When I saw this game on the schedule at the start of the season I was excited. Two weeks into the season I am dreaming of an early food coma and 60 Minutes. The Denver Broncos are in the Motor City to face the 3-point underdog Detroit Lions.
Will Peyton Manning turn the corner and play like Peyton? Is the Broncos running game doomed? Will Matthew Stafford play? Should you bet on the Broncos or back the Lions? Answers to these questions and more.
A Closer Look At The Denver Broncos Vs Detroit Lions NFL Week 4 Odds & Expert Pick
What: Denver Broncos (2-0) at Detroit Lions (0-2)
When: Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Detroit, MI
Stadium: Ford Field
Spread: Broncos -3
Moneyline: Broncos -165 vs Lions +145
Game Total: 44.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Listen: Denver vs Detroit
Why Bet On The Denver Broncos (-3) to Beat Detroit
Is Kubiak’s offesne the answer in Mile High?
The light bulb went off last Thursday night in Denver’s 31 to 24 comeback victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. For much of the game, Denver’s offense looked terrible. KC’s pass rush was getting to QB Peyton Manning. They were stuffing the Broncos’ rushing attack. I appeared as if KC was going to run away with it.
That’s when the light bulb went off and Denver sped up the offense. QB Peyton Manning started to pick apart the KC defense. Manning ended up with 256 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Demaryious Thomas had 8 catches for 116 yards. Emmanuel Sanders had 8 catches for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB Ronnie Hillman, the scat back, rushed for 34 yards on 9 carries.
— #DENvsDET (@SNFonNBC) September 24, 2015
If Denver opens up the offense early in this game, they could definitely put Detroit into a big hole. Denver has an excellent defense. If they let Manning do his thing in the first quarter instead of the fourth quarter, they could beat Detroit going away in this.
Why Bet On The Detroit Lions to Beat Denver (-3)
All that talent and nothing to show for it.
The Detroit Lions should consider switching things up as well. QB Matthew Stafford has a bevy of weapons on offense. Detroit won last season by utilizing a very good defense and rushing the football. So far this season, that strategy hasn’t worked.
Detroit’s secondary isn’t very good. By trying to play a game where they control the clock, Detroit has actually played into the hands of both of their opponents. In Week 1, Phillip Rivers decimated the Lions with 404 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. In Week 2, Minnesota outplayed Detroit in the running game by going for 199 yards to Detroit’s 38.
The Lions need to go back to winning games via a shootout. Stafford is questionable this Sunday. All indications are that he’s definitely going to play. If he does, expect the Lions to open up the offense early by having Stafford throw to wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Also, expect the Lions to utilize RB Ameer Abdullah much more in the passing game. The Lions have a very good tight-end in Eric Ebron.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 23, 2015
Stafford’s weapons are as good, if not better, than what Peyton has. Denver could suffer a letdown after the emotional win against the rival Chiefs in Week 2. If Detroit is smart, they could take advantage of that by scoring with the Broncos. This will be a close one, but my expert pick is the home team to win. Bet the Lions moneyline at +145. My final score prediction is Detroit 31, Denver 30.