Apr. 18, 2017
Broncos Top Buccs 27-7, Defense Remains the Key to Success
The Denver Broncos remain unbeaten moving to 4-0 and showing yet again that the Denver defense is one of if not the best in the league.
It was a game to forget for young opposing quarterback Jameis Winston who just could not get it going throughout the game, he was 17/35 for 179 yards while tossing 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. This was not the night for Winston, but with no passing game to be found the rushing attack found no traction either. It was Charles Sims III that took most of the hand-offs going for 28 yards on 15 attempts while Jacquizz Rodgers had 6 attempts for 25 yards and Winston rushed for 19 yards on 5 attempts and a touchdown.
The Broncos defense was, as usual, brutal to the opposing team smothering the opposing offense at every level while taking away key players. It was again a great game from Aqib Talib who dominated in coverage and picking Winston off 2 times which surly did not help the young quarterbacks confidence. Along with the phenomenal coverage the defense pressured Winston all game and collected 5 sacks with Derek Wolfe leading with 2.5 sacks in the game. A combination of constant pressure on the quarterback and a pass coverage that seemingly takes away all options at all times is a tough situation to be in and the Buccs suffered from that last night.
It is also worth mentioning that the offense for the Broncos played very well, and it seems that the offense has begun to work as a well oiled machine but now they may have lost a major piece in the workings. Quarterback Trevor Siemian was 5/7 with 68 passing yards and a touchdown before suffering a non-throwing shoulder injury that he suffered in the 2nd quarter of the game. This lead to rookie Quarterback Paxton Lynch to enter the game in his place, which went surprisingly well and game hope for the quarterback in the future. In the time that Lynch worked which was the entire second half he was 14/24 with 170 passing yards and a touchdown, a very good line for someone with no experience in the league.
The Broncos should not have much to worry about at quarterback as it does seem that Lynch has just as much ability to quarterback as Siemian. It is also worth noting that the rushing attack for the Broncos is weak, yesterday CJ Anderson ran 19 times for 49 yards and a touchdown while Devonte Booker ran 7 times for 30 yards. The rushing attack of the Broncos has decreased in output each week since week 1 and needs something to get it back onto track if Lynch is going to be the quarterback for a few weeks.
The next game for the Broncos is at home against on of the best offensive teams in the league, the Atlanta Falcons. This is going to be a very serious challenge for the Denver defense and with an offense that is unsure about who will be quarterback, it will definitely be one to watch for this coming Sunday.