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Denver vs Tampa Bay
The Broncos have run the ball well here in 2020 when truly given the chance. Phillip Lindsay has been out since mid-Week 1, but Melvin Gordon III has shown the ability to carry the ground game in bursts. Working behind a line that’s overachieved a bit, Gordon has been able to rip off a handful of chunk runs. Last week against the Steelers, he followed several good lanes up the gut for runs of 17, 16, and 10 yards. It’s no surprise he finds most of his success on the interior, where he gets support from the team’s best blocker, left guard Dalton Risner.
The Buccaneers, though, are unlikely to be intimidated by Gordon’s breakaway runs. Dating back to the start of the 2019 season, no team has allowed fewer ground yards per carry or per game than this Tampa defensive unit. They’ve opened the year by shutting down both Alvin Kamara (12 for 16) and Christian McCaffrey (18 for 59) - the third straight time they’ve held McCaffrey under 3.3 per rush. They certainly boast an ideal nose tackle in Vita Vea, who occupies space in the middle like few others in recent memory. That allows the linebackers, particularly Lavonte David and Devin White, to roam the front seven and hunt splash plays. White is still learning to play consistently and in control, but his chase-down athleticism can’t be questioned. And the Buccaneers are enjoying big early returns from rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr Jr., who’s shown exceptionally well as a playmaker in the box. The rich get richer, and this unit seemingly gets harder and harder to puncture as it moves along.
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