There has to be little question that the Denver Broncos have surprised a lot of people on their way to a 3-0 record, and of course, some of that credit has to go to their starting quarterback, who seemingly was not even in the discussion at the start of training camp. Trevor Siemian has exhibited an unusual amount of poise in stepping into the shoes left behind by Peyton Manning, and on Sunday he will lead his team on the road as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that is scheduled to begin at 4:05 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium. Remember that if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can place wagers on this game even after it has begun, challenging the NFL odds in dynamic fashion through the facilities of Live Betting Ultra.
Last week Siemian stepped up to the plate against the Cincinnati Bengals and threw four touchdown passes in Denver’s victory at Paul Brown Stadium. He got Manning’s favorite targets from recent years involved, as both Emmanuel Sanders and the Demariyus Thomas had over 100 yards in receptions. And all of this was plenty good enough with the Denver defense doing its job. The Broncos sacked Andy Dalton four times and held him to just 5.4 yards per attempt.
Denver’s secondary will be challenged by some big receivers this week, in addition to a quarterback who is young, developing and talented. Jameis Winston had 405 yards in last week’s defeat to the Los Angeles Rams, but he is still making some of those rookie mistakes, as he has been intercepted six times. He won’t have as much ground support as he thought, however, as Doug Martin, who missed last week’s game against the Rams, has been ruled out again with an injury.
In the NFL odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Denver is laying points on the road:
Denver Broncos -3 (-120)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 (+100)
Over 43 points -110
Under 43 points -110
The idea that Tampa Bay allowed the Los Angeles offense, which had produced all of nine points – and no touchdowns – in the first two games, does not bode well for them in this one. Over the first three contests of the NFL season, the Buccaneers allowed 33 points per game, which means that, in all likelihood, their offense is going to have to “outscore” the opposition in order to give them a fighting chance. And Winston and his mates seemed to have done their part, as they racked up thirty first downs, so with or without Martin, they can probably move the ball. They have a pretty capable backup in Charles Sims, but like a lot of teams, they want to have a “two-headed” situation, so they can keep a fresh guy in the game at all times.
BetAnySports patrons who have observed the Broncos know that they also probably have to get more out of their running game. CJ Anderson came on like gangbusters in the second half of last season, and he has yet to hit his stride this year. An average of 3.8 yards per carry isn’t sensational, but it deserves mention that the Broncos have achieved some balance in the attack, with 94 throws and 83 running plays.
That’s more than can be said about the Bucs, who have put it in the air exactly twice as many times as they have run it. Sims will be looked upon to catch the ball out of the backfield, without question. And WR Mike Evans, who has 301 yards through the first five games, will encounter a couple of different shutdown-type corners at various times.
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