Denver Broncos Honor Late Demaryius Thomas
The grief-stricken Denver Broncos honored the late Demaryius Thomas by sporting his quantity on their helmets, his jersey on their backs and his reminiscence of their hearts.
Denver Broncos Honor Late Demaryius Thomas: They knelt in tribute to his quantity 88 painted on their sideline and did not hassle preventing again the tears throughout a second of silence or the string of highlights proven on the scoreboard Sunday.
It was by means of their play that they greatest celebrated their fallen buddy and retired receiver who died at his Georgia dwelling on Thursday at age 33.
“The best way to honor his legacy is to go out and play great football,” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater stated after the Denver Broncos routed the Detroit Lions 38-10, a thrashing capped appropriately with an 88-yard landing drive.
“He probably was out there with us,” stated choked-up receiver Tim Patrick.
After the second of silence and a video tribute, the Denver Broncos (7-6) took the sector with simply 10 males in honor of Thomas. As the gang chanted, “DT! DT!” the Lions (1-11-1) declined the delay of recreation penalty.
“That was for DT,” stated Lions coach Dan Campbell. “That’s who I did that for.”
Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio, who referred to as his counterpart Saturday to inform him concerning the deliberate lacking man formation, referred to as it “a classy move on his part. And the Detroit Lions, they’re a classy organization.”
Running backs Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon every scored a pair of touchdowns and Dre’Mont Jones had a monster recreation that included two sacks of Jared Goff.
Like so a lot of their followers, a number of Denver Broncos arrived on the stadium sporting No. 88 jerseys and kicker Brandon McManus donned customized cleats that includes Thomas’ well-known mile-wide smile in the course of the recreation.
About an hour earlier than kickoff, native artist Armando Silva delivered a portrait of Thomas he painted within the parking zone to the Denver Broncos’ locker room. That was adopted by a pregame second of silence and a video tribute that includes Thomas’ 80-yard landing catch from Tim Tebow in extra time in opposition to the Steelers on Jan. 8, 2012.
Notorious gradual starters, the Denver Broncos scored touchdowns on their first two drives, Williams on a 5-yard run by which he carried safeties Dean Marlowe and Jalen Elliott throughout the aim line with him, and Gordon on a 1-yard run after a three-and-out by Detroit.
The first quarter ended with the Denver Broncos holding a 14-0 lead, an 11-0 benefit in first downs and a yardage disparity of 135 to minus-1.
Their fortunes additionally flipped when the groups switched sides, nevertheless, and Goff rapidly drove the Lions downfield and hit Kalif Raymond for the rating from 7 yards out.
The Lions pulled to 14-10 on Riley Patterson’s 36-yard discipline aim, however the Denver Broncos went into the locker room up 17-10 on McManus’ 52-yarder as the primary half expired.
The Lions, coming off their first win however hit exhausting by COVID-19 final week — that they had seven gamers on the virus listing Sunday — coughed up the soccer on the second snap of the third quarter when Shelby Harris punched the ball from Godwin Igwebuike’s grasp and linebacker Jonathon Cooper recovered on the Detroit 30.
Five performs later, Williams caught a 10-yard TD cross from Bridgewater, stretching Denver’s result in 24-10.
Jones had a dominant sequence on Detroit’s subsequent drive, dropping Goff for a 9-yard loss on his second sack, stuffing Igwebuike for a 3-yard loss and batting down Goff’s cross on fourth-and-2.
“That was probably the greatest series of my of my career, like middle school included,” Jones stated. “That was sweet for me.”
The Broncos took over on the Lions 33 and Gordon ran it in from 14 yards out. Albert Okwuegbunam’s 4-yard TD catch capped an 88-yard drive late within the fourth quarter.
Denver’s protection additionally had a aim line stand with security Kareem Jackson breaking apart Goff’s cross to tight finish Shane Zylstra on fourth-and-goal from the 4.
Midway by means of the fourth quarter, security Justin Simmons picked off a cross and instantly darted to a blue circle on Denver’s sideline, putting the ball in the course of “88” stenciled in white paint.
“All I thought of,” stated Simmons, “was heading over there to DT and giving him the football.”
Gordon, who missed final week’s loss at Kansas City with shoulder and hip accidents, gained 111 yards on 24 carries — 48 hours after saying he knew Broncos followers did not need him again after this 12 months as a result of they’re enamored with Williams, who ran for 73 yards on 15 makes an attempt to go together with his 10-yard TD seize.
With D’Andre Swift (shoulder) nonetheless sidelined, RB Craig Reynolds was amongst a slew of gamers referred to as up from Detroit’s follow squad and he ran for 83 yards on 11 carries Sunday.
Lions misplaced CB Jerry Jacobs due to injuries
The Lions misplaced CB Jerry Jacobs (knee) and LB Alex Anzalone (ankle) within the recreation. Denver Broncos ILB Kenny Young was evaluated for a concussion.
On Next Dec. 19, the Lions will host the Arizona Cardinals
The Lions host the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 19. Detroit has the league’s worst file, and Arizona (10-2) has the NFL’s greatest mark getting into its Monday evening recreation in opposition to the Rams. “I believe we can play with anybody,” Goff stated.
The denver broncos host the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 19.