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The Lions defense alone outscored the Broncos thanks to a fumble-recovery touchdown by defensive end Cliff Avril and then a 100-yard interception return by defensive back Chris Houston. Houston's pick stopped what was the best offensive drive of the day by Tim Tebow and the Broncos. At 38-3, it was clearly garbage time early in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos had marched 70 yards to the Lions eight yard line. Tebow threw the ball high and wide on an out pattern, missing his receiver and instead hitting Houston in the numbers for the pick six.
The Detroit defense eventually relented a late touchdown but the damage was done. Tebow finished with 172 yards passing (many late in the game) and 63 yards rushing but seemed under duress on nearly every pass play until the game was out of reach. The Lions would end up sacking Tebow seven times costing him 55 yards the wrong way.
The Lions did plenty of damage on offense, as well thanks to a strong day from Matthew Stafford who put any concerns about his injured ankle to rest early. Stafford hit an open Titus Young for a 41-yard touchdown strike on the team's first possession and the route was on. Stafford was a tidy 21 for 30 for 267 yards and three touchdowns before giving way to Shaun Hill midway through the fourth quarter.
Calvin Johnson led the way for Detroit's receivers, hauling in six receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown.
Running backs Maurice Morris (58 yards) and Keiland Williams (25 yards) combined to keep the Broncos honest in the running game. Morris punched in a touchdown just before the end of the first half to put the Lions in control at the break.
The win sends Detroit into their bye week on a positive note, giving them a chance to rest and recover from nagging injuries while preparing for the second half of the schedule.
The Detroit Lions continue imposing their will on the Denver Broncos tacking on 14 more third-quarter points to head into the final quarter with a 38-3 lead.
The Detroit Lions defensive line is officially having a field day in Denver, getting after the quarterback to make sure there won't be a Tebow Miracle this week. Through three quarters the pass rush continues harassing Tebow who has thrown for 74 yards but also been sacked five times, losing 44 yards in the process.
Defensive end Cliff Avril is leading the way with two sacks and two forced fumbles, turning one of those fumbles into his first career touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Avril took advantage of Tebow's long throwing motion by reaching in and knocking the ball out before Tebow could follow through with the throw. From there, Avril simply picked up the loose ball and ran to the endzone before the Broncos even knew what had happened.
Midway through the third, the Lions scored on a two-play drive when Matthew Stafford hooked up with Calvin Johnson down the left sideline for a 56-yard touchdown strike.
The Detroit Lions are having some fun after 30 minutes of football against Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. After one of the two sacks of Tim Tebow, defensive lineman Stephen Tulloch offered his version of "Tebowing" while the Broncos quarterback picked himself up off the ground.
Then late in the second quarter from the one-yardline, the Lions ran a classic Michigan waggle play that left tight end Tony Scheffler wide open to catch Matthew Stafford's second touchdown pass of the game to put the Lions up 17-3. Scheffler celebrated the six points by faking a "Tebow" but then sharing the ol' "Mile High Salute" with receiver Calvin Johnson.
A three-and-out series and an unnecessary roughness penalty by the Broncos gave the Lions one more possession from the Denver 49 with two minutes left in the half. Stafford went to work with Calvin Johnson and quickly had the Lions at the goal line once again. Maurice Morris punched in in from the one to put the Lions in control 24-3 at the half.
After the Denver Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 lead, Detroit answered when Matthew Stafford found Titus Young open over the middle for a 41-yard scoring strike. Stafford has been on point thus far, completing 7-9 passes and showing no ill-effects from his ankle injury despite being sacked once.
Tim Tebow has taken some hits already and completed just 2-8 passes while being sacked twice.. The Broncos have been able to move the ball on the ground though highlighted by a 34-yard run by Lance Ball. A 39 yard field goal by Matt Prater accounts for the scoring output thus far by the Broncos.
So far Matthew Stafford has spread the ball around, throwing to four different receivers although he has yet to utilize his biggest weapon in Calvin Johnson.
The list of inactives for Sunday's game between the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos doesn't include any real surprises. Running back Jahvid Best and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are the most notable players on the list for Detroit, but Best was already ruled out and Fairley was doubtful for Sunday's game.
Here's a look at the full list:
QB Drew Stanton
RB Jahvid Best
OT Jason Fox
DT Nick Fairley
CB Don Carey
QB Brady Quinn
OT Tony Hills
The most interesting thing about the inactives list for the Lions is that Stanton is on it. Considering Matthew Stafford is banged up, the thinking was Stanton might get to dress for the first time this season as extra insurance. As it turns out, Stanton once again is inactive, suggesting the Lions feel confident in Stafford's ability to play the entire game.
Although no starter at quarterback was officially announced earlier in the week by Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, all signs pointed to Matthew Stafford. Despite suffering an ankle injury last week against the Atlanta Falcons, Stafford practiced with the first-team offense on Thursday and Friday, and the reports about his mobility were promising.
