In this article we analyze the Denver Broncos' NFL odds with Brock Osweiler under center and look at potential scenarios once Peyton Manning is ready to return.
Brock Osweiler isn't as experienced as Peyton Manning, but he played like a veteran in Denver's surprising 30-24 win against previously unbeaten New England last Sunday.
The 25-year-old Osweiler is in his fourth season in the NFL. He rallied the Broncos from a 14-point, fourth quarter deficit, led a brief go-ahead touchdown drive also in the fourth quarter and then called an audible in the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Osweiler is now 2-0 in two starts in the games Peyton Manning missed with a foot injury. He has displayed plenty of poise, potential and ability and fellow Broncos players and fans love the way he plays, which creates an interesting and difficult dilemma for head coach Gary Kubiak.
Osweiler Makes the Broncos Better?
Will 39-year-old Peyton Manning be re-inserted as the team's starting quarterback when his foot heals? Manning is not expected to play against the Chargers next Sunday and he may not be ready for the Broncos home game against the Raiders on December 13 but his injury is probably delaying the inevitable.
Unless Osweiler struggles in the next two games, he will likely be Denver's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. Osweiler has revived the offense and found ways to manage the game, throwing just one interception in his two starts.
The Broncos went 7-2 with Manning as the starting quarterback, but he threw 17 interceptions and it was clear that he couldn't throw an accurate deep ball consistently, while Osweiler made deep throws to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to set up the game-tying touchdown against the Patriots, including the touchdown that gave his team the lead and his calm and confidence in the pocket has impressed everyone. Manning's injury forced the Broncos to test Osweiler and he is taking advantage of his opportunity. The Broncos are now at +450 NFL odds to win the AFC at Heritage and at +1000 to win Super Bowl 50 at BetOnline.
What Will Denver Do When Manning is Healthy?
The question remains, what will the Broncos do with Peyton Manning and would he accept a backup role? How Manning deals with this potential change will affect Denver's playoff aspirations and value for our NFL picks. Osweiler might give Manning his best chance to win his second Super Bowl ring and at the end of the day the Broncos will do what's best for the team.