Having won six straight, the Broncos look to lock up the AFC West title with a victory over Tampa Bay, who visits Sports Authority Field on Sunday. Denver is coming off a Milton Berle "just pull out enough to win" performance against the Chiefs, which they won 17-9. The Buccaneers lost a close one against Atlanta on Sunday and all but washed away their hopes of winning the NFC South. But, at 6-5, Tampa is still in the Wild Card hunt and could improve their chances with a win at Denver.
Peyton Manning has been a great fit in Denver, giving the Broncos the aerial presence they lacked in the last few seasons. Manning has already eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark and thrown 26 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, silencing the doubting masses who thought neither his arm strength nor his body would hold up following multiple neck surgeries.
Willis McGahee suffered a MCL tear two Sundays ago and is still four to six weeks way from returning. The bulk of the load was carried last week by Knowshon Moreno, and the Broncos have capable hands in Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball. But McGahee's production will be missed, as he had gained almost 1,000 yards from scrimmage before the injury.
Tampa Bay has found some ground production of their own in rookie Doug Martin. The young stud has gone over 100 yards in three of the last five games, including a 251-yard effort against Oakland. Martin complements Josh Freeman's solid play at quarterback, which has the Buccaneers in a good spot after a slow start to the season.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, December 2; 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
TV Schedule: FOX
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Radio Schedule: AM 850 KOA