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The Detroit Lions' spread offense style passing attack is what has carried this team all season long. With weapons like Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit has had great success moving the ball downfield through the air. Detroit is averaging 260.3 passing yards per game and has scored 16 receiving touchdowns, the third-most in the league behind Green Bay and New Orleans. In addition, the Lions rank 16th in fewest sacks allowed and fourth in fewest interceptions.
This success passing the ball for the Detroit Lions may take a huge hit this weekend depending on the health of quarterback Matt Stafford. Stafford is currently listed day-to-day and was in uniform for practice today, but his play was limited.
The Denver Broncos' pass-defense, however, has been anything but special.
Led by veterans Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins, the Broncos are allowing 247 passing yards per game and have given up 11 touchdowns through the air, the eighth-most in the NFL. Denver has given up six passes of more than 40 yards (third-worst in the NFL) and has picked off the opposing quarterback just three times.
Even if Stafford is unable to go this weekend, Detroit's explosive weapons on offense should have no trouble overcoming the Broncos' defense. Shaun Hill will be ready to go, and he has shown he can win games in the past.
Advantage: Detroit Lions