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Sunday was backup Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler's first game as a starter in the game against the Bears in Chicago. (Denver Broncos photo)

Sunday was backup Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler’s first game as a starter in the game against the Bears in Chicago. (Denver Broncos photo)

DenverBroncos-Logo 3Chicago, Ill. — The Denver Broncos blew into the frigid Windy City Sunday and blew out with a win by the skin of their teeth, 17-15. Second string quarter back Brock Osweiler played his first game and proved that if Peyton Manning isn’t well by the time the Patriots game rolls around next week they are in big trouble.
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.
Chicago-Bears-LogoGoing 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.
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Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas scored a Broncos touchdown in the first quarter Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas scored a Broncos touchdown in the first quarter Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler reluctantly congratulates Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler on his win Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler reluctantly congratulates Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler on his win Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Demaryius Thomas made it to the end zone for a Broncos touchdown Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Demaryius Thomas made it to the end zone for a Broncos touchdown Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman almost made it to the end zone in the first half Sunday, but he tripped before he got there. (Denver Broncos photo)

Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman almost made it to the end zone in the first half Sunday, but he tripped before he got there. (Denver Broncos photo)

Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak talks things over with his assistants Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak talks things over with his assistants Sunday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Brock Osweiler got the game ball Sunday. Appropriately, Sunday was his 25th birthday. (Denver Broncos photo)

Brock Osweiler got the game ball Sunday. Appropriately, Sunday was his 25th birthday. (Denver Broncos photo)

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