Lions vs. Titans: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time and More
The Detroit Lions and the Tennessee Titans are both coming off losses and will be looking to get back on track this Sunday.
The Lions will feel confident about their chances, as the Titans have struggled thus far this season.
The Detroit offense was held in check by a dominant San Francisco defense, but it will have a significantly easier time this weekend against a Tennessee team that has allowed 72 points thus far.
Here is everything you need to know about the game.
Where: LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.
When: Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. ET
Listen: 97.1 FM, Sirius 135 (Detroit), 104.5 FM, Sirius 85 (Tennessee)
Spread: Detroit -3.5 (according to Sports Book)
Lions Injuries (via ESPN, as of Sep. 19)
CB Drayton Florence, Out, Forearm
S Louis Delmas, Questionable, Knee
CB Chris Houston, Questionable, Ankle
TE Tony Scheffler, Questionable, Leg
WR Calvin Johnson, Questionable, Ankle
CB Bill Bentley, Questionable, Concussion
Titans Injuries (via ESPN, as of Sep. 19)
QB Jake Locker, Probable, Shoulder
RB Javon Ringer, Questionable, Elbow
WR Nate Washington, Probable, Leg
LB Colin McCarthy, Doubtful, Ankle
DT Sen’Derrick Marks, Questionable, Knee
WR Kenny Britt, Probable, Knees
What’s At Stake
The Lions will need to keep pace in a challenging NFC North. Currently, all four teams in the division are 1-1, but Detroit must beat opponents like Tennessee if it hopes to stay in contention with the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
For the Titans, starting 0-3 will give the team little room for error going forward. It has been a disastrous start to the season and some glimmer of hope is needed from the team in this game.
According to NFL.com, the Titans have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs through two games, while allowing the ninth-least points to wide receivers. Calvin Johnson almost certainly still will be impressive, but Kevin Smith and Mikel Leshoure also may have an productive day.
For Tennessee, Chris Johnson’s fantasy owners will be praying for even a mediocre performance this Sunday, as the former All-Pro has just 21 rushing yards in two games.
Lions Player to Watch: Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver
Johnson is the player to watch anytime he steps on a football field. He is the most physically gifted wide receiver ever to play football and has 14 catches for 205 yards this season.
Even though teams are focusing all of their defensive efforts on stopping him, he has still produced at a high level through two games. Do not expect his brief touchdown drought to continue against the Titans.
Titans Player to Watch: Chris Johnson, Running Back
No player in the NFL has been as disappointing as Johnson thus far. He was expected to return to his previous dominance after a full schedule of preseason activities, but that has not happened.
He is averaging just 1.1 yards per carry and the Titans rank last in the league in rushing. Johnson must find a way to pick up yards on the ground in this game.
What They’re Saying
ESPN’s NFC North Blogger Kevin Seifert noted that Detroit’s pass-heavy offense will welcome a little balance, and the team will not hesitate to throw Mikel Leshoure back into action immediately.
Over time, I think everyone is expecting the Lions to be a pass-first team. But to the extent that defenses invite them to run the ball, they're planning to use Leshoure as much as possible right away. Assuming he has recovered fully from last year's torn Achilles tendon, he is by far the most talented running back on the Lions' roster now.
David Climer of the Tennessean is concerned not just about the Titans’ 0-2 record, but the manner in which they have fallen into their current hole.
Face it, folks: There’s a big difference between losing and getting waylaid. Two games into the season, the Titans simply have not been competitive in routs by New England and San Diego, losing by a combined 72-23.
With 14 games remaining, it has to get better, right?
Key Matchup: Tennessee Defense vs. Calvin Johnson
Containing Calvin Johnson takes an effort from all 11 defenders. The Titans will need to have a cornerback assigned to him while also constantly providing safety help over the top.
But no amount of coverage will help if the pass rush is ineffective. If Matthew Stafford has time to throw, he will find Johnson, and the Titans will lose their third straight game.
Prediction: Detroit 38, Tennessee 31
The Tennessee offense will find its way and the running game will get back on track. However, the defense will continue to struggle as the Lions outscore the Titans for a victory.
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