The Denver Broncos struggled through last season with quarterback problems and managed to win the Super Bowl. Trevor Siemian hardly seems like the right answer to the problem and surely isn't the future of the franchise, but with him under center the Broncos are, improbably, 2-0 on the season.
Siemian will once again be under center when the Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, with kickoff set for shortly after 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS, with a live stream available online via a Sunday Ticket subscription.
Denver entered training camp with Siemian, Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch at the quarterback position. Lynch, a player the Broncos traded up to draft, seems like the future franchise quarterback. But neither he nor Sanchez were able to beat out Siemian for the immediate starting job, and that made sense.
Lynch is a developmental player and it doesn't make much of a difference if he plays in Week 1, Week 10 or next season. The Broncos want to see if there is something special in Siemian and though results have been iffy so far, he'll continue to get a long look.
In two games, Siemian has completed a good percentage of his passes, connecting on 40 of 59 (67.8 percent) for 444 yards. The big problem, though, is the turnovers. He has thrown one touchdown against three interceptions, and has essentially done little to help out his own defense. That will be a problem against the Bengals, a team with a potent offense led by Andy Dalton.
Dalton has faced plenty of criticism over the years for his struggles in the playoffs. Unfortunately, this past season he didn't really get a chance to overcome that criticism, dealing with injuries at the end of the season and in the playoffs.
This season, he's looked good for the most part, completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 732 yards and two touchdowns. He has also thrown an interception though, and the Bengals have allowed teams to sack him eight times. Dalton won't hold up over the course of the season with that kind of blocking in front of him.
How Siemian looks early on in the game will be interesting, given this will be his first ever regular season road start. He won twice at home, but the Bengals on the road is certainly a tall test.
The Bengals are coming off a very tough road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game they lost, 24-16. They will be very glad to be playing at home in Paul Brown Stadium, and the Broncos will likely suffer for it in the end. Cincinnati now trails both the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, sitting at 1-1 while their rivals are both 2-0.
Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday's game between the Bengals and Broncos.
How to Watch Broncos vs. Bengals on Sunday
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket