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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Broncos 16, Buccaneers 13

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- So, Denver won another game by a field goal or less.

But this game was a lot less wild than Denver's wins over San Diego and New Orleans (which Denver won by a total of three points) at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Tampa Bay scored a late touchdown to make it close, but otherwise Denver controlled this game.

And it did in a curious way -- on defense. Defense carried the day in Denver. After allowing 33 points to Kansas City last week, and allowing a total of 113 points in the past three games, Denver's defense tightened. Sure, Tampa Bay was offensively challenged, but it was a nice effort by Denver.

The Broncos blitzed often and had its best pass-rushing day of the season.

On a day where the Denver offense was halted by a strong defense, the only way Denver was going to win this game was on defense. That didn't seem possible.

But the Denver defense came through and now the Broncos are 4-1 and lead the AFC West by two games.