The Broncos get a very decisive 43-17 victory over the Buccaneers. They improve to 4-2 after a disappointing loss to their divisional rival, the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos had a very balanced approach on offense that saw Drew Lock completing 9 passes for 215 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. There were times during this game where Lock was very careless with the football and it kept points off the board. Jonathan Taylor and Philip Lindsay were featured in this game as Taylor was the lead back and Lindsay came in to spell him while also being featured in garbage time. Taylor’s longest run was for 56 yards as he finished with 119 yards on the game and two touchdowns. Lindsay also had a huge gash of 55 yards as he juked his way through the Buccaneers defense. Henry Ruggs has become Drew Lock’s favourite target this season. He finished the day with three catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Lock, Taylor, and Ruggs continue to lead the league in their respective categories but despite all the yardage gained, Lock has had a bad habit of forcing throws that lead to interceptions. If the Broncos want to succeed against the top teams in the league, they will have to find ways to limit the turnovers and take what the defense offers them instead of forcing throws.
Devin McCourty adds another two interceptions to his pro-bowl caliber season. His ability to lurk on defense has added another level as seen in the picture above. McCourty was able to cover the halfback and then also cover the comeback route and intercept the ball. He is leading the Broncos in interceptions on the season and is on pace to finish out the season with double digit numbers for interceptions.
Von Miller is having an MVP caliber season as he tormented the Buccs defense for a whopping seven sacks in this game. He constantly harassed the offensive line, bullying his way past single blocks and double teams. As a team, the Broncos had ten total sacks which gives them the most amount of sacks by a defense this season. The Bronco’s DBs are able to rely on Miller and Chubb to create pressure and enable them to cover for less time. There has been rumours that the Broncos haven’t been very happy with the play of Chris Harris Jr. this season. He has had an up and down season where he’s locked down some of the best receivers but at times he’s allowed lesser speedy receivers to burn him for long gains and deep touchdowns. The Broncos are not too pressed on trading the pro-bowl defensive back, but if the offer is good, then Harris could find himself with a new team before the trade deadline.