Former Arizona State football star Brock Osweiler gets a shot at revenge tonight on Thursday Night Football.
For the second week in a row, Arizona sports fans will have a rooting interest in the Thursday Night Football game. Last week, unfortunately, didn’t end well because the hometown Arizona Cardinals were thoroughly beaten by Denver. This week, on the other hand, fans from the Valley will be cheering for a player rather than a team. Brock Osweiler, a former star quarterback for the Arizona State football team, will lead the Miami Dolphins (4-3) against his former team, the Houston Texans (4-3), in front of a national television audience on FOX.
Osweiler, who threw 26 touchdown passes for ASU in 2011, will be making his third consecutive start in place of No. 1 quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Contrary to how a lot of people thought it would go, the 6-foot-7 gunslinger is actually outplaying Tannehill thus far. Some of the most important stats where Osweiler tops Tannehill includes quarterback rating, completion percentage, and yards per attempt.
And if playing for a starting gig wasn’t enough for Brock, the upcoming primetime game is a chance for him to stick it to his old team and head coach. Back in 2016, Houston handed him a monster four-year, $72 million contract that ultimately was a bust for both sides. Brock didn’t play great in his lone season as Houston’s No. 1 guy, prompting the franchise to give up on him after just one year.
Since then, he’s spent time in Cleveland and Denver (again) before eventually landing with the Dolphins.
These days, he’s finally looking like the guy who earned that monster contract with Houston. He’s sporting a career-high 107 quarterback rating and looks to be in a great position to show Bill O’Brien that he cut him loose too soon.
FOX and Amazon Prime will air the Dolphins-Texans game nationally on Thursday night at 8:20 P.M ET. The game will take place in Houston, TX at NRG Stadium.