September 15, 2016

Never has there been a more unlikely Week-1 starter for a defending Super Bowl champion. Siemian, the third stringer a year ago (with a last name that has challenged sportswriters everywhere), might merely be a stopgap solution until Paxton Lynch is ready. But that might not be until 2017. It could be up to the Northwestern alum to manage an offense that has to be merely O.K., while the Broncos win with defense again. However, after a two-interception debut in the season-opener, Broncos nation must be wringing their hands, even if they won’t admit it.

— Gary Gramling

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