The Denver Broncos came into this game hoping for a spark from Brock Osweiler and the offense, but instead saw their defense lay a big fat egg and the offense continue to struggle with the Philadelphia Eagles quickly building an insurmountable lead en route to a 51-23 victory.
The Broncos received the opening kickoff and Brock Osweiler promptly marched them down the field for a 52-yard field goal from Brandon McManus to give them an early lead over the Eagles. The drive was killed by an offensive holding penalty on Garett Bolles, otherwise it could have been a much better outcome.
From there, the Eagles offense got things going in the passing game with Carson Wentz duping Aqib Talib on a long touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery to get Philadelphia up on the Broncos.
Osweiler and the offense would fall apart after that, helping the Eagles put up a two score lead before the end of the quarter.
It took Brock Osweiler just 6 passes in his first start back with the Broncos to throw an INT pic.twitter.com/BzZs6SGHtx— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 5, 2017
The Broncos defense came alive early in the second quarter forcing a three and out on the Eagles first drive. A huge punt return from Isaiah McKenzie would help the Broncos offense produce another field goal on their first drive of the quarter.
From there, the Broncos defense imploded in frustration allowing the Eagles to extend their drives via penalties all the way to a near game-ending touchdown score. However, Osweiler got going finally and drove the Broncos down the field for another field goal to keep the game at least close-ish.
Unfortunately, Shane Ray in run defense is not very good and Jay Ajayi ripped off a 46-yard touchdown to close out the first half and to close out the 2017 season for the Broncos.
The Broncos defense needed to come out with a statement to start the second half, but they made the wrong kind of statement by letting the Eagles march right down the field eating up half the third quarter to add another touchdown.
With the game essentially over, Osweiler needed to show he deserved to continue starting another week.
Denver’s defense has allowed as many touchdowns today (five) as it gave up in the previous four games combined.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 5, 2017
Instead, Osweiler threw up a desperation throw 40+ yards downfield that was intercepted and returned all the way to the Broncos 11 yard line to give the eagles a first and 10 at the 11 yard line. Three plays later, Alshon Jeffery would catch a touchdown pass.
Osweiler and the Broncos offense go down into the red zone early in the fourth quarter, but the drive would stall there after a short run from Jamaal Charles and a sack. After a delay of game penalty, Osweiler would hit Charles on a screen for 12 yards.
On fourth down and six, Osweiler would go to Demaryius Thomas for the first down at the two yard line. Two plays later, Thomas finally got a touchdown - his first in fourteen regular season games.
Nick Foles, rolling out on his next possession, was strip/sacked by Von Miller with Brandon Marshall scooping the ball and scoring. Too little, too late.