The Denver Broncos improved to 4-0 after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-7 in Tampa.
Denver came out to make a statement right out of the chute. On the third play of Tampa Bay’s first possession, Aquib Talib picked off Jameis Winston and set the Broncos up on the Tampa Bay 11 yard line.
Trevor Seimian immediately took advantage of the Winston interception and threw a dart to Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown on Denver’s first play from scrimmage.
Tampa Bay did there best to not roll over and die. They put together a 6 minute drive on their next possession and scored a TD to tie the game.
The game progressed through a back and forth field possession battle for the rest of the first quarter. It was as if each team was searching for the other guy’s weakness.
The second quarter started out much the same as later half of the first quarter with each team sparring for field possession until Aquib Talib picked off Winston for his second INT of the game and set the Broncos up at the Tampa Bay 27.
It only took Seimian 3 plays to drive down to the Tampa Bay 1 yard line and cap the drive with a CJ Anderson 1 yard touchdown run.
After the Denver score both teams went back to playing for field position for the next several possessions.
That’s when things got interesting.
Just before the 2 minute warning Trevor Seimian was sacked hard and had to leave the game with an undisclosed shoulder injury.
At the 2 minute warning rookie first round draft pick Paxton Lynch came in to replace Seimian. Lynch’s first pass in a regular season game was incomplete to Bennie Fowler on a deep route and the Broncos were forced to punt.
Wait a minute! Kubiak has so much confidence in his young rookie that he sent in a deep pass play on the rookie’s first play? That took some grit.
Denver’s defense cranked it up to 10 on the whooping butt scale and got the ball back for Lynch after a Tampa Bay 3 and out.
Lynch showed tremendous skill and poise taking over the reins on the Denver 33. With 1:33 left in the half the rookie marched the team down to the Tampa Bay 20 in 9 plays.
McManus capped the drive with a 38 yard field goal and the Broncos led 17-7 at the end of the first half.
The second half started with a 16 play 8 minute drive by Lynch that culminated in another McManus field goal.
More back and forth patty cake patty cake for field position ensued for the remainder of the quarter and into the fourth quarter.
On Lynch’s 5th possession of his young career he put together a 9 play 5 minute drive to the Tampa Bay 5 yard line. His first NFL touchdown pass came on that drive when he hit Emmanuel Sanders from 5 yards out for the score icing the game.
Lynch finished with 14/24 completions, 170 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions.
Enough can not be said about the Bronco defense. The D took turns sacking a struggling Jameis Winston.
They finished the game bagging Winston 5 times, picking off his passes twice, and forcing 2 fumbles.
Congratulations on your first game and welcome to the NFL Paxton Lynch.
Wishing Trevor Seimian a speedy recovery.