The week three game between the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans is sure to get people talking. Here’s a sampling of what they are already saying in the various corners of the internet:
- MLive’s Anwar Richardson says the Lions need to regain their offensive identity:
The Lions need to stop trying to become this well-balanced offensive team that believes running is just as important as passing. Mikel Leshoure is not a bad running back at all. In fact, he is very talented, and 100 yards rushing and one touchdown proves it.
However, Detroit cannot lose its offensive identity by forcing this “pound the rock” mentality.
- Chris McCosky of the Detroit News notes that one unit that was supposed to be dominant was anything but on Sunday:
Something is not right with the Lions defensive line.
Jake Locker, a second-year quarterback, was not put under any duress whatsoever. He wasn’t sacked and he was hit only once. The Lions got eight tackles from the defensive line, five by Cliff Avril. Willie Young, Sammie Hill, Corey Williams and Nick Fairley didn’t get a single tackle.
- Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press twists the knife by reminding us that the Titans aren’t very good:
If you notice — unless you spend a lot time playing fantasy football, or are mysteriously addicted to the NFL Network — none of the names of the above-mentioned Titans players is familiar to you. There’s a reason for that. The Titans aren’t very good. In fact, they were outscored 72-23 in their first two games by New England and San Diego. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker is a talented kid, sure, but he was only making his third NFL start. He wasn’t supposed to go 29-for-42 passing for 378 yards and two touchdowns.
- CBS Sports needed a lot of space for the “Highlight Moments” section of their post-game analysis.
- ESPN’s Dean Oliver discusses weather going for it on fourth down in overtime would have been the right decision in the first place:
In response to questions about the decision, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, said the play was “miscommunication” and that his team never intended to go for it.
It may have been a “miscommunication” to go for it, but should the Lions have taken advantage of the situation and really gone for it?
It appears so.
- David Climer of the Tennessean wonders if this could be the start of a turnaround for the Titans:
At some point this season — maybe sooner, maybe later — we will look back and see how important or how inconsequential the events of Sunday afternoon were for the Titans.
Was this the start of a real reclamation project, or just a momentary uptick in an otherwise unremarkable season?
I’ll have to get back to you on that.
For now, though, enjoy this for what it was: a football high-wire act where the Titans survived to play another day.