Yesterday, we wrote about a bit of haze over who will start at quarterback this Sunday for the Denver Broncos.
We don’t have to wait any longer.
Head coach Gary Kubiak announced Brock Osweiler will remain the starter through this week as Peyton Manning continues to rehab from a foot injury that will cause him to miss his fifth straight game.
Osweiler has thrown for five touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 63.5% of his passes this season, drawing “tall Alex Smith” comparisons from our Dave Bryan. The Broncos’ offense has been held to 17 or fewer points in three of his four starts this year. That is, if you remember, Keith Butler’s magic number – holding offenses to under 18.
Manning, according to Kubiak, is continuing to work back from his plantar fasciitis. His negative play as the starter, ending in a four interception output against the Kansas City Chiefs, also played a role in Osweiler’s ascension to the starting role.
Of course, this isn’t an unexpected move from the Broncos. Arthur Moats and Mike Tomlin have already told the media they expected Osweiler to start this week.
For the season, the Broncos’ offense ranks 17th in scoring with 21.6 points per game. They are 17th in rush offense and 18th in passing offense. Their success has stemmed from the NFL’s best defense, led by DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, and Chris Harris.