The Tennessee Titans will see a familiar face when the Detroit Lions and head coach Jim Schwartz visit this week. Schwartz was previously a defensive coordinator with the Titans, so there should be some familiarity there.
The Titans have clearly slid downhill ever since Schwartz left while the Lions have been on the rise. Detroit made the playoffs last season and even though they are 1-1, they are deemed to be one of the better teams in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Titans are 0-2 and have been very disappointment so far in the 2012 season.
Tennessee can’t seem to get anything going on offense even though they have two first-round picks at wide receiver in Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright, a former 2000-yard rusher in Chris Johnson and a supposed quarterback of the future in Jake Locker. Locker has been a wreck with three turnovers in two games while Johnson has compiled a total of 21 rushing yards through two games.
The defense has been deplorable as well as the Titans coughed up 34 points to New England and 38 to San Diego. Detroit comes to town with a high-powered attack and if San Diego’s Malcolm Floyd is capable of six catches and 109 yards, tight end Dante Rosario can reel in three touchdowns, what are Calvin Johnson and company going to do?
The Lions should have a much easier time of things against the Titans this week after facing one of the best defenses in the NFL in San Francisco in Week 2, but they would be best served to get their ground game going. Quarterback Matt Stafford already has 80 attempts through two games with just two touchdowns and four interceptions. As a team, the Lions have just 44 rush attempts for 165 yards (3.75 yards per carry). Mikel LeShoure is back after serving his suspension this week and we’ll find out whether he’s the answer. People making their NFL picks know that the Lions can win this week without a running game but they’re not going to do much damage in the grand scheme of things unless they find their balance.
The Lions are currently a three-point favorite according to the odds makers.