For the first time in this series, the Broncos quarterback makes this list. With two poor/below average games, Siemian still has managed to help his team win two games. It is doubtful that can happen a third time, especially with them being on the road.
Paul Brown Stadium is loud and a tough place to play for any quarterback no matter experience. However, Trevor Siemian is very calm and composed on the field. If he doesn’t let the noise and fans get to him, and he can stay calm, he can play the way he needs to.
As for his abilities, Siemian has to be smart with the football and be better with his eyes. Both his star receivers, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, got open against the Indianapolis Colts but didn’t get looked at. Siemian cannot miss them if they are open against the Bengals, especially to take a sack or throw the ball away.
If they get open, Siemian needs to see them and give them the best chance to make a play. That leads to step number two for Siemian. Proper ball placement. If Siemian is slightly off with his placement consistently, the Bengals will punish him with an interception. That is something the Broncos cannot afford.
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Siemian needs to trust his receivers and place the ball where it should be placed. This gives them a chance to make a play after the catch. Doing so can help the offense out in multiple ways in both the passing game and running game.
The Broncos cannot afford turnovers and give the Bengals more chances. They also have to maintain drives, and eat time up off the clock. Both fall on Siemian’s shoulders. Missing open receivers, throwing safe balls on third down, throwing picks on screen plays, Siemian has to cut all of those out. That would help Denver maintain drives and eat time off the clock.
It won’t be an easy task for Siemian, especially with how great the Bengals defense can be. However, it is time for him to rise up to the occasion. If he can shine, then he can answer questions about if he is a viable long-term starter or not. He helped his team beat the Colts and Carolina Panthers, can he help them win on the road?