GAME PLAN VS BRONCOS: The Lions have been running the ball better, and they need to take advantage of the NFL's worst run defense to control the game and set up the play-action pass. The Lions need to be stout in the red zone, where Denver has struggled, and force young QB Jay Cutler to make mistakes.
The Lions have made 13 interceptions this season.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Lions RB Kevin Jones vs. Broncos run defense -- Five games into his return from a serious foot injury, Jones is running pretty well again. He rushed for 105 yards Sunday against Chicago, his first 100-yard game in almost a year. The Broncos have the NFL's worst run defense, and Monday night they looked bad against Green Bay, which was the worst rushing team in the NFL. The Lions have run the ball more the last two games and might want to keep running it to control the game.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson vs. Broncos CB Dre Bly -- Assuming Roy Williams draws Champ Bailey, Johnson will go against Bly, who will want to make an impact in his return to Detroit. Bly went to two Pro Bowls as a Lion, but he probably will be booed for blaming QB Joey Harrington for causing coach Steve Mariucci's firing. Bly also was burned for a long touchdown in overtime Monday night. The Lions know Bly is a gambler and might try too hard to make a play.
INJURY IMPACT: The only real injury to watch is the one to RT George Foster. Otherwise, the Lions are pretty healthy.