Last week, Jones became just the sixth 300-yard receiver in NFL annals, not that Denver's "No Fly Zone" defense was impressed. They dismissed that performance as a bad day by the Panthers, and they stifled Jones all afternoon.
Not that it mattered.
Coleman, who played despite having sickle cell trait, which can sometimes be exacerbated at altitude, showed off his breakaway speed by catching four passes for 132 yards to go with his 31 yards on six carries.
Ryan's rather modest total included a 31-yard touchdown toss to Coleman following Ricardo Allen's interception at the Denver 42 in the third quarter that made it 20-3.
Lynch, the 26th overall pick out of Memphis last April, got the starting nod because Siemian's bruised A.C. joint in his non-throwing shoulder was still bothering him a week after he was flung to the turf in Tampa.
It was Lynch who showed he wasn't ready Sunday, however.
Lynch's footwork was a mess and his overthrows and misfires ruined any chance the Broncos had of capitalizing on the league's 30th ranked defense, including the NFL's next-to-last pass defense and a patchwork linebacker corps.
Unlike Siemian, Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, all of whom did enough to allow Denver's stout defense to secure the win during an NFL-best nine-game winning streak, Lynch couldn't avoid mistakes that doomed his team to defeat. He constantly held onto the ball too long and too often didn't make decisions or moves fast enough.
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