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Week 16 Game Recap: Detroit Lions 17, Denver Broncos 27


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Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions lost again on Sunday against the Broncos. David Blough struggled in place of Matthew Stafford but peppered Kenny Golladay with targets including a touchdown pass. Kerryon Johnson returned from injured reserve and split time with Bo Scarbrough, but led the Lions in rushing attempts and yards.

Denver Broncos

Denver's offensive line looked as good as it has in a while, and Lock played mistake free ball against a banged up Detroit defense(and offense). Lock did not turn the ball over and found the end zone once on a shovel pass to DaeSean Hamilton, who scored on the end around play that was technically ruled a "reception". Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman both found the end zone as Freeman vultured an early touchdown while Lindsay dominated touches. Receiver Hamilton led Denver with a career high in yards, receptions, and his first touchdown.

Detroit Lions

QB David Blough, 50 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 24 - 117 - 1 TD / 0 INT
David Blough started again in place of the injured Matthew Stafford and struggled. Blough showed limited arm strength and struggled with accuracy against the Broncos. Blough scored a touchdown on a pass to Kenny Golladay at the end zone and avoided interceptions, but took four sacks and failed to consistently move the offense. Blough will face Green Bay in week 17.

RB Kerryon Johnson, 16 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 42 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Kerryon Johnson returned from the injured reserve against the Broncos on Sunday. Johnson worked behind both Bo Scarbrough and Ty Johnson early in the game before his involvement ramped up. Johnson looked sluggish early in the game, but developed a rhythm on four straight carries in the second half, and led the Lions in both attempts, 10, and yards, 42. Johnson was also on the field in passing situations but caught only one pass for one yard on his lone target. Johnson projects in a committee next week, as he looks to develop momentum into the offseason.

RB Bo Scarbrough, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 34 - 0
Bo Scarbrough started ahead of Kerryon Johnson in Johnsonís return from injured reserve but had 8 carries to Johnsonís 10. Scarbrough was used between the tackles frequently and had one of his bigger gains of the season with an 18 yard run into the second level. Outside of the long gain, Scarbrough was held in check and was not used in the running game. Scarbrough will project in a timeshare next week against the Packers.

WR Kenny Golladay, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 66 - 1 (12 targets)
Kenny Golladay had a strong day against the Broncos on Sunday. His performance was not one of his best in the stat sheet, but Golladayís on-field play was some of the best of the season. He had a great effort after the catch for a touchdown at the goal line and fought through another tackle on the sideline after another reception. Golladay did have a couple of opportunities deep, but one was through too far out of bounds on a sideline and another was overthrown. He also had a deep drop. The Detroit offense has struggled with David Blough at quarterback, but Golladay was able to come through in championship games on his team-high 12 targets. Golladay will face Green Bay in week 17.

WR Danny Amendola, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)
Danny Amendola had a down game in week 16 against the Broncos. He had only two short receptions on three targets and was an afterthought in the offense as Kenny Golladay was targeted on 12 of David Bloughís 24 attempts. David Blough struggled and Denverís offense dominated time of possession which combined to hold the Detroit offense to low volume. Amendola will close out his season against the Packers in week 17.


Denver Broncos

QB Drew Lock, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 33 - 192 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 10 - 0
Lock had a solid but unspectacular day as the Denver offensive line played solid ball against a banged up Detroit defense. Lock did not take any sacks and led five scoring drives, but only threw one touchdown pass that was actually just a shovel pass to DaeSean Hamilton, who was coming across the formation on an end around sweep. Lock's couldn't do much downfield, as his biggest gain of the day was a 20 yard connection with Hamilton across the middle of the field off play action in the 1st quarter. Lock finally found the end zone in the 4th quarter with the shovel pass to Hamilton. Lock picked up 10 yards on four scrambles total.

RB Phillip Lindsay, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 109 - 1, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
Lindsay out-touched Freeman 21-11 and inched closer to his second 1,000 season(currently at 958). Freeman did vulture a 2nd quarter touchdown run on a goal line play. Lindsay helped set up a DaeSean Hamilton's 4th quarter touchdown with a 13 yard run to the Detroit 4 yard line. He exploded off right tackled and followed a couple of solid blocks by Beck and Patrick for a 27 yard touchdown run(his longest carry of the day) in the 4th quarter. He chipped in two short receptions in the passing game.

