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Lions Broncos Betting – Is Tebow Quieting His Critics?

Posted by Joshua Stobnicky on 8/23/2010 9:35:36 AM
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The Lions, led by second year quarterback Matthew Stafford are looking to turn their troubles for the better and become a playoff bound team this season while the Broncos are attempting to bounce back from a season that started off strong but finished with a poor showing. Led by quarterback Kyle Orton as well as new addition and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow, the Broncos will be looking for consistency throughout the upcoming season.

NFL Betting: Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
Online Betting Odds: Broncos -3

Why To Bet On The Lions

Matthew Stafford has looked good since his return from injuring his shoulder last season.  His arm strength and accuracy is improving and with one year of experience under his belt, the former number one draft pick is only getting better. In his first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers he completed eight-of-11 passes for 61 yards and also connected on a touchdown. He will see more playing time in his second preseason game and will show signs of why he was deserving of being the number one draft pick in 2009.  The Lions offense will get a boost from 30th overall draft pick Jahvid Best, who in his first game had six carries for 29 yards including a 15 yard scurry. Backup quarterback Shaun Hill has been in the league for a long time, playing some quality games with the 49ers. When Stafford sits down, Hill will be confident in running the offense as he showed last game completing eight-of-ten passes for 77 yards and no interceptions. The Lions defense led by Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams will be difficult for the Broncos offensive line to block and will not give Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn or Tim Tebow time to throw the ball. Both first and second string running backs Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno are doubtful for the game, which means the Broncos are going to look to throw the ball more often to a Lions defense that held Pittsburgh to 169 passing yard in their first preseason game. As well, the Broncos defense gave up 33 points and over 400 offensive yards last game, which will be a positive note for the Lions after they were only able to put up seven points against the Steelers.


Why To Bet On The Broncos

The Lions are having major issues with their second string linebackers as Jordan Dizon may be out for the season with a knee injury and DeAndre Levy is nursing a back injury. The Lions have had troubles converting on third down after going two-for-nine against the Steelers in their preseason game. Starting quarterback Kyle Orton looked as if he was in midseason form during the Broncos first game against the Bengals. He went eight-for- 13, threw two touchdowns and his offensive line gave him great protection and sufficient time to throw the football to his intended receivers. Former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow had a strong showing in his Broncos debut going eight-for-13 for 105 yards and leading a 73 yard drive late in the game and rushing in the end zone for his first career NFL touchdown. Tebow is looking as if he is worth all the hype after all and may be poised to move up the depth chart to the number two spot behind Orton. On the defensive end, the Lions will need to be weary of fifth round draft pick Perrish Cox who had four tackles and two assists in his debut. Cox is playing behind pro bowler Champ Bailey and has looked as if he has the potential to be Bailey’s successor; that thought is never a good one for an opposing team’s offense.


How The Game Will Play Out

If Tim Tebow continues to play like he did in his Florida Gator days, it won’t matter that the Broncos running backs are depleted as long as wide receivers Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney have similar games as they did in their first preseason appearances. It’s tough to win games when you are only putting up seven points and allowing 23 points per game and letting teams convert 50% of their third downs.  The Lions offense and Matt Stafford still have growing pains to work out.  The Broncos will win this game due to consistency at the quarterback spot from Orton and Tebow.

Lions Broncos Betting Pick: Broncos


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