The Denver Broncos proved with tonight’s win that their is more than one way to win in the NFL. Last year they won with sure fire Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning at the helm and this year they begin with a win against the Caronia Panthers in a rematch of the Super Bowl with Trevor Siemian.
Siemian is a former seventh round draft choice who had never previously taken a snap in an NFL game before tonight.
But the real story was Cam Newtons ineffectiveness when the game was on the line. He just didn’t look like the Cam Newtown of 2015 as he struggled much of the night to hit his wide receivers deep and never really got it going with tight end Greg Olson though they did have a few nice connections.
In addition, running back Jonathan Stewart had pretty much the same dismal results as he did in Super Bowl 50.
Don’t Lose The Game
I’m sure Gary Kubiak instructed his young quarterback not to lose the game by turning the ball over but he did just that with two ill timed interceptions which you’d expect from a rookie quarterback.
However, he redeemed himself by taking a sack on their final possession instead of trying to make something out of nothing and turning the ball over. This turned out to be the best decision he made all night as the Broncos punted the ball away and made Cam Newton and the Panthers offense earn the win.
They nearly did just that giving Graham Gano the opportunity to win the game by making a 50 yard field goal. Gano made his first attempt but the play was called dead due to a Bronco time out. Unfortunately for Panther fans Gano missed his second attempt wide left and honestly it never even had a chance.
I’m surprised the Panthers didn’t attempt another play to move the ball even closer with 9 seconds on the clock. The previous play earned 6 yards in 3 seconds.
However, I can’t fault Ron Rivera for playing the percentages as a 50 yard field goal in Denver is more like to a 40 yard field goal any where else in the league due to Denver’s elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level.
Mile High Expectations In Denver
The bottom line is that Bronco fans can say goodbye to Peyton Manning much easier knowing they have a serviceable quarterback for the foreseeable future as long as their defense continues to play lights out.
And for Cam Newton he must return in week two with more energy and optimism if he and the Panthers are going to get in the win column against the San Francisco 49ers. Let’s face it though the 49ers are not the Denver Bronocos.