RB Royce Freeman, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 28 - 1, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Freeman played second fiddle to Lindsay with half the touches, but he did get the first goal line carry in the 2nd quarter, taking an easy touchdown off right tackle from the one yard line.Freeman caught a checkdown pass for a seven yard gain in the 1st quarter and another short checkdown late in the 4th quarter.

RB Devontae Booker, 4 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (2 targets)
Booker lined up wide right in a 4WR set and caught a short crossing route late in the 4th quarter.

WR DaeSean Hamilton, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 65 - 1 (6 targets)
Hamilton had a career day and found the end zone for the first time this year, drawing the second most targets(6) on the team. Hamilton's first reception was a deep crossing route off of play action that picked up 20 yards in the 1st quarter. He had another nice gain negated by a holding penalty on the offensive line in the 2nd quarter. Lock found Hamilton over the middle for a 13 yard gain later in the 2nd quarter, then another seven yards on a curl route just before the half. Lock and Hamilton connected again over the middle for 16 yards on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter. Hamilton scored on a shovel pass in the 4th quarter. He lined up wide left then motioned tight to the formation presnap before catching the quick pitch from Lock and darting into the end zone off right tackle.

WR Courtland Sutton, 68 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 41 - 0 (10 targets)
Sutton secured half of his team-high 10 targets for a modest day against talented CB Darius Slay. He had a short gain on a diving out route in the 2nd quarter. Lock lobbed a deep ball up for Sutton in the end zone in the second quarter, but the ball was knocked away by tight double coverage. Sutton hauled in a 15 yard gain across the middle later in the same drive. Sutton had a short but hard-earned run on a bubble screen in the 3rd quarter, then picked up six yards with a quick slant later in the same drive. Sutton had two consecutive end zone targets broken up by cornerback Darius Slay at the end of the drive. Sutton drew a pass interference penalty to pick up some nice bonus yardage in the 3rd. Sutton finished his day with a quick slant for a 6 yard gain early in the 4th.

WR Tim Patrick, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (6 targets)
Patrick's first catch was an out route for a minimal gain in the 2nd quarter. On the very next play he hauled in a crossing route near the end zone and was tackled at the one yard line, setting up an easy touchdown plunge for Royce Freeman. Patrick snagged a crossing route from a scrambling Lock early in the 4th quarter for a 12 yard gain. Lock hit him for two consecutive 5 yard gains on a later drive in the 4th, then Patrick set his defender up with a great break on an out route for a 16 yard gain.

TE Andrew Beck, 33 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 6 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Fullback/TIght End/Offensive Swiss Army Knife Beck showed up in all the stat columns with a completion for a 4th down conversion, a carry for a 3rd down conversion, a reception, a tackle and a some fine lead blocking. You'd have to imagine he's also in line for backup kicking duties if it comes down to it. Beck hauled in a shovel pass that was sniffed out for a minimal gain by the defense in the 2nd quarter. He also had a nice lead block on Royce Freeman's second quarter touchdown run. Beck converted 3rd and 1 with a cool looking fullback dive off right tackle in the 3rd quarter. Beck's "completion" was actually a lateral off of an option play. Beck took the handoff on a play that looked the same as his carry earlier in the 3rd, but this time he pitched it to his option man Lindsay, who picked up a few extra yards off right tackle to convert 4th and 1.

TE Noah Fant, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)
Fant played a full compliment of snaps and had a solid day as a blocker, but he just didn't produce in the passing game in this one. He caught a tight end screen and barely made it back to the line of scrimmage in the 2nd quarter, then picked up a nine yard gain in the 3rd quarter.

TE Jeff Heuerman, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)
Heuerman worked as the number two tight end. He made a nice diving catch between two defenders in the 2nd quarter for a seven yard gain. Lock hit him on a curl route for another short gain late in the 4th quarter.