Siemian’s struggles, the turnover battle and Von still chugging: The Broncos’ Week 7 loss by the numbers

Denver is ranked 29th in the NFL in turnover margin at minus eight.

CHRISTIAN-lighter
Trevor Siemian was sacked five times Sunday. (Kevin Kuo/USA Today Sports)

Trevor Siemian was sacked five times Sunday. (Kevin Kuo/USA Today Sports)

Do you remember the 17th night of September? Seriously, do you? I wasn’t going for a poorly executed Earth, Wind & Fire joke there. I was thinking back to the day the Denver Broncos spanked the Dallas Cowboys 42-17 at home.

Not a lot has gone right for the Broncos since then. They’ve suffered losses to the Bills, the Giants and the Chargers. Denver got shut out for the first time since November 1992 on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Here are some numbers to chew on.

5.9

Trevor Siemian struggled again. He attempted 35 passes for 209 yards — a 5.9 yards per attempt average. His longest completion of the day went for 23 yards.

Siemian was faced with frequent pressure from the Chargers’ star pass-rushing duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, and he wilted in the face of it. According to Pro Football Focus, Siemian completed just 2 of 7 passes under pressure for 33 yards. The calls for #Brocktober are only going to get louder this week.

5

The pressure Siemian faced was one of the themes of the game. He wasn’t very good, and neither was his offensive line. Siemian was sacked five times and took six hits. Also, Ingram did this to him, which I don’t think showed up in the box score because the referee inexplicably called roughing the passer.

69

Now’s the time to get your nice jokes off. The Broncos finished the game with 69 rushing yards on 19 carries. Here’s a look at their rushing totals week by week.

Week 1: 140 yards

Week 2: 178 yards

Week 3: 111 yards

Week 4: 143 yards

Week 5: Off

Week 6: 46 yards

Week 7: 69 yards

Denver’s been awful in the ground game since the bye week.

3

The Broncos turned the ball over three times — a Siemian pick, a Siemian fumble and a turnover on downs. The Chargers turned the ball over zero times. Denver is ranked 29th in the NFL in turnover margin at minus eight.

“We have to create turnovers,” Von Miller said afterward.

80

Hey, speaking of Miller. The Broncos best player brought down Phillip Rivers twice Sunday to cross the 80-regular-season-sack threshold. Miller became the second-fastest player ever to record 80 regular-season sacks, doing so in 94 games. Reggie White got to 80 regular-season sacks in 70 games. Ridiculous.

Subscribe to Denverite’s weekly sports newsletter here.

Hi! You’re like us!

Looks like you’re the type of person who reads to the ends of articles! Well, true believer, you might really like our morning newsletter. It’s quick, free and gets you up to speed on the important and delightful things happening right here in Denver.

Thanks for reading another Denverite story

Does Denverite help you feel more connected to what’s up in your area? Do you want to be a part of it?

Member donations are critical to our continued existence and growth.

You’re our superpower

Denverite supporters have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.

You’re our superpower

Denverite members have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.