Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 11/22/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Broncos 17, Bears 15
November 22, 2015
Mixed in with the Week 11 NFL Sunday schedule, we had an interesting matchup between the Bears and the Broncos. Denver was coming off an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs in their last appearance, while the Bears stomped the Rams in Week 10. This was a pivotal game for both teams, as the Broncos were without Peyton Manning and the Bears were trying to gain some ground in the NFC North.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 12 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: This game started out with a bang, as backup QB Brock Osweiler posted a big 48-yard pass TD to Demaryius Thomas. That was the only score of the first quarter, and the Broncos led 7-0.
Chicago responded in the second quarter with a pair of Robbie Gould field goals from 46 and 37 yards, and Brandon McManus banged through one of his own from 24 yards for a 10-6 Denver lead at the break.
When the teams came out of the locker room, the scoreboard remained unchanged through the third quarter until Chicago put together a nice drive (thanks to a couple big Denver penalties) and added a 37-yard Gould field goal. That cut it to 10-9.
The Broncos offense gained some traction in the fourth with a nice 71-yard drive, capped off by an Osweiler TD pass to Cody Lattimer for 10 yards.
Chicago responded well on the next drive, putting together some big plays en route to a fourth-and-goal play from the four that would come up empty. The score remained 17-9.
The Bears put together a 6-play, 65-yard drive that ended in a Jeremy Langford touchdown, but the 2-point conversion failed.
The ensuing onside kick failed, and the Broncos held on for a 17-15 victory.
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The Stars: Osweiler played well in his first career start, going 20-of-27 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Ronnie Hillman helped out on the ground, rushing 21 times for 102 yards. Tight ends Vernon Davis and Owen Daniels combined for 10 receptions and 137 yards.
The Goats: Chicago’s two turnovers hurt, as did Langford’s paltry total of 25 rush yards on 13 carries. The Bears were really hurting in their receiving corps without Alshon Jeffery, who was out with a groin injury.
Denver shot themselves in the proverbial foot several times with penalties; they’d finish with eight for 118 yards. The Bears, conversely, had no penalties called on them at all.
Injuries: Bears CB Bryce Callahan came out of the game late in the first quarter with what looked like an arm/hand issue. He got back in the game in the second quarter.
The Broncos’ Omar Bolden was shaken up briefly after a punt, but got up and was able to get off the field.
Rick Patterson--one of the officials--was shaken up early in the fourth and came out of the game. Let’s hope he’s okay.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 12, the Bears are on short rest. They’ll be back in action on Thursday, November 26 against the Packers (8:30 PM ET; NBC)
Meanwhile, the Broncos have a big game coming up against the Patriots on “Sunday Night Football” (November 29; 8:30 PM ET on NBC).
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