Week Ten Drop: I'm waaay overdue for recommending a drop on the massively underperforming Brandon Pettigrew. I had been hoping that the loss of Nate Burleson would help his numbers, but he's been a colossal disappointment all season, with just one touchdown, and four games with less than 39 yards. Last week's one-reception game was my breaking point. Detroit doesn't have a single game left on the schedule against a defense in the easiest quartile against tight ends.
Week Four Analysis: Last season the Vikings and the Lions met in Minnesota in Week 3. The combination of a good Minnesota run defense and a poor Detroit run offense caused the Lions to target Brandon Pettigrew 13 times in short passing situations. Basically they were substituting their running game with Pettigrew on a five-yard slant. The result: 11 catches for 112 yards. Minnesota currently is sporting a tough run defense again, allowing less than 65 yards to running backs in each of the last two games.
Week Three Analysis: Brandon Pettigrew's late touchdown last week in San Francisco may be the first of a flood of scores for the Lions' tight end. This week he faces off against the Titans who have allowed five passing touchdowns this season, all of which went to a tight end. This of course includes Dante Rosario's inexplicable three-touchdown performance in San Diego last weekend.