Takeaways from the Broncos win over the Bears

November 22, 2015

By Drew Spevak

The Broncos snapped their two game losing streak with a gutsy 17-15 win over the Bears in Chicago on Sunday in what could be the start of a new era at quarterback.

Brock Osweiler made his first NFL start, and got his first career win, with an efficient performance over former Broncos head coach John Fox. Osweiler completed 20-of-27 pass attempts with two touchdown throws and no interceptions.

His current head coach Gary Kubiak said, "Brock did a heck of a job. We needed to play clean football."

This is an important win for the Broncos as they try and keep pace with the Cincinnati Bengals for a first round by in the playoffs. This week will be a greater test with the New England Patriots coming to town Sunday night.

Here are my takeaways from Sunday's win.

1. It's Brock's team now. A major question coming into the season was, what would happen if Peyton Manning got hurt? Could Osweiler lead this team into the postseason? Sunday provided a glimpse of what the future may bring with Osweiler and it's hard not to get excited. He looked like a composed veteran who had been playing for years, not a scared rookie making his first start. Most critical on his stat line was zero turnovers. All of the interceptions thrown by Manning has taken it's toll on this defense over the last few weeks. The youngster still has a way to go but if I'm Kubiak there's no way I turn the reigns back over to Manning, whether he's healthy or not. The quarterback that now gives Denver it's best chance to win is not their future Hall-of-Famer, but the 25-year-old playing for a new contract.

2. The offense finally looked like it was supposed to. Osweiler spent most of the game under center the way Kubiak's offense is intended to run. Having the QB under center opened up the run game to the tune of 170 yards for Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. That was the best the ground attack looked all season, which opened up the play action passing game. It's just another reason why Osweiler is the better fit right now.

3. The offensive line is still bad. At least in pass protection. The Bears were able to get pressure on the quarterback consistently, picking up five sacks. The scary part is Chicago doesn't exactly have a stellar pass rush. One of the downsides to Osweiler is that he does hold on to the ball too long at times, and with an offensive line that can't pass protect, this could be an issue. At this point in the season we just have to accept that the line is what it is and there really isn't much Denver can do to improve it.

4. It was the day of the tight end on Sunday as Owen Daniels, Vernon Davis and Virgil Green combined for 11 of the Broncos' 20 catches. We saw multiple three tight end formations and that is something we will see a lot of if Osweiler remains the guy. Davis had his biggest day as a Bronco with six catches on six targets for 68 yards.

5. The defense came up big again. While they gave up 347 yards to Jay Cutler and a bunch of receivers you've never heard of, the unit came up but with big plays when they needed them. Danny Trevathan had a big second half interception followed by Von Miller's strip sack of Cutler. With the game on the line for Chicago, T.J. Ward blew up a two-point attempt to seal the game. With an efficient offense, this team can make a deep run in the postseason as long as the defense continues to shine.

Cecil's Week 11 Game Balls and Soccer Balls

November 22, 2015

Each week, Cecil gives out game balls to the players who had outstanding performances and soccer balls to those who didn't...

Game Ball: Brock Osweiler

Game Ball: Vernon Davis

Game Ball: Ronnie Hillman

Game Ball: Danny Trevathan

Game Ball: Von Miller

Game Ball: Malik Jackson

Soccer Ball: T.J. Ward


Cecil and Nate's Broncos Player of the Game

November 22, 2015


Week 11 - Broncos 17, Bears 15

Cecil - Brock Osweiler

Nate - Gary Kubiak (yes, Nate realizes he's a coach and not a player)


Week 10 - Chiefs 29, Broncos 13

Cecil - Charcandrick West

Nate - Von Miller


Week 9 - Colts 27, Broncos 24

Cecil - Andrew Luck

Nate - Andrew Luck


Week 8 - Broncos 29, Packers 10

Cecil - C.J. Anderson

Nate - Demaryius Thomas


Week 6 - Broncos 26, Browns 23 (OT)

Cecil - Emmanuel Sanders

Nate - Brandon McManus


Week 5 - Broncos 16, Raiders 10

Cecil - Chris Harris, Jr.

Nate - Chris Harris, Jr.


Week 4 - Broncos 23, Vikings 20

Cecil - T.J. Ward

Nate - Brandon Marshall


Week 3 - Broncos 24, Lions 12

Cecil - Peyton Manning

Nate - Peyton Manning


Week 2 - Broncos 31, Chiefs 24

Cecil - Bradley Roby

Nate - Aqib Talib


Week 1 - Broncos 19, Ravens 13

Cecil - Aqib Talib

Nate - Aqib Talib








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