LOCATION: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
BETTING LINE: Broncos -3.5
FINAL LINE SCORE
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TOP PASSER: Paxton Lynch- 14-24, 170 yds, 1 TD
TOP RUSHER: C.J. Anderson- 19 car, 49 yds, 1 TD
TOP RECEIVER: Demaryius Thomas- 6 rec, 94 yds, 1 TD
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Aqib Talib- 3 tackles, 2 INT, 2 PD
PLAYER OF THE GAME
3 tackles, 2 INT, 2 PD
Talib allowed just one catch against the Bucs, a six-yard completion. He also held James Winston to a 0.0 passer rating when he was targeted. Talib’s 1st interception occurred on the first drive of the game, and led to a quick 7-0 lead for the Broncos. His second came early in the second quarter. The Broncos capitalized on this turnover as well, giving Denver a 14-7 lead.
Talib began his career in Tampa after being drafted by the team in the 1st-round of the 2008 NFL draft. In 2012, Talib was traded to New England, before ultimately signing with the Broncos during the 2014 offseason.
TOP PASSER: Jameis Winston- 17-35, 179 yds, 2 INT
TOP RUSHER: Charles Sims- 15 car, 28 yds, 1 Fumble
TOP RECEIVER: Cameron Brate- 5 rec, 67 yds
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Clinton McDonald- 8 tak, 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QB Hits
BRONCOS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 4/10
Denver’s offensive line allowed the Bucs’ pass rushers to get to the quarterback all day, which ultimately knocked Trevor Siemian out of the game. They couldn’t create much space in the run game either.
TIGHT ENDS: 4/10
Jeff Heuerman was targeted once, catching the pass for a 19-yard gain. This was the only pass to a tight end in the game.
RUNNING BACKS: 6/10
The Broncos’ running back corps combined for 93 yards on 29 carries with one touchdown. The group was inefficient, but this was primarily due to a lack of running lanes.
Despite being pressured, both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch were effective against a weak Tampa Bay secondary. Siemian posted a 141.7 passer rating before leaving the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. In his first regular season NFL action Lynch played well, producing a passer rating of 94.1.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 8/10
The Broncos’ receivers caught 17 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 9/10
Defensive end Derek Wolfe had two and a half sacks, along with eight total tackles and two for a loss. The defensive linemen also hit the quarterback nine times.
Despite a decrease in sacks by the linebackers this week, the group played well. The Broncos allowed just 2.8 yards per carry this week, led largely by the linebackers.
Aqib Talib intercepted two passes and broke up another pair. The secondary didn’t allow Winston to complete half of his passes.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 8/10
Rookie punter Riley Dixon kicked the ball seven times and averaged 47.1 yards per punt. Kicker Brandon McManus attempted two field goals, making both.
Gary Kubiak adapted well to Paxton Lynch’s skill set. Kubiak allowed Lynch to get comfortable in the game, letting him take some snaps from the shotgun before moving under center.
Denver routed the Bucs 27-7 on the strength of their defense. The team came out with an interception and a resulting touchdown within the first two minutes of the game. Jameis Winston lead a touchdown drive in the next possession, but that would be the only time Tampa Bay scored. Denver scored after another Talib interception to take a 14-7 lead, and never looked back.
Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian likely suffered a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder in the second quarter after being hit by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. Siemian played well before the injury, completing five oh his seven pass attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown. Siemian was replaced by rookie Paxton Lynch. Lynch played well in his debut despite completing under 60 percent of his passes.
Tampa Bay’s defense played fairly well, considering the circumstances. Denver put up 27 points offensively, but they were aided with great field position after several turnovers. The Bucs put pressure on the quarterback and held rushers to under three yards per carry, but the defensive backs allowed Denver’s receivers to run free.
Denver’s defense was dominant as usual. After giving up a 75-yard touchdown drive, the defense held the Bucs to just 136 yards the rest of the game. Denver sacked Jameis Winston five times, and didn’t give up much in either the pass or the run game.
BUCCANEERS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: 3/10
The Buccaneers’ offensive line was largely ineffective in both the running and passing games. The team averaged just 2.8 yards per carry and allowed five sacks and constant pressure.
TIGHT ENDS: 2/10
Both Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers suffered injuries in this game, and there were no catches by Tampa Bay’s tight ends.
RUNNING BACKS: 4/10
Jacquizz Rodgers performed well when he got the ball, but Charles Sims was given most of the carries. With Doug Martin still out, the Bucs need consistent production from Sims.
Jameis Winston evaded rushers and extended plays. However, he was still unable to complete the majority of his pass attempts and also threw two interceptions. His stat line was weak, but much of the blame can be put on the offensive line and coaching scheme.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 5/10
The Bucs’ receiver only caught 14 of the 28 passes thrown in their direction. They were unable to find holes in the Broncos’ defense after the first quarter.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 7/10
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald had a great day, amassing eight tackles, two and a half tackles for loss, one and a half sacks, and two hits on the quarterback. Akeem Spence added five tackles and half a sack.
Tampa Bay’s linebackers held C.J. Anderson to just 2.6 yards per carry. Kwon Alexander had seven tackles, one sack and a tackle for a loss.
The Bucs’ secondary struggled against Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch both picked apart this Buccaneers’ unit.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 8/10
Brian Anger averaged 46.6 yards per punt on seven attempts. Rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo made his only extra point attempt of the day.
The Bucs scored early, but were unable to do much damage afterwards. Head Coach Dirk Koetter needs to mix up the run and passing game to alleviate some pressure of his young QB. Winston has thrown more than 100+ attempts in his past two games…