The Denver Broncos narrowly defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 24-21 Monday night. As predicted, it was a little too close for comfort – with the Chargers levelling the score, and the Broncos having to fight their way to a win after such an early lead. There were some surprising standout performances though. Let’s take a look.
He finally proved he deserved the starting job, despite flashes of the 2016 Siemian, in which unfortunate decision-making led to those very preventable turnovers.
Siemian impressively orchestrated scoring drives of 70, 56 and 78 yards, diminishing the Chargers’ defense with a short passing game that reduced risk and brought out the best in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
There had been talk of Fowler being a reliable third receiver – and he didn’t disappoint.
Catching two touchdown passes from Siemian meant he could now have more highlights to add to that one pass he caught in the red zone from Peyton Manning that led to Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win.
According to the Denver Post’s Nick Kosmider, Fowler credited the connections to a chemistry he’s built with Siemian since 2015. “I’ve been on the same page with Trev for like three years now. He’s part of the reason I made the team as an undrafted rookie.”
On third down during Denver’s second drive of the game, he made the first of his two touchdown catches. A fully extended 5-yard grab at the back of the end zone gave the team a 7-0 lead.
His second scoring catch was on third-and-goal from the 6-yard line, giving the Broncos an early 21-7 lead.
He was called for pass interference in the first quarter, and it hurt the Broncos. It was this 40-yard penalty that placed the Chargers in the red zone, which led to a score that tied the game.
It was in the third quarter that Roby more than made up for his mistake, intercepting Philip Rivers near midfield. This turnover was converted for a touchdown that gave them a 21-7 lead.
His speed cannot be questioned. He caught his first punt in the second quarter, then sprinted up the right sideline, managing to reach Denver’s 44-yard line before he was pushed out of bounds.
What followed was a nine-play, 56-yard touchdown drive that concluded with an easy 1-yard touchdown run for Siemian, giving the team a 14-7 lead.
Seeing what these four players could do certainly instilled a hope in fans – that even with certain parts of the team needing a lot more work, there are areas we can be less concerned about.