Lynch will be making just his third career start. He also becomes the third Broncos starting quarterback this season. Trevor Siemian had the job the first eight weeks and after losing three-straight, was supplanted by Osweiler.
Now Osweiler too has lost three-straight so Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has decided to give Lynch a shot.
“It’s been a six-game losing streak and we’ve turned the ball over 17 times,” said Joseph. “I thought with the coordinator change going to Billy [Musgrave] and where we are as an offense, it was the perfect time.
“Paxton just got back about three weeks ago so he’s totally healthy now, so I thought it was the perfect time to insert Paxton. Again, he was the number two coming out of camp and he got injured. If Paxton wasn’t injured, he would have been probably in when Brock inserted, so I think it’s just time. He’s a first-round pick. He’s got talent, so it’s going to be fun to see where he’s at and also have a chance to win a football game on Sunday.”
Lynch will lead a 3-7 Broncos squad basically just trying to salvage some dignity from a lost season due in large part to their quarterback issues. Who saw THAT coming amirite?
It’s a bit unfortunate because Osweiler and the Raiders have an interesting history. They last faced Osweiler in the playoffs in January when the Raiders were without Derek Carr, essentially handing the Texans a playoff victory after they had beaten the Texans in Mexico City in the game where Osweiler was infamously dealing with fans shining lasers in his eyes.
Most disappointed will be Khalil Mack who sacked Osweiler a record five times in one half of football two seasons ago. He was undoubtedly hoping to get a another shot.