Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off in Denver on Sunday in a battle of potential playoff teams. The Broncos are -7 point favorites over the Buccaneers with an over/under point total set at 51.5.
The Denver Broncos are rolling and appear to be headed towards an AFC West title and all that comes with it. While the Broncos were a playoff team a year ago this years’ revamped model look to be greatly improved. Peyton Manning is having a huge comeback year completing 67.7 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions while being sacked just 16 times. With Willis McGahee out for the year Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno have an increased role. Demaryius Thomas has 61 catches and six touchdowns, Eric Decker has 54 catches and eight touchdowns, and Jacob Tamme has 38 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively the Broncos are allowing 20.1 points, 98.7 rushing yards, and 209.6 passing yards with 13 interceptions and 37 sacks. Wesley Woodyard has 97 tackles, Mike Adams has 61 tackles, and Von Miller has 14 sacks. Manning has made his presence known on the field and in the locker room.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the more improved teams in the NFL this season but the final five games will decide if they are a playoff team or not this season. The Bucs are coming off of a hard fought loss where they lost to the Atlanta Falcons by a single point. Josh Freeman has completed 57 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions while being sacked 16 times. Doug Martin is an emerging star with a 4.8 yards per carry averaging and nine touchdowns and he has 29 catches. Vincent Jackson has 47 catches and seven touchdowns, Mike Williams has 37 catches and five touchdowns, and Dallas Clark has 31 catches. The Buccaneers allow 23.1 points per game, 81.5 rushing yards, and 315.5 passing yards with 16 interceptions and 18 sacks. Lavonte David has 98 tackles, Mason Foster has 74 tackles, and Ronde Barber has four interceptions. The Bucs defense will be tested by Manning in this one.
Denver is 16-34-2 against the spread in their last 52 home games, 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record. Tampa Bay is 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, 4-1 against the spread following a loss, and 18-7-1 against the spread in their last 26 road games. Tampa Bay is 2-0-2 against the spread in the last four meetings of these two.
The total is set at 51.5 and this one should go over that lofty number.