Lions vs Titans: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit

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Lions vs Titans: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit
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Luckily for the Detroit Lions, the first hurdle to winning this game is already cleared: It's not 2008 anymore.

Unfortunately, the Titans have also benefited from that fact by no longer fielding Vince Young as a quarterback.

That was the last time these teams met, at which point current head coach Jim Schwartz was on the opposite sideline along with defensive leaders Kyle Vanden Bosch and Stephen Tulloch.

The Tennessee Titans were in the midst of a 13-3 season, while the Lions...weren't. Things were different back then.

Fast forward to 2012, in which the Lions are coming off a 10-6 playoff season and the Titans are trying to build on a 9-7 season with a second-year head coach and quarterback.

Because that's how quickly things change in the NFL.

Anyway, for as much as the Lions seem to have struggled thus far this season, the Titans look even worse, having lost their first two games by a combined 49 points.

And sure, those games were against the Patriots and Chargers, but neither of those teams is very well-known for stifling defense. Yet the Titans are scoring at a league-worst clip of 11.5 points per game.

This looks like a nice "get well" game for the Lions, who should come into Tennessee looking to blow off some steam after a disappointing loss to San Francisco.

But then, it could also be a "get well" game for the Titans offense.

Here's what the Lions need to do to make sure they're the only ones feeling better about their season come Monday.

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