That Broncos TD drive right before the half
If you can find any blame in the defense, you really have to look at that Broncos’ touchdown drive right before the half.
Denver took over at its own 25-yard line down 23-3 and the defense simply couldn’t stop the passing game. The Broncos marched right down the field and scored in just 2:05. It didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but that was easily the most disappointing drive of the game for the Tampa Bay defense.
There’s no question that the Bucs’ offensive line still has plenty of room to improve, but you have to give the unit credit: They’ve gotten better each week.
Brady took two sacks in the second half this past week and both would be categorized, in my opinion, as coverage sacks. That means no one was open downfield and, by trying to extend the play, he was brought down in the backfield.
Brady doesn’t have the elusiveness to extend plays for all that long and that may be the biggest challenge moving forward for both the offensive line as they try and hold their blocks and the wide receivers as they work to get open quicker.
Another PAT attempt blocked
The last dud was the PAT attempt blocked in the first half. That’s not the first time that a kicking attempt has been blocked this season and that’s not on Ryan Succop at all.
The Buccaneers have to have better effort from the field goal protection team moving forward because there have been several near blocks, as well, this season already.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be back in action this Sunday afternoon at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.