Stafford tells Ed Werder of ESPN that the third-year player will indeed start on Sunday, despite a sprained ankle.
In the offseason, Stafford vowed to play in all 16 regular season games after injury issues derailed the first two years of his career. A week ago it looked like any hopes of a full season had gone by the wayside, but Stafford remains on track to play all 16 by starting on Sunday.
The 5-2 Detroit Lions look to return to their winning ways when they visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. The Lions have dropped their last two games while facing some adversity on and off the field after their feel-good 5-0 start to the season. The Lions will be happy to get back to focusing on football after a week that saw their defense and in particular Ndamukong Suh, questioned as being dirty. Meanwhile, quarterback Matthew Stafford had to tend to a balky ankle much of the week but now appears set to start for Detroit.
The 2-4 Denver Broncos had their fair share of media scrutiny and hype during the week, also. The crazy, comeback win orchestrated by Tim Tebow last week over the Miami Dolphins was not only great theater but also provided plenty of great debate fodder for Tebow's style of play at quarterback and whether he can succeed in the NFL.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 30, 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
TV Schedule: FOX
Announcers: Dick Stockton, John Lynch
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM)
The Detroit Lions claimed defensive back Chris Harris on Friday. Harris was waived by the Chicago Bears earlier in the week.
The Detroit Lions concluded their final practice of the week for their game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Not much changed over the course of the week on the injury report, but Jahvid Best has officially been ruled out due to his ongoing concussion systems.
Best is the only player that is definitively out for this weekend. The Lions starting running back also missed last week's game after suffering his second concussion in as many months the previous week.
Aside from Best, who definitely won't play, the Lions have three players that are "doubtful" to play against Denver. Nick Fairley was unable to practice all week due to a foot injury, wide receiver Rashied Davis is still recovering from a foot injury of his own and Vincent Fuller is nursing an elbow injury. Defensive tackle Sammie Hill is questionable to play with an ankle injury.
The other big injury, of course, is that of quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford went through a full practice on Friday, but he's still listed as questionable on the injury report. Adding to the mystery, coach Jim Schwartz has yet to definitively name a starter for Sunday's game.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to practice and continues to improve. He initially injured his ankle against the Atlanta Falcons and since then has been in a walking boot and unofficially doubtful for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, and then out of it and unofficially looking like he's going to start on Sunday. As is the usual case with Jim Schwartz, he's not going to say whether or not Stafford will be starting on Sunday, but he did have some comments about Stafford, via mlive.com
"I'll just say that he's better today than he was yesterday," Schwartz said. "Hopefully we can keep him on that track to Sunday. ...I don't know officially if he's a game-time decision," Schwartz said. "We won't announce anything before then."
Reports on Thursday were that Stafford was practicing with the first-team offense and looking good, so if he's looking better on Friday (though we don't know how much he's practiced, officially), then it's likely that he'll be good to go and Shaun Hill won't have to get the start. With Jahvid Best's status still up-in-the air, this is good news.
SB Nation's odds partner OddsShark has held steady across the board with the Lions as three-point favorites in this road game. That line hasn't changed since the opening. The over/under has dropped slightly since opening from 43.5 to its current 41.5. It's unclear whether the offenses of Broncos QB Tim Tebow and the questionable ankle of the Lions' Matthew Stafford will be able to combine for that sort of output.
With injuries to Stafford and Jahvid Best, and the very slight point spread by the experts, this game should be anything but a walk in the park for the Lions. They're hoping to head into their bye week a satisfying four games over .500, especially after their hot start. They're going to be doing their best to keep their momentum rolling.
For more discussion on the Lions and their chances, head over to Pride of Detroit.
The Detroit Lions injury report that was released on Thursday didn't reveal anything new for the second straight day, in part because of the fine reporting people do during the actual practice. For the second straight day, then, Jahvid Best was again held out of practice while Matthew Stafford was limited in the repetitions he took under center.
Since the news on Best isn't the best, as it were, let's take a look back at what was said about Stafford earlier Thursday.
On Thursday, Stafford appears to be practicing without any limitations. According to theDetroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, Stafford is "moving fine" and is getting the No. 1 reps. Hill is back with the second-team offense, suggesting that Stafford is on track to play on Sunday. Obviously things could change if a setback happens, but this tweet from Birkett sounds promising: "Stafford doing a full complement of handoffs on dropbacks and out of the gun. I'm no doctor but ankle looks fine to me."
The rest of the injury report went relatively unchanged from Wednesday's rendition. Rashied Davis and Nick Fairley both missed practice due to injury and Sammie Hill also didn't practice Thursday due to a new "illness" according to the injury report.
If one is looking for good news, both Gosder Cherilus and Chris Houston were limited in practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice due to injury. Vincent Fuller and Willie Young were also limited for teh second consecutive practice.
With the good news that Matthew Stafford was back in practice on Wednesday, and taking first-team reps on Thursday, came some bad news on Wednesday night that Jahvid Best was probably going to miss his second-straight game, this one against the Denver Broncos. Now, The Detroit News is reporting that Best didn't practice on Thursday and that Best is doubtful for Sunday.
