With the Lions coming off of a tough loss against the 49ers, and the Titans coming off of a drubbing by the San Diego Chargers, this is the definition of a bounceback week for both teams. Only problem is, the Lions already have a win in 2012 while the Titans remain winless heading into Week 3. Does that mean much? No, probably not. I’ll tell you right now, the Lions are winning this football game. Calvin Johnson Madden curse or not, the Lions will beat the Titans. The Titans have looked horrible through the first two weeks of the young season while the Lions have looked bad but not as bad as Tennessee. After two disappointing performances by both teams to start the season, something has to give in this Week 3 matchup, so how will the Lions do it?
What the Lions Must Do to Win This Game
Second year running back Mikel LeShoure will make his NFL debut against the Titans after missing his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. He hasn’t played yet in 2012 because of a two game suspension, which he served, and now is back on the field. Is LeShoure going to carry the Lions to a win? No, but he certainly will help bare the load with Kevin Smith who by my calculations is due for an unfortunate injury any minute now. In Week 1, Stevan Ridley ran all over the Titans by eclipsing 100 yards in his debut as a full time running back. Last week, Jackie Battle (San Diego’s third string running back) put up 96 yards while finding the endzone twice against Tennessee. Needless to say, you can run on the Titans if you want. With as full of a backfield as the Lions have had all season, they should take advantage of this and establish their running game early. While Megatron is an ultimate weapon, balance must be maintained if the Lions want to develop their offense and win this game.
What the Titans Must Do to Win This Game
Through two games thus far in 2012, the Titans leading rusher is… Jake Locker, quarterback, with 32 yards. While Locker was known for his legs at Washington during his college days, he was not paired with Chris Johnson – someone who was once viewed as the top running back in all of football. Plain and simple, Chris Johnson can’t continue to play like an asshole. Let’s not forget how long he held out in 2011 to be paid like one of the premier backs in all of the NFL. Since that time, he has played like someone who probably wouldn’t even make it past first cuts in training camp. If he can’t turn it around quickly, the Titans will be forced to rely more heavily on their young, developing quarterback and that may be of detriment to his game. While this will be wide receiver Kenny Britt’s second game back from suspension, the Titans need their running back to perform or else they’ll season may be lost for good. This will be the Titans second home game of the young season. With only six left on the slate, they need to capitalize against a struggling Lions’ offense. If they don’t, 0-3 will likely be the first of many nails in the coffin.
35-17 Detroit. There is nothign that tells me the Titans will be ready for this game. Absolutely nothing. Until Chris Johnson figures it out, this team is going to continue to spin their tires in the mud offensively. The Lions have limped through their first two games, but Tennessee has been so attrocious thus far that they should be able to take advantage of this matchup. Lions will climb to 2-1 while the Titans season will be just about over before it even had the chance to start. Wamp wamp wamppppp.