Broncos Paxton Lynch expected to start against Raiders


CBS4)- It's Paxton Lynch time in Denver.

The Denver Broncos have made a decision to start Paxton Lynch at quarterback in Week 12, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

Sunday will apparently be that point. The Broncos are not yet officially eliminated from playoff contention but their chances of reaching the playoffs are almost nonexistent, so using the last six games of the season to take a longer look at Lynch makes sense. The Broncos ran the ball 28 times in the game as Lynch finished 12-of-24 passing for 104 yards without a touchdown or interception. With two minutes remaining in the first half, Trevor Siemian was thrown to the ground, causing an injury to his left shoulder and forcing then-Broncos coach Gary Kubiak to pull him from the game in favor of Lynch. I feel like mentally I've taken a step forward.

The second-year quarterback from Memphis went 1-1 as a starter in 2016 with one touchdown and one interception. With Siemian at the helm, the Broncos nearly upended the Chiefs at home in a close game plagued by turnovers from the quarterback. Lynch had just three completions longer than 10 yards.

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Lynch was asked last week if he believed he was ready, physically and from a study standpoint, to be the starter. I would have said that right when I got hurt.

Interim offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is expected to install a simplified offensive gameplan for Denver's game against the Raiders with Lynch's skillset specifically in mind.

In a season full of accusations of quitting, not caring and just being flat out soft, Anderson's postgame demeanor should serve as a reminder to all; you don't care more than they do.