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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Denver Broncos Pick & Prediction SEP 27TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXSports Authority Field at Mile High Denver

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Tom Brady coming to the Mile High city used to indicate a clash of two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. But that was when Brady was with New England and Peyton Manning wasn't on the Hall of Fame ballot.


Those epic battles between Brady and Manning, including two AFC Championship games in Denver, are memories. While Manning retired after the 2015 season, Brady has kept going. At 43, Brady is with a new team but has the same title aspirations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Brady leads Tampa Bay into Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday in a Week 3 matchup.


The Buccaneers (1-1) are coming off a 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers while Denver (0-2) is coming off a game that was more painful than just a 26-21 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


The Broncos lost quarterback Drew Lock in the first quarter, and his favorite target last season, wide receiver Courtland Sutton, went down with an ACL tear. Two weeks into the season Denver has lost its best defensive player, linebacker Von Miller, a star running back in Phillip Lindsay and now adds two more significant injuries.


Miller and Sutton are expected to miss the rest of the season while Lock (strained right rotator cuff) is likely out three-to-eight weeks. Lindsay (turf toe) is hoping to be back after the bye week and play against the Patriots on Oct. 11.


The Broncos didn't place Lock on the short-term injured list with the hope he could return sooner than eight weeks.


"There's a chance he may not have to miss three games," Denver coach Vic Fangio said of Lock. "But there's a chance he could miss four or five."


Backup Jeff Driskel came on and nearly led the Broncos to a win at Pittsburgh, and he'll get the start Sunday with Brett Rypien as the backup. Denver brought in Blake Bortles, and the quarterback started the mandated COVID-19 protocols to be cleared. He would likely be the emergency quarterback.


The Broncos have been dealing with other injuries. Cornerback Davontae Harris (hamstring) sat out the first practice of the week while wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (ribs) and defensive lineman Shelby Harris (neck) were limited in practice on Wednesday.


Tampa Bay got good news when wide receiver Chris Godwin cleared the concussion protocol and was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.


Godwin gives Brady another weapon to use against Denver as he gets more comfortable with coach Bruce Arians' offense. Arians was critical of Brady's first game, a 34-23 loss to New Orleans, after he threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns but also tossed two interceptions.


He completed 23 of 35 passes for 217 yards with one TD and one pick against the Panthers.


In his first two games he has completed 46 passes but only two have gone to tight end Rob Gronkowski, both of which came in the first week. Gronkowski, who was one of Brady's primary targets in New England, came out of retirement to join the Buccaneers and has not yet put up the numbers he did with the Patriots.


Arians isn't worried about Gronkowski's targets.


"We brought him in to just play tight end. If that means no catches, that means no catches," Arians said. "If it means 10 catches, it means 10 catches because he's open and that's where the ball goes."


--Field Level Media


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Denver Broncos

Player Position Lineup
Shaquil Barrett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Sean Murphy-Bunting primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Cappa primary: Right Guard Starter
Lavonte David primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Carlton Davis primary: Cornerback Starter
Jamel Dean primary: Cornerback Starter
Mike Evans primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Godwin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
O.J. Howard primary: Tight End Starter
Ryan Jensen primary: Center Starter
Ronald Jones II primary: Runningback Starter
Ali Marpet primary: Left Guard Starter
Jason Pierre-Paul primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Donovan Smith primary: Left Tackle Starter
Vita Vea primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Devin White primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Whitehead primary: Safety Starter
Tom Brady primary: Quarterback Starter
Ndamukong Suh primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Rob Gronkowski primary: Tight End Starter
Tristan Wirfs primary: Right Tackle Starter
Antoine Winfield Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Cameron Brate primary: Tight End Substitution
Jack Cichy primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Mike Edwards primary: Safety Substitution
William Gholston primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Tanner Hudson primary: Tight End Substitution
Scotty Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Anthony Nelson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Rakeem Nunez-Roches primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Patrick O'Connor primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bradley Pinion primary: Punter Substitution
Ryan Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Zach Triner primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Quinton Bell primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Kevin Minter primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Andrew Adams primary: Safety Substitution
Tyler Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Parnell Motley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Wells primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Substitution
Jaydon Mickens primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Leonard Fournette primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Succop primary: Kicker Substitution
Kenjon Barner primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Griffin primary: Quarterback Not active
Aaron Stinnie primary: Guard Not active
Justin Watson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Joe Haeg primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Blaine Gabbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ke'Shawn Vaughn primary: Runningback Not active
Khalil Davis primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Cam Gill primary: Outside Linebacker Not active
A.Q. Shipley primary: Center Did not play
Player PositionLineup
Garett Bolles primary: Left Tackle Starter
Bryce Callahan primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Bradley Chubb primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Noah Fant primary: Tight End Starter
Kareem Jackson primary: Strong Safety Starter
Josey Jewell primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Alexander Johnson primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Tim Patrick primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Mike Purcell primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Dalton Risner primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Simmons primary: Free Safety Starter
Elijah Wilkinson primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jurrell Casey primary: Defensive End Starter
Graham Glasgow primary: Right Guard Starter
Jeff Driskel primary: Quarterback Starter
Melvin Gordon III primary: Runningback Starter
Jeremiah Attaochu primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Shelby Harris primary: Defensive End Starter
Jerry Jeudy primary: Wide Receiver Starter
KJ Hamler primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Michael Ojemudia primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Lloyd Cushenberry III primary: Center Starter
Calvin Anderson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
De'Vante Bausby primary: Cornerback Substitution
Andrew Beck primary: Tight End Substitution
Jake Butt primary: Tight End Substitution
Duke Dawson Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Royce Freeman primary: Runningback Substitution
DaeSean Hamilton primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joe Jones primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Trey Marshall primary: Safety Substitution
Brandon McManus primary: Kicker Substitution
Malik Reed primary: Linebacker Substitution
Diontae Spencer primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
P.J. Locke primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Brett Rypien primary: Quarterback Substitution
Jacob Bobenmoyer primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Sam Martin primary: Punter Substitution
Austin Schlottmann primary: Guard Substitution
McTelvin Agim primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Tyrie Cleveland primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Essang Bassey primary: Cornerback Substitution
LeVante Bellamy primary: Runningback Substitution
DeShawn Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Austin Calitro primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Anthony Chickillo primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Davontae Harris primary: Cornerback Not active
Phillip Lindsay primary: Runningback Not active
Drew Lock primary: Quarterback Not active
Nick Vannett primary: Tight End Not active
Albert Okwuegbunam primary: Tight End Not active
Netane Muti primary: Guard Not active
Demar Dotson primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Kevin Toliver II primary: Defensive Back Did not play
Blake Bortles primary: Quarterback Not active

