TIM AND MIKE: Week 16 observations

Golladay, again: It seems like we make the same observation about wide receiver Kenny Gollladay every week, but here it goes again. He keeps playing, no matter what. He caught the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Lions a 17-13 lead. It was his league-leading 11th TD catch. He'll probably do something similar on Sunday against the Packers. And we'll observe it again. – Mike O'Hara

Pretty even split: With the return of running back Kerryon Johnson Sunday in Denver, it was going to be interesting to see how the Lions distributed the snaps in the backfield. It turns out it was pretty even between Johnson (16), Bo Scarbrough (14) and Ty Johnson (12). We'll see Sunday against Green Bay if Kerryon gets a little more work with a game now under his belt. – Tim Twentyman

Snap judgment: Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock got back on track after a poor performance the previous week against the Chiefs. Lack of a pass rush – again – helped Lock throw for 192 yards without an interception. – Mike O'Hara

Veteran presence: Safety Tavon Wilson continues to play pretty good football for the Lions, despite the defense's overall struggles. Wilson tied for the team lead in Denver with nine tackles and also defended a pass in the end zone. Wilson, 29, is a free agent this offseason and turns 30 in March, but he's been pretty consistent all season long for the Lions.

He's currently graded among the top 20 safeties by Pro Football Focus. He has 86 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, four defended passes and two fumble recoveries on the year. He's been an under-the-radar player for the Lions this season. – Tim Twentyman

Long drive contest: The Lions had a 73-yard drive to a field goal and 75-yard drive to Golladay's catch. Otherwise, the offense didn't do much. The offensive had the ball for 11 plays on both drives and gained a combined 143 net yards. For the rest of the game the offense had a net gain of 48 yards. – Mike O'Hara

Run defense: The Broncos rushed for 150 yards in their win over the Lions, It's the fourth time this season a team has rushed for at least 150 yards on the Lions' defense. Teams have rushed for at least 100 yards in nine contests this year. For comparisons sake, Tampa Bay has the best rushing defense in the NFL. They haven't allowed a single 150-yard rushing game to an opponent, and have only allowed three 100-yard rushing performances by an opponent all season. – Tim Twentyman

Challenging Slay: There's a reason Darius Slay made his third straight Pro Bowl appearance last week. He's the best cover man the Lions have, and one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Denver wide receiver Courtland Sutton is having a breakout season for the Broncos this year with over 1,000 receiving yards, but he was held in check by Slay.

Sutton was targeted eight times with Slay in coverage and caught four passes for 28 yards. Slay also defended two passes. On the day, Lock had a 63.7 passer rating throwing Slay's way. – Tim Twentyman

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