Detroit News scouting report: Lions at Titans


Lions among titans

Kicking off: Sunday, 1 p.m., Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

TV / radio: CBS / 760 AM

Records: Lions 5-8; Titans 9-4

Line: Titans of 11

Matt Schoch Cancels Week 15 Lions Matchup at the Tennessee Titans for The Detroit News:

Key match


Since the outcome of this week is negligible, Lions must take stock of the remainder of the season.

When faced with an elite fueled by an advanced running game, team decision-makers (whoever they may be) have the chance to gain valuable bond.

Which defensive players are worth keeping? While there is much more to these decisions, Sunday will provide evidence.

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Tennessee is third in the NFL with 4.9 yards per carry. The devastating Henry leads the NFL in frantic yards by nearly 200.

Who, if anyone, can consistently bottle it?

To see titans

►Derrick Henry, RB: As great as Henry was in Alabama, his first three years in the business were overwhelming. Then came last year, especially the postseason, when Henry snapped the shell as the NFL’s best ball carrier. Attacking Henry looks scary so I don’t think I’ll try. Henry could become the eighth player in NFL history to race 2,000 meters in one season (1,532, three more). It would be the first since Adrian Peterson in 2012.

►Corey Davis, WR: While the West Michigan product has had a great season in the field, it has endured a heartbreak from it too. His older brother and former Central Michigan Wideout Titus died of kidney cancer last month. Corey played the next day, leading the Titans with five catches on national television. Davis is well on his way to hitting career highs at receptions (56 this season) and getting yards (835) and touchdowns (four).

Desmond King

►Desmond King, CB: The Detroit East English product was acquired in a store by the Los Angeles Chargers this off-season. The fifth round from Iowa had two nice kick-returns for the Chargers on a return home in Detroit last year and was supposed to get plenty of snapshots in a defensive reserve role on Sunday. King has six starts this season but is looking for his first interception of the year.

Facts and figures

► Taking to the streets and doing business is one thing Detroit has done well 4-3 this year. Sunday is a chance to land over .500 on the road for the first time since 2017, the season Jim Caldwell was fired.

► Arthur Smith is Tennessee’s Offensive Coordinator and is high on the list of head coaching vacancies. FanDuel gives Smith 11-1 chances to be the Lions coach for the next season. Smith is facing an offense ranked third in total yards per game and second in rush. Mike Vrabel is the fourth Tennessee head coach that Smith is employed. 38-year-old Smith is a former North Carolina offensive lineman who began his coaching career on the defensive.

► It’s hard to believe the Lions will be double-digit underdogs for the first time this season (last week’s line was 9.5 points against Green Bay). Under Patricia, the Lions took a 3-0 lead in such games. We’ll see if they can finally get upset against a playoff team.

Matt Schoch is a writer for and freelance for The Detroit News.


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