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The Detroit Lions stopped their two game skid, as they trampled the Denver Broncos on Sunday to get the 45-10 victory. The game was Denver Broncos newly starting quarterback Tim Tebow’s first home game of the season, and was supposed to be his coronation party. The Lions defense had other plans as they turned it into the hazing of Tebow.
Lions defenders managed to sack Tebow seven times, turning Tebow’s jersey into a grass stain and dirt collage. With a barrage of Lions defenders in Tebow’s face at all times, his completion percentage suffered mightily, hitting under 50 percent of his targets.
The Lions defenders also shut down operations for the Broncos run game, aside from a 34-yard run early in the first quarter; it was a tough day on the ground for Broncos running backs Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball. Each running back racked up over 60 yards, but the Lions made them hard-won yards, with little hope of a breaking free for a big gain.
Things on the other side of the ball weren’t as difficult as quarterback Matt Stafford showed little to no signs that his Week 7 injuries were going to be long term problems. Stafford lit up the Broncos secondary throwing for over 250 yards and three touchdowns and stayed interception free.
Behind Stafford’s strong play, the Lions offense looked like the team from earlier in the season. The usual culprits, Calvin Johnson and Titus Young, had major games, each pulling in a touchdown reception. Johnson’s 56-yard touchdown reception made him only the second receiver since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to have 11 touchdowns in the first eight games of a season.
Stafford played so well and with a Tebow comeback out of the picture, Stafford was benched in the 4th quarter, and replaced by back up Shaun Hill. Stafford’s early exit was also prevented him from further injuring his already tweaked knee and ankle, as well as his throwing hand, which seemed to be bothering him after his hand collided with Broncos cornerback, Champ Bailey, during a throw.
There are no reports yet on the seriousness of the injury. If Stafford does have to miss any time because of the hand injury, the Lions will have to rely on their run game, which is missing its star, Jahvid Best. The run game, while effective, is still missing the big-play ability of Best, who missed his second game in a row due to a concussion suffered in the Week 6 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The running back by committee again consisted of Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams, who rushed for a combined 83 yards and touchdown by Morris. While the Lions are thankful for the improved play of Morris and Williams, they will be hoping for a speedy recovery for Best when they return to football action in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears.
For the Tebow-faithful, not a lot of good aspects could be found in this game. They can only hope that the next time he is on his knees during a football game, it’s on his own terms.
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