Brock Osweiler is one-for-one; one start, one AFC Player of the Week Award. That certainly is not a bad average, and his 250-yard, 2 touchdown, no interception performance was more than deserving of the honor.
Osweiler faces an enormous test this Sunday. The Patriots have the top scoring defense in the NFL, giving up an average of just 18.2 points per game. Furthermore, the Patriot defense is tied for fourth in the NFL in turnover differential, with a +6 ratio.
Head coach Gary Kubiak is well aware that Belichick and the Pats will try to challenge Osweiler in ways he’s yet to experience in his very young career.
“There are going to be some things happening in the game that are going to be new for him,” Kubiak said. “It’s just having to react and trying to get him to stay within himself, stay within his progressions, and continue to protect the ball like he did last week.”
Osweiler knows that will be much easier said than done. “They have a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball,” Osweiler said. “They’ve spent a lot of first and second round picks on their players on that side of the ball. They all play hard. They all play like it’s their last play and you can really see that on tape.”
Thankfully for Osweiler, Tom Brady, his quarterbacking counterpart will be without a number of offensive weapons on Sunday including Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Those injuries could limit the effectiveness of the Patriots’ offense.
However, it may not matter. The Broncos know the Patriots biggest weapon is Belichick’s scheme, not their talent. “They know their scheme inside and out and they execute their scheme,” Osweiler said.