John Elway passed for 210 yards and the Denver Broncos forced 10 turnovers today en route to their fourth straight victory, a 28-7 defeat of the Detroit Lions.
The Broncos (5-1) recovered three of four Detroit fumbles, one returned five yards for a touchdown by Rulon Jones.
Denver also had seven interceptions -- including four against Gary Danielson, his first interceptions of the season after 154 passes -- and sacked Detroit quarterbacks six times. One interception, by linebacker Ken Woodard, was returned 27 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth period. The Lions (1-5) lost their fourth straight.
"Any time you get 14 points from your defense, you're going to feel awfully good about winning," Denver Coach Dan Reeves said. "Offensively, we didn't do as good a job as we're capable of. The turnovers (three) and penalties killed us."
Elway completed 16 of 22 passes with one interception and threw a 42-yard scoring pass to Steve Watson with 34 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Broncos a 21-7 lead. Cornerback Bobby Watkins attempted an interception at the 10, but missed and Watson trotted into the end zone.
"As time goes by, I'm becoming more comfortable with my receivers," Elway said. "Today they were playing Watson man to man. I don't think anybody in the league can cover him that way."
Denver scored two touchdowns within 54 seconds in the first quarter.
Sammy Winder ended a 69-yard, 11-play drive by diving from one yard out at 7:40 of the first period.
On Detroit's second play following Winder's touchdown, the Broncos' Louis Wright knocked the ball out of Billy Sims' hands at the three. Jones grabbed it out of the air at the five and returned it for another touchdown at 8:34.
The Lions cut the margin to 14-7 with 6:58 remaining in the first half when quarterback Gary Danielson scored on a two-yard bootleg.
"We just keep giving games away," Detroit Coach Monte Clark said. "Maybe it's me. Maybe I'm working them too hard."