NFL schedule 2012: Broncos host the Buccaneers in Week 13

Doug Pensinger

After a 2-3 start, the Broncos have won six straight and face the 6-5 Buccaneers on Sunday.

With the roughest part of their schedule long gone, Peyton Manning and the Broncos have emerged as Super Bowl contenders. Denver has won six straight games, including a 17-9 victory over Kansas City on Sunday. The Buccaneers are coming off a heartbreaking loss against division rival Atlanta, who all but clinched the NFC South with the win. But Tampa Bay has won four of five and is soundly in the hunt for an NFC Wild Card.

Peyton Manning has been a godsend for the Broncos, quieting all those who doubted his arm strength or questioned his ability to stay healthy. The future Hall of Fame quarterback has thrown 26 touchdowns to just eight interceptions and has already eclipsed 3,000 yards on the season. The loss of Willis McGahee to an MCL tear will hurt, as the running back is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The Buccaneers have solved their quest to find a stable running back, as Doug Martin has emerged as a potential star at the position. After a slow start, the rookie has rushed for over 100 yards in three of his last five games. Getting Martin started early will be key for Bucs.

After Sunday, the Broncos have only one difficult game on their schedule, Week 15 when they travel to Baltimore. Home games against the Browns and Chiefs to close out the season could see the Broncos battling for a first-round bye.

Here's the full schedule for Week 13:

Thursday, November 29

Sunday, December 2
Monday, December 3
For more on the NFL schedule, check out SI.com.

Be sure to check out Broncos coverage at Mile High Report, and get complete NFL coverage at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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