The Denver Broncos defense always follows through on a promise. This week’s decree was to dominate former quarterback Brock Osweiler and his new team, the Houston Texans.
The Broncos did just that Monday night, taking down the Texans 27-9 in a dominant victory. Denver’s vaunted pass rush didn’t record a sack and only hit Osweiler five times, but the “No Fly Zone” limited Osweiler to just 131 passing yards on 41 attempts. According to Andrew Mason, that’s only the second time in team history Denver has held an opponent to fewer than 150 passing yards on more than 40 attempts.
The Broncos said going up against Osweiler in practice during their Super Bowl season made all the difference in Monday night’s win.
“We knew who Brock was. We went against him every day,” Broncos linebacker Todd Davis said, according to the team website. “We kind of just knew his tendencies and (that) he could force the ball at times, and we knew where he liked to look and where he liked to go.”
Cornerback Chris Harris went even deeper, explaining why they were so successful in messing with Osweiler all night long.
“We knew if it was Brock and we take away his first option, he gets kind of jittery,” Harris said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jerome Solomon.
Osweiler was once again far too ordinary considering the $72 million contract he earned during the offseason. Maybe, Osweiler was better off in Denver and maybe the Broncos were better off with Osweiler. Trevor Siemian wasn’t much better Monday night, throwing for a modest 157 yards and a touchdown.
Thanks to the “No Fly Zone,” it might not matter who lines up under center for the Broncos. The defense is good enough to carry Denver to another Super Bowl if everything breaks its way.