Sunday, December 10, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs at Broncos: Scouting report

Projected starters

BUCS

OFFENSE

WR: Vincent Jackson

LT: Donald Penn

LG: Jeremy Zuttah

C: Ted Larsen

RG: Jamon Meredith

RT: Demar Dotson

TE: Dallas Clark

WR: Mike Williams

QB: Josh Freeman

RB: Doug Martin

FB: Erik Lorig

DEFENSE

LDE: Michael Bennett

DT: Gerald McCoy

DT: Roy Miller

RDE: Daniel

Te'o-Nesheim

SLB: Adam Hayward

MLB: Mason Foster

WLB: Lavonte David

CB: E.J. Biggers

CB: Leonard Johnson

SS: Mark Barron

FS: Ronde Barber

special teams

PR: Roscoe Parrish

KR: LeQuan Lewis

PK: Connor Barth

P/KO: Michael Koenen

Broncos

OFFENSE

WR: Demaryius Thomas

LT: Ryan Clady

LG: Zane Beadles

C: Don Koppen

RG: Chris Kuper

RT: Orlando Franklin

TE: Jacob Tamme

WR: Eric Decker

QB: Peyton Manning

RB: Knowshon Moreno

WR: Brandon Stokley

DEFENSE

LDE: Derek Wolfe

DT: Kevin Vickerson

DT: Justin Bannan

RDE: Elvis Dumervil

SLB: Von Miller

MLB: Keith Brooking

WLB: Wesley Woodyard

CB: Champ Bailey

CB: Chris Harris

SS: Mike Adams

FS: Rahim Moore

special teams

PR: Trindon Holliday

KR: Omar Bolden

PK/KO: Matt Prater

P: Britton Colquitt

Stat pack



4 p.m., Sports Authority Field, Denver | TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line, O/U: Broncos by 7, 50½



BUCS — Probable: DE Michael Bennett (ankle), C Ted Larsen (illness), DT Roy Miller (illness), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring).

BRONCOS Questionable: DE Robert Ayers (not injury related), T Chris Clark (illness), WR Brandon Stokley (wrist, hip). Probable: TE Virgil Green (hamstring), DE Malik Jackson (finger), G Chris Kuper (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (illness), G Manny Ramirez (back), WR Demaryius Thomas (knee).

The Bucs are 3-0 against the AFC West but today meet the pacesetter. The Broncos have won six straight and can clinch the division by beating the Bucs. Only once in that stretch, 17-9 against the Chiefs last week, have the Broncos scored fewer than 30 points.

Broncos' top offensive player

Quarterback Peyton Manning, right, has surpassed expectations coming off a career-threatening neck injury and is setting NFL records once again. Among the marks he has established this season is most 300-yard passing games (69).

Broncos' top defensive player

End Von Miller, left, was last season's defensive rookie of the year and hasn't let up in 2012. Third in the NFL with 14 sacks, Miller also is tied for first in the league with 24 tackles-for-loss.

What the Broncos do best

Denver throws the ball efficiently with a league-best 49 completions of 20 yards or longer and is tied (with the Bucs) for third in yards per pass attempt (8).

How you beat the Broncos

Time of possession is a major factor when the opposing quarterback is Peyton Manning. The Chiefs, behind a strong rushing performance, used a time-of-possession advantage to keep things close.

The Bucs must avoid …

He doesn't throw many interceptions (eight this season), but they are key against Peyton Manning. He has a modest .541 win percentage in games in which he has thrown one.

Prediction Broncos 31, Bucs 26

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