Houston Texans: Three best and worst moments of the Brock Osweiler-era

Former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The third-best/worst Osweiler moment

The third-best Osweiler moment: Playoff victory vs. Raiders

As I had clarified earlier, the hate against Osweiler from Houston fans was very real. As real as the hate was, there was laughter everywhere around the league. There was huge doubt that the Texans would make the playoffs due to Osweiler’s abysmal play, however, the doubters were proved wrong as the astounding Texans defense and Jadeveon Clowney’s dominance led to a wildcard spot in the 2016 NFL season.

Luckily, the Texans were able to pull off a playoff win under Osweiler against the Oakland Raiders in the wild card round, with home-field advantage. It wasn’t that impressive however, as Derek Carr, who was playing very well that year, was out due to injury. Matt McGloin, the second-string QB, was also injured, and the only option left for the Raiders was rookie quarterback Connor Cook. He wouldn’t stand a chance against the best defense in the league, at the time.

If you watched the highlights, it was clear that this looked like one of Osweiler’s better games as a Texan. There weren’t any notable turnovers from him, and he had a clean game. He even had a run-in for a touchdown. Though the win wasn’t as impressive as a normal playoff victory would seem, it was a playoff victory nonetheless, and this was clearly one of Osweiler’s better moments in a Texan uniform.

The third-worst Osweiler moment: Osweiler throws a fumble

It was suppose to be a regular Monday Night Football game. The Houston Texans vs the Denver Broncos was an anticipated matchup for one reason, and there was only one reason why it was going to be nationally televised on ESPN.

Brock Osweiler. He was literally the only reason. After ghosting the Broncos in free agency to sign with the Texans, declining to join the Broncos ring ceremony to ‘practice with the Texans’, and ditching his groomed role for the $72 million, Osweiler’s return to Denver was much anticipated.

There was a lot of drama set up for this game. But within the contest back Oct. 24, 2016, something crazy happened. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think this had ever happened in NFL history prior to this game.

A quarterback threw a fumble.

Like, how? Well, here is how. Looking at it, I’m just surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

But, damn it, if there was one man who could get it done, it was Brock’N’Roll.

The goal for Osweiler this game was to make a statement. It was for him to try and prove he was worth $72 million, for him to make John Elway look like an idiot, and for him to show the nation that he can make that contract worthwhile.

Did he complete those goals? Well to answer that question, I will say that Osweiler made history that day. That is all that needs to be said. He did something that day nobody had ever done before. I will leave it at that.