Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos: Instant Analysis of Detroit's Victory

Derek TislerContributor IOctober 30, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Wide receiver Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by Cornerback Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos after a reception during the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions defeated the Denver Broncos today, 45-10. Here's a look at how the game played out.

What Happened:

The Denver Broncos came into this game after an exciting win over Miami that featured quarterback Tim Tebow's first start of the season. With Detroit's struggles over the past two weeks, people began wondering if Tim Tebow would be able to take advantage of the Lions and begin to turn around the Broncos' season.

When the game started, however, it was all Detroit. After being uncertain of whether he would play or not, quarterback Matt Stafford came out and threw three touchdown passes while the explosive Lions offense put up 376 total yards.

Detroit's defense had one of its best performances of the season after failing to shut down the 49ers and the Falcons the past two weeks.

Denver was held to just one touchdown late in the fourth quarter and had three turnovers while Cliff Avril and Chris Houston of the Detroit Lions defense each had a touchdown. 

Biggest Play:

After going down 3-0 in the first quarter, the Detroit Lions responded when Matt Stafford connected with a wide open Titus Young for a 41-yard touchdown pass.

This reception was the first career touchdown catch for Titus Young, the rookie out of Boise State.

After that play, Detroit kept rolling, scoring 45 unanswered points on the way to a dominating victory.

Game Ball Goes To:

Cliff Avril and the Lions defensive line.

The defensive line had a dominating performance, recording seven sacks and putting pressure on Tebow all game long.

Avril himself three tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss and a forced and recovered fumble for a touchdown.

What's Next:

After hopes of an upset were shattered today, the Denver Broncos will go on the road the next two weeks against two divisional rivals: Oakland and Kansas City.

Detroit will go on a bye for Week 9 before playing the Chicago Bears in the first game of a tough second half schedule.