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MORNING MINUTE: How the Broncos offense can help Trevor Siemian


Cam Newton Back-to-Back MVPs?

Siemian was a 7th-round draft pick in 2015 out of Northwestern, who would become Osweiler’s backup for two months last season. A rematch of Super Bowl 50, both teams want to start the season off with a win and back up their claim of superiority.

Panthers have run for at least 100 yards in 32 straight games, including playoffs.

The Panthers should be playing with a chip on their shoulder after what happened in the Super Bowl.

Here is how the Broncos can achieve that. It will still be a challenging trying to establish the run against the 3-4 front of Derek Wolfe, Sylvester Williams and Jared Crick, as well as the aforementioned strong LB corps. He has played the Broncos twice, lost twice and his statistics have been horrendous.

Newton spent much of his offseason adjusting to becoming a father and working on a Nickelodeon TV show for kids called “All In With Cam Newton”. His jersey needs to be as dirty as possible.

But while ruling the ferociously driven Brady out of the championship equation is fraught with risk, there is a lengthy list of obstacles blocking his route to next February’s Super Bowl in Houston. It’s (strip) Sack City, baby. The panthers are Cam Newton’s team and he has all the weapons to potentially win another MVP.

Can Kony Ealy and Charles Johnson get to Siemian? There are some brand new faces for each team, and it should be a battle of two really good defenses. Second year player Daryl Williams has moved back to right tackle this season and while he struggled in some exhibition, he had an overall good camp and may be able to give Remmers a breather. He is no heir to Manning as Nicki Jhabvala would have you believe.

So far, his only success against those vanilla first-team defenses have come in the form of dinking and dunking.

For the first time since 1997, the opening week of the most popular sport in the United States gets under way with neither Manning nor Brady in action, underscoring the end of one of the NFL’s most evocative rivalries. After all, they have a beast of a running back in Todd Gurley and the best defensive line in the NFL.

If he can do that against the Panthers, then hallelujah. The adjustments would produce more pick sixes too. But there’s no reason to be concerned about the offense’s showing in the preseason.

But things should be different Thursday night. The advance goes to the Falcons because of (a) the Georgia Dome, (b) a huge game from Matt Ryan. Keep the defense honest and he can succeed enough to help the Broncos to victory. Let me explain, he can go into that meeting room for two hours in the morning, walk out of here at 11:30 and take it to the field. It’s a lot tougher to beat a team the second time around.

With a hairline rib fracture limiting Wentz to just one preseason game, expectations will be limited as he makes the transition to National Football League level, but the same can not be said of Cowboys quarterback Prescott. While Prescott looked good in preseason, I still expect a ton of work for Ezekiel Elliott.

The present, though, belongs to Siemian, a quarterback who won the starting job with a mix of brains and brawn, precision and poise, steadiness and spunk.