Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Titans
James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Titans game.
James Hawkins: The offense didn’t seem to miss a beat in the opener under Jim Bob Cooter, scoring on six of its 10 possessions. While the defense had its flaws, it should be able to bounce back against a young Titans team that’s prone to make mistakes. Lions 27-17
Justin Rogers: For the fifth time in six years, the Lions opened with a win. They’ve only won their second game once during that time. It’s about to be two. The Titans are a young team with some promising pieces. The Lions definitely won’t be able to run the ball as effectively as they did in the opener against this front seven. And QB Marcus Mariota is a dangerous dual threat. But youth and inexperience often lead to errors. Ford Field will be rocking and could be the difference in a one-score affair. Lions 23-17
Bob Wojnowski: The longer Matthew Stafford plays in Jim Bob Cooter’s offense, the better he looks. But the Lions face a tougher task against the Titans, who essentially shut down the Vikings last week but surrendered two defensive touchdowns. The Lions defense — specifically the line — must be more active against shifty Marcus Mariota. The temptation is to expect big things in the home opener, but nothing in the NFL is as easy as you think. Lions 24-21
John Niyo: The Titans got cute with their play-calling and got burned by the Vikings defense last week. Lions fans know how that goes. But Detroit may be able to do something similar with a loud home crowd and a defensive front that should find more production than it did in the opener. Meanwhile, beware of that Dick LeBeau zone blitz. Lions 27-21