Lions cruise to easy win in Jacksonville

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Through seven weeks of the season, the Lions had never taken a lead into halftime and had never had a comfortable lead at any point in any game. And then they played the Jaguars.

In Jacksonville on Sunday, the Lions got by far their easiest win of the season, jumping out to a 21-0 halftime lead on the way to a 31-14 victory. The win improves the Lions’ record to 4-4 at the halfway point of the season and keeps alive their hopes of brushing off a shaky start and returning to the playoffs.

The Lions got a big game from their best player, Calvin Johnson, who missed practice all week with a knee injury but still had 111 first-half receiving yards as the Lions built up their big lead. All three of Detroit’s first-half touchdowns were scored by running back Mikel Leshoure, who is developing into the kind of dependable running threat that the Lions need to complement their big-play passing game.

In addition to the defense’s inability to stop Johnson and Leshoure, the Jaguars’ offense looked ugly. Jacksonville’s first seven offensive interceptions ended up like this: punt, punt, punt, punt, end of first half, interception, interception. Blaine Gabbert’s two picks were costly, and although he threw a couple of late touchdown passes, he didn’t really get the offense going until garbage time.

We know the Jaguars aren’t a good team, but it’s still an open question whether the Lions are. At .500 midway through the season, they still have a chance to go on a run toward the postseason, but they also have a tough schedule the rest of the way and can’t afford many letdowns. Next week’s game against the Vikings will give us a better idea of what kind of team the Lions are. This week in Jacksonville was just an easy win against a bad opponent.

18 responses to “Lions cruise to easy win in Jacksonville

  1. Stafford’s first qb kneel since last year when we pounded Tebows broncos….long time coming…feels good…as Booker T once said…Minnesota we comin for u ——!

  2. No gun slinging down the field …lions ran the ball down their throats …it felt like we rushed for 300 yards

  3. Jags D kept Megatron out of the endzone so I’m sure they are feeling really good about that like Sherman did last week.

  4. phillyphever says:
    Nov 4, 2012 3:55 PM
    Hmm….I wonder who would win if Jacksonville and KC played each other in a neutral site.
    I’d take the neutral site by 14.

  5. Gabbert still played well despite the picks. And both of them were qeustionable on the receivers effort. Blackmon would have jumped for that ball in college. And Jennings dropped his pass.

  6. There are no easy wins in the NFL. Anyone who thought that the Lions were going to walk into Jacksonville and win handily were kidding themselves.
    Even hardcore lions no what I’m talking about. But they did it and good for them.
    One thing you can say about this team is that they never give up.
    They are going have to dig deep if they want to get back to the playoffs, and I think they will.

  7. Winning the games you are supposed to win in convincing fashion is something we should always do. But yeah – not having a last minute heart attack game was nice for once.

    Megatron had 7 catches for 129 yards, but because he was tackled at the 1, before reaching the end zone, losers will say “it’s the curse.” Seems like he’s been tackled just shy of the goal line a lot! I like how the Lions seem to have figured out how to use all the attention on him to their advantage.

    Stafford is on a path to pass for 5000 yards again this season. The only one who will have reached that number faster is Kurt Warner – the greatest show on turf. I guess that’s what happens when he’s “having an off year”.

    Most of the Lions games in the first half of the season were on the road. Second half of the season has more games at home.

    Minnesota game will be fun. Gotta stop Jared Allen from giving Stafford a bad day.

  8. I am a Jags fan and season ticket holder. Blaine Gabbert is not a franchise QB. I am not like jagsfan11 that makes excuse after excuse for Blaine. I said this last week and got a bunch of thumbs down. Blaine is a bust. I know my whole team is not great but I am tired of reading all the excuses for Blaine from my fellow Jags fans. His stats were ok in this game after the Lions went to a prevent D and he still only hit 220 yards. Stop with the “its the OL” or “its the WR” Blaine is last is yards per game, last in yards per attempt, close to last in completion percent. Leftwich was better than Blaine.

    We are locked in for a top 5 pick. It has got to be a QB. Enough with the excuses Jags fans.

  9. phillyphever says:
    Nov 4, 2012 3:55 PM
    Hmm….I wonder who would win if Jacksonville and KC played each other in a neutral site.


    The universe would collapse in on itself before letting anyone suffer the torture of watching it.

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