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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/2/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




TAMPA BAY (6 - 5) at DENVER (8 - 3)
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Week 13 Sunday, 12/2/2012 4:05 PM
Board OpenLatest
357TAMPA BAY51.550
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-5+1.78-28-328.212.9365.4(6.2)
Road Games3-2+1.85-04-129.813.6361.4(5.7)1.625.411.4405.0(6.1)2.6
Last 3 Games2-1+12-02-128.012.3336.0(5.9)
Grass Games5-3+1.95-26-228.711.4391.2(6.7)0.922.513.4387.2(6.2)1.6
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.212.918.530:0827-121(4.5)18-3257.1%244(7.7)59-365(6.2)(13)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.411.820.230:2127-118(4.4)22-3563.5%243(7)61-361(5.9)(14.8)
Offense Road Games29.813.619.430:2130-152(5.1)17-3451.8%210(6.2)64-361(5.7)(12.1)
Defense (All Games)23.112.720.730:1624-82(3.4)26-3966.4%315(8.1)63-397(6.3)(17.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.511.420.130:0726-112(4.3)22-3562.7%245(6.9)62-357(5.8)(15.8)
Defense Road Games25.411.420.830:3123-78(3.4)26-4360.6%327(7.6)66-405(6.1)(15.9)
TAMPA BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-642.9%1-033.3%2-40(25.8)2-21(9.6)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 13-538.0%1-047.9%3-65(23.9)16-2(7.8)6-50
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-639.7%1-020.0%2-48(24.1)3-28(10.6)9-72

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-3+56-47-428.910.0392.6(6.1)1.920.111.6308.5(4.8)1.6
Home Games4-1+33-13-231.412.4425.6(6.2)1.218.610.2297.2(4.9)1.4
Last 3 Games3-0+31-12-127.713.7371.3(5.9)1.715.36.7263.7(4.5)2.0
Grass Games7-1+65-25-330.610.7402.7(6.3)1.517.511.0288.5(4.8)2.0
DENVER - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.910.022.129:0527-104(3.9)25-3767.6%288(7.7)64-393(6.1)(13.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.310.819.629:2626-113(4.3)21-3562.2%236(6.8)61-349(5.8)(15)
Offense Home Games31.412.424.030:5530-135(4.4)24-3864.6%290(7.7)68-426(6.2)(13.6)
Defense (All Games)20.111.619.530:5527-99(3.6)21-3659.3%210(5.8)64-308(4.8)(15.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Home Games18.610.216.229:0523-77(3.3)21-3755.9%220(5.9)60-297(4.9)(16)
DENVER - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-533.5%1-150.0%2-40(21.1)2-10(4.7)7-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.71.6 14-640.7%1-046.0%3-62(23.6)20-2(8.8)6-50
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-531.5%2-155.6%1-9(14.3)2-11(5.9)7-48
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 19,  DENVER 21.1
TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/14/2012KANSAS CITY38-10W-5W39.5O24-14515-26-318230-8022-38-1802
10/21/2012NEW ORLEANS28-35L1.5L49O25-9824-42-415026-8127-37-3771
10/25/2012@ MINNESOTA36-17W5.5W43.5O41-15919-36-257021-14019-35-2293
11/4/2012@ OAKLAND42-32W1.5W46.5O32-27818-30-237111-2240-62-4023
11/11/2012SAN DIEGO34-24W-3W46.5O22-7414-20-205026-10329-37-3232
11/18/2012@ CAROLINA27-21W0W46.5O30-16725-46-236334-9716-29-2341
12/2/2012@ DENVER            
12/16/2012@ NEW ORLEANS            
12/23/2012ST LOUIS            
12/30/2012@ ATLANTA            

