Sep 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) hands the ball off to running back Devontae Booker (23) in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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We take a look at some of the best games between the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all time. The teams have met eight times in NFL history.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a rare opponent for the Denver Broncos. The two teams have only faced each other eight times until tomorrow.
The two teams will meet for the ninth time on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. It will be only the fourth time the Broncos will be in Tampa Bay.
One interesting tidbit in this game is the quarterback battle. The first quarterback taken in the 2015 NFL Draft (Jameis Winston) and the last quarter back taken (Trevor Siemian) will face off. You do not see that often.
This game could be a tricky one for the Denver Broncos. From what I have seen via games and stats, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a solid team. However, inconsistency has plagued this team.
If there was a game that they could use to bounce back, this would be that game. Against the defending champs, I have no doubt.
Normally for these best games, I take five games from the series. However, since the Broncos and Bucs have only played each other eight times, I will be choosing three games.
Let’s take a look at the three games I chose in this week’s best games of all time.
Sep 8, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) walks off the field following the game against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
December 2nd, 2012- Broncos 31 Bucs 23
In the last meeting between these two teams, the Broncos defeated the Bucs. This game was part of the 11 game winning streak the Broncos were on during the 2012 season.
This game also marked the first career interception for Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. He returned an interception as Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman was hit as he threw the ball and Miller easily caught it.
Von Miller would take the interception 26 yards for the touchdown. It was the touchdown that ultimately put the game away for the Broncos as they would move to 9-3 on the year.
The interception was part of a 21 point third quarter. The Bucs led 10-7 at the half in that game and just had no answer in the third quarter.
The game did not feature a whole lot of offense yardage wise. The Broncos had 333 total yards in the game.
Aug 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of the Denver Broncos helmet before game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The 49ers beat the Broncos 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
October 3rd, 2004- Broncos 16 Bucs 13
A Jason Elam 23-yard field goal halfway through the fourth quarter was the deciding points as the Broncos defeated the Buccaneers by a score of 16-13.
The biggest moment of the game was how the Broncos were able to keep the ball away from the Buccaneers. The Broncos had a 15 play drive that ultimately ended with a punt. But the biggest thing on that drive was the time.
The Broncos offense held the ball for over seven minutes on that final drive. By the time the Bucs got the football back, they only had 3 seconds to work with.
Quentin Griffin and Jake Plummer were great on that final drive, effectively running the ball and eating up the clock.
Plummer completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but was effective to get the win. This game was also a defensive effort for both teams. Neither team cracked 300 yards of offense.
Sep 25, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of a Denver Broncos helmet on the sidelines at Paul Brown Stadium. The Broncos won 29-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
November 7th, 1976- Broncos 48 Bucs 13
The only time that the Denver Broncos played the Buccaneers as division rivals was in 1976. The Broncos dominated as the Buccaneers had just entered the NFL. It was one of the first 26 losses the Bucs would suffer to begin their franchise history.
It did start well for the Bucs, as the two teams were tied at 10 at the end of the first half. However, the Broncos outscored them 38-3 in the second half.
After the Bucs scored to take the lead at 13-10 in the second half, it was all Denver from that point on. 38 unanswered points.
The Broncos got three touchdowns from their defense during that run. An interception from Randy Gradishar returned for a touchdown was followed with another pick six by John Rowser and a fumble return for a touchdown by Randy Poltl.
Those three turnovers were part of four forced by the Denver Broncos defense.
What is your favorite game between the Broncos and Bucs?