Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/21/12


The Lions offense has struggled through the first two weeks to get off to a hot start. They seem to not have urgency to score until they are down in the fourth quarter.

The Titans offense is just bad through all four quarters. They are dead last in rushing yards per game and 22nd in the league for passing yards. The offensive line has been called out by their "star" running back and their new starting quarterback is struggling.

Detroit Lions (1-1): Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions in Week 1 against the Rams defense and one more in Week 2 against the Niners.

A must-play every week, Stafford is facing a much more favorable match-up in the Titans. Expect a big week from Stafford. Kevin Smith has played well in the absence of both Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best, but with the return of Leshoure, Smith's role will begin to dwindle. Both Smith and Leshoure are sit material in a "wait and see" type of game.

Calvin Johnson is "Megatron" and therefore needs to be started. Titus Young and Nate Burleson can't be trusted. Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's no. 2 option and is quietly a top seven tight-end.

Good starts: Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew

Middle of the road: --

Bad starts: Kevin Smith, Mikel Leshoure, Titus Young

Tennessee Titans (0-2): Jake Locker has struggled with his accuracy thus far into the season. This was to be expected, but if he doesn't figure it out soon the offense will continue to struggle moving forward.

Chris Johnson is receiving the brunt of it with an offensive line that is being overwhelmed with eight men in the box every play due to Locker's inconsistency.

Kenny Britt returned in Week 2 on a snap count and moving in to Week 3, Coach Munchak said he expects Britt to play a lot more. Nate Washington is much more trustworthy over Kendall Wright with the return of Britt. Jared Cook has failed to impress up to this point of the season, but with a suspect Lions' defense, he could have his best game of the young season.

Good starts: Chris Johnson (last week to hold out hope)

Middle of the road: Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington

Bad starts: Kendall Wright, Jake Locker


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