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/7/2012@ NEW ENGLAND21-31L6L50.5O20-7031-44-332354-25123-31-1931
10/15/2012@ SAN DIEGO35-24W0W48O22-5724-30-309327-9025-41-2186
10/28/2012NEW ORLEANS34-14W-6W54.5U41-22522-30-305117-5122-42-2011
11/4/2012@ CINCINNATI31-23W-5W47.5O26-6827-35-291225-9126-42-2751
11/11/2012@ CAROLINA36-14W-3.5W46.5O22-6527-38-295221-5221-36-1982
11/18/2012SAN DIEGO30-23W-7T47.5O25-13325-42-253223-5324-40-2243
11/25/2012@ KANSAS CITY17-9W-10.5L41.5U24-9522-37-273131-14813-26-1161
12/2/2012TAMPA BAY            
12/6/2012@ OAKLAND            
12/16/2012@ BALTIMORE            
12/30/2012KANSAS CITY            
TAMPA BAY: The Bucs seem to be gearing up to do a lot of running this season. New head coach Greg Schiano oversaw a run-heavy team at Rutgers, and offensive line coach Bob Bostad oversaw Wisconsin's run-heavy power game among his previous jobs. They also added an elite left guard in Carl Nicks, a first-round back in Doug Martin and a great blocking wide receiver in Vincent Jackson. The Bucs will use primarily a zone-blocking scheme with a lot of inside runs. LeGarrette Blount and Martin will probably be close to a 50/50 share on early downs, with Martin taking all third down reps. While Blount will have his role greatly reduced between the 20's, he'll have a chance to keep goal line carries. New offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's offense will be far more aggressive getting the ball downfield, which should be a nice match for Josh Freeman's arm strength and Jackson's downfield ball skills. The reads generally go deep-to-short and rarely side-to-side. So after Jackson, Freeman will more likely come down to Preston Parker than go across to Mike Williams. The Bucs also plan on using their backs in the passing game much more often, which is why they traded up into the first round to grab Martin. When Tampa throws in the red zone and down near the goal line, Jackson and Williams are the team's most capable targets. After allowing a league-high 30.9 PPG and ranking 30th in total defense, there's nowhere to go but up, right? Schiano is excited about young DLs Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn, and also No. 7 overall pick S Mark Barron, but Tampa's schedule is jam-packed with high-powered offenses. If McCoy can remain healthy'a big 'if' for a guy who has played in only 19 games over two NFL seasons'his presence should help free up Clayborn to rush the quarterback more freely and more often. McCoy is both powerful and shifty with great feet, and Schiano has said he expects the former No. 3 overall pick to dominate opponents in 2012. Barron, meanwhile, is excellent both stopping the run in the box and in pass coverage.
DENVER: This entire offense will obviously be revamped going from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. Before they scrapped the entire playbook to run Tebow's zone-spread stuff, they were reinstalling a more traditional zone-blocking scheme under o-line coach Dave Magazu (they had moved to more of a man scheme under Josh McDaniels' regime). Willis McGahee will have an adjustment to make again; he benefitted from the threat of Tebow last year, but was mediocre in traditional sets and put the ball on the ground far too much. Rookie Ronnie Hillman could push him on early downs and also see a good portion of the reps on third down. This offense is basically being handed over to Peyton Manning. Manning's offense is all about feel; it's a lot of option routes and adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Demaryius Thomas is his most gifted receiver, but he'll have a major adjustment to make after playing in a run-heavy, triple-option offense in college, then Tebow's zone-read in his first significant NFL action. Eric Decker, who has experience in pro style offenses, should be able to pick this up more quickly. The Broncos figure to use two tight ends often, with Joel Dreessen blocking while Jacob Tamme plays more H-back and occasional slot as a receiver. The Broncos' first option will be to throw it in the red zone. During his time with the Colts, Manning would go to the line with a passing play and audible to a run only if needed. John Fox certainly made his mark felt on the defense in his first year as Denver's head coach. The Broncos D will benefit from Peyton Manning leading longer drives on offense in 2012. The healthy return of Elvis Dumervil to partner with Von Miller forms a potent pass-rushing LB tandem. After missing 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle, Dumervil took a while to adjust to Denver's new 4-3 scheme. He had all 9.5 of his sacks in November/December, showing he's very capable of returning to his 2009 form. Miller isn't consistent against the run, but he is a 15-sack threat. He struggled late last year, with just two total tackles and zero sacks over the final three weeks, but that can likely be chalked up to him hitting the rookie wall.
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(ADDS additional playoff berth scenario for Broncos)

*Buccaneers-Broncos Preview* ============================


With one of the leading candidates for MVP lining up under center, the Denver Broncos' offense doesn't look too fazed despite the loss of its top running back.

