The Detroit Lions game in Denver this Sunday doesn’t strike me as having the same allure as their recent matchups with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. Certainly there is a difference from a competitive standpoint as the Broncos aren’t going to contend in the AFC but a quick look at this week’s television coverage map proves that ratings are based on a lot more than the records of the two teams involved.
The Lions have been one of the hot stories in the NFL this year because of their quick start in finding success after a decade of futility. The Denver Broncos are still struggling but have a ratings machine of their own: Tim Tebow. Love him or hate him, his first career start drew a lot of attention last week and his late game heroics will only increase the interest heading into start number two.
FOX will broadcast the game between the Lions and Broncos throughout Michigan and the Mountain West, as to be expected. The interesting thing is that the game is currently scheduled to be shown in a variety of national markets as well. Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville and Southern California. All that for a game between the Detroit Lions and a 2-4 opponent. It’s a different world.
Dick Stockton will provide the play-by-play and will be joined in the booth by John Lynch, a former Denver Broncos safety. I have no idea what Lynch will say but I can guarantee there will be cries of homerism on Monday. I recommend watching the game with us and participating in our live blog. This is your chance to offer comments, criticism and instant reaction while the game is being played. Use the box below to set up an email reminder.