Coming off their first loss of the 2008 season, the Tennessee Titans will get a chance to release their frustrations a little early this week, as they head to Ford Field to take on the winless Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. The Titans enter the game with a 10-1 mark, tied for best in the league with the New York Giants. The Lions are 0-11, and trying hard to find a way to break into the win column.
I can’t see it happening this week.
The Lions last week had an early 17-0 lead at home vs Tampa Bay, only to self destruct and be outscored 38-3 the rest of the way in suffering their 11th straight defeat in 08. To say that the Lions are not very good is an understatement. They have lost 12 straight overall, and 18 of their last 19.
Tennessee will come in and try to right their wrongs from their somewhat surprising 34-13 setback at home to Brett Favre and the Jets. They were outgained 409 to 281 in the contest, and just seemed out of sync and never really seemed in the game. The Jets shut down their run game, and this time Kerry Collins was not able to rally the troops like he did against the Bears and Jags the past two weeks.
Look for the Titans to do what they do best, which is run the football. Falling behind they got away from the run game Sunday, but the combo of Chris Johnson and LenDale White should be able to carry the rock a lot, and run for a lot of yards vs a Lions defense that gives up plenty of yards week in and week out.
Daunte Culpepper’s play is about the only shot the Lions had, as he was actually benched in the third quarter last week after he and the team blew the early lead vs the Buccaneers. While the Titans D should make it a long day for him, maybe he can give the team a spark and do some things.
In the end, this game should not be all that entertaining, as the Lions continue to march towards a winless season, while the Titans will with ease right the ship and get back to their winning ways as they look to wrap up the #1 seed in the AFC Playoffs.