Lions at Broncos Week Eight Capsule

LIONS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER   6-4
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Schwartz: 0-0 Fox: 4-0
LAST WEEK L 23-16 vs. Falcons W 18-15 (OT) at Dolphins
LAST GAME 11/4/07: Broncos 7 at Lions 44. Detroit QB Jon Kitna throws 2 TDs, including 49-yarder to WR Shaun McDonald. Lions DT Shaun Rogers adds 66-yd INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/28/03: Broncos 20, Lions 16. Denver QB Jake Plummer completes 25 of 34 passes for 277 yards with 2 TDs for 116.9 passer rating in Broncos victory.
BROADCAST FOX (2:05 PM MT): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jaime Maggio (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 92 (Den.).  XM: 225 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 162-269-1,912-16 (T3L)-4-95.5 Tebow: 17-37-240-3-0-94.4
RUSHING Best: 84-390-4.6-2 McGahee: 103-460-4.5-1
RECEIVING Johnson: 41-679 (2C)-16.6-10 (1L) Decker: 24-287-12.0-4
OFFENSE 353.0 304.3
TAKE/GIVE +10 (1L) -5
DEFENSE 334.0 (2C) 366.0
SACKS Vanden Bosch: 4 Miller (R): 6 (2C)
INTs Houston, Spievey: 3 (T2C) 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Donahue (R): 43.1 Colquitt: 50.0 (3C)
KICKING Hanson: 68 (T2L) (20/20 PAT; 16/17 FG) Prater: 29 (11/11 PAT; 6/9 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: Team is outscoring opp. 128-42 after halftime. In 2nd half/OT, QB MATTHEW STAFFORD ranks 2nd in NFL with 111 rating, completing 80 of 130 (61.5 pct.) for 998 yards with 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs. In 3 career home starts vs. AFC, has passed for 956 yards with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105 passer rating…RB JAHVID BEST is 1 of 2 players in NFC with 350+ rush yards (390), 250+ rec. yards (287), 2 rush TDs (2) & rec. TD (1). RB MAURICE MORRIS has 3 rush TDs in past 3 vs. AFC…WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads NFL with 10 TD catches & is 1st player in club history with 3 10+ TD catch seasons (12 in 2008 & 2010). Is 2nd player since 1970 with 10 rec. TDs in team’s 1st 7 games to start season (RANDY MOSS). Since start of ’08, has 39 rec. TDs, most in NFL. TE BRANDON PETTIGREW ranks 2nd among NFL TEs with 38 receptions. WR TITUS YOUNG is 3rd among NFC rookies with 209 rec. yards (15 catches, 13.9 avg.)….Defense ranks 2nd in NFC allowing 4.89 yards per 1st down play. S AMARI SPIEVEY is tied for team lead with career-high 3 INTs & aims for 3rd consecutive game with INT…BRONCOS:  Club aims for 4th consecutive win vs. Lions at home…Last week, Broncos became 1st team to come-from-behind & win game after trailing by 15+ points with 3 minutes remaining in 4th quarter since ’70…In 4th quarter of past 2 games, QB TIM TEBOW has completed 13 of 26 passes (50 pct.) for 216 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 116.8 passer rating. Averaged 8.1 yards per carry last week (8 att., 65 yards). RB KNOWSHON MORENO has 3 rush TDs in past 3 vs. NFC at home…WR ERIC DECKER has 4 TD rec. in past 5. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 5-yard TD reception in season debut last week…TE DANIEL FELLS has TD catch in 2 of past 3…Rookie LB VON MILLER (No. 2 overall) aims for 6th consecutive game with sack & ranks 1st in NFL among rookies with 6 sacks. LB D.J. WILLIAMS seek 3rd straight game with sack. Recorded sack, FF & FR in overtime last week, which led to 52-yard game-winning FG…S BRIAN DAWKINS tied career-high with 2 sacks last week & now has 25 career sacks.


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