This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Denver Broncos. Yikes.
This is not a game that the Jaguars should expect to win. However, things aren’t as bad as they seem. Quarterback Trevor Siemian is recovering from a foot injury, so the Broncos may have to start rookie Paxton Lynch. Considering that the Jaguars have a great defense, they could keep the Broncos close. That is, of course, if the offense can actually score for once.
To learn more about Denver, I asked a few questions to Cover32’s Broncos managing editor Alex Hoegler.
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1. Trevor Siemian is currently recovering from a foot injury. How much would the Broncos be affected if he misses this game?
Hoegler: If Siemian doesn’t play, and judging by Paxton Lynch’s Week 5 performance against the Jaguars, let’s just say Denver better pray they hold Jacksonville to under 17 points. This offense is bad enough as is. Now no Siemian? Woah boy.
2. Von Miller currently leads the NFL in sacks with 12.5. How likely is it that he adds to his total this Sunday?
Hoegler: There should be no doubt Von Miller will be in Blake Bortles’ face all game. Given Bortles’ bad habits of holding onto the ball too long, I do like Von’s chances to get one sack. Maybe two. Or three.
3. Jacksonville’s defense is currently sixth in the league in total yards allowed. What will Denver’s offense have to do to get the upper hand on them?
Hoegler: If Siemian’s healthy, they’ll have to be more aggressive. They took plenty of deep shots against the Kansas City Chiefs and threw it more on third-and-short situations. Gary Kubiak’s starting to learn you can’t always be conservative. If the Broncos want to win this game, the offense is going to have to take the big play chance more.
4. Over/under: the Broncos will force Blake Bortles to throw two interceptions.
Hoegler: Under. This Broncos defense isn’t forcing turnovers the way it was a season ago. I say Bortles throws one pick, but that’s it.
5. Final score prediction?
Hoegler: 20-13, Broncos.