Denver Broncos have a great history at home against Lions
The Denver Broncos will welcome the Detroit Lions into Empower Field in Week 14, a game the team must find a way to win.
That’s good news for the Broncos as they have historically owned the Lions in Denver, though this will be just the seventh time a game has been played between the two teams in the Mile High City.
This is the “extra” game on the Broncos’ schedule this year, a game that wouldn’t have been taking place if the league didn’t go to a 17-game regular season.
The Lions will also be looking at a shortened roster due to COVID-19 and other various injuries which will leave the likes of D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams and T.J. Hockenson out of the lineup.
All of the signs point to a big Denver win, including the history between these two teams.
Detroit actually won the first game played between the two teams in Denver, all the way back in November 1971. It would take 40 years before they won in Denver again.
The Broncos hope that it will be another 40 years (or more) before they do it again.
The Broncos have won four of the other five meetings played in Denver against the Lions since then. That includes a 34-0 shutout victory in 1987 and a 10-point win in the most recent meeting between the teams.
Broncos have won four of six games vs. Lions in Denver
That game came two years ago in December 2019. Drew Lock guided the Broncos to a 27-17 win in which Phillip Lindsay carried the ball 19 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.
The only Lions victory since 1971 in Denver came in October 2011. The Lions absolutely crushed Denver that day, winning 45-10. Matthew Stafford threw for three touchdowns in that game and Calvin Johnson had 125 yards receiving.
But what may be most memorable about that day was some of the Lions’ defensive openly taunting Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow during the blowout win.
The Broncos also lead the overall series between these teams 8-5. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:05 pm MST and the game will be televised on FOX and will be called by Kevin Kugler and one time (though short-lived) Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez.