AFC Offensive Player of the Week Awarded to Trevor Siemian of Denver Broncos

AFC Offensive Player of the Week Awarded to Trevor Siemian of Denver Broncos
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On Wednesday September 28, the AFC Offensive Player of the Week was named after an extraordinary performance in Sunday’s battle between the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals.  “Good Morning Football” program announced Trevor Siemian’s award on the NFL Network.  The sophomore quarterback received the nod after leading the Broncos to a 29-17 win against the Bengals.  He threw for four touchdowns and over 300-yards.  This is the first time that Siemian has received this honor.

His performance has stunned fans and fellow members of the league alike after being drafted in the 25th round for the 2015 season.  He spent all of last year on the bench, except for a single play in December where he took a knee, leaving him a virtual unknown to fellow competitors.  After Peyton Manning retired at the end of the 2015 season, he had to compete for the position of starting quarterback.

His stats for Sunday’s game include 312 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 132.1 quarterback rating–the highest in the league. This was his first road start in his career, marking this victory a first in NFL history. No other quarterback has ever achieved this unique combination of stats.  It is only the third time in the Broncos history where their quarterback attained those numbers, the other two belonging to Peyton Manning, both in 2013 were he was awarded the year’s MVP award.

Sunday’s game saw Siemian throw and complete long passes to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, each receiving for more than 100 yards. Sanders caught the 41-yard long bomb for the first touchdown of the night.  Thomas later snatched a 55-yard toss that sealed the victory for Denver.

This performance follows up solid appearances in the first two games of the season, throwing for a total of 444 yards and going into Sunday’s game with a 2-0 record, beating out first the Carolina Panthers and then the Indianapolis Colts. He is the first quarterback to play in the NFL from Northwestern since 1979, further adding to his quickly piling accolades.

There have only been seven quarterbacks playing for the Broncos that have received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award since the NFL has been using it in 1984.  Kyle Orton took it once along with Jay Cutler and Gary Kubiak.  Brian Griese grabbed the honor twice, Jake Plummer snagged it three times while Peyton Manning was awarded the honor six times in his Hall of Fame worthy career.

Other players receiving special recognition this week include Marcus Peters who plays for Kansas City; he was awarded the AFC Defensive Player of the Week while Ray Allen of the New England Patriots was named the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Trevor Siemian will lead the Denver Broncos against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this upcoming Sunday at 4:05PM.