TomBrady and the Buccaneers moved into first place in the NFC South with a less-than-impressive 28-10 victory over the injury-ravaged Broncos.
Brady had some terrific throws that had no business being completed — 54 yards to Scotty Miller, 33 yards to O.J. Howard — but mostly this was a game where Brady had to take his checkdowns as the Broncos played mostly a deep zone designed to limit Tampa's explosiveness.
Brady posted his Tampa-best passer rating of 115.8, but a lot of context is missing if you just looked at his stat line. Brady's three touchdown passes totaled 12 yards — a 10-yard checkdown to Chris Godwin, and two 1-yarders to Mike Evans (a screen and a fade, which was a nice play).
Brady and the Bucs are slowly getting used to each other, but they are hardly the high-powered group everyone imagined when Brady signed with Tampa.
The Bucs' offense still ranks just 14th in points, and 25th in yards. Their offensive efficiency based on the opponents (teams that went a combined 12-20 last season) is even worse: 16th, with the passing offense checking in at 19th.
Oh, and Rob Gronkowski's "breakout" day was hardly anything to write home about.