Brock Osweiler’s return to Denver didn’t goes as he expected it to; in fact, it was embarrassing. His return, which was accompanied with overwhelming boos, ended in a nightmarish 27-9 loss to the Broncos. The Houston Texans’ quarterback went an abysmal 22-for-41 with just 131 yards and 3 fumbles, and made the terrible kind of NFL history no quarterback wants to be associated with:
For the Broncos, head coach Gary Kubiak’s chance to coach against his former Texans went magnificently. Kubiak’s defense was unbelievably tenacious, holding Houston to 271 total yards and three field goals.
The Broncos proved their quarterback, Trevor Siemian, a 7th rounder who makes less than $600,000 a season, is the perfect fit for a team with an established running game and top-ranked defense.
While the Broncos keep rolling, the Texans find themselves with a $37 million problem, and its name is Brock Osweiler. The former ASU product wasn’t given much time to throw, but struggled with his accuracy on even the simplest passes. Osweiler couldn’t even blame his poor performance on the lack of a rushing attack, as Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue both had over 60 yards on the ground, averaging a combined 5.6 yards per carry.
For the season, Osweiler has completed under 60 percent of his passes for 1,402 yards, 8 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and an underwhelming 74.1 rating.
Monday’s game certainly felt like a blessing in disguise for Denver, who tried to re-sign Osweiler this offseason. However, Osweiler credited Houston as "the place that gives him the best chance to be successful" when he signed with them this offseason, giving the Broncos all the motivation they needed to stick it to their former teammate.
“We believed in him,” Denver cornerback Aqib Talib said. “We thought he was going to be our QB. We feel like he reneged on us.” Von Miller also wasn’t coy on the matter, donning a sweatshirt that said “REVENGE” as he arrived to the stadium.
Denver exacted their revenge in convincing fashion, leaving Texans fans wishing Brian Hoyer was still the starting quarterback.
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