Lions Face Wounded Titans In Week 3



The Detroit Lions have had a tough start to the regular season, barely edging the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 and then getting stuffed by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. On the surface, their Week 3 contest might appear to be an easy one but they shouldn’t take anything for granted.


The Tennessee Titans have lost two straight and they’ve looked bad in doing so. They know that if they fall to 0-3, their season is finished. That means they’ll play like everything is on the line in Week 3, which means the Lions should have their hands full.


Jim Schwartz used to coordinate the Titans defense before moving over to Detroit to take over the head coaching duties. The Lions have been on the rise ever since while the Titans have been in decline.


If the Lions want to get the win this week, they’d best keep an eye on running back Chris Johnson. He’s been bottled up through two weeks of the season and the former 2000-yard rusher has just 21 rushing yards in two games. If he gets loose, it will take a lot of pressure off the Titans passing game, which has also struggled, and Tennessee will be in this game.


On offense, the Lions shouldn’t have problems moving the ball on a Titans defense that has allowed 72 points this season. The San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots both shredded them through the air, which means it should be a good day for Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. It would surely help if Mikel LeShoure, who is back in the starting lineup, could provide some balance on offense by running the ball effectively.


The Lions are a 3.5-point favorite on the NFL odds for Sunday’s contest.