Detroit Lions: 10 Observations from Sunday’s loss to Titans

Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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Romeo Okwara (#95), Detroit Lions
Romeo Okwara (#95), Detroit Lions (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

2. Derrick Henry was right about as advertised; Ryan Tannehill was better

With 147 yards, a touchdown, and a two point conversion, Henry did roughly the amount of damage that I expected to the Detroit defense (180 and 2 TDs was my pregame prediction). Henry showed why he’s the best back in the NFL and is closing in on joining Barry Sanders in the 2,000 yard club as the season winds down.

People sleep on Tannehill though. I know that almost every quarterback has looked like an All-Pro against the Lions this year, but Tannehill has quietly put together a great season all around. Just as they had no answer for Henry, the Lions had no answer for Tannehill either, giving up 273 passing yards, three TDs, and a 145.8 QB rating, plus two additional scores on the ground.

3. Romeo Okwara was the one and only bright spot on the defense

Okwara has not only been the Lions MVP on defense this year; much of the time, he looks like the only one who even belongs on an NFL field. After getting sucked in by the run fake on Tannehill’s first touchdown run, Okwara made up for it on the next possession.

Leaping over a low block attempt and sacking Tannehill for a safety, Okwara added one more addition to the 2020 team’s defensive highlight reel. Which consists of him and not much else. Okwara easily leads the team with 8.0 sacks on the year (no one else even has three), has two forced fumbles, and has blocked a few kicks as well.