Lions vs. Titans: Stafford Hurt, Leshoure Returns Successfully in Rough OT Loss

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Akeem Ayers #56 of the Tennessee Titans sacks Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions during the game at LP Field on September 23, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 44-41 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It's always tough to lose. It's worse to lose in overtime. It's even more terrible to have your starting quarterback get hurt while it all goes down.

The upside to this disappointing loss is that Mikel Leshoure looked very good in his return to action, with 100 yards on the ground and another 34 receiving. Leshoure took a little time to get going, but once he did, he showed good speed, a nice pop in his step and no lingering issues from his Achilles injury last season.

Stafford also looked strong before he went out with a leg injury, throwing the ball well, though not getting it into the end zone hurt.

While seeing Stafford go down is never good, Shaun Hill once again proved himself the most valuable backup in the league, as he came in and brought the team back from the brink, scoring two key touchdowns late.

All three key receivers—Titus Young, Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson—were critical to the success of the offense when it got going. It's nearly impossible to stop this offense when all three players get going, especially when you add in Brandon Pettigrew, who also played well today.

Add in a solid run game and the offense could be about ready to really take off.

The single biggest worry coming out of this game is without a doubt the secondary. Any team dropping 44 points on the Lions is a concern; the fact that it was the woeful Titans might push it to Def-Con 4.

It's certainly something the Lions need to figure out before the Vikings come calling this week. 


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