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Broncos lost their quarterback Trevor Siemian to injury Sunday when he suffered a left shoulder injury after being sacked by Buccaneer Clinton McDonald near the end of the first half. The injury was considered relatively minor, but more will be known Monday after a MRI and/or X-ray.
Siemian completed 5-of-7 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game.
The touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas came after an interception by former Buccaneer cornerback Aqib Talib.
The Buccaneers’ only touchdown came in the first quarter with a run by quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston completed 17-35 passes for 179 yards and was sacked five times.
A Broncos touchdown run by C.J. Anderson came in the second quarter after another interception by Talib. It was payback time for Talib since, after being number one draft pick and playing five seasons with the Bucs, he was traded to the New England Patriots in November 2013. He signed a one-year contract with the Patriots for 2014 and then a six-year contract with the Broncos.
Siemian was replaced near the end of the second quarter by University of Tennessee’s Paxton Lynch, a rookie.
The Broncos scored one field goal in the third quarter.
Lynch scored his first NFL touchdown, a 5-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders in the fourth quarter. Lynch went 14-of-24 for 170 yards in the course of the game.
In a press conference Sunday Coach Gary Kubiak said, “I’m really proud of Paxton Lynch, how he did today.”
Kubiak noted, “Obviously, both (Siemian and Lynch) are good players . . .We’re probably going to need them both . . . Both have bright futures.”
Kubiak after the game Sunday said, “I’m really proud of everybody in this room . . . We just kept battling.” Talib was given the game ball.
Broncos Sunday ended up with a 4-0 record for the season. The 3-0 Minnesota Vikings play the 2-1 New York Giants Monday night. Update: The Vikings beat the Jets 24-10 Monday night, achieving a 4-0 record.
The 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles were off this week. On Oct. 9 the Eagles go to Detroit to play Detroit to play the Lions; the Lions are 1-3 after losing 17-14 to the Bears in Chicago Sunday. No one else is undefeated.
Only the Cleveland Browns have won no games so far.
The Broncos next play the Atlanta Falcons Oct. 9. The Falcons are 3-1 after defeating the Carolina Panthers 48-33 Sunday.
The Broncos then play the San Diego Chargers Oct. 13. The Chargers are 1-3 after losing 35-34 to the New Orleans Saints Sunday; the Saints are now 1-3.
The Buccaneers, now 1-3, next play the Carolina Panthers Oct. 10 at Charlotte. The Panthers, who are now 1-3; may be without quarterback Cam Newton, who was put on concussion protocol during the game against the Atlanta Falcons this week. Update: Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Monday said Newton’s status remained uncertain.
The Buccaneers then have off the following week.
So . . . Are the Broncos on their way to another Super Bowl?
— C.L. and H.E.