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Denver Broncos

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 10 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Chris Godwin
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tim Patrick
    • Passer: Jeff Driskel
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Evans
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Evans
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 56 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brandon McManus
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Sack in end zone
    • Safety Passer: Jeff Driskel
    • Safety Sacker: Shaquil Barrett
  • Match End


Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Kansas City W 9 - 31
  • @Green Bay W 31 - 26
  • @New Orleans W 30 - 20
  • @Washington W 31 - 23
  • Atlanta W 27 - 44
  • @Detroit W 47 - 7
  • @Atlanta W 31 - 27
  • Minnesota W 14 - 26
  • Kansas City L 27 - 24
  • L.A. Rams L 27 - 24
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Las Vegas L 32 - 31
  • @L.A. Chargers L 16 - 19
  • Buffalo L 48 - 19
  • @Carolina W 32 - 27
  • @Kansas City L 16 - 22
  • New Orleans L 31 - 3
  • Miami W 13 - 20
  • @Las Vegas L 12 - 37
  • @Atlanta L 27 - 34
  • L.A. Chargers W 30 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Buccaneers @ Broncos 28-10
  • Broncos @ Buccaneers 27-7
  • Buccaneers @ Broncos 23-31
  • Buccaneers @ Broncos 13-16

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Denver Broncos

Tom Brady completed 25 of 38 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns, Mike Evans caught two TD passes, and the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Denver Broncos 28-10 on Sunday.

Chris Godwin had five receptions for 64 yards and a score, Scotty Miller had three catches for a game-high 83 yards and Ronald Jones II rushed for 53 yards for Tampa Bay (2-1).

Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski was targeted seven times and finished with six catches for 48 yards.

Jeff Driskel was 17-for-30 for 176 yards, with one touchdown and an interception before being replaced by Brett Rypien in the fourth quarter. Rypien was 8-for-9 for 53 yards and an interception. Tim Patrick had four receptions for 48 yards and a touchdown for Denver (0-3).

The Broncos held the ball for 4:19 on the opening drive but it stalled near midfield. Sam Martin's punt was blocked by Pat O'Connor, who scooped the loose ball and took it to the Denver 10. On third-and-10 Brady connected with Godwin, who stretched the ball over the goal line to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead.

Ryan Succop added a 43-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first quarter before Denver closed within 10-3 on Brandon McManus' 56-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

Brady then led the Buccaneers on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, capped with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Evans. After the Broncos went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, Brady again took Tampa Bay down the field and hit Evans with his second 1-yard touchdown pass to put the Buccaneers ahead 23-3. The PAT was blocked.

Denver responded with a touchdown drive in the final minutes of the half. Driskel hit 6 of 7 passes on the drive, connecting with Patrick on a 7-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left to make it 23-10.

Tampa Bay went ahead 25-10 when Shaquil Barrett sacked Driskel in the end zone early in the third quarter.

Barrett had two of the Buccaneers' six sacks.

Lavonte David interception Driskel at midfield late in the third quarter, and Tampa Bay drove to Denver's 17-yard line before settling for Succop's 35-yard field goal for the final points.

--Field Level Media