The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Denver Broncos tomorrow, in the Bucs’ second home game of the season. The Bucs started the season so well, beating the Atlanta Falcons in week one — only to then drop two straight and somewhat embarrassing games.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos are now undefeated despite losing their top two quarterbacks and a few key defensive players this offseason. They just keep winning, in large part because of a devastating defense that is sure to make Jameis Winston’s life miserable on Sunday.
On the other side of the ball, quarterback Trevor Siemian has been surprisingly solid — but it’s hard to look at him and see more than just a game manager. Fact is, though, that teams have not been able take advantage of his inexperience and limited pedigree. Will the Bucs?
One thing is certain: neither team will be particularly healthy on Sunday. The Bucs and Broncos will be missing six starters between them: defensive end Robert Ayers, tight end Luke Stocker and running back Doug Martin for Tampa Bay, and defensive end DeMarcus Ware, tackle Donald Stephenson and tight end Virgil Green for the Broncos.
Surprisingly, the Broncos are only three-point favorites. Against a team that’s 1-2, got blown out by the Arizona Cardinals, and gave up 37 points in a loss to the then lowest-scoring team in the NFL.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Sunday’s game.
Broncos vs. Buccaneers
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 2
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
TV: CBS, shown in large parts of Florida, Georgia, the Midwest and some of the West. See a full map here.
Announcers: Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
Odds: Broncos by 3
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket