2016 Broncos Season — Week 17


The regular season came to an end on Sunday, and now the questions begin.

Week 17: Broncos 24, Oakland Raiders 6
Season Record: 9-7 (5-3 Home)
Key Play: With the Broncos lead 24-6 in the fourth quarter and the Raiders looking to climb back into the game, Von Miller forced a fumble to give the ball back to the Broncos, who were able to hold on for the win.

Recap: It was an emotional day for the Broncos on Sunday as they played their final game of the season, at home, against their division rivals, the Oakland Raiders. They also had added motivation in  the form an announcement that head coach Gary Kubiak would be retiring following the 2016 season. In other words, Sunday's game was the final game of his coaching career, and the Broncos were determined to send him out as a winner. That led to them bringing a fire that we hadn't seen in previous weeks. It was nice to see, but it was too little, too late. Still, the Broncos finished the season 9-7 and will now have an off-season to re-group and try again next season. This is still a talented squad has many young stars locked up long-term and is only a year removed from the Super Bowl title. I think they'll be strong again in 2017.

Game Balls:
* Trevor Siemian — Following his worst game of the season in Kansas City, Siemian looked strong in throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He made a case for getting his shot in 2017.
* Devontae Booker — Booker looked the best he's looked in weeks on Sunday, rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown while grabbing two passes for 52 years and a touchdown.
* Justin Simmons — The rookie safety, filling in for TJ Ward, had a nice interception of Connor Cook that helped the defense.
* Von Miller and Shane Ray — This is the powerful future for the Broncos' pass rush, and we saw it on Sunday.

Lingering Questions:
* Offensive Line — The Broncos have an offensive line issue. It needs to be fixed for this team to be competitive.
* Quarterback Situation — Siemian looked good yesterday, but there are still questions going forward. Is he the leader that can get the Broncos back to the Super Bowl? Or is it Paxton Lynch? That will be the question for the next administration.
* Stopping the Run — The Broncos defense was good, but it's lack of ability to stop the run was a real set back. The Broncos need to get that corrected.
* Who will lead them — There is a strong likelihood that Wade Phillips will be back as the leader of the defense, but now questions remain about who will be the head coach. That will shape the future trajectory of this team, for the good or the bad.

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