Kyle Orton Returns To Denver


Nov 30, 2014; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton (18) calls a play during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Orton was the quarterback of the Denver Broncos during Josh McDaniels’ tenure with the team. Now he is back and looks to win another game against his former team.

The Broncos face a surprisingly difficult task this weekend as the Buffalo Bills come into town. The Bills, led by Kyle Orton, are in the discussion for the playoff race. Most would expect the Bills to be out of the discussion by now, but the team has definitely surprised and exceeded expectations. They sit at 7-5 and will look to get a signature win.

Kyle Orton had some success with the Denver Broncos before he was benched and then ended up signing with the Kansas City Chiefs after being waived. He managed to earn a win in the 2011 regular season finale while he was the quarterback of the Chiefs. Now he is looking to get another win against the team that he had some success with, but ultimately did not work down the stretch.

There was a time in his career that he did “retire” but came back to football and played with the Bills. Kyle Orton became the starting quarterback after the team decided to bench EJ Manuel after the fourth game of this season. Orton has gone 5-3 since taking over as the starter, so perhaps he has finally found his groove as the NFL “journeyman” and has had some success for the first time since his struggles in Denver.

Kyle Orton does have the potential, as it was proven when he won his first six games as a member of the Denver Broncos. His only issue is keeping the momentum going. In fact, after his 6-0 start he went 6-21 in his final games started for the Broncos. It was a nightmare ending for a quarterback who showed a lot of promise. Now that he is finding some success with the Bills, he will look to get another win.

This game will be a lot closer than what is anticipated. As of right now, Denver is a 10 point favorite. But I would not be surprised at the least if the Bills make things interesting. The Broncos have not beaten the Bills since 2005 when the Broncos finished 13-3 that year. With Peyton Manning and Kyle Orton set to battle, it should be a solid game.