Game Plan and Matchups v. Bucs

Check out the Denver Broncos Game Plan and the key matchups against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.

GAME PLAN: Tampa Bay has shown it will run the ball or pass the ball, and the Broncos have had issues stopping both. That means the Buccaneers have plenty of options for how to attack Denver's defense. The Broncos have had problems with shifty running backs in space, so Tampa Bay's Warrick Dunn could be a factor this week.

Offensively, the Broncos will have to be patient against Tampa Bay's zone defense. There might not be many big plays available, but the Broncos can move the ball downfield with its short passing game.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Broncos LT Ryan Clady vs. Buccaneers RDE Gaines Adams. Adams is becoming an effective pass rusher, but Clady has been very good as a rookie. Clady hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as Browns left tackle Joe Thomas did last year as a rookie, but he has been a major reason Denver's pass-heavy offense has been so effective

Broncos TE Tony Scheffler vs. Buccaneers SS Jermaine Phillips. Scheffler only had one catch last week, but is still one of the most effective playmakers the Broncos has. Phillips is a good player, but the Broncos will probably try to get Scheffler involved.

INJURY IMPACT: DT Dewayne Robertson went through a full practice and should return to the lineup this week. He was a scratch last week with a bad knee.

RB Andre Hall practiced Wednesday despite a wrist injury. As long as the wrist responds well the rest of the week, he should play.

WR Darrell Jackson returned to practice from a calf injury. He was limited and could still need another week before he's ready to return.

DE John Engelberger was held out of practice with a knee injury. Engelberger is tough and if he makes some progress this week he has a chance to play.



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