As has been the case in recent memory, Broncos Country makes snap judgements on quarterbacks. When Brock was in Houston, fans laughed all the time and said they were happy a bullet was dodged. When Cleveland passed on him, they laughed more. When he threw picks against three good defenses in three weeks, they groaned and didn’t want to see him back.
Against the worst overall team after the Browns, one who allowed Bortles 309 yards and two passing TDs and 30 points, Osweiler looked good and far better than Siemian. The same Siemian who after the first two games fans had anointed as THE guy. Fast forward three months and the same discussion about Brock.
Last week against the poor Jets, Trevor was crowned, again. All was right with the world. Then tonight he goes 5-9 and an interception and he’s back to being a zero. Y’all give me whiplash with all the snap judgements when it comes to quarterbacks.
Moving on. Our defense kept the Colts to 70 yards rushing and 158 passing. 1 passing TD and two field goals. The one TD drive came from the Siemian interception. Chris Harris, Jr forced a fumble that went out of bounds.
The Colts were 6-13 on third downs, 46%, 0-1 On fourth. Will Parks and Adam Gotsis lead with four tackles each.
Despite the cold water I threw just to chill everyone out, Osweiler did well. He was 12-17, 2 passing and one rushing TD which was the first time in Denver’s history a relief QB accomplished that. Good job. As a whole, the offense was 7-15 on third downs, 1-3 on fourths. RZ was 1-3, which has been an issue all season.
Special Teams was was good for all, but McManus who was 1-2 on field goals, but 3-3 on XP. Riley Dixon punted once for 52 yards. Booker and Taylor handled returns and neither lost yards or dropped the ball.
Denver owned the time of possession with 36:51 minutes. Average start was the 24 yard line which isn’t bad considering the Colts punted four times.
Penalties were 12 for 80 yards, that’s pretty sad when you’re playing a three win team and there’s nothing on the line.
Jeff Heuerman got a TD. I’m noting this because it’s so rare. Speaking of things to mention, CJ Anderson got his seventh career 100-yard rushing game. Also of note is Demaryius Thomas totaled five receptions for 69 yards, he now has 73 receptions on the season. He is the first NFL player to record six 70+catch seasons since Detroit WR Calvin Johnson (2010-15) and the first Bronco to accomplish that feat since WR Rod Smith had a team-record nine straight seasons with 70 catches.
I love the Colts for giving us a great night! I take that back, Siemian was knocked out for the season with an apparent shoulder injury and will likely be placed on IR. It’s never good to have a player injured. Which means the QB drama continues. Brock or Lynch will be the talk for the next day. We know Vance will want Osweiler. It’ll serve no purpose, but he’s yet to make decisions that benefit anyone but himself. Question will be, does Elway overrule him?
Stay tuned for, As the Quarterback Turns.