The Detroit Lions are hoping that their Saturday night bout against the Denver Broncos will be their “get right” game, as they look to bounce back from a rough loss against the Chicago Bears. It’s been a sloppy stretch of games dating back to their first game against the Bears in Week 11. The offense has sputtered due to injuries and poor ball security, but the Broncos could be the perfect opponent for them to right the ship offensively.
The Broncos have one of the worst rushing defenses in the entire NFL, ranking 31st in DVOA per FTN Fantasy (login required). Pair that with the strong possibility that the Lions will have their entire starting offensive line available on Saturday and this should be the perfect opportunity for the Lions’ offense to reclaim their identity. I expect them to lean on the run game early and often, in hopes of getting the play-action game working again and getting Jared Goff’s confidence back.
For the Broncos' offense, they are not all that unlike the Lions. They rely heavily on their run game working, and for the most part, it has. They currently have the 10th-ranked rushing attack in the NFL. Unfortunately for them, they will have to face a Lions defense that has been near the top of the league at stopping the run. That should be a very interesting matchup to focus on.
That leads us to today’s Question of the Day...
Which Lions player will have a big game against the Broncos on Saturday?
My answer: David Montgomery.
This is just too perfect of a matchup for the Lions’ run offense. I expect both Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs to get their fair share of touches early on, but this has the feeling of a game where the Lions have to protect a lead in the fourth quarter, in which they will begin to rely on their bruising run game with Montgomery and the O-line wearing out the defense. I could also see Montgomery having another multi-touchdown performance.
Let’s hear your thoughts. Be sure to leave your answer in the comments below.