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Broncos vs. Lions: How to watch, start time, live stream, radio, injury report and more

The Denver Broncos are looking to close out their three game road trip with a win against the Detroit Lions in Week 15. Here’s how to watch.

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The Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions are two teams that have flipped the script on their 2022 season. The Lions a bit early, but both teams are poised to make a push into the playoffs within their respective conferences

Game Preview

For the Broncos, this game is going to come down to containing the speed threat this Lions offense poses. In a lot of ways the Lions pose a similar threat to the Broncos defense that Miami Dolphins did during their 10 touchdown game in Week 3 against this unit.

You’d have to expect defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to be aware of that and on his guys to keep pace with that offense and keep the pressure in Jared Goff’s face all game long. The key to victory is to keep him guessing and on his back. From there, the Broncos offense can control the ball and consistently put up points to secure their eighth win of the season.

Here’s how to watch.

TV Schedule

Who: Denver Broncos (7-6) at Detroit Lions (9-4)

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 6:15 P.M. Mile High time

Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

TV Channel: NFL Network / KMGH-TV

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), and Melanie Collins (sideline)

Local Radio: KOA - 850 AM & 94.1 FM with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Rick Lewis (analyst), and Susie Wargin (sideline) | Broncos Radio Network

Broncos injury report

Player Pos. Injury Tuesday* Wednesday Thursday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Tuesday* Wednesday Thursday Game Status
Nik Bonitto OLB Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
Greg Dulcich TE Hamstring / Foot -- FULL DNP OUT
Mike Purcell DT NIR-rest -- -- DNP --
Jonathon Cooper OLB Ankle LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED --
P.J. Locke S Neck DNP DNP LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Chris Manhertz TE NIR-rest -- -- LIMITED --
Quinn Meinerz G Illness FULL FULL FULL --
Samaje Perine RB Knee / NIR-rest FULL DNP FULL --

Lions injury report

Player Pos. Injury Tuesday* Wednesday Thursday Game Status
Player Pos. Injury Tuesday* Wednesday Thursday Game Status
Josh Reynolds WR Back -- LIMITED LIMITED QUESTIONABLE
Taylor Decker T Back DNP LIMITED FULL QUESTIONABLE
Hendon Hooker QB Knee FULL FULL FULL OUT
Benito Jones DT Neck LIMITED LIMITED FULL QUESTIONABLE
Frank Ragnow C Knee / Back / Toe LIMITED LIMITED FULL QUESTIONABLE

Broncos-Lions Betting Odds

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Broncos opened a four-point underdog to the Lions on the road this week. Since then, the line has grown slightly to 4.5-points in favor of the home team with an over/under at 42.5. I decided to stick with my team through this and have the Broncos covering and winning the game outright.

Fan Sentiment

Fan Confidence bounced back to an in-season high of 98%, which makes sense considering they have won six of their last seven games. I also asked how everyone thinks they will finish out the final four games. 91% of you think they will finish 4-0 or 3-1 down the stretch. Both of those result in a 10-win season for Denver. I asked a similar question three weeks ago and that 91% number for 10+ wins jumped from 68% back then. So confidence in this team is certainly growing.

Hot Reads

Broncos Podcasts

Our podcast network has been released into free agency by SB Nation. Thus we have rebranded to Mile High Broncos Podcasts. The good news is that if you subscribed before the change then you’ll still be there on the new name change. We have an aggressive schedule of podcasts this season and look for two shows a day all season long! We’ll have a short-form podcast in the mornings that will be our audio version of Horse Tracks and a long-form afternoon show later in the day. Ross Allen has also consolidated all of our audio and video content in one place, so definitely give our Mile High Broncos Podcasts YouTube channel a follow too!

Here are the long-form shows from Week 15 for your listening pleasure:

Something Something Broncos with Jess Place and Mike DeCicco: Week 15


Odds and Endzones with Ian St. Clair and Adam Malnati: Week 15


Dublin to Denver with Column Cronin and Stewart Roche: Week 15


Broncos Binge with Rachel Strand and Dalton Coble: Week 15

No show this week.


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Broncos 2023 schedule

Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Final Score Record
Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Final Score Record
1 9/10/2023 vs. Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 PM CBS 16-17 0-1
2 9/17/2023 vs. Washington Commanders 2:25 PM CBS 33-35 0-2
3 9/24/2023 at Miami Dolphins 11:00 AM CBS 20-70 0-3
4 10/1/2023 at Chicago Bears 11:00 AM CBS 31-28 1-3
5 10/8/2023 vs. New York Jets 2:25 PM CBS 21-31 1-4
6 10/12/2023 at Kansas City Chiefs (TNF) 6:15 PM Prime Video 8-19 1-5
7 10/22/2023 vs. Green Bay Packers 2.25 PM CBS 19-17 2-5
8 10/29/2023 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 2:25 PM CBS 24-9 3-5
9 11/5/2023 BYE
10 11/13/2023 at Buffalo Bills (MNF) 6:15 PM ESPN 24-22 4-5
11 11/19/2023 vs. Minnesota Vikings (SNF) 6:20 PM NBC 21-20 5-5
12 11/26/2023 vs. Cleveland Browns 2:05 PM FOX 29-12 6-5
13 12/3/2023 at Houston Texans 11:00 AM CBS 17-22 6-6
14 12/10/2023 at Los Angeles Chargers 2:25 PM CBS 24-7 7-6
15 12/16/2023 at Detroit Lions (Saturday) 6:15 PM NFL Network 17-42 7-7
16 12/24/2023 vs. New England Patriots (SNF) 6:15 PM NFL Network 23-26 7-8
17 12/31/2023 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 2:25 PM CBS 16-9 8-8
18 1/7/2024 at Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 PM FOX 14-27 8-9