My heart really goes out to Lions head coach Rob Marinelli, a very decent man and a very sound teacher and football coach, but this football team is in deeper trouble then the automobile company and ownership group that shares the name of the Stadium in which they play.
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper has struggled since signing with the club three weeks ago, but with each passing week has shown moderate improvement. Rookie running back Kevin Smith has done a particularly good job in recent weeks and wide receiver Calvin Johnson in his second season is everything and more than I thought he would be when I rated him as the number one rated player in the 2007 college draft.
Defensively the Lions have had a particularly difficult time defending the run. Through the first 11 games of the season they have given up exactly twice as many yards on the ground (1834) then they have gained (917).
In last weeks loss to the Jets, the Titans for the first time in the season gave up thirty points in a contest and in the remaining ten wins had amazingly allowed opponents to score better than twenty points on just one occasion!
Offensively expect the Titans to give running backs Chris Johnson and LenDale White plenty of touches this week while on the defensive side of the ball, look for them to restrict the Lions running game and hopefully put Daunte into some bad down and distance situation.
I still believe the Lions will claim a victory and avoid becoming the only NFL club in history to lose sixteen games on the season, but I just don't think its going to happen this week against a Tennessee club which has won an amazing seven straight on the road.
Titans 21 – Lions 10