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Recap: Lions , Broncos
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Date: October 30, 2011 4:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) - Tim Tebow wasn't on one knee in prayer this time. He was on the ground in misery.

The Detroit Lions (6-2) sacked Tebow seven times and turned his two turnovers into touchdowns as they snapped a two-game skid with a 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Matthew Stafford hardly showed any ill effects from a sprained right ankle sustained a week earlier, throwing for three touchdowns before leaving with a clean jersey in the fourth quarter.


``It's kind of a competition to see who's going to have a better day,' Stafford said. ``They're scoring points on defense, we're trying to light up the scoreboard. That's when we're at our best.'

The Broncos (2-5) were at their worst as Tebow followed his Miami miracle with a dud in Denver.

Cornerback Chris Houston had the fourth 100-yard interception return in team history and defensive end Cliff Avril got a sack, strip and scoop, rumbling 24 yards into the end zone with the fumbled football as part of Detroit's 45-point run after the Broncos took a 3-0 lead on their first drive.

``We did an excellent job getting to Tebow and speeding up his clock,' Ndamukong Suh said.

Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch celebrated his sack of Tebow by joining the ``Tebowing' craze, striking a prayerful pose near the prone second-year quarterback in the first half.

``I figured I'd get to him a couple of times this game and had an opportunity to get it in,' Tulloch said. ``It was a little fun, man. No disrespect to Tebow. I was just doing a little 'Tebowing.' It's fun when you go out there and get after it like we did.'

Tebow started the phenomenon that went viral last week by dropping to a knee after his dazzling comeback, rallying the Broncos back from a 15-0 deficit in the final three minutes to pull out an 18-15 win.

There was no let-up by the Lions, who relished in their taunts of Tebow, who has been sacked 13 times in his two starts since supplanting Kyle Orton after a 1-4 start.

``We'll bounce back and have a great week of practice and get ready to go try and get a win next week,' Tebow said.

But will he still be under center?

Broncos coach John Fox seemed to leave open the possibility of another quarterback change after this debacle.

``It's too early to say. I haven't even taken a shower yet, let alone look at the tape,' Fox said when asked who would be his quarterback next weekend. ``But we'll look at it and make changes where we see are needed. We've definitely got to get better.'

Champ Bailey sounded the alarm in the locker room, saying ``at the end of the day, you've got to win.'

``People are probably going to be more patient with him than any other quarterback,' Bailey said, ``but everybody in this locker room knows you've got to win games.'

Tebow knew nothing of his starting status Nov. 6 against Oakland.

``I'm just going to get up early and go to work and try to get better tomorrow and consistently improve and be the best person-slash-quarterback for this organization,' Tebow said.

Tight end Tony Scheffler performed a scaled-down version of the Tebow impersonation after catching a 1-yard TD pass against his former team in the second quarter.

Scheffler faked the spike, acted like he was going to kneel and put his right hand on his forehead a la Tebow, then spun around and exchanged the ``Mile High Salute' with teammate Calvin Johnson instead.

``It's one of those things where you're so amped up, especially being back kind of where it all started for me,' Scheffler said. ``I was amped up just doing whatever came into my head. It was fun.'

Bailey wasn't bothered a bit by the Lions' frivolities.

``I hate when people cry about showing them up,' Bailey said. ``So what? Stop 'em. Plain and simple.'

Stafford completed 21 of 30 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yarder to Johnson, who joined Randy Moss as the only wide receivers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to catch 11 TD passes in his team's first eight games.

Stafford also threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Titus Young for Detroit's first score.

After Eric Decker failed to get both feet down on a 21-yard toss into the end zone on Denver's first drive, the Broncos settled for a field goal. Denver gained just 32 yards on its next 22 snaps before trudging into the locker room down 24-3.

Decker's 14-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter ended Detroit's 45-0 run. By then, even most of the fans decked out in No. 15 Tebow jerseys were streaming through the exits.

Tebow finished 18 for 39 for 172 yards.

``He's a young player, he's got a lot to learn,' Tulloch said. ``He's a winner. He finds a way to win.'

He couldn't find a way to pull this one out, though, not after the Lions scored their most points on the road since a 45-point outburst at San Francisco on Oct. 29, 1967.

``He just needs to clean up some things in his pass game,' Tulloch said. ``That takes time. We had a good game plan. You've got to realize we've got a good front seven here. So, for his second start this season coming against us, it's kind of rough for him.'

Notes: Suh will meet with the NFL on Tuesday to talk about all the penalties he's been called for this season. ... Broncos S Quinton Carter (concussion), RT Orlando Franklin (groin) and DB Cassius Vaughn (hamstring) were hurt.


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