CHICAGO** – We'll never know exactly how quarterback Brock Osweiler imagined his first NFL start.
Maybe he didn't imagine it would be on the road in frigid 20-degree Chicago weather at Soldier Field, but it's hard to imagine that completing 75 percent of his passes (20-for-27) for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on his birthday wasn't at least close to how he pictured it.
And if he hoped he would just get a win for his team, then Osweiler's dream come true on Sunday after helping halt the Broncos' two-game skid, leaving the Windy City with a 17-15 win.
"Obviously being named the starter for this football game was a dream come true," Osweiler said. "But like I told you guys, I put all that behind me Monday night and just focused on playing football and getting the job done."
Osweiler's focus was evident right out of the gate. On the Broncos' first drive, he helped orchestrate a score on the fourth offensive play via a 48-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas for a bruising catch-and-run into the Bears' end zone.
"Anytime you can start a football game like we did in the first drive, it's huge," Osweiler said. "It gives you some momentum on the road, which is key and kind of takes the crowd out of the game and that's something that our offensive staff preaches—starting games fast—and that was something that we were able to do today."
Osweiler also helped Denver complete the only turnover-free game of the season, which he says was one of the offense's goals this week.
"One thing that we really stressed all week long was ball security and coming out of this game with no turnovers, to be able to play the entire 60 minutes and have the game finish and have a zero in that turnover column, and meeting one of your team's goals for the week, it was huge as an offense."
The Broncos top the Bears on the road, 17-15 to move to 8-2 on the season.
Osweiler was also able to spread the ball around, finding eight different receivers. He was especially effective between the numbers, a sweet spot where he found newly acquired tight end Vernon Davis on all six of his receptions. Davis ended the day just one yard behind receiving leader tight end Owen Daniels' 69 yards.
"Ever since I first started playing football I always felt like it was the quarterback's responsibility to be the leader of the football team and that's a role that I've always embraced, but you know what, today's not about me," Osweiler said.
"Today's 100 percent about this football team, this coaching staff. We came into a place on a cool day, a tough stadium to play in, playing a great football team, and we got a team win. That's what it's all about."