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Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Broncos

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Josh Katzenstein, Rod Beard, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Broncos game.

Josh Katzenstein: Not only do the Broncos feature two of the best pass rushers in the NFL, they also have one of the league’s best cornerback duos, so don’t expect this to be a breakthrough game for the Lions' offense, Plus, Peyton Manning’s fall from grace won’t show if the Lions can’t pressure him. Broncos 27-14

Rod Beard: After an 0-2 start on the road, the Lions have their backs against the wall, but they’re playing at home. With QB Matthew Stafford hurt and Broncos defenders Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware with their crosshairs on him, it could be a long day if the offensive line can’t protect him. The defense will have to turn the tables and play their best game in a while against Peyton Manning, which is a tough task. Broncos 31-17

Matthew Stafford will need protection against the Broncos defense.

Bob Wojnowski: Yes, it’s Peyton Manning. Yes, it’s Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware on that rugged Denver defense. But the 2-0 Broncos have sprung leaks on their line (sound familiar?), rank last in the league in offense and Manning has been sacked seven times. For all the focus on the Lions' offensive woes and Matthew Stafford’s health, they’ll need much a better defensive effort to win this one. Playing in Ford Field on Sunday night should energize them. Lions 20-14

John Niyo: The Lions are desperate for some home cooking. And that’s the best hope here, if Teryl Austin can dial up some pressure early and the offense can get a quick score or two. If not now, when? Lions 27-24