Broncos/Lions Recap

Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre as the only NFL quarterback’s with 6,000 career completions in this Broncos victory.

There were two teams at the opposite end of the spectrum in the Denver Broncos 24-12 win over the Detroit Lions.  One team is 3-0, the other 0-3.  With the conclusion of the Packer’s victory over the Chiefs yesterday, I’m 28-20 against the spread and 30-18 picking the games straight up.  The Colts didn’t cover the spread over the Titans, and I picked the Chiefs to cover but the Packers to win.  Anyways let’s get to the game.

There was no scoring in the first quarter, but late in the second, Denver tailback Ronnie Hillman replaced a concussed C.J. Anderson and plunged one-yard for a score to give the Broncos an early 7-0 lead.  The Lions would respond with a one-yard rushing touchdown by Joique Bell, but miraculously the extra point was blocked by the Broncos.  The Broncos would then go on to take a 14-6 lead before the end of the half with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas.  Manning had 324 passing yards coupled with two touchdowns and one interception on the night.

The third quarter wound up being a little more eventful than the first.  Matthew Stafford completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Ameer Abdullah to cut the score to 14-12.  Unfortunately for the Lions the Two-Point conversion failed.

A Stafford fumble led to a 48-yard field goal by Brandon McManus to give Denver a 17-12 fourth quarter lead.  Then Manning completed a 11-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels to give the game a 24-12 final.  Stafford earlier forced a pass to star receiver Calvin Johnson but it was intercepted by David Bruton Jr.  Stafford finished the game with 282 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.

The Lions travel to Seattle where they face an almost ten point spread against the defending NFC Champions.  Slot receiver Golden Tate will also be playing against his former team (of which he won a Super Bowl with) for the first time since leaving for Detroit in 2014’s free agency.  The Lions need to win now.

The Broncos meanwhile play the Vikings at home, and look very much in sync.  The last time they started 3-0, they advanced to Super Bowl 48.