Well, it looks like the Lions will need another comeback if they hope to avoid an embarrassing loss.
The Titans lead 20-9 at halftime thanks largely to a few big plays and a few gaffes by the Lions.
The Titans scored the first touchdown of the game on a 65-yard punt return by Tommie Campbell off a trick play. On their next drive, quarterback Jake Locker hit Jared Cook for a 61-yard touchdown pass made possible by a missed tackle by safety Erik Coleman.
And thanks to a 31-yard run by Locker, the Titans moved into field goal range on their last drive of the first half.
The only bright spot for the Lions has been running back Mikel Leshoure, who has 61 yards on 16 carries. Leshoure has run hard, but hasn’t managed to break a run longer than 12 yards.
The Lions’ trust in Leshoure has clouded their play calling, though. Leshoure had two third-down carries that he didn’t convert. If the Lions want to get back in the game, they’ll need to start passing.
So far Stafford has thrown for just 83 yards on 14 of 18 passing. Locker is 14 of 19 for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Another possible bright spot for the Lions has been Jason Hanson, who is three for three on field goal attempts and has two decent punts. But it’s hard to praise his performance because the Lions should be scoring touchdowns instead of settling for field goals.
The second half awaits.