17-15, 2-point conversion, 8-2, Brandon McManus, Brock Osweiler, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Chicago IL, Cody Latimer, congratulations, Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, Derek Wolfe, end zone, field goal, football, frigid, game ball, Gary Kubiak, Green Bay Packers, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, John Fox, Malik Jackson, Minnesota, New England Patriots, New York Giants, NFL, Osweiler's 25th birthday, Peyton Manning, photos, Robbie Gould, Ronnie Hillman, sacked, Tom Brady, touchdown, Trevor Siemian, tripped, Von Miller, Windy City
With temperatures in the low to mid 20’s, Osweiler and the Broncos’ penalty laden defense just barely managed to defeat Jay Cutler and his John Fox-coached Bears by stopping a last second two point conversion that could have sent them into overtime, resulting in a loss.
Osweiler, who was sacked five times by the Bear defense, managed two touchdowns, one in the first quarter to Demaryius Thomas to make the score 7-0 and the second in the fourth quarter to Cody Latimer to make the score 17-9.
His execution level was not high, and after defense picked up an interception he was unable to score and went to Zip City on a fourth and inches when Ronnie Hillman tripped and fell down. Osweiler, however, was never intercepted.
Going into halftime Osweiler settled for a 24-yard Brandon McManus field goal to make the score 10-6. Going into halftime Jay Cutler picked up two field goals from Robbie Gould, one for 46 yards and a second for 37 yards to put them on the scoreboard for 6 points.
Broncos opened the second half by going to punt out city, and so did the Bears. The Bears scored another field goal in the third quarter to make the score 10-9. Gould booted a 27-yard field goal.
As the fourth quarter played out, Cutler got strip sacked by Von Miller and Malik Jackson but to no avail. Osweiler lost the ball on a sack.
At the two minute warning Cutler drove to the Bronco red zone and scored on a pass to Jeremy Langford with 24 seconds on the clock. That made the score 17-15. Bronco Derek Wolfe stopped the two point conversion and saved the game.
This is not a team that can go up against the Patriots. Osweiler is unremarkable and was led by the hand by the defense and his offensive line.
If Manning is not ready by next week third string quarterback Trevor Siemian has the confidence Osweiler lacks and shows strong decision making abilities needed to hold this team together.
DeMarcus Ware and Emmanuel Sanders were out with injuries, but should be back next week.
Otherwise Tom Brady and the New England Patriots next week will decimate the Broncos and hand them another loss. The undefeated Patriots play Monday night against the 5-4 Buffalo Bills. The Patriots beat the New York Giants 27-26 on Nov. 15 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Update: The Patriots defeated the Bills 20-13 Monday night.
Broncos are 8-2 after losing to Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs, two in a row.
The Chicago Bears are now 4-6. They play the Packers at Green Bay Thursday. The Packers are 7-3 after beating the Vikings 30-13 in Minneapolis Sunday.