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Stephen Nover | NFL Side Sun, 09/27/15 – 8:30 PM
Triple-Dime bet – 487 DEN -3.0 (-115) vs 488 DET
There are reasons why Detroit is 0-2. Namely the Lions’ offense isn’t clicking and their defense is much worse than last season.
Matthew Stafford is far from 100 percent. Denver has the top pass defense in the league and has the pass rushers to take advantage of Detroit’s banged-up, refurbished offensive line that hasn’t played well.
On defense the Lions are greatly missing the departed Ndamukong Suh and injured linebacker DeAndre Levy. The Lions surrendered 33 points, 28 first downs and 483 yards to San Diego in Week 1. Then last week the Lions allowed the Vikings 350 yards and 20 first downs.
Peyton Manning doesn’t possess the physical skills he had in his prime. But he’s still perhaps the smartest quarterback in the game and is much better in the shotgun. That’s the formation Manning should find himself in against the Lions after new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made the mistake of putting Manning under center opening week.
Detroit’s run defense is down from a year ago. I see C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman producing their best games of the season, which will set up Manning for his still deadly play-action passes. The Broncos also run better out of the shotgun averaging 3.6 yards from that formation compared to 2.7 when Manning is under center.