The 1-2 Buccaneers welcome in the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos (3-0) on Sunday, looking to pull off an upset. Here, we preview the matchup and tell you where to watch and listen to it.
The Buccaneers put up 32 points on the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, but a sub par defensive effort and another bad day for Roberto Aguayo kept them from picking up their second win of the season. This Sunday, the Denver Broncos come to Raymond James Stadium for a 4:05 kickoff.
Jameis Winston threw the ball 58 times last week, completing 36 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Two of the passing scores went to tight end Cameron Brate, which was a good sign considering the release of Austin Seferian-Jenkins just a few days earlier. With Doug Martin sidelined, Charles Sims filled in and played well both as a running back and receiver out of the backfield. However, there wasn’t enough of a rushing attack to keep things balanced. The Bucs will need to fix that this week.
The secondary had a hard time against Case Keenum last week, seeing multiple coverage breakdowns lead to some long touchdowns for the Rams. Without Robert Ayers off the edge, Tampa Bay’s pass rush wasn’t at full strength. Ayers will be out again this week, which leaves a big challenge for the Bucs’ defensive line. Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander were effective throughout the game, which was another good sign for an otherwise disappointing defense.
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The Broncos have won three straight to start the year, despite replacing the legendary Peyton Manning with 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian. Siemian is coming off of a huge performance in which he threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns. The Denver defense is still strong, with Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller leading the league in sacks with five.
The two teams last met in week 13 of the 2012 season. Denver came away with a 31-23 win, with Manning throwing for 242 yards and three touchdowns. David totaled 10 tackles (seven solo) and came up with an interception.
WHERE TO WATCH: CBS will pick up the broadcast this week. Spero Dedes will have the play-by-play, joined in the booth by analyst Solomon Wilcots.
WHERE TO LISTEN: Fans can listen to the game in the Tampa Bay area on 103.5 FM or 620 AM. The usual team of Gene Deckerhoff (play-by-play), Dave Moore (commentary) and T.J. Rives (sideline) will have the broadcast. For more options around Florida, check here. The game can also be heard on Buccaneers.com or the Buccaneers mobile app.
Satellite radio subscribers can hear the Bucs’ broadcast on Sirius 134. The Broncos’ broadcast can be heard on Sirius 84.
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