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Buccaneers vs. Broncos: NFL Week 3 Picks and Game Predictions

Buccaneers vs. Broncos: NFL Week 3 Picks and Game Predictions

The 1-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Denver, Colorado to take on the underdog Broncos who have yet to win a game this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, September 27, 2020 – 04:25 PM EDT at Empower Field at Mile High

It’s only Week 3 and the injury train is running through the NFL. The Broncos will be without Drew Lock for when they play Tom Brady and TB, whose receiving corps is banged up. How will that affect our NFL picks? This week is going to be harder for several teams in the league.

Why Buccaneers Will Win

Chris Godwin got the OK to play against the Broncos after clearing concussion protocol. Even without his WR tandem, Tom Brady and the Bucs shut out the Carolina Panthers. At 100% this trio is unstoppable.

Mike Evans entered the season with a hamstring injury but still managed to catch seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 vs. Carolina. Godwin caught six passes for 79 receiving yards in the Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints. But the star receiver set career highs in 2019, recording 86 receptions for 1,333 yards.

The Bucs’ defense hasn’t been consistent though they looked a little better this past Sunday. With Broncos quarterback Drew Lock and top offensive weapon WR Courtland Sutton, Tampa’s defense should feel no pressure.

Why Broncos Will Win

The Broncos played the Steelers on Sunday and hung on until the end but lost 21-26. This happened with a banged up offense and defense. The Broncos lost Drew Lock early in the game and defensive stud Von Miller was out too.

Still, the Broncos found a way to push the talented offense and defense that the 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers possess. If the Broncos can transfer that energy they had in Week 2 to Week 3 then they could give Tampa a run for their money. Tampa also hasn’t played a game in Denver in over six years, which means it's been some time since they've had to perform at the high altitude. Tom Brady is a cry baby. Let’s see how he handles it.

Prediction

The Broncos have too many key players injured to win against Tom Brady and the Bucs. They’ll be able to run right through them like they did in Carolina. Tampa’s sack monster Shaq Barrett will get his “happy homecoming” in Denver after all. One of the best online sportsbooks, BetOnline has Tampa covering a spread of -6 at -115 NFL odds and that’s what I’m locking in early this week.

My Pick: Buccaneers -6 (-115) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Buccaneers -6(-115)
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