Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos 12/22/2019 Game Analysis, Odds and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos 12/22/2019 – The Detroit Lions (3-10) are roaring down the Denver Broncos (5-9). Top betting sites are trying to ascertain which team will fulfill the spread. The previous games are instrumental in prediction accuracy.
Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos 12/22/2019
The Detriot Lions tried to knock down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The opponent resisted, however, and the Lions absorbed a 38-17 loss. QB David Blough couldn’t connect a thrown touchdown. He settled for 24/43 with 260 air yards and 2 interceptions. Wes Hills tried to compensate for the offensive mismatch. He carried the ball 10 times across only 21 yards. To his credit, he managed to lodge in 2 rushing TDs. Danny Amendola caught the ball 8 times, extending his team’s reach by 102 yards.
The Lions didn’t connect much offensive firepower. The team turned to the rush tactic for only 18 out of 63 plays. Since they were having difficulty making their rushes count, the Lions chose to go with a mixed offense. It’s rare for a team to make this alternative scoring mix work. The Lions weren’t able to keep up with their opponent’s scoring blitz. They were only able to impose a 67% throw completion rate. What really signaled the death knell for the Lions were 29 unanswered rush attacks. These rushes effectively widened their opponent’s lead, both in the territory and in points.
The Lions secured 446 yards as compared to their opponent’s 495. While almost having the same territory, the opponent had better plays and scoring attempts. In this regard, the Lions should drill their alternative offensive tactics. Perhaps once the tactic is drilled, it will work, as it does with the top NFL teams.
Players to watch:
M. Stafford QB (8 GP 187 CMP 291 ATT 64.3 CMP% 2499 YDS 8.6 AVG 320.6 YDS/G 66 LNG 19 TD 5 INT 18 SACK 137 SYL 73.1 QBR 106 RTG), K. Johnson RB (6 GP 92 ATT 308 YDS 3.3 AVG 14 LNG 0 BIG 2 TDS 51.3 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 16 FD), B. Scarbrough RB (4 GP 72 ATT 301 YDS 4.2 AVG 30 LNG 2 BIG 1 TDS 75.3 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 13 FD), K. Golladay WR (14 GP 56 REC 100 TGTS 1052 YDS 18.8 AVG 10 TD 75 LNG 20 BIG 75.1 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 266 YAC 45 FD), M. Jones Jr. WR (13 GP 62 REC 91 TGTS 779 YDS 12.6 AVG 9 TD 47 LNG 12 BIG 59.9 YDS/G 0 FUM 0 LST 121 YAC 41 FD).
The Broncos were laid low with a lopsided loss versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Their score was almost negligible, and the Chiefs reigned over them with a 23-3 scoreboard. QB Drew Lock was literally locked down. He couldn’t score a passing TD, and he was limited to 18/40 with 208 passing yards and a pick. RB Phillip Lindsay’s attempt for a rushing TD didn’t go so well either. He carried the ball 7 times, but was only to make a minimal headway of 32 yards. Courtland Sutton fared better with 4 receptions worth 79 yards.
The Broncos didn’t put much stock on their offensive line. They only initiated 15 first downs. Their runs were limited to 15 out of 57 plays. It was a lackluster showing for player stats. The game stats were just as bad. The Broncos didn’t bother with defense; as a result, their opponent had a high throw completion rate of 79%. The Broncos also couldn’t halt 25 enemy rush attempts.
The Broncos lost the battle of the yards. They accumulated 251 while their opponent secured 419. The significant discrepancy in yardage gain forced the Broncos to move in a small territory only. While the opponent was busy scoring points, the Broncos were more focused on extending their territory. The opponent kept them on a tight leash, however, and the Broncos were forced to bow down in defeat.
Players to watch:
J. Flacco QB (8 GP 171 CMP 262 ATT 65.3 CMP% 1822 YDS 7 AVG 230.3 YDS/G 70 LNG 6 TD 5 INT 26 SACK 194 SYL 48.4 QBR 85.1 RTG), P. Lindsay RB (14 GP 187 ATT 849 YDS 4.5 AVG 40 LNG 6 BIG 6 TDS 60.6 YDS/G 0 FUM 0 LST 33 FD), R. Freeman RB (14 GP 121 ATT 472 YDS 3.9 AVG 26 LNG 1 BIG 2 TDS 33.7 YDS/G 0 FUM 0 LST 20 FD), C. Sutton WR (14 GP 63 REC 106 TGTS 1019 YDS 16.2 AVG 6 TD 70 LNG 18 BIG 72.8 YDS/G 1 FUM 0 LST 326 YAC 45 FD), N. Fant TE (14 GP 37 REC 62 TGTS 548 YDS 14.8 AVG 3 TD 75 LNG 10 BIG 39.1 YDS/G 1 FUM 1 LST 368 YAC 23 FD).
Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos Betting Numbers
Lions are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games.
Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos Betting Picks
Vegas betting online sites are mostly pointing to a Denver victory. They would go on to end the game with a 14.6 versus 28.2 scoreboard. The winning score will cover the spread, with a total going over.