The Denver Broncos hit the road in the balmy and rainy ninety degree Florida heat to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the first quarterback taken in the 2015 draft against the last quarterback taken in the 2015 draft.
The Buccaneers received the opening kickoff to get things going. On their first third down of the day, Jameis Winston throws an interception to Aqib Talib who returned it down to the Buccaneers eleven yard line.
From there Trevor Siemian on his first throw hit Demaryius Thomas on a slant for the touchdown. Just like that...
Broncos 7, Bucs 0.
On their next possession, Chris Harris Jr. came out after making a tackle and the Buccaneers quickly made it past midfield after a big catch by Mike Evans. Harris would return two plays later, but on third down Vincent Jackson would make the third down conversion down inside field goal range.
Darian Stewart was beat by the tight end to set the Buccaneers up at the Broncos eleven yard line. On second down and nine, Von Miller was held on a potential sack (still make the tackle), but the play moved the Buccaneers back to their own nineteen yard line.
Tight ends continue to be the Broncos Achilles heel as the Bucs got all of those yards back and then some. On third down, Winston was nearly sacked twice before breaking free for a touchdown run.
The #Broncos third down defense is leaving much to be desired through four weeks.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) October 2, 2016
Broncos 7, Bucs 7.
A quick first down pass from Siemian to Emmanuel Sanders followed by another quick pas to Thomas set the Broncos up out near the forty-five yard line. On second and one, Siemian play faked to C.J. Anderson and the pass sailed incomplete. Anderson would take the ball on the next play and got stuffed at the line for no gain. Broncos punt after a very quick drive.
Winston continues to pose problems for the Broncos with another scrambled for a first down to keep their next drive going. The run game got going for them on the next play with a twelve yard run for the Buccaneers.
Todd Davis opened up first down with a near sack on Winston, but then Billy Winn showed up in the run game with a nice stop for a loss. After a false start, Winston, on third and 17, hit Charles Sims in the flat for another loss. Bucs punted on fourth and 19.
After getting stuffed at the line again on an Anderson run inside, Siemian hit Jeff Heuerman for a big gain and a first down. Anderson would be stuffed at the line again to end the quarter.