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Bucs show how short of the Super Bowl champs they are

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So how much difference is there between the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Bucs? Well, it turns out, a lot. Like 20 points. Like 98 yards. Like three turnovers. Like a 4-0 start against a 1-3 start. Like an efficient quarterback (and backup) with a 141.7 rating against a scatter-armed one who had a 40.1. Like that. The Broncos took an easy 27-7 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday, breaking a 7-7 tie in the first…

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Will the Bucs’ Mike Evans match up against Aqib Talib?

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Sunday’s anticipated matchup between the old (Aqib Talib) and the new (Mike Evans) might not happen, says Tampa Bay Bucs coach Dirk Koetter. The Denver Broncos may prefer Chris Harris to cover Evans. “We’ve talked about the matchup with Talib,” Koetter said. “But Harris is a really good corner too. They’ve both been to the Pro Bowl the last couple of years, and I’m not sure if Denver’s going to match [Evans with Talib]. Usually, Denver just plays sides, so…

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Tampa Bay’s defense is off to a slow start after three games

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No one in the National Football League has given up more points in three games than the Tampa Bay Bucs. And guess what? Here come the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. The Bucs are the only team that has given up more than 100 points (101) through three games. The Bucs are giving up 370 yards a game, 19th in the league. “I think we’re dead average, to be quite frank,” said defensive coordinator Mike Smith. “We’re not rushing the…

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Former Buc Aqib Talib returns to Tampa Bay with Broncos

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When the Tampa Bay Bucs take the field against the World Champion Denver Broncos Sunday, a familiar face will be waiting. Aqib Talib is coming back to town. Talib, who was a troubled player when he was with the Bucs, is a starting corner for Denver and one of the mainstays of their secondary. He was released by the Bucs, rediscovered himself in New England, and has played well in Denver. “At the line of scrimmage, he’s so physical,” Bucs receiver Mike Evans said. “He’s a lot…

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Denver Broncos finally find a quarterback in Paxton Lynch

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The world champions weren’t exactly in a hurry to find their new quarterback. They may have done so anyway. The Denver Broncos, who had searched hard for Peyton Manning’s replacement during the off-season, traded up and took Paxton Lynch of Memphis with their first pick. Since Manning retired after winning the Super Bowl, the Broncos have looked down several roads. They had backup Brock Osweler, who he left for a big payday from the Houston Texans. They inquired about trading…

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Bucs hire scout John Spytek as Director of Player Personnel

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If a general manager is good, no one ever hears about the Director of Player Personnel. His successes happen behind the scenes. His influence is subtle. Still, the Tampa Bay Bucs think they have added a wealth of experience by hiring John Spytek away from the world champion Denver Broncos. “We are very fortunate to add someone of John’s pedigree and ability to our organization,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “He has had the opportunity to learn…

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Broncos’ fierce pass rush took Cam Newton out of Super Bowl 50

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For the Denver Broncos, the game plan was simple. All they had to do to win the Super Bowl 50 was to make league MVP Cam Newton even less of a threat than aging quarterback Peyton Manning. The fierce pass rush of the Broncos, especially of linebacker Von Miller, held Newton to 10 points in Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday night. Miller had 2½ sacks, forced two fumbles, and made six tackles to lead the Broncos’ victory.…

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