Lions Vs. Broncos: Detroit Dominates Denver, Tim Tebow In 45-10 Victory

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Lions Vs. Broncos Final Score: Detroit Beats Denver, 45-10

The Detroit Lions dominated the Denver Broncos all day, cruising to a 45-10 road win to push their record to 6-2 on the season.

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.

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Lions Vs. Broncos: Jahvid Best, Nick Fairley Among Inactives

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:

Detroit Lions

QB Drew Stanton

RB Jahvid Best

WR Rashied Davis

OT Jason Fox

DT Nick Fairley

CB Don Carey

S Chris Harris

Denver Broncos

QB Brady Quinn

RB Willis McGahee

FB Quinn Johnson

OT Tony Hills

OG Manny Ramirez

DE Derrick Harvey

S Rafael Bush

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.

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Matthew Stafford Injury Update: Lions QB To Start Against Broncos

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.

The expectation by Friday was for Stafford to be the starter against the Denver Broncos, and he confirmed on Sunday that he will in fact be in the starting lineup.

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.

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Detroit Lions Injury Report: Jahvid Best Did Not Practice, Matthew Stafford Did

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.

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Jahvid Best Injury Update: Detroit Lions RB Not Practicing, May Not Play Vs. Denver

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:

Evan Silva
ESPN's Adam Schefter on 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.

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Matthew Stafford Injury Update: Lions QB Practicing On Wednesday

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.

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