Two years ago, Brock Osweiler led the Denver Broncos to victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, handing them their first loss and earning a big contract with the Houston Texans during the off season. Now the circle is complete; Osweiler is back under center for the Broncos, and is going to start against New England this Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC).
Things have changed since 2015. Osweiler’s Broncos (3-5 SU, 2-5-1 ATS) aren’t nearly as strong as the team that went on to win Super Bowl 50 with Peyton Manning at the controls. Denver was a 2.5-point home dog at Bovada when Osweiler upset New England in overtime; this Sunday at Mile High, they’re getting 7.5 points against a Patriots team (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS) that has won four straight at 3-1 ATS. The Broncos are on a four-game SU and ATS losing streak.
The weather should be different on Sunday, too. It was a cold and snowy night when Osweiler beat the Patriots two years ago, but this weekend’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-40s at kick-off.