Today, the Denver Broncos announced their Week 15 strategy with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, saying that Manning will return to practice while Osweiler will start in the team’s game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers.
Denver is a virtual lock to make the playoffs, as the team holds a 10-3 record over the second-place Kansas City Chiefs, who currently sit at 8-5. According to Football Outsiders, the Broncos have a 98.7% chance of making the playoffs, including a 97% chance of winning the AFC West.
The two Broncos quarterbacks have been remarkably even in their overall efficiency, even though their performance in specific categories has varied dramatically. Manning has the superior marks in total passing yards per game (leading 242.2 to 228.0), yards per completion (11.3 to 10.6), and percentage of passing plays ending in a sack (4.5% to 9.1%). Osweiler, meanwhile, has the superior marks in completion percentage (63.5% to 59.9%), interception percentage (1.8% to 5.3%), and quarterback rating (85.4 to 67.6). The team has gone 7-2 in Manning’s starts and 3-1 in Osweiler’s starts.
After their road trip to face the Steelers, the Broncos end the season with two games at home, against the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers.