2015 NFL Week 3 - Lions vs. Broncos Betting Odds Preview

Line: Broncos -3

The 2-0 Broncos will travel to Detroit to take on the 0-2 Lions in this Sunday night with these teams headed in different directions. Denver won its second game in a row with an impressive 31-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Payton Manning bounced back after a terrible opening week in which he did not throw a touchdown. The Lions lost their second game in a row with a 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit struggled on both offense and defense as they allowed Minnesota to rush for 199 yards while their offense could only muster 38 rushing yards.

After throwing for only 175 yards, 0 touchdowns and having a quarterback rating of 26.4 in week 1, almost everyone in the country thought Payton Manning was finished. He responded by having a much better game, which included throwing for 256 yards 3 touchdowns. He completed passes to 7 different receivers and his favorite targets were Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas who caught 8 each. More importantly each averaged more than 10 yards per reception. Thomas racked up 116 receiving yards and Sanders caught 2 touchdowns. The running game is a different story as they are 29th in the league with only 65 yards per game and were out rushed by the Chiefs 144 to 61. Defensively, they are the best in the league by allowing only 135 pass yards per game.

The Lions are in complete disarray as both their offense and their defense are struggling mightily. In 2 games they have rushed for a combined 107 yards and Joique Bell has 16 yards on 10 carries. Matthew Stafford has thrown 4 touchdowns this year but has also thrown 3 interceptions. He has only been sacked twice but needed X rays after last week’s loss on his chest and ribs. On a good note, Calvin Johnson caught 10 passes and a touchdown after catching only 2 passes in week 1. The defensive line allowed the Vikings to rush for 199 yards and couldn’t stop Adrian Peterson who rushed for 134 yards and caught 2 passes for another 58 yards. They also only recorded 1 sack and did not have any interceptions.

The Lions have several key players who are either questionable or probable including Matthew Stafford and Brandon Pettigrew while the Broncos are relatively healthy. Both of these teams are struggling offensively, especially with the running game, as neither team averages more than 65 rushing yards per game. Where these 2 teams differ is on the defensive end. The Broncos are only allowing 18.5 points per game while the Lions are averaging 29.5 which more than 10 points higher. While Detroit lucky to have the home field advantage in this matchup, they have a very tall task ahead to pull off the upset. The spread for this game has the Broncos favored by a field goal and they are 2-0 against the spread this year and the Lions are 0-2.

Pick: Broncos -3

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