Although their records are different, the Detroit Lions and the Tennessee Titans find themselves in similar positions. The both need a win badly. The Titans don't want to suffer their third loss in a row and the Lions need to bounce back from that disappointing loss in San Francisco.
Such is life in the NFL. Every game has serious implications.
The Lions need something positive to happen. They were expecting to come out of the gates with guns blazing this year. Instead their big guns have failed to "go off."
For the most part, Matthew Stafford has not looked like the same player and defenses have been able to contain Calvin Johnson.
The Lions and their fans have no reason to panic though. It's early and their record is 1-1. They were able to get one win despite not playing their best. That is what good teams do.
Good teams also consistently beat inferior ones and that is what will be expected of Detroit against Tennessee. The loss to San Francisco was tough, but realistically, very few were predicting a Lions victory.
The Lions will be expected to secure a victory against the Titans even though it's in Tennessee.
It won't be easy. The Titans are an improving team that presents some unique challenges for Detroit. Here are the Lions' most critical matchups for this Sunday.