Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions – Picks and Predictions

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Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions – Picks and Predictions

Author: Andy Hammel | Publish Date: December 13, 2023 | Last Updated: December 13, 2023

Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season brings us a trifecta of Saturday games, closing out with the Denver Broncos (7-6) visiting the Detroit Lions (9-4). Betting markets for the game will be available on all NFL betting apps, including moneylines, spreads, totals, game props, and parlay options.

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Head-to-Head: Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions

After an 0-3 start to the season, the Broncos have rebounded nicely to find themselves only one game out of the lead in the AFC West heading into Week 14. They’ve won six of their last seven games, including a 24-7 win on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers last week. Their defense still ranks near the bottom of the league in many full-season metrics, but they rank 10th in yards per game (301.7), third in points per game (13.7), and first in sacks (5.0) over their last three games.

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Detroit has enjoyed a better season to this point, and currently find themselves at the top of the NFC North. They’ve lost two of their last three games against division opponents, including a 13-28 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 13. They’re 3-2 through their last five games but have allowed at least 26 points to each of their opponents through that stretch, and their 28.3 points allowed per game through their last three ranks 27th in the NFL. Still, the Lions’ offense ranks third in yards (390.3) and seventh in points (26.2) per game on the season.

The Broncos and Lions last played in the 2021 regular season, and last played in Detroit in 2015. Including another matchup in the 2019 season, the Broncos are 3-0 against the Lions in those meetings and have covered the spread in each.

How to Bet on Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions

Betting markets on the Broncos and Lions will be available all online sportsbooks in America. Make sure to check your available options to find the best odds for the bets you want to make, as well as any unique game props or promotions on the game.

Local fans of each team can claim the best Colorado sportsbook promos, or the best Michigan sportsbook promos in their respective states.

Additionally, make sure to check the injury report before finalizing any bets. Few variables are as significant in an NFL game as player availability, and the injury report is a key resource for fans and bettors who want up-to-date information about player health.

Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions Odds

  • Money Line: Denver Broncos +184, Detroit Lions -220
  • Spread: Detroit Lions -4.5
  • Total: o/u 47.5

Betting Tips for Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions

  • The Broncos are 6-1 in their last 7 games.
  • The Lions are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
  • The Lions are 1-3 ATS in their last 4 games.
  • The Over is 7-3 in the Lions’ last 10 games.
  • The Under is 7-3 in the Broncos’ last 10 away games.
  • The Under is 7-1 in the Broncos’ last 8 games.

Denver Broncos vs Detroit Lions Predictions

The Lions enter this game as a slight favorite, and it’d be surprising if they won by vastly more than the spread. They ended October at 7-2 and with five multiple-score wins in their last six games, but they haven’t won a game by more than five points since.

Few trends stand out more heading into this game than the point totals – the Over is 7-3 in the Lions’ last ten games but only 1-7 in the Broncos’ last eight. The Lions have eclipsed 30 points in each of their last three wins while the Broncos haven’t scored 30 since Week 4. It would make sense to assume that a low-scoring game would favor the Broncos, but the Lions are 4-1 this season in their games that haven’t hit the total.

The Broncos are hotter entering the weekend and need the game more to push for a secure spot in the playoff race, but the Lions have looked far better this season than their recent record indicates and are heading into their first home game since Thanksgiving. No one should be surprised if the Lions use this game to make a stand and reassert their dominance to close out the regular season, but it’s the NFL – no one should be surprised by anything.

Prediction: Detroit Lions -4.5

Andy Hammel

Andy is our resident NFL expert, but his knowledge extends to all corners of the sports betting industry. Andy is always tracking betting trends and keeping you up to date on all the relevant news in your home state.