NFL Sunday Night Football is once again there for fans to watch live online with a Week 3 matchup that sees the undefeated Denver Broncos travel to the Motor City where the 0-2 Detroit Lions have their sights set on an upset, hoping to take advantage of a seemingly faded 39-year-old Peyton Manning whose 74.2 quarterback rating actually trails the 81.0 posted by 27-year-old Detroit signal caller Matthew Stafford.
Manning has never faced the Lions as a member of the Denver Broncos. In fact, the last time the two teams faced each other in an inter-conference matchup, Tim Tebow was under center for Denver — and Detroit won that October 30, 2011, game by a lopsided 45-10 score in Denver. Four years earlier, the Lions also won the previous meeting, this one in Detroit, by a lopsided score, 44-7.
Manning has struggled in the Broncos first two games in 2015, though Denver came away with wins in both, beating the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos defense, featuring cornerback Aqib Talib, has has two interceptions — including a pick-six — in the first two games, was largely to credit for both of those wins, allowing only 37 points total, compared to 61 surrendered by Detroit to the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings in their first two outings.
Sunday’s game will be the home opener for the Detroit Lions.
Denver leads the AFC West as the only 2-0 team in the division. The Lions sit in third place in the NFC North, leading the Chicago Bears only on net points, and desperately need an upset win over the Broncos to keep any semblance of playoff hopes alive.
To find out how to watch the NFL Sunday Night Football Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions inter-conference matchup live online, see the streaming information in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific, at the domed, 65,000-seat Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday, September 27.
With Manning apparently showing his age in his first two starts of the season, the game in Detroit presents a perfect opportunity for Denver Coach Gary Kubiak to lean on his running attack. The Lions allowed 199 rushing yards to the Vikings last Sunday, and 95 in their season opener in San Diego.
In their first two games, the Broncos have attempted to run the ball just 47 times for 130 yards. But Manning has uncharacteristically completed just 58.8 percent of his passes, going 50 for 85 in his first two games.
By comparison, Stafford has thrown 83 times with 51 completions for a 61.4 percent rate — a rate which if he were able to keep it up all year, would be the second-highest of Stafford’s seven-year career. Manning, on the other hand, has not completed below 66 percent of his passes in a season since the 2001 season, which was his fourth, and has not thrown at a sub-60 percent completion rate since his rookie year of 1998.
Can the Peyton Manning regain some of his form and lead the Broncos to a 3-0 record? Or will the winless Lions penetrate the Broncos solid defense and put together a surprising upset? To find out, watch the Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions NFL 2015 Sunday Night Football inter-conference matchup live online, access the streaming link NBC Sports Live Extra by clicking on this link. Streaming video of the Broncos vs. Lions will also be available on mobile devices by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app, as well as on set-top devices such as the Roku and Apple TV.
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