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Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos Predictions, Odds, Picks

Dec. 12, 2021
Michael Crosson
VI Betting Expert

Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions

Games Scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET

The 14th week of regular-season NFL action will resume Sunday mid-afternoon with a compelling non-conference bout between the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos. Coverage begins from Empower Field at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS.

Score Prediction

Broncos 24, Lions 16

Best Bets

Under 42.5 (-110) at DraftKings

Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos Predictions

After finishing last in the AFC West with a record of 5-11 last year, Denver stormed out to a surprisingly strong start to the new season, as the Broncos kicked things off with wins in three straight games – which included victories over somewhat flimsy opponents in the Giants, Jaguars, and Jets.

Denver has consistently struggled since starting 3-0 though, considering the Broncos enter this Sunday’s contest following losses in six of the last nine games – with half of those losses coming in matchups they were favored in.

On the other hand, Detroit stumbled out to a miserable start to the new season, as the Lions opened the year with losses in eight straight games – with five of those losses coming by a double-digit margin.

Detroit has looked rather average since starting 0-8 though, considering the Lions enter Sunday’s contest riding a surprisingly competitive 1-2-1 run – with both of those losses coming by three points or less.

I’ll take the under here, as the Lions probably won’t get much going offensively against Denver’s third-ranked scoring defense (18.2 PPG) – while Detroit’s defense has also held strong lately, having surrendered 16 PTS or less in three of the last four games (18 PPG).

Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos Betting Odds

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The Broncos enter Sunday’s contest favored by roughly ten points over the visiting Lions – marking the first time Denver has been favored in a matchup since hosting Washington in Week 8.

The total for Sunday’s matchup is stationed just north of OU 42 at most shops, which marks the highest over-under set for a Broncos’ game since visiting Cleveland in Week 7.

Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos Betting Resources

  • Matchup: NFC North vs. AFC West
  • Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
  • Venue: Empower Field at Mile High Stadium
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • TV-Time: FOX - 4:05 p.m. ET

Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions

Games Scheduled for 4:05 p.m. through 8:20 p.m. ET

Detroit Lions Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 1-10-1
  • ATS: 8-4
  • O/U: 4-8
  • ATS - Home: 4-2
  • ATS - Away: 4-2

After losing eight straight games to kick off the Jared Goff era in Detroit, the Lions quickly became the league’s stand-alone bottom-dwellers – losing three consecutive games by nine points or more to the Rams, Bengals, and Eagles across Weeks 6 through 8.

The Lions have looked decent since their Week 9 bye though, considering Detroit has now covered the spread in four straight games – with their only losses across that span coming in highly competitive matchups against the Bears (16-14) and Browns (13-10).

Denver Broncos Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 6-6
  • ATS: 6-6
  • O/U: 2-10
  • ATS - Home: 3-3
  • ATS - Away: 3-3

After finishing last in the AFC West last year, the Broncos made a fascinating decision to acquire Bridgewater from Carolina during the offseason – and it worked flawlessly to start, as Denver dominated the Giants, Jaguars, and Jets to kick off the new season.

Denver’s initial success was incredibly short-lived though, as the Broncos ultimately drew some tougher matchups across Weeks 4 through 7 – which resulted in relatively non-competitive losses to the Ravens, Browns, Raiders, and Steelers (-37).

The Broncos have been tough to gauge since their four-game losing streak though, as Denver enters Sunday’s contest riding a lopsided 3-2 run, which includes solid victories over the Cowboys, Chargers, and Washington (+36) – and blowout losses to the Chiefs and Eagles (-30).

Inside the Stats - Detroit Lions

  • Record: 1-10-1
  • Division Standing: 4th - NFC North
  • Points Scored: 203
  • Points Allowed: 316
  • PS/G: 16.9 (29th)
  • PA/G: 26.3 (28th)
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