2016 Broncos Season, Week Four
The Broncos moved to 4-0 with a big win in Tampa Bay, their most convincing of the season. It also might have been the most costly.
Week Four: Broncos 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7
Season Record: 4-0 (2-0 Home)
Key Play: In the first half, on the Buccaneers first drive, Jameis Winston threw a pass intercepted by Aqib Talib. On the next play, Trevor Siemian connected with Demaryius Thomas on an 11-yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead, and they remained in control throughout.
Recap: The Broncos are 4-0. There aren't that many undefeated teams left, as the Ravens and Patriots lost, falling from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Broncos and Vikings remain head of the class among undefeated squads, with the surprising Eagles joining them. The Broncos won the last two on the road, with their offense making great strides and the defense continuing to look tough. That's important as the Broncos return home to battle the Atlanta Falcons in week five. The Falcons are 3-1, have been undergoing and offensive explosion, and lead the NFC South. It will be a tough test for the Broncos, especially is Siemian's shoulder doesn't allow him to play. Paxton Lynch looked strong in relief, but he's still a rookie and there will be some growing pains. The Broncos also need to get their running game going a little stronger. After a great opening night, CJ Anderson has been pedestrian for the past three games. But the Broncos are 4-0, and that's what matter the most.
Demayius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders — The receivers had another strong game. Thomas had six receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown, while Sanders grabbed eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Paxton Lynch — Lynch went 14-for-24 for 170 yards and a touchdown, a good showing for the rookie in his first NFL action.
Aqib Talib — Talib was the defensive star in the win, picking off two Winston passes early that gave the Broncos a great early advantage.
Running Game — CJ Anderson went for 49 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. It was another game with less than 50 yards, and his third straight short of 100 yards.
Trevor Siemian — The Broncos quarterback has a sprain on his non-throwing shoulder. It's a concern moving forward, especially if he can't go against the Falcons.