Paxton Lynch selected Broncos' starting QB vs. Oakland

Posted November 22, 2017

Brock Osweiler will join Trevor Siemian on the sideline, and Paxton Lynch will get the start against the Raiders.

The Broncos, having started Osweiler against the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, will also send Lynch out against a Raiders defense that has struggled.

Lynch has not played since injuring his throwing shoulder in the third preseason game against Green Bay.

"I thought at this moment for our football team moving forward, that a change was needed - going from Mike to Bill Musgrave simply because I want to have a more efficient pass game, " Joseph said Monday. Quarterback play has been a liability for the Broncos all season. In that game, Derek Carr went 28-49 for 237 yards, a touchdown, and a pick while Marshawn Lynch led the ground with 11 rushes for 67 yards and Michael Crabtree made 6 receptions for 51 yards. Lynch had just three completions longer than 10 yards. The pair combined for eight interceptions, one fumble and two touchdowns on the road. Opposing teams have completed almost 73 percent of their passes against Oakland, and the Raiders have yet to intercept a pass. Osweiler played even worse in his place and lost all three games he started.

Now in his second year, the Broncos hope that Lynch makes the leap as a potential franchise quarterback. The final six games could be a final showcase for Lynch before the Broncos likely retool their roster - maybe their coaching staff, too - in the offseason.

Lynch has seen regular season action before, and his performance in those 2016 games will serve as a baseline when judging his performance in 2017.