Philadelphia 51, Denver 23. When Trevor Siemian threw three picks in a ten-point loss to the Chiefs on Monday night, the thinking was that the Broncos had to make a move at quarterback. There’s no way they could do any worse. So they brought in Brock Osweiler.
And he managed to do the impossible. He was worse. Two picks and a 28-point humiliation in Philadelphia.
And the only reason it was that close was because Carson Wentz sat for nearly the final ten minutes and because Von Miller strip-sacked his replacement, Nick Foles, and Brandon Marshall returned it for a score.
Let’s be honest. The game was a lot worse than 51-23. It was 44-9 at the end of the third quarter. 44-9 in a game between two NFL teams. Not just two NFL teams, but two teams that had Super Bowl aspirations as of six weeks ago. And since then, Philly has proven they’re legit and Denver has proven, well, I’m not sure what they’ve proven. Other than the fact that Brock Osweiler isn’t the answer.
But you know me, I’m a glass half-full kind of guy. I could just jump in here and start carving Osweiler for that clown show of a performance, but that’s not what I’m about. Not when Carson Wentz is hanging four touchdowns on the Broncos defense. The No Fly Zone just got a heavy dose of Fly Eagles Fly. And the Broncos dee was pissed afterwards.
Derek Wolfe: “We got our ass kicked. What else needs to be said? It’s sad because there’s a lot of time and work and blood and sweat invested into this season. To go out there and get our ass kicked like that, it really hurts.”
And as for the Broncos, they were hoping that the Brock Lobster would hit their team with the paddles and instead, he put them in a sleeper hold. Instead of fixing the offense, it almost seemed like he made the defense worse.
And to think, it all started out so well. Denver got the ball to open the game, Osweiler led them on a field goal drive, everything was right with the world. Until it wasn’t. Because Carson Wentz responded to that field goal with this:
Now we’ve got ourselves a good old fashioned quarterback battle. Two gunslingers just marching up and down the field in a battle of “can you top this?” Not exactly.
Because Denver started it’s next drive on their own 8, worked their way back to the 5, and then punted from the 10. Philly responded with a field goal, so it’s 10-3, but Denver isn’t out of it yet. The Broncos got the ball back and on first down, Brock went Brock with his first interception of the game.
Philly punched that in for a touchdown and that’s ball game. At that point, it wasn’t a matter of whether Denver would lose, but by how much. And Brock seemed determined to make that number as big as possible.
Then again, if you were counting on Brock Osweiler to save your season, that’s on you, not on him. He’s just doing his Brock Osweiler-ly best. And that’s what you got. 8 for 21 with two picks before garbage time rolled around.
How bad was it? Head coach Vance Joseph said, “I thought Brock did a fine job. I was proud of the week he had, and he did a fine job. Obviously, we had two more interceptions, which I don’t like, but I have to go back and watch the tape to really get a feel for how Brock played.”
Don’t get it twisted, in this case, your head coach saying you did a “fine job” does not actually mean that you did a fine job. You don’t need to break down tape to know that wasn’t a fine job. In this case, Joseph is saying “fine” and you know it’s not fine. Kind of like when your significant other says that they’re “fine” with your decision. It’s not fine. It couldn’t be further from fine.
The only good news is that at least Denver didn’t have to pay him for that. The Browns wrote him a fat check for that performance yesterday.