Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos Picks, Odds, Week 16 Predictions 12/22/2019
Game: Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Location: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Denver -6.5
Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos play the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Detroit opens this matchup as 6.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 37.5. The Lions are 3-10-1 ATS and 9-5-0 when betting on the total. The Broncos are 6-8-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-9-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Detroit Lions went up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and took the loss by a score of 38-17. Leading the way at QB for the Lions was David Blough who went 24/43 with 260 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He walked away with 2 interceptions in the game. Wes Hills paced the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 15 yards and he added 2 touchdowns for the contest. He scurried for 21 yards on 10 carries which meant he averaged 2.1 yards per run. Danny Amendola led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 102 yards on 8 catches. He notched an average of 12.8 yards per reception during the game. The Detroit Lions ran the ball a total of 18 times and added 45 yards which gave them an average of 2.5 yards per carry. In all, they ran 63 plays which gave them a total of 295 yards. Overall, the Lions totaled 16 first downs and they had a total of 2 infractions for 10 yards. When discussing the defense, Detroit conceded 28 completions on 42 tries for a total of 446 yards, and a completion percentage of 67.0%. In the running game, the Lions conceded 49 yards on 29 attempts which is an average of 1.7 yards per carry allowed. For this contest, they gave up 495 yards and earned 1 turnover. Guy Bruhn has a free NFL pick ATS for the contest between the Bengals and Dolphins.
Lions End Up at 3-10-1 After Loss
The Lions come into this matchup with a record of 3-10-1 in 2019. They are a low scoring offensive team in the division and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output. For total yards, they are currently ranked 9th in the NFC and 13th among all NFL teams with 5,053 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Lions currently have a total of 26 passing TDs and 6 rushing TDs. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the league averaging 22 points per contest, which has them at 18th among all NFL teams. As a unit, they have an average of 99 rushing yards per game which is 11th in the NFC.
The Lions have one of the average defenses in the league, giving up 26.6 points per contest putting them 12th among NFC teams. When it comes to yards through the air, the Lions have conceded 4,041 yards. Opponents are completing 62.8% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.4 yards per attempt. They have conceded 30 passing TDs and 11 rushing TDs. When talking about rushing yards, Detroit is giving up 113.2 yards per game putting them 3rd among NFC North teams and 18th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.0 yards per rush which has them at 5th in the conference and 8th in the league overall. In total, they have conceded 1,382 yards rushing through 14 games.
In their last contest, the Denver Broncos took on the Kansas City Chiefs and were defeated 23-3. Phillip Lindsay paced the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 13 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He racked up a total of 32 yards on 7 carries which had him averaging 4.6 yards per run. Courtland Sutton led the team in receiving yardage by earning 79 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 19.8 yards per catch in the game. Leading the way at QB for the Broncos was Drew Lock who went 18/40 with 208 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He walked away with 1 pick on the day. The Denver Broncos rushed the ball a total of 15 times and racked up 52 yards which gave them an average of 3.5 yards per run. In the game, the Broncos racked up 15 1st downs and they had a total of 7 infractions for 72 yards. Overall, they totaled 57 plays for 251 yards. When discussing the defense, Denver conceded 27 catches on 34 throws for a total of 327 yards, and a completion percentage of 79.0%. Against the run, the Broncos conceded 92 yards on 25 runs which is an average of 3.7 yards per carry allowed. For this contest, they gave up 419 yards and forced 1 turnover. Another prediction you may want to look into is the NFL pick from Josh Schonwald on the Bills vs Patriots game.
Broncos Fall to 5-9 After Loss
The Broncos come into this game with a record of 5-9. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Broncos leave a lot to be desired in terms of scoring in the NFL. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Broncos sit in 4th among AFC West teams and 30th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 17.1 points per contest. Denver hasn't done much to make teams fear their rushing game by averaging 103 yards on the ground per game, putting them 18th in the league. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,442 rushing yards through 14 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Broncos average 299 yards per contest overall which has them at 27th in the league and 13th among AFC teams.
The Broncos are allowing 20.3 points per game ranking them 2nd in the division and 11th among NFL teams. When talking about points given up, they have allowed 284 points in total. In terms of yards on the ground, they are conceding 114 yards per game ranking them 20th in the NFL and 3rd among AFC West teams. In 2019, they have given up a total of 1,590 yards rushing and 9 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups among NFL teams. They are allowing 224 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Broncos are ranked 7th in the conference. They have conceded 17 passing touchdowns for this year.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Broncos -6.5 and over 37.5 total points
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