The official injury report won't be out until Friday, but with Best still suffering from concussion-symptoms (aka, a concussion), it's likely that he'll miss the game, even if cleared to play. With the rumors on Wednesday, and another day missed in practice, it's mounting evidence against his availability on Sunday against the Broncos.
Best was injured in a game against the San Francisco 49ers, and missed last week's defeat against the Atlanta Falcons, both games are the only two games Detroit has lost this season, so his presence as a playmaker in both the running and passing game is definitely missed.
This Jahvid Best news probably comes as no surprise seeing as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier today that Best's status for Sunday was very questionable, but it's worth updating -- Jahvid Best is unlikely to play on Sunday, according to the Detroit Free Press:
The headaches have mostly subsided, and Jahvid Best is feeling "pretty normal," but the Detroit Lions running back is likely to miss his second straight game Sunday with a concussion, a person close to Best said today.
If Best indeed does not play on Sunday that means he will have almost four full weeks to get as close to 100-percent as possible for the second half of the season, which begins with the Bears in Chicago on November 13 and then back-to-back home games, including the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
The Detroit Lions first injury report of the week didn't reveal anything that hadn't been reported earlier. It did confirm, however, that Jahvid Best missed Wednesday's practice and Matthew Stafford was limited as his reps didn't come with the first team offense.
Stafford's injury was probably the biggest thing to watch this week considering Detroit fans knew it was certainly possible that Best might be unavailable once again this week as he continues to recover from a concussion. As reported earlier Wednesday, the Lions quarterback was able to practice, but took a limited role as back-up Shaun Hill took the first-team reps under center.
Best was held out of practice completely on the other hand. Weekend statuses aren't reported on the initial injury report of the week, but the fact of the matter is that it currently seems as though he's questionable at best to play against the Denver Broncos this weekend.
Nick Fairley, Gosder Cherilus, Rashied Davis, Sammie Hill and Chris Houston also all sat out Wednesday due to injury. Safety Vincent Fuller defensive end Willie Young, both limited due to injury along with Stafford, round out Wednesday's injury report for Detroit.
The Broncos only listed three players on their version of Wednesday's report. Along with running back Willis McGahee, who isn't expected to play against Detroit, defensive end Elvis Dumervil (ankle) and tight end Julius Thomas were put on the Denver injury report.
Maurice Morris will likely get the start for the Detroit Lions on Sunday as they face the Denver Broncos. Starting running back Jahvid Best is not practicing today, and he is not expected to be back in time for Sunday's game as he is continuing to battle a concussion according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Via Evan Silva:
@evansilva Evan SilvaESPN's Adam Schefter on
#Lions RBJahvid Best: "I think the fact of the matter is the organization doesn't expect to have him on Sunday."
Best has been out for some time and some doctors have suggested that he shut it down for the season due to his concussion issues. Best suffered a severe concussion in his final season at California, and that cost him the remainder of that season. Morris did rush for 50 yards in last week's loss to Atlanta in Best's absence.
For more on Best's status visit Pride of Detroit and this stream throughout the week.
Matthew Stafford appears to be getting ready to play on Sunday against the the Denver Broncos. According to the Lions' official Twitter account, Stafford is at practice today and has his helmet on as if he is going to practice:
QB @Staff_9 with shoulder pads on, warming up before practice.
Stafford is battling a knee/ankle injury, and he is questionable for Sunday's game with Denver. He is one of several players that is questionable for this week's game, but it appears he is going to give it a go. Shaun Hill is taking the first-team reps, however, according to Chris McCosky:
Hill has completed his only pass attempt this season for 28 yards, but he did start 10 games last season as Stafford battled injuries throughout. Hill threw for 2,686 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010. He did struggle with turnovers, however, as 12 of his passes were intercepted and he fumbled three times.
For more on Stafford's status visit Pride of Detroit and this stream throughout the week.
The Detroit Lions have a pretty solid front line of defenders to counteract most other team's rushing attacks. It probably doesn't hurt their feelings, however, to know that Denver Broncos starting running back Willis McGahee will miss this weekend's meeting due to a hand injury.
McGahee broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, according to the Denver Post, and will miss at least the Broncos game as Knowshon Moreno is vaulted back into the starting role. The last time McGahee faced the Lions was on Dec. 13, 2009, when the then-Baltimore Ravens back-up rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-3 rout of Detroit.
Moreno has appeared in four games for the Broncos this season, even starting their opening-game before being injured and allowing McGahee to take his starting spot. In those four games, the former Georgia running back has rushed 17 times for 54 yards while hauling in eight passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos running back situation probably won't be talked about much this week as the Tim Tebow hype continues, but it never helps when a starting skill player is ruled out so early in the week.
The Detroit Lions have reportedly signed cornerback Don Carey. Carey spent last season as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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