Injuries for the Denver Broncos are beginning to pile up here just two weeks into the season. The list of key starters likely out for in Week 3 is staggering: Von Miller, Courtland Sutton, Drew Lock, Phillip Lindsay, A.J. Bouye, and Dre’Mont Jones.
On interesting piece of information came from SportsBetting.com over how they hit a team for an injury at the quarterback position. They do it in tiers and Lock falls under the lowest tier hit.
Tier 1 (7-8 points): Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson
Tier 2 (6-7 points): Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan
Tier 3 (5-6 points): Ben Roethlisberger, Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson
Tier 4 (4-5 points): Carson Wentz, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill, Tom Brady
Tier 5 (3-4 points): Cam Newton, Derek Carr, Jared Goff, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, Kirk Cousins, Philip Rivers
Tier 6 (0-2 points): Baker Mayfield, Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins, Gardner Minshew, Jimmy Garoppolo, Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Tyrod Taylor
With that kind of hit at quarterback and everywhere else, the 6-point deficit in odds this week when Denver hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes sense. Despite all of this, Denver has covered in both of their games, so that is something to think about - especially for Colorado bettors.
Tom Brady has looked average at times, but if the Broncos can’t get him off his spot and pressured he will likely pick this defense apart. I personally thing Denver will cover with Jeff Driskel at quarterback. Whether or not they’ll pull out the win is hard to say. This team hasn’t quite figured out how to close games yet.
Here are the full betting lines for the Broncos-Bucs game this weekend.
Buccaneers at Broncos betting odds
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) at Denver Broncos (0-2)
Sunday, September 27 at 2:25 P.M. Mile High Time
Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
ATS Betting Lines: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6.0
I’m not a big believer in Brady having huge successes while in Tampa. He’ll have a few good games and plenty of bad ones. Given how strong the NFC is, I don’t think the Buccaneers will even make the playoffs - maybe the sixth seed, but certainly not anything more.
Even so, the Broncos 2020 season is on the brink here just two weeks in. They will need to find a way to scrap together a few tough wins while they wait for some of their key starters to get healthy enough to return to the lineup. If they can pull out a win this week, then it only gets easier with the New York Jets in Week 4.
What do you think of the Broncos changes against the Buccaneers?
This poll is closed
Broncos will win outright
Broncos will cover, but lose
Broncos will not cover