Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Denver Broncos-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Times' Bucs coverage team explains its picks

Members of the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team explain their picks for today's Bucs-Broncos game.

Thomas Bassinger @tometrics

Tampa Bay 15-14

I have no reason to think the Bucs will shut down quarterback Trevor Siemian, who threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns last weekend against the Bengals, and yet that's what I'm predicting. And while I'm at it, I'll predict a Tampa Bay defensive back intercepts a pass for the first time this season. The Broncos' pass rushers are spectacular, which is why the Bucs will need kicker Roberto Aguayo. He'll make all five of his field-goal attempts.

Martin Fennelly @mjfennelly

Denver 20-19

A near upset as the Bucs nearly topple the defending Super Bowl champions in the cauldron of Raymond James Stadium. How do the Broncos possibly get up for this game. They're 3-0 with their guard down? I'm not sure how Bucs receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson are going to get open off that Denver press, or how the Bucs will stop linebacker Von Miller without Demar Dotson getting help at right tackle, or how the Bucs are going to limit Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. Bucs lose but cover.

Greg Auman @gregauman

Denver 35-31

Tampa Bay's offense continues to put up points, but the defense still has work to do. Losing by less than a touchdown to the defending Super Bowl champs wouldn't be a terrible thing, but a 1-3 record will put pressure on the Bucs to pull off a high-profile upset at Carolina next week on Monday night before their bye week.

Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

Denver 27-21

The Bucs will keep this close until the fourth quarter, but Denver's defense creates too many turnovers and will pressure quarterback Jameis Winston into a mistake.

Tom Jones @tomwjones

Denver 26-10

Coming off tough loss, the last team you want to face is the defending champ. Furthermore, this is a nightmare matchup for the Bucs. The Broncos play great pass defense, and the Bucs can't run the ball. This one might get ugly.

Ernest Hooper @hoop4you

Denver 13-7

It's difficult to win more than three consecutive games in the NFL, and if running back Doug Martin was healthy, the Bucs might have a chance. Without him, they'll struggle to manage Denver's pass rush and generate enough offense to win. Broncos QB Trevor Siemian is due for a bad game, but he'll do just enough to earn Denver a victory.

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