The Tennessee Titans return to the comforts of home this weekend to face the Detroit Lions. The Titans will have to get their offense in gear if they want to savage their season. Chris Johnson is the second leading rusher on the team behind quarterback Jake Locker.
Locker will be starting his third game at quarterback. Kenny Brit played in his first game of the season last week after serving a one game suspension that was issued by the NFL for his conduct in the off season. Brit only had 1 reception for five yards in the lost at San Diego last week.
The Titans enjoy a 3 game winning streak over the Lions and had a convincing win in the last meeting between the two clubs in 2008 47-10. The Lions went winless in 2008. A lot has changed in the past four years. Matt Stafford , Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson have been added to the roster and the Lions are looking to return to the playoffs.
Detroit is 1-1 on the season. The Lions are coming into this game off of a Sunday night loss to the San Francisco 49’ers 27-19. Lions quarterback Matt Stafford has been just averaged so far this season. He has more interceptions 4 than touchdowns 2. Calvin “Megatron” Johnson has 205 receiving yards and no touchdowns this season.
The Lions defense is led by Ndamukong Suh. The Lions are the 10th best defense in allowing only 299.5 yards a game. Suh is tied with Corey Williams with 2 sacks each to lead the team in sacks. The Lions do not have any defensive interceptions on the season.
For the first time, the Titans will face a Lions team led by Jim Schwartz, a Titans assistant coach for 10 seasons (1999–2008) before becoming Detroit’s head coach in 2009. From 2001 through 2008, Schwartz served as the team’s defensive coordinator. He helped the Titans make four playoff appearances during that time, including a pair of AFC South titles (2002 and 2008).
The Titans have a perfect opportunity to get back into the AFC South Divisional race. The Houston Texans are undefeated at 2-0, but have a tough task when they travel to Denver to play the Broncos. The Titans will travel next week to Houston to play the Texans. A win over the Lions can right the ship for the Titans. The game against the Lions will be played at L P Field in Nashville kickoff will be at 12 noon. The Titans have been tough to beat at home.
Terry Davis covers Tennessee Titans football for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.
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