Peyton Manning and the Broncos can wrap up an AFC West title on Sunday with a home win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are trying to keep pace for an NFC wild-card spot.

A Denver victory would also give the team its first seven-game regular-season winning streak since 1998, when it won its second straight Super Bowl behind John Elway.

With last Sunday's 17-9 win at Kansas City, Manning broke a tie with Elway - his boss and Broncos vice president - with his 149th win as a starting quarterback, trailing only Brett Favre (186) for most in NFL history.

Manning was 22 of 37 for 285 yards with two touchdowns and an interception against the Chiefs. The victory helped the Broncos (8-3) open a four-game lead over second-place San Diego, but all the four-time MVP wanted to talk about was his running back.

"I've got to tip my hat to Knowshon Moreno," said Manning, whose 104.8 quarterback rating and 26 TDs thrown both rank third. "He stepped up and did a heck of a job. Really an impressive effort by him."

Moreno, filling in for Willis McGahee after he was lost for the season to a knee injury, ran for 85 yards on 20 carries in his first start since Oct. 30, 2011. He will start again against Tampa Bay for Denver, which can also clinch the division with a San Diego loss to Cincinnati.

"I thought he had a very good performance," coach John Fox said. "It's the way he's going about his business up to this point. Everybody had great confidence in him and he came through for us."

It was also the first time Moreno had been in uniform since losing a fumble in Week 2 against Atlanta. The No. 12 overall pick in 2009 was initially expected to be Denver's No. 3 option in a committee that also includes Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball after McGahee's injury, but Fox elected to go with Moreno.

He ran for 947 yards as a rookie but has since toiled with inconsistency and injury, including a season-ending ACL tear last year.

"I never felt discouraged," Moreno said. "I knew what my abilities were. At the same time, I was just waiting for my opportunities to come, and that's what I think I did."

The Buccaneers (6-5) are looking to return to their winning ways after last Sunday's 24-23 home loss to Atlanta snapped a four-game run.

Tampa Bay still remained tied with Seattle and Minnesota, but the Seahawks own the tiebreaker for the NFC's second wild-card spot. The opportunity for the team's first playoff appearance since 2007 is there, but more hurdles at New Orleans and Atlanta still await.

"That's the way this league is," linebacker Adam Hayward said. "People who are supposed to win don't and that leaves the door open. We've just got to take care of our business, the next game coming up, and the ones after that."

Josh Freeman completed 19 of 30 passes for 256 yards and Doug Martin ran for two touchdowns to help the Bucs to a 23-17 fourth-quarter lead. But they gave up 353 passing yards to Matt Ryan, who engineered the Falcons' game-winning drive that ended with a Michael Turner touchdown run.

Moreno could run into trouble against the NFL's best run defense (81.5 yards a game), but Tampa Bay has struggled to stop the pass all season, giving up an NFL-worst 315.5 yards a game. A four-game suspension for cornerback Eric Wright after his violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances won't help. The Buccaneers already traded their best corner, Aqib Talib, to New England on Nov. 1.

E.J. Biggers and Leonard Johnson - who have a combined four seasons of NFL experience and 21 career starts - started against the Falcons.

"We're going to practice, meet, and prepare and then we're going to go out to Denver and the play the best game we've played all year," coach Greg Schiano said. "Where that stacks up against Denver and Peyton Manning, I only control half of that. We're going to do our best to make sure we do our best."

Manning was examined after having his head slammed to the turf on a play in the second quarter against the Chiefs, but Fox said he was cleared at halftime and reported no change Monday.

The Broncos are 5-2 all-time against the Buccaneers, winning the most recent meeting in 2008.

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