The Denver Broncos received the second half kickoff from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a run for no gain from C.J. Anderson, Paxton Lynch would hit Demaryius Thomas on a nice intermediate throw down the field for a first down.
Thomas came up gimpy on the play and would come out for a few plays. An incomplete pass to Cody Latimer would bring a second down run from Anderson for a nice nine yard gain. On third and one, Lynch would bootleg to hit Anderson for a short gain to move the sticks again.
Devontae Booker finally got into the mix with a one yard gain and on second down Lynch would hit Emmanuel Sanders for a first down inside the Buccaneers 40-yard line. Booker took the ball again for a seven yard gain on the very next play.
With no where to go on the next play, Lynch threw the ball away. On third and three, Lynch didn’t have anywhere to go with the ball and threw it away again while being rushed. A defensive holding penalty gave the Broncos a first down, however.
Anderson took the first down run for ten yards on the next play, but would be stuffed on the next run. On second down, Lynch hit Thomas for a first down inside the five yard line to setup a first and goal.
After two runs that netted negative yardage, Lynch would throw an incomplete pass on third down to end the drive. The pass was caught by Cody Latimer, but his momentum carried him out of bounds. Lynch clearly wanted to be as safe as possible on the throw ... or it was just a badly thrown ball.
Brandon Mcmanus added another field goal to the score.
Broncos 20, Buccaneers 7.
The Broncos defense quickly put the Buccaneers into a third and long when Derek Wolfe got to him for the sack. It’s just the second sack of the say, Sylvester Williams got one in the first half, despite Jameis Winston being under constant pressure.
Some trickery by the Broncos punt return unit that resulted in a 20 yard return, but a penalty wiped that out.
After eating up half the quarter on their first drive of the half, Lynch and the Broncos set up at their own 25 yard line. A quick pass to Emmanuel Sanders for two yards, followed by a four yard run from Anderson setup a third and manageable. Lynch hit Sanders over the middle for a first down out near midfield.
A six yard run from Anderson was followed by a no gain from Booker. On third and four, Lynch overthrew Sanders deep down the field. Lynch definitely pulled the trigger too early on the play.
Kayvon Webster pinned the Buccaneers deep inside their own five yard line on the punt.
The Buccaneers got out of their own end zone, but on third and two Wolfe struck again with his second sack of the game. Buccaneers forced to punt again. The field had been flipped with that as the Broncos started at their own 46 yard line.
Another deep throw from Lynch was overthrown on first down and Anderson would be stuffed on second down to end the third quarter.