Sunday, October 30, 2011
Halftime: Lions 24, Broncos 3
By Kevin Seifert
DENVER -- A few halftime thoughts from Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High:
- The Detroit Lions have rebounded nicely from consecutive losses to dominate the Denver Broncos here in the first two quarters. The Lions have been slow starters even in most of their victories this season, so I would say this has been their best first half of the season.
- Context is important, of course, and it's only fair to note the Broncos have been bumbling all over the field. Quarterback Tim Tebow has been sacked almost as many times (three) as he has completions (four). And the Broncos' pass defense has been largely nonexistent. Case in point: The Broncos didn't have a defender within 20 yards of rookie receiver Titus Young on a 41-yard touchdown play in the first quarter. It's rare that you see a receiver that wide open in the NFL.
- The Broncos' only score was set up by Lance Ball's 34-yard run in the second quarter. Fortunately for the Lions, Ball has only two carries in the first half.
- Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is having his best game in at least three weeks, having completed his first seven passes and showing no evidence of a right ankle injury that limited his practice time this week. Stafford has completed 16 of 22 passes for 191 yards and two scores and also had a career-high 21-yard run in the first quarter. The Lions have outgained the Broncos 271-96 and have 17 first downs compared to the Broncos' four.
- Two Lions players have gotten in on the Tebowing craze that figures to die down after a few more games like this. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch struck the pose after a sack, and tight end Tony Scheffler incorporated it into a multi-tiered touchdown celebration that also included a Mile High salute. (Don't ask.)