouldnt be surprised.

  19. bigdbroncsfan says: Oct 2, 2016 10:10 PM

    going back to the playoffs last year Von and company have made their last 7 QB opponents look like rookies. Also, Denvers 7th round QB has already beaten 3 number 1 overall draft pick QB’s this year.

    Denvers D is beyond tough this year, and actually look better than last year. Without a doubt, Atlanta will test them, and it will be very interesting to see if they can bully Matty Ryan like they have every other QB.

    One last comment, does it really matter which QB plays for Denver? I am just not sure anymore.

  20. dirtdawg54 says: Oct 2, 2016 10:12 PM

    Didn’t Florio talk up Winston as a MVP candidate after game one?

  21. bullogne says: Oct 2, 2016 10:25 PM

    Conservative game plan? Lynch was throwing the ball the second he got into the game and drove the team on a 2 minute drill to a FG.

    170 yards in basically a half of football isn’t bad at all for rookie playing in his first game and is hardly conservative.

    As for the difference with Siemian and Lynch, Siemian has an extra year in this offence and is much more familiar with the system and seems to be pretty bright between the ears. Lynch however is much more physically gifted. Much stronger arm, and a better scrambler/runner.
    Either way the future looks good for Denver especially with a defence whose main players are locked up for the foreseeable future.

  22. coloradotennisfan says: Oct 2, 2016 10:48 PM

    Dominating defense after the first Tampa touchdown especially in the second half. Complete shutdown in the second half with QB beat downs on almost every play. Impressive play by Lynch. He looked very poised.

  23. lovepopcorn says: Oct 2, 2016 11:10 PM

    Denver will not lose a game in October. Next tough game is the first Sunday in November at Oakland on a Sunday night.

  24. broncosgreatestfan says: Oct 3, 2016 4:41 AM

    We should go with Lynch the rest of the way. Next week is going to be tough with Ryan, Jones and their slippery RBs. Our defense is going to need us to put some points on the board. Sieman doesn’t see the field like Lynch and that’s why he was holding onto the ball and got hurt.

    Lynch is the future. He showed he ready to go.

  25. gem says: Oct 3, 2016 10:20 AM

    Brady will dominate you when we play you. If you saw the illegal nude pictures from his vacation you will see he is in better shape even if he is the oldest player. Very rested and well fed from a models special health diet. People are saying he is the greatest shape of all time.

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