The big question going into the November 22 game pitting the Broncos against the Bears in Chicago: Would Brock Osweiler, getting his first NFL regular season start on his 25th birthday, do enough while filling in for an injured Peyton Manning to create a quarterback controversy.
For some, the Broncos' 17-15 road win over a team with plenty of folks with Denver connections (QB Jay Cutler, head coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Adam Gase) has answered that question. For others, the jury is still out.
Granted, Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and didn't throw an interception — a stark contrast with Manning, who has been tossing picks at a disturbing rate this year. But even though the Bears have been playing better of late, they're no one's idea of a juggernaut, and the low-scoring, nail-biting finish, aided immeasurably by another staunch performance by the defense, pretty much mimics the way Manning won earlier in the season.
Still, lotsa folks have already reached their conclusions about Osweiler moving forward, as evidenced by the following twenty tweets, illustrated by images from the game. Check them out below.
Happy Birthday Brock! First career W as a starter nice— Zach E (@EdgeZach) November 23, 2015
Everyone saying that Brock should be the starter the rest of the year is crazy. The Broncos played an average bears team with an injured D— Josh Archuleta (@josh_archuleta) November 22, 2015
Even when Peyton comes back, Brock is the starter— RealBraw (@RealBraw) November 22, 2015
It's the Brock era now! He better be the starter from now on!— Opetaia Tuiava (@Taia_33) November 22, 2015
Peyton Manning is coffee Brock Osweiler is alcohol. pic.twitter.com/1x1UvPH6oh— PeytonMForehead (@PeytonMForehead) November 23, 2015
Brock Osweiler is the deserving starter in Denver— Jizzy Jerms (@thatguyjerms) November 22, 2015
Good win, Broncos! However, it was against the Bears. Let's see how Brock performs next week before we crown him the definite starter.— Matthew Hailes (@Matthew_202) November 22, 2015
Good start by Brock. Felt like Broncos football. Look forward to him improving as the starter.— Godslay (@_Godslay) November 22, 2015
This has to be the best birthday present to Brock, who always was trying to grab his helmet and play. Now he has his first win as a starter!— Alicia Jessop (@RulingSports) November 22, 2015
Keep Brock as a starter. I like it.— DEN (8-2) DET (7-6) (@ThatBoy_Chinn) November 22, 2015
At the very least, Brock should be the starter next year. And next week.— Jacob Weindling (@pollisguy) November 22, 2015
Pissing me off hearing the trash talk Peyton's getting after Brock only starting one game.— Tirzah (@7TirzahS) November 23, 2015