Siemian and Broncos ruin Osweiler's homecoming
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[October 25, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - Quarterback
Trevor Siemian threw for a touchdown and guided four other scoring
drives, and the Broncos' defense shut down Brock Osweiler in his
return to Denver in a 27-9 win over the Houston Texans on Monday
Siemian, the unlikely successor to the retired Peyton Manning after
Osweiler, Manning's four-year understudy in Denver, left to sign a
free agent deal with Houston, overcame a sluggish start by the
Broncos' offense to complete 14 of 25 for 157 yards.
He threw 4 yards to Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown. Running backs
C.J. Anderson (16 carries, 107 yards) and rookie Devontae Booker
(17-83) finished two other drives with a 7 and 1 yard scoring
carries, respectively, as the Broncos bounced back from consecutive
It was a sweet win as well for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who
returned from an illness that forced him to miss last week's loss to
the San Diego Chargers. He guided Denver (5-2) past the Texans, a
team he used to coach.
Osweiler, who had a 5-2 record in place of the injured Manning
before being benched in favor of the veteran late in Denver's run to
the Super Bowl last year, made virtually no headway against the
He completed 22 of 41 for just 131 yards, failed to lead his team to
the end zone and committed a costly turnover.
Late in the third quarter, with Denver ahead just 14-9, Siemian
connected downfield with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who made
the catching falling backwards for a 31-yard gain to set up a
first-and-goal at the 2.
Two plays later, Booker bulled his way into the end zone from 1 yard
out, extending the lead to 12 points.
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Trevor Siemian (13) drops back to pass the ball in the first half
against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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On the ensuing Houston possession, Osweiler lost control of the ball
as he cocked his arm to pass. The ball fluttered forward, and the
fumble was recovered at the Houston 25-yard line by cornerback Chris
Harris Jr., leading to a 22-yard field goal by Brandon McManus with
Trailing by eight points at halftime, the Texans (4-3) drove down
the field before stalling and settling for a third field goal by
Nick Novak, this one a 29-yarder. Houston climbed within 14-9 with
9:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Denver saw three productive offensive plays wiped out by holding
calls, including a brilliant downfield catch by Demaryius Thomas
before finally getting untracked to take a 14-6 halftime lead.
(Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)
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