Andre Johnson Touchdown Lifts Titans over Lions


The Titans were far from ideal Sunday, and they could have been blown out if it weren't for Detroit's penalties and mistakes.

Detroit will have the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau next week, where they have had historic non-success until last season.

And it's Titans cornerback Perrish Cox, his nightmarish first-half stretch behind him, sealing the deal by picking off Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with 22 seconds left.

After letting a double-digit lead slip away in the opener, the Lions used a late drive to secure a win against Indianapolis, but there was no magic in Sunday's home opener.

At the end of the 16-15 loss, there was one statistic that stood out over all the rest - Detroit's 17 penalties for 138 yards.

COACHING: C - The penalty problems reflect poorly on Jim Caldwell and his staff, but that wasn't their biggest failing Sunday.

It was the first sign of life for that talented young Titans team and a big road win. Although the first three quarters were disjointed because of all the penalties, Detroit led the Titans 15-3. The Titans' comeback from a 15-3 deficit to the fourth quarter for a dramatic 16-15 victory was the kind of thing that can leave a mark, on both teams.

"We know what the things are in terms of our breakdowns, and there have been many, runs and pass", Caldwell said.

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Do you feel better, worse or the same about the Lions after their most recent game?

They were 2-6 in games decided by eight points or less past year and actually lost three of five games they led going into the fourth quarter.

The Lions alone had three touchdowns-Three!-nullified by penalties in the first half. The Titans first drive stalled and Ryan Succop missed a long field goal.

"I've never seen anything like that", he said. "The refs made the call that they believed what it was, and we have to live with it, deal with it".

The Lions lost Ziggy Ansah, Kyle Van Noy, Antwoine Williams, and Ameer Abdullah during the game for the entirety, while Stafford, Ebron, Riley Reiff and potentially more also suffered injuries for Detroit. Caldwell wouldn't go into detail about injuries Monday.

Still, Caldwell and several players said it's imperative that the Lions, who lead the National Football League with 26 penalties (25 of them accepted) through two weeks, clean up their play heading into a crucial two-game road stretch against NFC North opponents the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. This game is important because it's the next game.

"The guy is a gamer", Mularkey said. "This game coming up is the one that gets our whole focus, the one that gets our concentration". They went 7-9 last season and hired Bob Quinn as their new general manager after the season. On Eric Ebron's pass interference call and a non-call after a hit to Matthew Stafford, the coach admitted to doubting the validity of the officiating.

The loss to the Titans brought back a lot of familiar criticism.

Tate's Week 1 Reception NEP per target of 0.14 was abysmal, and through two games, it stands at 0.08. "Let's not kid ourselves".