The Detroit Lions’ defense probably cannot wait to return its starters in the defensive backfield. Second-year quarterback Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans had a career day against Detroit at home in an overtime thriller.
The dual-threat quarterback had 35 rushing yards on four carries. Yes, he outran his backfield mate, Chris Johnson, once again.
Johnson had 24 rushing yards on 14 carries for the Titans.
Locker also had a massive passing day, throwing a career-high 42 times for a career-best 378 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He got some help from his friends, wide receiver Nate Washington and tight end Jared Cook, who each took a 60-plus-yard reception from Locker to the end zone.
Cook took a pass 61 yards in the second quarter. Washington had a 71-yard reception in the fourth.
The Titans were actually leading for most of this game, which is promising for fantasy owners (or prospective fantasy owners) of Locker and Johnson. If the Titans continue to throw the ball, eventually there will be some running lanes that open up for Johnson.
Locker completed passes to eight different targets. Washington caught three balls for 112 yards and a touchdown. Kendall Wright led the team in receptions with seven for 41 yards.
Kenny Britt made a return to fantasy relevance with a six-catch, 55-yard day.
The shootout with Detroit lasted for well over 60 minutes as the thriller was decided in overtime. Tennessee pulled out its first win of the year, 44-41.
As his No. 1 WR in Britt returns to form, Locker may find himself among the ranks of the more reliable fantasy quarterbacks as the season goes on.
Next week will be tough test for the young QB, though. Locker and the Titans will have to travel to Houston to face the division-rival Houston Texans in Week 4.