INDIANAPOLIS | Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler played like a relaxed reliever on Thursday. He couldn’t have picked a better time. With Paxton Lynch inactive and Trevor Siemian out after two series, Osweiler trotted onto the field, ran for one touchdown and threw for two more to lead the Broncos past Indianapolis 25-13 for their first road win of the season.
ENGLEWOOD | Approaching 30, Demaryius Thomas isn’t the same wide receiver who combined breakaway speed and superior size to join Tory Holt and Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history with five consecutive 90-catch, 1,000-yard seasons.
DENVER | This was the way the Denver Broncos thought they’d play against that other New York team all those months ago. “This is the kind of game we expected to play against everyone, not just New York,” Shane Ray said after the Broncos snapped their longest losing streak since joining the NFL in 1970 with a 23-0 shutout of the Jets on Sunday. “Everybody that we play, we should beat them like this. Period. We just haven’t been able to find that formula.”
MIAMI | With the losses mounting, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph draws on what he learned last year from Adam Gase, hoping to beat him. The close friends and former colleagues will be reunited Sunday when the bedraggled Broncos play Gase’s downtrodden Dolphins. The coaching matchup might be the most compelling aspect of an otherwise unsightly game between teams trying to end season-spoiling slumps.
ENGLEWOOD | After every victory, a new photo collage of highlights greets the Denver Broncos in the hallway leading to their locker room. They’re sick of seeing the same pictures. The Broncos have lost seven straight games since their 16-10 win over the Raiders on Oct. 1, their longest losing streak in half a century.
ENGLEWOOD | Quarterback Paxton Lynch will miss two to four weeks with a high right ankle sprain, coach Vance Joseph announced on his weekly radio show Monday. So, it’s back to Trevor Siemian, who started the season but was benched a month ago in favor of Brock Osweiler, who was supplanted last week by Lynch.
OAKLAND, Calif. | Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes after losing starting receiver Michael Crabtree to an ejection for his role in a brawl, and the Oakland Raiders spoiled Paxton Lynch’s first start of the season with a 21-14 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
ENGLEWOOD | Unless the Denver Broncos can regain control of a season skidding out of control, Paxton Lynch could get the starting quarterback job he’s never been able to earn outright. Ideally, the Broncos (3-6) would like to head into their offseason knowing if Lynch is a bust or a late-bloomer, although it’s unlikely they’d put the former first-round draft pick out of Memphis into the lineup unless they’re erased from the playoff picture.
ENGLEWOOD | Jake Butt won’t be rescuing the Denver Broncos’ faltering offense, at least not this season. The rookie tight end is headed to injured reserve along with quarterback Chad Kelly, the seventh-round draft pick from Mississippi who is still working his way back from knee and wrist surgeries.
ENGLEWOOD | Brock Osweiler has supplanted Trevor Siemian as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t publicly announced the switch, both people confirmed coach Vance Joseph informed his players of the QB switch at a team meeting Wednesday morning. The move was first reported by KUSA-TV in Denver.