Brock Osweiler's return to Denver did not go so well.
Denver ruined Brock Osweiler's homecoming on Monday night, incessantly hurrying, hitting and harassing their former teammate in a 27-9 win over his Houston Texans.
Osweiler started eight games for the Broncos last season, and was expected to become the team's starting quarterback after Peyton Manning's retirement. While facing very good defenses needs to be considered, Osweiler's lackluster performance invites an obvious question-should the Texans bench him? Against four or fewer pass rushers this season, Osweiler has completed 62 percent of his passes, while that number drops to 47 percent with five or more rushers.
"And at the end of the day, it was the Houston Texans versus the Denver Broncos".
Denver improved to 5-2 on the season with the victory.
The Broncos reportedly made a low-ball offer, but were all too happy to let the Arizona State product, who was arguably the better of the team's two quarterbacks in its Super Bowl-winning campaign, leave town. "I thought Brock did a good job in trying to avoid as many as he could".
Like Osweiler, this was his first game against his former team, and cornerback Aqib Talib flipped the script and awarded Kubiak a game ball afterward.
Osweiler took a couple of big shots from safeties Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward in the first quarter, but the Texans led 6-0 on a pair of 43-yard field goals by Nick Novak. Coach O'Brien had no further information but confirmed that Allen is out for the season with multiple knee injuries. "We need to get better". Following another 3 and out by Denver, the Texans were driving hard down the field, seeming like they were gaining momentum and having some success with the run game until Alfred Blue put the ball on the carpet giving it back to Denver on the Denver 28 yard-line. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had a 29-yard catch-and-run to the Texans' 4-yard line before Siemian hit an open Demaryius Thomas in the corner of the end zone for the score.
"We did complement each other well tonight", Booker said. Houston's three first-half conversions on third down all were runs.
"I never live my life looking in the rearview mirror", Osweiler said after a night in which his head was on a constant swivel with the likes of Von Miller, Shane Ray and Derek Wolfe coming after him.
Denver running backs C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker split time toting the rock Monday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Not only did the Broncos defense know specific tendencies of the Texans quarterback, but they also had a game plan they knew would continuously make him uncomfortable.
"It was a struggle all night offensively", O'Brien said.