The 5-2 Detroit Lions travel to Denver to take on the 2-4 Broncos, and this game may end up being closer than some would think.
On paper, the Lions look much stronger than the Broncos. At quarterback, Matthew Stafford has had a huge year in tandem with stud receiver Calvin Johnson, and the offense has had a lot of success. On the other hand, the Broncos defense hasn't been particularly stout.
Defensively, Detroit has had its struggles against the run, but the pass defense has been surprisingly good, and the Lions defensive line has been getting a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The Broncos offense, on the other hand, has little firepower outside of the legs of Tim Tebow and shouldn't have much success against Detroit.
A few factors will be working against Detroit, though.
First, cornerback Champ Bailey will be on Calvin Johnson for much of the day, and while that likely won't stop Johnson, it could slow him down.
Second, Detroit has lost two straight games and seems to have lost a step since their 5-0 start, while Denver is coming off a dramatic 18-point fourth quarter comeback against Miami.
Still, I like Detroit to get out of their funk and secure the win.
Lions 24, Broncos 20