Osweiler completed 23 of 42 passes for 270 yards, with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Patriots. Osweiler missed a bunch of throws along the way, but he also made some excellent passes to overcome a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He didn't get much help from Demaryius Thomas, who caught just one pass for 36 yards on a team-high 13 targets. Head coach Gary Kubiak said a couple weeks ago that Peyton Manning (foot/ribs) will start once he's healthy, but Osweiler has subsequently made a strong case to keep the job. In any case, Manning is unlikely to be healthy for Week 13, leaving Osweiler as the likely starter for a game in San Diego.
Osweiler will get another start Sunday against the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. As expected, Peyton Manning (foot/ribs) will miss a second straight game, with his status looking cloudy beyond Week 12. Osweiler played well in his first career start, completing 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's road win over the Bears.
Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Bears. He also rushed twice for four yards. Starting in place of the injured Peyton Manning (foot/ribs), Osweiler had total control of the offense, connecting with eight different receivers while throwing his touchdowns to Demaryius Thomas and Cody Latimer. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said earlier in the week that the offense would run very similarly under Osweiler as it did when Manning was healthy, but Osweiler took significantly more snaps under center, which also helped the rushing attack, as Ronnie Hillman finished with 21 carries for 102 yards while C.J. Anderson added 59 yards on 12 carries. Manning is reportedly trying to return in Week 12, though given the severity of his injury it's unclear if that's a realistic expectation. Given Osweiler's success Sunday, there seems to be little reason to rush Manning back before he is fully healthy, which could allow Osweiler to start next Sunday night against the Patriots.
Osweiler will start next Sunday against the Bears in place of the injured Peyton Manning (foot), head coach Gary Kubiak announced Monday. Manning was benched in the third quarter of this past Sunday's game against the Chiefs after completing just five of 20 passes for 35 yards and four interceptions, leaving Osweiler to try to bring the Broncos back. Osweiler was certainly more effective, completing 14 of 24 passes for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception, though it wasn't nearly enough to make the game competitive (the Broncos trailed 22-0 heading into the fourth quarter). Osweiler has been considered the quarterback of the future in Denver since the team selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft, and he'll finally get an opportunity to show what he can do with Manning sidelined for at least one game. Manning is dealing with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot, and it is unclear if he will need to miss any additional time after Week 11. One other wrinkle for Osweiler is that Bears head coach John Fox was the head coach in Denver for the past four seasons, while Chicago offensive coordinator Adam Gase held the same role in Denver during Osweiler's tenure, so there may not be two coaches in the NFL that are more familiar with his tendencies.
Broncos quaterback Brock Osweiler doesn't get a lot of reps. It's not his fault, he just happens to back up legendary passer Peyton Manning. Osweiler has gotten a chance to participate more often this offseason because the Broncos are giving their veterans more off days, and he has been impressive. "He has a lot more command," said running back C.J. Anderson. "He wants to go out there and play. He's been confident and comfortable, and he knows what he can do. He trusts his ability." Osweiler, who has been Manning's backup for three seasons now, has continued to mature as an NFL quarterback despite only playing in 13 career games. "I've always been impressed with Brock and his composure and how he commands the huddle," tight end Virgil Green said. "The more and more you play in the league, the more confident you get and the more composure you have out there."
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