Bucs – Broncos Preview: Peyton Manning
The Broncos (8-3) can clinch the AFC West on Sunday with a win while the Buccaneers remain in the middle of the NFC playoff hunt. Denver has won six consecutive games – the longest active streak in the NFL – and Tampa Bay has won four of its past five.
Since Week 6, Tampa Bay leads the NFC with 228 points (32.6 per game). During that period, quarterback JOSH FREEMAN has 16 touchdowns, three interceptions with a 104.1 passer rating and rookie running back DOUG MARTIN has 1,082 scrimmage yards (154.6 per game) and nine total touchdowns.
“We’re going to do our best to make sure that we’re at our best,” says Buccaneers head coach GREG SCHIANO about the team’s upcoming game against Denver.
Denver has won six in a row, outscoring opponents 183-107 in that span. The Broncos, who are averaging 30.5 points per game during their winning streak, are led by quarterback PEYTON MANNING. Last week, Manning passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns to record his 149th career win, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (148) for the second-most in NFL history.
“The only question I have for Peyton now is if he will win his fifth MVP,” says NFL Network analyst STEVE MARIUCCI.
Source: NFL Media