ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Back home after a dramatic overtime win in Miami, the Broncos have a clear-cut objective in mind once they storm out of the tunnel tomorrow to face the Lions.
"We have to get off to a faster start," Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy said.
"If we do," quarterback
Last week against the Dolphins, Denver was held scoreless up until the final minutes of regulation. From there, in his first start of the season, Tebow helped erase a 15-point deficit as the Broncos prevailed in overtime.
It was a galvanizing come-from-behind win, but the Broncos know the offense needs to start clicking earlier in games to win on a consistent basis.
"Having that urgency earlier is something that I can improve on," Tebow said.
Tomorrow, the Broncos will look to improve on their 2-4 record against the Lions, who won their first five games of the season before dropping their last two.
And to start fast in front of the home crowd, they'll have to do so against one of the league's most aggressive defensive fronts.
Led by star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the Lions have shown the ability to collapse the pocket with regularity throughout the season and the Broncos are well aware.
"(Suh) is one of the most dominant players in the league," McCoy said. "We've got our hands full."
Tebow often utilizes his escapability to extend plays when the protection breaks down, but McCoy is confident in his offensive line's ability to give him the necessary time in the pocket to step into his throws.
"I'm happy with the matchup of our entire line. They're going to do a good job," McCoy said. "We've got a lot of confidence in what they've been doing."
While the O-line handles the work in the trenches against Suh and Co., the Denver wide receivers have emphasized the need for separation off the line of scrimmage, knowing Tebow may need to get the ball out of his hands quickly.
"We have to be quick with our routes and crisp and get open and make sure Tim has a target to throw it to," wideout Matt Willis said. "The linemen are going to have to step it up, because they have a big challenge."
The Denver defense is in for a challenge of its own.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson have proven to be one of the most lethal combinations in the league, and Denver Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen has spent the week preparing his unit for the Lions' big-play potential.
"Explosiveness on offense," Allen said of Detroit's strength offensively. "That's really what we need to be aware of and be critical to our success on defense is make sure that we limit those explosive plays down the field."
Johnson currently leads the league with 10 touchdown receptions and he's emerged as one of the NFL's elite wideouts.
"We are all going to get a taste of him," Bailey said. "I'll see him a lot, but it's one of those things where I have to stay within the game plan-I can't just go chase him all over the place. He's going to be tough for everybody out there."
Knocking off one of the NFC's top teams will be difficult, but after tasting victory last week coming off three straight defeats, the Broncos are hungry for more.
"It's going to be a tough challenge," defensive end