ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback for the Broncos for the second consecutive week when Denver plays the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday night, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Monday.
Osweiler completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday as the Broncos broke a two-game losing streak with a 17-15 win over the Chicago Bears.
Osweiler is starting in place of Peyton Manning, who is out because he has a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot and is suffering from injuries to his ribs. There is no timetable for Manning’s return.
“Peyton is frustrated by the fact that he’s injured,” Kubiak said. “He is doing everything he can possibly do to get himself healthy. … Were making a decision that’s best for Peyton and our football team.”
Kubiak said Manning, 39, is in North Carolina getting a second opinion on the foot from orthopedic foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. A decision on whether Manning will practice this week will be made after he returns from North Carolina.
Manning was yanked in the third quarter of a 29-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 15 after throwing for a paltry 35 yards and four interceptions, finishing with a 0.0 quarterback rating. He has a league-leading 17 interceptions this season. Manning set the NFL record for career passing yards earlier in the game.
Osweiler led the Broncos to their only points against the Chiefs. He was efficient in Sunday’s win over the Bears as the Broncos didn’t turn over the ball in a game for the first time this season.
The Broncos hold a three-game lead in the AFC West with six games to play. They could face an unbeaten Patriots team, which plays Monday night against the Buffalo Bills.