Trevor Siemian has been the king of obscure history-making through the first three weeks of the NFL season.
To begin the year, Siemian became the first quarterback to start for a defending NFL champion despite having never thrown a regular season pass. Sunday, he added another quirky note to his bio, becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his first career road start.
That's right, after two weeks of solid game-managing, Siemian carried the Broncos to a win against a talented Bengals team on the road. The Northwestern grad was outstanding, completing 23-of-35 passes for 312 yards and the four scores. He thoroughly outplayed Andy Dalton, who had the unfortunate task of dealing with the Broncos defense.
Siemian's performance came against a solid defense in its own right, and this week he operated without the benefit of an effective rushing attack, as the Broncos managed only 2.3 yards per carry against Cincy. Siemian sliced and diced the Bengals' D through the air, spraying the ball all over the field. Many of the throws were beautiful—a floater down the left sideline for an Emmanuel Sanders touchdown, a bullet toward the pylon for Sanders’s second score and a deep ball down the left hash to Demaryius Thomas among the highlights
With Siemian dealing, Denver's receivers put up gaudy stat lines—nine catches for 117 yards and two scores for Sanders, and six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown for Thomas.
Even if Siemian never reaches the level he played at Sunday but merely approaches it, the Broncos will be much better off than they were last season, when Brock Osweiler and Peyton Manning limited the offense in different ways. And as long as Siemian continues to make history in weird ways, the Broncos will be validated in their decision to hand him the keys to a Super Bowl contender.