Siemien threw a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, capitalizing on Aqib Talib's interception and 25-yard return to the Bucs 11 on Tampa Bay's opening possession.
On his second possession, Lynch drove the Broncos 47 yards in nine plays, setting up Brandon McManus' 38-yard field. Sometimes we love Winston's gunslinger mentality, but it clearly has a downside, too. The Buccaneer pass rush, which has only produced five sacks so far, has been largely unspectacular as well. The over/under total for the game is listed at 43 points.
"It was definitely exciting to come back here and have a lot of family and friends here to see it happen", said Lynch, who admitted he was nervous before going in.
Siemian suffered the injury after being thrown to the ground on a sack by Clinton McDonald.
The good news is that Siemian could be in line for another big performance Sunday against a very shaky Tampa Bay pass defense.
Neither does Winston, who embraces the challenge presented by the Broncos. The Bucs answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 7-yard Winston touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7.
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However, he added in the case the two teams played in knockout matches, then naturally the match-up could not be avoided.
The game was suspended for 86 minutes due to nearby lightning midway through the fourth quarter.
The rest of the third period was quiet due to Denver's deadly defense, which held Tampa to negative-four yards over the course of the period.
Regardless of how well Trevor Siemian practiced, or looked against preseason competition, it had to be somewhat unsettling for the Broncos to start an inexperienced former seventh-round draft pick at quarterback. McCoy had been putting consistent pressure on Siemian before his injury, splitting a sack with Gholston and adding a QB hit. Defensively, the Buccaneers are yielding 33.7 points and 370.0 passing yards (272.0 in passing and 98.0 in rushing) per game against the opposing teams.
The Bucs managed to answer right back with a 75-yard touchdown drive, however. Sims contributed 69 yards while Cameron Brate had 46 yards and two touchdowns in five receptions. The Florida native is beginning to develop chemistry with Emmanuel Sanders, who collected nine catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns versus the Bengals. Winston finished the drive himself with a scramble and goal-line drive for his first rushing touchdown of the year. EXTRA POINTS1. Tampa Bay LB Kwon Alexander has a team-leading 31 tackles in three contests after recording 93 during his rookie season. 2. One could argue the inverse would be true to describe the Broncos. Adam Humphries followed suit with 9 catches for 100 yards of his own.
The Buccaneers will have an extra day to prepare for a Week 5 road game against the Carolina Panthers on Monday NIght Football.