C-minus -- The Broncos weren't very effective passing the ball on Sunday, but there was one stat that allowed Denver to win: no interceptions from Jake Plummer. Knowing the Buccaneers weren't going to score much, the Broncos knew they could win by simply not making mistakes, and they did that. Plummer was 13-of-31 for 138 yards, his lowest passing totals of the season.
C-plus -- For three quarters against Tampa Bay, the grade was a solid F. Denver only had 40 rushing yards going into the fourth quarter, but controlled the clock with 71 rushing yards in the final period. Denver was able to wear out Tampa Bay's defense, controlling the ball for more than 13 minutes in the fourth quarter.
PASS DEFENSE B -- The Broncos didn't allow the Buccaneers much in the passing game. Tampa Bay's 51-yard touchdown to Michael Clayton would have just been a first down had John Lynch hit Clayton as he was getting up instead of easing off of him to avoid a penalty. Other than that play, Tampa Bay had 111 yards passing. The Broncos did continue a bad trend, not intercepting a pass for the third straight game.
RUSH DEFENSE B-minus -- The Broncos didn't have their best day defending the run, allowing 4.6 yards per carry. Michael Pittman found some running room, gaining 72 yards. But the Broncos didn't allow a touchdown and didn't give up a run over 14 yards, a pair of big factors in Denver's tight win.
SPECIAL TEAMS C-plus -- The Broncos were non-descript on special teams. They didn't have any long punt or kickoff returns, although they gave up a 44-yard kickoff return. But Jason Elam raised the grade a bit, kicking three field goals in three attempts to help lift Denver to a win.
COACHING C-plus -- The Broncos were patient with their running game, which paid dividends in the fourth quarter when the Buccaneers started to sag. By playing a conservative game, the Broncos allowed themselves to stay in the game until they were able to win it in the fourth quarter.