Notice anything funny about the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos? Not a lot of people outside of the Mile High City are talking about the team’s chances of repeating what they did a year ago. But the bottom line is if you include last season’s playoffs, Gary Kubiak’s club has won nine straight games dating back to last season.

They’ve also done it with three different starting quarterbacks (Brock Osweiler, Peyton Manning and Trevor Siemian) and a fill-in appearance by a rookie. On Sunday at Denver, Paxton Lynch will make his first NFL start.

In last week’s relief job at Tampa Bay, the 2016 first-round pick was busy completing 14 of his 24 pass attempts for 170 yards. That included a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the fourth quarter. The rookie quarterback was sacked just once. But both he and starter Trevor Siemian got just enough support from a ground attack that gained only 89 yards but totaled 32 attempts.

And that’s exactly what you can expect from the Denver Broncos on Sunday when the high-flying Atlanta Falcons and  Matt Ryan come to town. Keeping a team that has scored an impressive 152 points in four games on the sidelines would help.


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It is also important to Lynch that running backs C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker do their share. That makes play-action passes to targets such as Sanders and Demaryius Thomas that more effective.

So what are we expecting from Lynch? Lots of support from a Kubiak offense that thinks run first. That balance has led the defending NFL champion Denver Broncos to a solid 4-0 start. And while the defense has gotten plenty of attention and rightfully so, this is a pretty complete team.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for and the founder of Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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Russell S. Baxter
EndZoneScore (NFL) Lead Columnist

A freelance NFL writer, editor, researcher and analyst for more than 30 years with a background in both television (ESPN)--contributing to shows that won 5 Emmy Awards--as well as radio (both live and voice-over), Baxter is the founder of He also writes for NFL Spin Zone, FanSided, Pro Football Spot, Blasting News and The Sports Post. He has written for Bleacher Report, Cold Hard Football Facts, Pro Player Insiders, The Football Girl,, NFL Female and more. Baxter has been a steady guest on Yahoo! Sports Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, FOX Sports Radio and also appear on a weekly basis during the NFL season on Patriots Playbook on Radio. Baxter can be heard on numerous other stations and podcasts across the country and all over the world. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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