Denver (2-0) at Detroit (0-2)
When: Sunday, September 27th 2015
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Time: 8:30 ET
TV: NBC Radio: XM 225, 226, 88
The Denver Broncos will travel to Detroit to play their second of five prime-time games this year. They will take on the Lions and look to improve to 3-0. The Broncos have probably looked the worst of all 2-0 teams coming into Week 3. They needed a minor miracle to beat Kansas City last Thursday night when they scored 2 touchdowns 9 seconds apart in the final minute of the game. The offense looked sluggish in Week 1 in a 19-13 win over Baltimore. It’s only two weeks, but Peyton Manning’s QB Rating (74.2) is his worst since his rookie season in Indianapolis in 1998. He just doesn’t look the same anymore as he’s missing open receivers and throwing ducks. He still has a couple of great weapons in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who have combined for 31 of Manning’s 50 completions. TE Owen Daniels was supposed to be a favorite target for Manning, but has only caught 5 balls for 24 yards. The running game needs to get going to help Manning. C.J. Anderson is only averaging 2.3 yards a carry, but might have success tonight against a weak Lions run defense. The Broncos have the number one defense in the NFL allowing only 255 yards a game and only 145 through the air.
The Lions desperately need a win tonight if they want to compete for a playoff spot this year. Detroit is 0-2 with loses at San Diego and Minnesota. The Lions led their opener in San Diego 21-3 before falling 33-28. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was invisible in the opener before hauling in 10 catches for 83 yards and a TD last week, but rookie running back Ameer Abdullah was held to nine yards against the Vikings after gaining 94 yards in the opener. Matt Stafford is still throwing for a lot of yards, but he also has 3 interceptions so far. He’s expected to play after getting banged up last week in Minnesota. The defense has been a big issue for the Lions. They are ranked 31st in yards allowed and 28th against the run. They have not filled the void left by Ndamukong Suh. Teams are gaining 147 yards a game on the ground against them.
All the stats point to the Broncos in this one, but these are the type of games Denver loses and Detroit wins. This is the Lions home opener and they really need a win. It’s a great spot to take Detroit and the points.
Pick: Lions +3