Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
2020 Week 3 Analysis: Buccaneers @ Broncos (By Ross Jacobs)
-The Buccaneers crushed the Broncos plain and simple. This game was never even close. Hardly surprising. Denver is one of the most injured teams in the league, and the Bucs are one of the best teams and a top Superbowl contender.
-Despite all the things working against them the Broncos have really played quite well considering their 0-3 record. They nearly beat the Titans and almost came back against the Steelers too. They lost those two games by a combined 7 points before getting demolished by the Bucs. All together the first three teams they've played are 8-1. It's probably the second hardest schedule played so far behind the Texans. There is no shame in losing to these three teams. Unfortunately for the Broncos the remainder of their schedule is nearly as tough. The only two easy games left are the Jets and Panthers. The Broncos will be the underdog in the rest. Prepare for a 3-4 season Broncos fans.
-Don't have many notes about either team for the same reason I don't have many on Giants and Jets games. When one team gets blown out it's hard to find meaningful bits of information. The only two notes I have are on Noah Fant and Jerry Jeudy. Long story short Fant is really, really good, and Jeudy is very, very overrated.
-Fant is the smoothest TE I think I've ever seen. He just moves around so gracefully for a guy his size. If he ever gets a real QB he will be a monster for fantasy. I'm a big buyer in dynasty leagues.
-Jeudy on the other hand is just another average WR. He was an absolute ghost until garbage time here where he caught a couple of balls against a prevent defense.
-The Buccaneers did Buccaneers things. They played hard-hitting, physical defense, they ran the ball with power, and they took a couple of deep shots.
-Shockingly Brady's deep passes almost all went in the direction of Scotty Miller. It was certainly a surprise to see because everyone had Miller pegged for the Edelman slot role. We'll see if this is a recurring thing in the future, but it seems to bode well for his fantasy stock. With Goodwin out again Miller might be a decent bet to rack some catches against a solid Chargers defense.
-Nothing has changed in my projection for the Bucs. I said week 1 they were a 12+ win team, and I stand by that. The defense is going to carry them more than Brady. This is a legit Superbowl contender and quite possibly the best team in the NFC.
-Well Mike Evans had 2 catches for 2 yards and 2 TD's. I don't believe I've ever seen that stat line for a WR, but here we are. It's quite worrisome that Evans only has 10 catches combined his first three games, and one of those was a 7 catch game against a bad Panthers secondary. Luckily he already has 4 TD's, but he better start getting some yards to go with them or this is quickly going to turn into a 2019 OBJ situation. I still expect Evans and Brady to gel more and the numbers to get back to normal, but you can't take it for granted at this point. With the WR landscape so decimated at the moment you are pretty much forced to hold and pray for the best. Evans is one of the rare unchallenged #1 guys that's capable of a top 3 WR season.
-Another week, another split among the Tampa RB's. You can't count on any of these guys at the moment. It's a lot like the 49'ers situation. There's numbers to be had, but you can never be sure which one is going to get them.
-Melvin Gordon is fine. The Bucs have a top 2 run defense so it's nothing to worry about. Bad news is the Broncos schedule is brutal, and Lindsey will be back eventually. The next big game he has I'd sell him off in a heartbeat.