For the first time in 2008, the Broncos defense did its part in gaining a big 16-13 bounce back win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Invesco Field. It was the D, that had been torched the past few weeks, that stepped up and held when it had to, and on the day allowed just 168 yards passing between Bucs QB’s Brian Griese and Jeff Garcia. Overall TB had just 307 yards of offense and one TD.
The Broncos offense knew it would be in for a tough test, and the Bucs D didn’t disappoint. They allowed just over 100 yards rushing to the Broncos, and coming in averaging 33 points, they were only able to put up one TD and three field goals – but a win is a win, and for a team that just lost last week to the Chiefs in stunning fashion – they will take it.
Jay Cutler was 23-for-34 for 227 yards and one TD and a QB rating of 96.1. Most of the day he had to throw under the Bucs coverage, and did the best with what he had. The only Broncos TD came with 5:41 left in the third quarter of a 6-6 game when Cutler found Brandon Stokley for a score that made it 13-6.
Denver added a Matt Prater 27-yard field goal to make it 16-6 with 12:24 left. The defense continued to do a good job vs the Bucs, and despite a late score by Tampa Bay when Jeff Garcia hit Ike Hillard with a score from 7 yards out with 2:02 left, the Broncos were able to run the clock out for the win.
The Broncos now at 4-1 will get set for what could be a shootout next week as they play host to the 2-3 Jacksonville Jaguars at Invesco Field.
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