For their next act, the Detroit Lions will try to put together a winning streak when they visit the Denver Broncos at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at Empower Field at Mile High. After their upset win last week, Lions bets are trending upward.
The Lions (1-10-1) finally got their first win of the season last week, slipping past the Minnesota Vikings 29-27. They will now try to win back-to-back games for just the third time since 2017.
The up-and-down Broncos (6-6) have lost two of their last three games, including dropping a 22-9 decision to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football last weekend.
Playing in different conferences, the teams don’t meet often. The Broncos won the last matchup 27-17 in 2019 at Denver.
The Lions’ 45-10 rout in 2011 in Denver did spark a short-lived phenomenon. The Broncos decided to redo their offense the following week to take advantage of quarterback Tim Tebow’s read-option skills and Tebowmania was hatched.
Here are the lines for Lions-Broncos at BetUS:
Spread: Lions +10 (-110), Broncos -10 (-110)
Moneyline: Lions +360, Broncos -460
Over/Under: 42 O (-110), U (-110)
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It will be interesting to see if the Lions play looser now that they are no longer under the scepter of a potential winless season.
Quarterback Jared Goff seemed to gain some much-needed confidence last week when he marched the Lions 75 yards in final 1:20 to the winning touchdown despite having no timeouts left. He hit Amon-Ra St. Brown with an 11-yard scoring pass as time expired.
Goff threw for 296 yards, his third-highest total of the season while completing 25 of 41 attempts. He also matched a season-high with three touchdown passes, which came in the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Broncos figure to pose a stiff test for Goff, though, as they are 10th in the NFL in pass defense.
It seems likely the Broncos will be playing with a bit of desperation. While Denver is still in the playoff hunt with its .500 record, the Broncos can’t afford many more losses if they are to reach the postseason since 2015 when they won the Super Bowl.
In the loss to the Chiefs, Javonte Williams became the first Broncos rookie to top 100 yards rushing and 75 yards receiving in the same game. He wound up with 178 of Denver’s 404 total yards, taking on a bigger role with running back Melvin Gordon III (shoulder and hip) injured.
Williams figures to get plenty of touches this week, even if Gordon is healthy, and could be a handful for the Lions, who are 28th in the league in rushing defense.
Meanwhile, Lions running back D’Andre Swift (shoulder) could miss his second straight game. Jamaal Williams filled in last week as the featured back and had 71 yards rushing.
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The Lions are clearly playing better with a win, tie and losses by just two and three points in their last four games. Though the Broncos are in must-win mode and unlikely to take the improving Lions lightly, coach Dan Campbell’s team has become a tough out.
Tim Patrick Under 34.5 Receiving Yards -110 DraftKings
With the Broncos relying more on the running game, Patrick has been the odd man out in the offense recently. The wide receiver has just six catches for 49 yards combined over the last three games and hasn’t exceeded 26 yards in any of them.
The Broncos need all the wins they can muster and will likely get one here. However, the Lions are no longer the NFL’s doormats and will keep the score respectable.
Broncos 21, Lions 13