The Lions have been atrocious in the first quarter this season, especially for an offense which was supposed to be so explosive.
In nine games this year, they have scored just 28 points in the first quarter. Four times they have been completely blanked.
Two of those times against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the St. Louis Rams.
Too many times this season, the vaunted Lions offense has been slow out of the blocks and it's killing them—and if wasn't already, it will against Green Bay, Houston, Atlanta and, possibly, Chicago and Indianapolis.
Stafford and the offense have to get into a rhythm earlier. It doesn't mean they have to bomb it all over the field on every down, but they have to stay on the field, eat up clock, gain yards and, most importantly, put points on the board.
It's taking them far too long to get their act together and too often, by the time they have gotten around to moving the ball effectively, they are playing catch-up.
That might work against the Titans. It won't against a better defense (see Minnesota, San Francisco).
Actually, it didn't work against the Titans either.
Get going early and jump start the offense, however they can.