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The Tennessee Titans' offense has been a virtual no-show - with struggling star running back Chris Johnson being the focal point of the blame. The former 2,000-yard performer, who has mustered just 21 yards in the team's first two losses, will look to get untracked on Sunday when the Detroit Lions pay a visit to Music City. Johnson's mates haven't been lighting up the scoreboard in his absence, recording just 23 points and an NFL-low 25 first downs.

While Tennessee was listless in its 38-10 throttling by San Diego last week, Detroit struggled in the red zone en route to a 27-19 setback to another Golden State representative in San Francisco. Six trips deep into 49ers' territory resulted in only one touchdown and four field goals. Calvin Johnson did his part with eight catches for 94 yards, but the stud wide receiver has yet to find the end zone this season.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Lions -3.5, O/U 47

ABOUT THE LIONS (1-1): Running back Mikel Leshoure is eligible to return after serving his two-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Leshoure, who missed his rookie season after tearing his Achilles' tendon, can benefit Detroit's ailing ground game that has amassed an NFL 25th-best 82.5 yards per game. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has yet to regain last season's form, but that could change when he faces a defense that has yielded 72 points in its first two contests.

ABOUT THE TITANS (0-2): Tennessee has been torched from the get-go in both of its games, trailing New England 21-3 at halftime in Week 1 while falling 17 points down after San Diego's first three possessions. Second-year quarterback Jake Locker has been lackluster at best, completing 38 of 62 passes while throwing both a pair of touchdowns and interceptions. Wide receiver Kenny Britt played in just 19 snaps last week, but will likely see an increase in workload as he eases himself back from last season's torn ACL injury.


1. Lions coach Jim Schwartz will be making a homecoming on Sunday. He was an assistant coach with Tennessee for 10 years, including eight as a defensive coordinator.

2. The Titans have won 14 of their past 17 against NFC representatives.

3. Detroit, which has yet to defeat Tennessee, claimed three victories over the club when it was known as the Houston Oilers. The last such win came during the 1995 season.

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Last Injuries

Tennessee Titans

  • Derick Roberson

    day-to-day | questionable

    Roberson has missed the past three games with an illness and a knee injury. It is unclear if he will make his season debut Week 4 against the Steelers.

  • DaQuan Jones

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jones has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Kamalei Correa

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Correa has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Chris Jackson

    day-to-day | questionable

    Jackson was held out of the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will take part Week 4 versus the Steelers.

  • A.J. Brown

    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown has sat out the previous two games with a bone bruise in his knee, and it is unknown if he will return against the Steelers in Week 4.

  • Taylor Lewan

    day-to-day | questionable

    Lewan exited the previous game due to a left shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Steelers in Week 4.

  • Beau Brinkley

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brinkley has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Senorise Perry

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Perry has been assigned to the injured reserve list with an undetermined ailment, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

Detroit Lions

  • C.J. Moore

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Moore was held out of the last game due to a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active Sunday versus the Saints.

  • Desmond Trufant

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Trufant has sat out the previous two games with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday against the Saints.

  • Hunter Bryant

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bryant has missed the past three game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut against the Saints on Sunday.

  • Nick Williams

    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams was held out of the last game due to a shoulder injury, but he is projected to be in the lineup Sunday versus the Cardinals.

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vaitai has missed the past two games with a foot injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be on the field against the Cardinals on Sunday.

  • Kenny Golladay

    Prob Sun | probable

    Golladay has been unavailable for the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, but he is expected to make his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals.

  • Joe Dahl

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dahl has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a groin injury, and there is no indication when he will return to the fold.

  • Darryl Roberts

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Roberts has a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Sunday versus the Packers.