The Denver Broncos still haven’t figured out how to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, but that shouldn’t be a reason to be down on this team. At 5-9, they have an opportunity to close out the season with back-to-back home wins against teams with losing records. If they can do that, there will be plenty to be optimistic about.
Instead of being Grinchy, we should be hoping for a 7-5 finish to a season that began with an 0-4 start.
For the Broncos, they need to get a big game out of the offense. While the run game has been stymied by injuries and ineffective blocking along the offense line, Drew Lock has enough weapons outside to do some damage against a strong Detroit Lions secondary.
The key here will be Noah Fant. After a slow start, he has come on strong late in the season and proven he can be a huge weapon in the passing game.
“He just kept sawing wood and working hard,” Head Coach Vic Fangio said of Fant’s growth during the season. “He’s taken every day one day at a time trying to improve on the practice field and get it to translate to the games. I think he’s done that for the most part. Rookies, especially a position like tight end where there is a lot to learn and a lot on your plate both as a receiver and a blocker, it can be up and down at times. He has had some ups and downs, but I think overall he’s had a good season.”
Denver needs to put the points up on the board, which will make things much easier for the Broncos defense. They have been stingy in the red zone and facing a rookie undrafted quarterback on Sunday should make the job of keeping the Lions out of the end zone that much easier.
Here is how to watch.
When: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 2:05 p.m. Mile High time
Where: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
Channel: CBS / Local
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), and Jay Feely (sideline reporting).
Local Radio: KOA - 850 AM | 94.1 FM & The Fox - 103.5 FM | Spanish Radio KNVR 1150 AM
If you see YELLOW in your area below, you will get the Broncos-Lions game on CBS locally. It would seem no one cares about this game, but that’s how the cookie crumbles when you have two teams with a combined 8 wins out of 28.
FuboTV (Available if being televised in your area)
NFL Game Pass (After the game)
Broncos injury report
|Noah Fant||TE||Shoulder / Illness||LIMITED||LIMITED||LIMITED||QUESTIONABLE|
|Mike Purcell||NT||Shoulder / Knee||FULL||FULL||FULL|
|Patrick Morris||C||Back||NOT LISTED||LIMITED||FULL|
|Kyle Peko||NT||Illness||NOT LISTED||DNP||LIMITED||QUESTIONABLE|
|Drew Lock||QB||Illness||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||FULL|
|Connor McGovern||C||Illness||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||FULL|
|Austin Schlottmann||G||Illness||NOT LISTED||NOT LISTED||FULL|
Lions injury report
|Damon Harrison||DT||Knee / Calf / NIR||FULL||DNP||LIMITED|
The Broncos started the week overwhelming favorites over the Lions with the line standing at 7-points. Despite Kareem Jackson being suspended for the remainder of the season stemming from a DUI in September, the line has held steady there all week with an over/under at 38.
Looking over the history between these two, the Broncos have a 7-5 advantage all-time over the Lions. The strange part here is that Detroit seems to score 40+ when they beat Denver. They have split the series 3-3 since 1990, but in the games Detroit won they scored 40, 44, and 45, while Denver put up just 44 total points in those three losses. In the three wins for Denver, they never scored over 24.
Despite a blowout loss on the road to the hated Kansas City Chiefs, Broncos fans remained mostly confident in the direction of the team. Stepping away and looking at the big picture of things, I would have to agree with that. Especially if they close out this season with two more wins.
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Broncos 2019 regular season schedule
|1||Sep 9||at Raiders (MNF)||8:20 PM||ESPN||24-16 L||0-1|
|2||Sep 15||vs Bears||2:25 PM||FOX||16-14 L||0-2|
|3||Sep 22||at Packers||11:00 AM||FOX||27-16 L||0-3|
|4||Sep 29||vs Jaguars||2:25 PM||CBS||26-24 L||0-4|
|5||Oct. 6||at Chargers||2:05 PM||CBS||20-13 W||1-4|
|6||Oct 13||vs Titans||2:25 PM||CBS||16-0 W||2-4|
|7||Oct 17||vs Chiefs (TNF)||6:20 PM||NFLN||30-6 L||2-5|
|8||Oct 27||at Colts||11:00 AM||CBS||15-13 L||2-6|
|9||Nov 3||vs Browns||2:25 PM||CBS||24-19 W||3-6|
|11||Nov 17||at Vikings||11:00 AM||CBS||27-23 L||3-7|
|12||Nov 24||at Bills||11:00 AM||CBS||20-3 L||3-8|
|13||Dec 1||vs Chargers||2:25 PM||CBS||23-20 W||4-8|
|14||Dec 8||at Texans||11:00 AM||CBS||38-24 W||5-8|
|15||Dec 15||at Chiefs||11:00 AM||CBS||23-3 L||5-9|
|16||Dec 22||vs Lions||2:05 PM||CBS||27-17 W||6-9|
|17||Dec 29||vs Raiders||2:25 PM||CBS||16-15 W||7-9|