For the most part of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, it didn’t seem likely that the Denver Broncos would leave Arrowhead Stadium with a win. However, thanks to a good performance of the Broncos defense, to a handful of Chiefs’ turnovers and to the fact that, with their backs against the wall, QB Peyton Manning took full control of the Broncos’ offense, Denver came out on top with a 31-24 victory. Still adjusting to this new offensive system, Manning’s numbers are very distant from those that he normally produces. He is completing just 58.8 percent of his throws for 431 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions (he now has six picks in his last four games), and a QB rating of 74.2, one of the worst in the league. Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas continue to be very prolific and Manning’s favorite targets, combining for 328 receiving yards and two scores. Denver’s defensive group has been outstanding so far, recording four interceptions and six sacks, and allowing just 18.5 points and 243.5 yards per game.
Detroit Lions (0-2)
With Week 2 already in the books, the Detroit Lions finds themselves still chasing their first win of the 2015 NFL season, after losing 26-16 against the Vikings in Week 1 and 33-28 against the Chargers last week. QB Matthew Stafford’s numbers have been average so far, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 532 yards (11th in the league), four touchdowns and three interceptions. The Lions offensive line is in need of improvement, as Stafford was sacked or knocked down eight times against Minnesota. Also, the running back by committee system hasn’t worked at all, ranking 31st in the league with just 53.5 rushing yards per game. Defensively, the Lions can’t seem to stop anything or anybody right now! They rank 31st in the league in yards allowed (416.5) and 28th in points allowed (28.5) per game, and with Peyton Manning and his explosive weapons coming to town, this could be a long night for the Lions.
The Denver Broncos offense is yet to showcase its true potential, but playing against a Detroit team that is yet to adapt to the departure of DT Ndamukong Suh and has been unable to contain explosive plays, this will probably be a good day for Peyton Manning and company. And if the Lions continue to struggle in the running game, putting all the pressure on Stafford’s arm, the hole they’re in right now will only get deeper.
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Detroit Lions +3.5 at 5Dimes
This is just a dream come true for wise guys. The Denver Broncos are coming off of a tough rivalry game in which they had to come back to win, and playing their second consecutive road game. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions finally get to use some home-field advantage after playing their first two on the road. They should be extra hungry for a victory and here is their first legitimate possibility of doing so.
Home dogs are usually worth taking a closer look at, and this is a perfect example. This line is adjusted by oddsmakers according to public sentiment. Denver could easily be 0-2 at this point. Detroit could easily be at least 1-1 entering week 3 here, seeing that they blew a decent size lead in San Diego in week 1. This game will most likely come down to a field goal, if the Lions don't win it outright. Getting the extra 1/2 point makes me feel secure enough to invest in the home team.