When Tampa Bay (1-1) heads to the Mile High City for Sunday’s game against Denver (0-2), the Bucs will be taking on some beaten up, banged up Broncos.
Denver lost starting quarterback Drew Lock to a shoulder injury in Sunday’s 26-21 loss at Pittsburgh. Lock was 1-of-5 for 20 yards before his departure, and his backup Jeff Driskel kept the Broncos in the game by completing 18-of-34 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
But Pittsburgh’s defensive front was too much to overcome, and recorded seven sacks against Denver’s quarterbacks. Driskel is expected to start against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
The Bucs recorded five sacks against the Panthers in their 31-17 win over Carolina on Sunday, and could have a similar day against a Broncos offensive line that has given up 46 pressures in the first two games of the 2020 season.
Lock isn’t the only Broncos starter that will be missing in action this week against the Buccaneers. Running back Phillip Lindsay, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last year, will miss Week 3 with a toe injury, and top wide receiver Courtland Sutton tried to play through a shoulder injury on Sunday and wound up having a serious knee injury at Pittsburgh and will also miss this week’s game.
Broncos right tackle Ja’Waun James opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns, and now injuries are piling up on the offensive side of the ball.
Defensively, Denver will be without two of its best players as cornerback A.J. Bouye is on injured reserve and Pro Bowl pass rusher Von Miller is out following ankle surgery two weeks ago. The Broncos also lost defensive end Dre’Mont Jones to a PCL injury in Sunday’s loss.
Yet despite the injuries, the Broncos kept things close on Sunday, and in the 2020 home opener, which was a 16-14 loss at home to Tennessee.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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