Broncos head into their second consecutive home game, as they approach game four of the season, ready to drive Detroit back to the Lion's Den. The Detroit Lions are 1-2 this season and will face the Broncos, who are undefeated and coming off a prevailing 31-10 win over the Raiders Monday night. The Lions will charge the field hoping to end the Broncos winning streak, but will have to face a team dead-set on another victory and that has the weapons to be successful. The Broncos have one focus: to take the necessary steps to get ready for another victory.
"We have to worry about right now," said Rod Smith in regard to the Broncos feat over the Raiders. "That game is over. We had Tuesday to celebrate and if you didn't celebrate Tuesday, then that is too bad; because Wednesday we have a new task at hand."
That task is to prepare to beat the Lions on Sunday.
"Detroit is a good football team," said Smith. "We have to get better and faster and show that in the game. We have to keep our eyes on the prize, which is the Detroit Lions and that is it."
What to expect
Although Clinton Portis is listed as questionable for the game against the Lions, the Broncos have Mike Anderson and Quentin Griffin in the middle to keep up the running game if necessary. With the Broncos' strong running game, the Lions will stack the middle in attempt to force Plummer to throw. But Plummer, showing his ability to execute big plays against the Raiders, is expected to have that same rhythm this weekend. Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey, and Ashley Lelie should be able make themselves available to receive, especially against the Lions' slightly inept secondary.
The Lions offense will be up against the Broncos' 6th ranked defense, forcing them to react quickly and accurately; something the Lions haven't been successful at thus far this season. The Lion's quarterback, Joey Harrington, has thrown six interceptions and has been limited in success over the middle. The Broncos defense will focus on dominating the Lions' backs, Olandis Gary and Shawn Bryson, early in the game to gain momentum. The Broncos are expected to remain undefeated as they head to Kansas City next weekend, but the Lions are expected to put up a good fight.
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