The Detroit Lions may not be able to stop the run, but they sure can stop the pass. They are giving up just 204.6 passing yards per game (9th in the league) which is impressive considering they’ve had to face Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, and Jay Cutler.
Against the Dolphins’ 21st ranked pass defense last week, Tim Tebow and the offense couldn’t get points on the board until there were three minutes left in the game. Even then, Tebow finished going 13-of-27 for just 161 yards.
That’s a scary statistic when considering who Tebow faces this week. The Lions seem to get their claws on a lot of balls. They’re 5th in the league in interceptions (10) while giving up just 8 passing touchdowns. By comparison, the Broncos have 3 interceptions and have given up 11 passing touchdowns.
The Lions’ secondary got even stronger late in the week when the team picked up safety Chris Harris after he was released by division rival, the Chicago Bears.
Harris had 70 tackles and 5 interceptions for the Bears last year.
Many would have like the Broncos to pick up Harris since the secondary is aging and oft-injured.
John Fox coached Harris for in Carolina for three years before Harris was traded to the Bears. In his three years under Coach Fox, Harris had 227 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 12 forced fumbles.
The Broncos will get a chance to go at Harris and see what they missed picking up this week. With Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, and Andre Goodman all over the age of 30, it would have been nice bringing some (experienced) youth aboard.