Lions Notes: Strategy pays off in 45-10 win

Team's strategy to force Broncos to beat them via the air pays off. More news and notes inside.

The statistics show the Broncos rushed for 195 yards, 6.5 per carry. Yet, the game tape will show that the Lions made the Denver running game null and void. Fifty yards came on the first drive, and 63 yards came from Tim Tebow, much of that done on scrambles long after the Lions seized control of the game. When the Broncos were trying to run to keep pressure off Tebow in the first half, they couldn't do it. The Lions did exactly what they set out to do, make Tebow have to throw to beat them. "We knew if we can stop Tebow's feet and make him be a quarterback, we had a good chance of winning," cornerback Chris Houston said.
Two players whom the Lions hope will have an impact on the second half of the season were inactive Sunday. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley, just as he was starting to get up to speed, tweaked his surgically repaired foot. The Lions expect him back after the bye. Safety Chris Harris, claimed off waivers from the Bears, is expected to be the primary backup to starters Amari Spievey and Louis Delmas. Both Erik Coleman (ankle) and Vincent Fuller (elbow) are out for the season.
  • WR Calvin Johnson caught his 11th touchdown pass of the season. He and Randy Moss (2007) are the only receivers to have 11 touchdown catches in the first eight games of a season. Johnson also has had four straight 100-yard receiving games. The last Lion to do that was Herman Moore in 1997.
  • RB Maurice Morris continues to fill in admirably for Jahvid Best (concussion). He had 58 yards and a touchdown Sunday on 13 carries (4.5-yard average). The Lions had 113 yards on the ground, averaging 4 yards per carry.
  • TE Tony Scheffler, playing in Denver for the first time since he was traded to the Lions, had three catches, including a 1-yard touchdown.
  • CB Chris Houston's 100-yard pick-six was just the fourth 100-yard return in team history. He has returned two interceptions for scores this season.
  • MLB Stephen Tulloch, who spent most of the game shadowing Tim Tebow, had a team-high eight tackles, including a sack. The Lions have been able to contain three mobile quarterbacks this season -- Josh Freeman, Donovan McNabb and Tebow -- and they deployed Tulloch as a spy in each game.
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