Brock Osweiler had himself a pretty solid game on Sunday. He finished 20-of-27 for 250 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers in a 17-15 win over the Bears in Chicago. Osweiler played with poise and purpose, finding Demaryius Thomas and Cody Latimer for touchdowns and tight ends Vernon Davis and Owen Daniels for 10 catches for 137 yards.
In other words, Osweiler was far more than a game manager.
So, what happens when Peyton Manning returns from plantar fasciitis? After all, the last time we saw Manning, he completed almost as many passes to the Chiefs (four) as he did to his teammates (five). Might Osweiler actually supplant Manning as the Broncos’ quarterback?
Denver defensive end DeMarcus Ware says no.
“There’s always going to be quarterback controversy, but the thing is, it’s about who’s healthy at the time,” Ware said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Right now, you have a great player in Brock Osweiler that’s playing really well, and Peyton, he’s hurt right now. So we need him healthy, and then when he comes back, he’s going to do what he needs to do.”
Manning has completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards, nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions this season. Osweiler, who has three touchdowns and one interception in limited action, has a higher completion percentage (66.7) than Manning and is averaging 7.8 yards per attempt – a full yard more than Manning’s 6.8.
Might we have a soap opera on our hands in a few weeks?
“People are going to make it a soap opera regardless,” Ware said. “You got Peyton Manning, you got Brock Osweiler playing really well, (so) who’s your quarterback? But the thing is, we voted Peyton Manning as the captain of our offense, so when he’s well, he’s our quarterback. But right now, Brock Osweiler is in there, he’s playing really well and so he’s our quarterback playing at the time.”
Ware, 33, has missed two games with a back injury but was happy to see his teammates hang on for a victory in Chicago.
“A win is a win,” he said. “It’s awesome, especially when you’re hurt and you’re healing and the team is still doing what it needs to do. It lets you know that they really want it. It’s a great thing to see.”
Denver (8-2) hosts New England (10-0) this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET.