Broncos Vs. Lions Betting Odds And Preview — Can Denver Bounce Back?

The Denver Broncos will be looking to rebound Sunday when they host the no-longer-winless Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High at 2:05 p.m. MT. Denver is coming off a 22-9 loss Sunday night at Kansas City, while the Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings, 29-27, with a touchdown as time expired in regulation.

Despite their most recent results, the Broncos are prohibitive favorites against the Lions. Here are the betting odds for Sunday’s game.

Broncos Vs. Lions Betting Odds

SportsbookPoint spreadMoneylineTotal
DraftKingsBroncos -8 (-110)
Lions +8 (-110)
Broncos -400
Lions +300
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
BetMGMBroncos -7.5 (-110)
Lions +7.5 (-110)
Broncos -375
Lions +300
Over 41.5 (-110)
Under 41.5 (-110)
CaesarsBroncos -8 (-110)
Lions +8 (-110)
Broncos -380
Lions +300
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
BetriversBroncos -8 (-112)
Lions +8 (-109)
Broncos -345
Lions +270
Over 42 (-113)
Under 42 (-108)

Denver Broncos (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS)

The Broncos squandered a chance to make a statement in the AFC West with their loss to Kansas City. A Denver win would have left the Broncos, Chiefs, and Los Angeles Chargers all at 7-5. Instead, the Chiefs are 8-4 and lead the Chargers by a game and the Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders by two games.

Denver’s playoff hopes took a big blow, and they’ll need to take care of business against the woeful Lions if they want to keep their chances from completely bottoming out.

The Broncos remain inconsistent in 2021, and that’s not a good thing for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs the past five seasons. Denver opened with three straight wins, lost its next four, and then beat Washington and Dallas to improve to 5-4. Since then, the Broncos lost to the Eagles, beat the Chargers, and lost to the Chiefs.

Denver did have the statistical edge over the Chiefs but outgaining Kansas City’s once-dynamic offense 404-267 didn’t account for much thanks in large part to three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions thrown by Teddy Bridgewater. All told, the Broncos were 4-for-14 on third-down conversions.

The Broncos yield 325.5 yards per game defensively, which is the eighth-lowest total in the league. If the offense can increase its production, Denver can keep alive its playoff hopes for another week.

Detroit Lions (1-10-1 SU, 8-4 ATS)

Dan Campbell’s first season at the helm in Detroit has, at times, left the coach near tears after the Lions suffered one excruciating loss after another. Prior to facing the Vikings, he talked about needing to be better at calling plays.

Campbell took over playcalling duties from offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn after an 0-8 start, but the offense hadn’t fared much better until facing the Vikings. After scoring 33 points in a season-opening loss, the Lions hadn’t topped 19 points in the 10 games prior to Sunday.

Quarterback Jared Goff has struggled much of the season despite completing 266 of 399 passes for 2,576 yards. He’s thrown 13 touchdowns but has been intercepted seven times and taken 30 sacks.

The Lions won despite being without running back D’Andre Swift, who suffered a sprained shoulder on Thanksgiving. Jamaal Williams saw the bulk of the carries against Minnesota in Swift’s absence.

Defensively, the Lions give up an average of 380.9 yards per game, the fifth-worst total in the league.

Betting Recommendation

The Broncos should be able to get back on the winning track against the Lions, who could face an emotional letdown after their dramatic win over the Vikings. On top of that, the Lions will have to adapt to the altitude and may well be without Swift, their top running back, yet again.

Weather isn’t expected to be a factor, but the Lions average 16.9 points per game, and the Broncos aren’t much better at 19.8 per game. This has all the makings of a low-scoring affair, so taking the under at 42 points looks like a strong play.

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