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Adrian Donofrio
Both teams are off to a dismal start for the year. The Lions need to be hungry. It's at the point to where they might be giving up. But coming off their best offensive performance of the year, they want that "W". If they can do what they did last Sunday against the Titans this Sunday, they'll get that W. If they let Eddie George and Steve McNair run them over like most expect them to do, then expect a long Sunday. It would be an upset to see the Lion win this one.

TITANS 31  |   LIONS 24

Paul Wezner
The Lions have a legitimate chance here, simply because Tennessee doesn't have a passing game.  It will be interesting to see how the Lions revamped Linebacker corp. does against the power running attack of the Titans.  MLB Chris Claiborne will be the key to the game; if he along with the interior Defensive Line (mainly Shaun Rogers and Luther Elliss) can clog up the middle, the Lions offense will get a chance.  The Titans have a solid defense, but if the Lions Offensive Line can slow down the likes of Jevon Kearse and Kevin Carter, QB Charlie Batch will have time to throw and should have open receivers with the lack of talent at the Corners.

LIONS 24   |    TITANS 20

Nate Caminata
Charlie Batch demonstrated last week that he has at least a grasp on the West Coast offense. And, because Ty Detmer has been affiliated with this offense for the past three years (compared to Batch's three months), don't expect another QB controversy anytime soon. Batch has more than earned his spot as the Lions' starting quarterback. However, entering Sunday's matchup with the Titans, Detroit's offensive line is banged up, inexperienced, and isn't that talented anyway. They will be facing two Pro Bowl caliber defensive ends (Kevin Carter and Jevon Kearse) that take advantage of situations that know they should win. Batch is good. The West Coast offense is good. But the Lions' offensive line -- the group that makes sure those aforementioned two get off the ground -- isn't that good. Expect an offensive struggle ... on both ends.

TITANS 17  |  LIONS 14

Justin Vanfulpen
Charlie Batch will again have a good game just like he did last Sunday when he was 31 for 41 with 345 yards and 3 TD's.  The Titans defense has not been as good as last season and their offense doesnt have much firepower.  Detroit's defense get a little more speed with Chris Claiborne moving to the middle linebacker spot to take over for injured Stephen Boyd. The Lions secondary is still banged up but the Titans dont throw the ball that much and they dont have wide receivers that scare the Lions.  The game is at the Silverdome so look for the Lions to get their first win of the season. 

LIONS 24  |  TITANS 13

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