Oct 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) celebrates a first down reception in the second half against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Texans 27-9. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Yes, I know. Emmanuel Sanders is already a playmaker for the Denver Broncos offense. But it seems as if he has not been as productive in the last few weeks.
After his big performances in Weeks 3 and 4, he has seemed to become nonexistent in the offense. That could be due to the offense moving to the running game or more focus on the tight ends.
However, the Broncos faithful can always count on Sanders to make that huge play out of nowhere. Either a huge catch to move the chains or a long touchdown reception.
Look for the Broncos to get Sanders more involved in the passing game coming out of the bye. He is a true playmaker. There is a reason that he got his payday before the season began.
Oct 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) runs with the ball after he intercepted it during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
I am sure all of Broncos Country noticed the absence of Aqib Talib in the last three games. The secondary has looked a bit off.
There is a reason why John Elway signed him in free agency at the end of the embarrassing Super Bowl 48 loss. He can make the plays needed in the secondary.
There are times where his actions on and off the field have been out of character. But when he is on the field, he can make such a difference.
Take for example Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. His pick-six was such a game changer in the game and it led to the win. His two interceptions against the Buccaneers in Week 4 set the tone.
Talib is set to return from his back injury after the bye. Having the No Fly Zone back to full strength will really benefit the Denver Broncos in the final six games.
Aug 27, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos fullback Andy Janovich (32) before the preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
When the Broncos get Andy Janovich involved in the running game, whether it is running the ball or blocking, it makes such a difference.
He also has been dealing with injury. His hand is covered in a club-like cast. It might be a bit of time before he can shed the cast, but it is impressive that he continues to play with one hand.
When Janovich gets the running game going, it can set up Trevor Siemian for the passing game. This is especially true with the play action.
Gary Kubiak cannot allow the offense to operate the majority of the game without Andy Janovich making some form of impact. He has been the team’s rookie of the year in my eyes.
Aug 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams (92) sits on the bench in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
If Sly is looking to get a new deal with the Denver Broncos next season, these next six games are going to be important for him to step up in.
The Denver Broncos running defense has not been the best lately. And teams in the postseason are going to be looking to focus more on the run in January.
It will be important for Sylvester Williams to push back the line and get to the running back.
Derek Wolfe has been the more productive run stopper on the line. It’ll be important for the man that is in the middle of the line to get some production.
If he can help out Jared Crick and Wolfe get the run defense going, then it will be difficult for any team to run against this team in the cold months of winter football.
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) runs against the New Orleans Saints in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos won, 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Well, this should come as no surprise. Trevor Siemian has played fairly well despite some mistakes. He has led the team to a 7-2 record in his starts.
But not even I will sugarcoat it, he needs to get better at his decision making. He was doing well last week against the New Orleans Saints until his untimely interception.
It appeared as if the wheels were falling off until he got readjusted and got the offense back on track.
What we need to see from Trevor Siemian is what we saw for 45 minutes of the game. Fast start, become a game manager when leading, and lead the team to a win if they are behind.
The next six games will not be easy for him. Hopefully he will have fully recovered from his AC Joint Sprain in his shoulder to be more productive.
But it cannot be stressed enough. Trevor Siemian is going to need to be on his A game if the Broncos are going to have any shot at going far in the playoffs.