This week the Eagles (7-1) are set to play the Denver Broncos (3-4) at Lincoln Financial Field at 1PM EST this Sunday. If you haven’t heard yet, the Broncos have decided to sit Trevor Siemian in favor of Brock Osweiler for this game. Siemian hasn’t played well this year, but I’m not convinced that the team isn’t just dysfunctional. Siemian has posted a 76.8 passer rating which is good for 28th out of qualified QBs and has thrown 10 interceptions which is tied for 3rd. He has put up 1,669 yards, a 61.5% completion percentage and 6.76 yards per completion.
His numbers aren’t good at all. If you are the Broncos, is Brock Osweiler that much better that you should mess with your team’s chemistry and tell your starting quarterback that you don’t trust him anymore? That’s what I wanted to find out. Here’s what the numbers told me about the Eagles upcoming quarterback challenge.
You should have heard the name Brock Osweiler by now if you have been following the NFL. He was drafted by the Broncos in 2012 out of Arizona State University. His first three years in the league were irrelevant as it pertains to this article. He threw a few passes here and there, but for the most part he didn’t do anything I could break down. His real first action came in 2015 when Peyton Manning went down midway through the season.
Osweiler had a solid 8 games in 2015 while filling in for one of the greatest to ever play the game. He led the Broncos to a 5-3 record while throwing 10 touchdowns and throwing 6 interceptions. He threw 1,967 yards while averaging 7.2 yards per completion. He averaged an 86.4 passer rating during those 8 games. Those are promising numbers for a quarterback who hadn’t played significant minutes. And that is why he got a 4 yr/$72 million contract from the Houston Texans going into the 2016 season.
2016 was Osweiler’s first shot to show that he could be a starting quarterback in the NFL for a full 16 games. Needless to say, he didn’t live up to the Texans hopes or the contract. He went 8-7 in 15 games where he played a majority of the offensive snaps. For a team with the offensive weapons and defensive dominance that the Texans had, that wasn’t nearly good enough. He threw for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns and 16 interception at a 59% completion percentage. His passer rating that season was 72.2 which is pretty terrible, considering I just told you Trevor Siemian is averaging over 76 but is 28th in the league. Due to the lack of production, Houston moved Osweiler to Cleveland and he eventually ended up back with the Broncos. And that brings us to Week 9 of the NFL season.
What can we expect from Brock Osweiler in this upcoming matchup? Well, the one thing Brock has going for him is that this is not an entirely new situation for him. He has played with these receivers before and he has played in a Broncos uniform before. It might not seem like a lot, but you would be surprised. What isn’t going in his favor is that the Broncos offense is not great and the Eagles defense is very good. I have a feeling Brock is going to wish he didn’t have to make his first start this season against this Eagles team. If I were the Broncos I would not have sat Siemian for this one. I am expecting 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Brock this weekend.
So there it is. Let me know what you think we should expect out of Brock Osweiler on Sunday. And don’t forget to hit the Follow button on the Home Page and to follow @BirdsOffBroad on Twitter!