Broncos vs. Raiders: Is a big game on the way Sunday from Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler? Can he pick up where he left off last time he played against them?
The Denver Broncos will don the all blue uniforms on Sunday, a look that has become synonymous with winning in recent years. They wore the all blue look when they crushed the San Francisco 49ers last year, and the year before that, they wore them on the road against the Dallas Cowboys in a shootout victory. The year prior, they wore them against the San Diego Chargers in a 30-23 win.
Some prefer the white pants look with the blue tops, but the Broncos will certainly have a bit of recent history on their side as they go for the ‘Blue Crush’ look against the Raiders on Sunday, where we hope Brock Osweiler will continue his strong play against the Oakland Raiders.
It was a limited bit of action, but Osweiler came in at the end of the Raiders game in the final game of the 2014 regular season and put an exclamation point on Peyton Manning’s work with two completions on two attempts and a touchdown toss to Virgil Green, the first of both of their careers.
It’s been an up-and-down three games and change for Osweiler statistically, but the success this team has had (3-0) can’t be ignored while he’s been the starter. Still, the more we watch, the more I get the feeling he’s going to need to prove capable of another multi-touchdown game or two before Gary Kubiak and the rest of the organization is completely sold on benching Peyton Manning for a playoff run.
That’s not going to be an easy argument to make.
For Osweiler, it’s not been getting off to a strong start that’s really been the problem. At times, it’s been finishing drives. He had a really nice drive going against the Chargers that ended with an interception in the end zone, and another very similar drive end that way in his first outing against the Chiefs.
He was having a really tough game against the New England Patriots until the offense started to really click late in the game, and that’s the kind of production we’d like to see him get back to. Obviously, he’s not going to be perfect. This is still a young QB making just his fourth NFL start, but there is plenty of reason to believe he can show the necessary improvements and strides in his game come Sunday afternoon against the Raiders.
Oakland’s secondary is by no means unbeatable, but Osweiler is going to have to deal again with plenty of pressure up front. He’s been really solid this year at making throws under pressure, and the key is going to be whether or not he can manage to stay on the same page with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, two players any QB in the league would kill to have at their disposal.
Not only that, but Osweiler has the luxury of players like Owen Daniels, Vernon Davis, and Virgil Green at the tight end position. I don’t need to sit here and list off the weapons the Broncos have offensively, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that Sunday should be one of Osweiler’s most productive games yet as a Bronco.
Hopefully that’s the case.