Denver Broncos, Brock Osweiler Win Against Bears


The Denver Broncos re-enter the win column on the road against the Chicago Bears, earning Brock Osweiler the win in his first career start.

The Denver Broncos took care of business on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, winning by a score of 17-15. The Denver Broncos dropped their last two games leading up to the matchup between John Fox’s Bears and his former team. With the win, the Broncos improve their record to a respectable 8-2, ensuring they will at least be three games up on the Chiefs. The Denver Broncos started Brock Osweiler at quarterback and Ronnie Hillman at running back, and it looked to pay off as the Broncos came away victorious.

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With Brock Osweiler leading the Denver Broncos into Sunday’s matchup against the Bears, he said he gained valuable experience and confidence in the prior week’s matchup against the Chiefs. That confidence showed in the first drive of the game by the Broncos. Osweiler led the team on a four-play, 74 yard drive that ended in a 48-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas. Thomas entered the game against the Bears with just one touchdown on the season and none in his last six games.

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The Denver Broncos’ scored the only points of the first quarter with the 48-yard touchdown from Osweiler to Thomas. However, the Bears managed to score two field goals in the second quarter to cut the Broncos’ lead to 7-6. Despite the added momentum the Bears gained, the Denver Broncos answered with a field goal of their own right before halftime, a 24-yard attempt to cap off a 13 play drive. With the field goal, the Denver Broncos entered halftime with a 10-6 lead in Osweiler’s first career start.

Both team’s defenses looked good in the third quarter, and the Bears scored the only points right before the quarter ended. Robbie Gould connected on his third field goal of the game, knocking in a 37-yarder to close the gap to 10-9. In the Denver Broncos’ opening drive of the fourth quarter, Osweiler marched the team down field on a 10-play, 71 yard drive, ending with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Osweiler to Cory Latimer. The touchdown made the score 17-9 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game. 

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The Chicago Bears made it interesting late in the game, scoring a touchdown with just 24 seconds left. Jeremy Langford scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown to make the score 17-15, and the Bears needed to go for two to try and tie the game. The Bears failed to convert on the conversion and did not recover the onside kick; thus, the Denver Broncos went on to win the game by a score 0f 17-15, marking Brock Osweiler’s first win in his first career start.

Brock Osweiler looked effective in his first start of the season, completing 20-27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Also, the Denver Broncos never turned the ball over during the game, and their defense forced two interceptions off of Jay Cutler. The Broncos failed to force any turnovers in their last three games, so the two interceptions were overdue. Moreover, the Broncos’ rushing attack looked good with Ronnie Hillman getting the start and rushing for 102 yards on 21 carries.

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After Sunday’s win against the Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos travel back home to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. It remains to be seen whether or not Peyton Manning will return next week, but looking at Osweiler’s performance, it will be a tough decision for Gary Kubiak. With Ronnie Hillman’s impressive performance on the ground against the Bears, he should start next week against a stout Patriots defense. Next week’s matchup figures to be the game of the week.