Report: Paxton Lynch to start Sunday against Falcons

By Jesse Reed

Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch is reportedly set to get his first NFL start Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Mike Klis of 9News in Denver broke this story Saturday, citing multiple sources.

“Multiple NFL sources, including several player agents, told 9news that Trevor Siemian would not start against the Falcons because of his shoulder injury. However, sources indicated Siemian, the Broncos’ starting quarterback through their first four games, could be on track to start Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.”

Lynch performed admirably last week when Trevor Siemian went down hard on a sack by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished the game with 170 yards on 14-of-24 passing, throwing one touchdown and no interceptions.

The Falcons should provide the rookie quarterback with ample opportunities to make big plays Sunday. Atlanta ranks 31st in the NFL in passing defense, allowing an average of 317 yards a game while allowing more receiving touchdowns (13) than any team in the league.

And while Atlanta’s offense has been red hot of late, it’s possible Denver’s defense will neutralize Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Co. to a certain degree when they clash.

This sets up Lynch with a prime opportunity to come away with a win in his first NFL start, provided he doesn’t turn the ball over.