Maybe this is the game against a lower division opponent that brings the team together to get all areas of the game working together: offense, defense and special teams. If the Lions would have been concerned with the Jaguars going down the field in the fourth quarter this could have been a shutout, but it was a dominant 31-14 victory.
Mikel Leshoure ended the day with 70 yards on the ground and became the first player in Lions history with three rushing touchdowns in the first half. Joique Bell had another 79 yards on the ground with a touchdown and added 36 yards receiving as the Lions put up the most rushing yards in a game as a team since last year against Carolina when they had 169.
Calvin Johnson, who hadn’t practiced all week and received a pain-killing shot in his left knee, had seven catches for 129 yards while Matt Stafford had his second good game in a row with 285 yards in the air.
Stafford became the second fastest quarterback to have 10,000 yards passing in his career with 37 games played. Kurt Warner of the Rams is first in that category taking only 36 games to reach the feat.
As for the defense they didn’t allow a Jaguar first down until 6:41 left in the second quarter and Jacksonville only ran 12 plays in the first half. The Lions held Rashad Jennings, who is replacing the injured MJD, to 45 yards and quarterback Blaine Gabbert to 220 yards and two garbage time touchdowns.
Finally, with the special teams Jason Hanson did miss a field goal, but made a 42 yard field goal in the fourth quarter. But no big returns were allowed today and the team was able to recover the attempted onside kick by the Jaguars late in the fourth.
Hopefully this game will be a stepping stone for the Lions to star playing well on a weekly basis, but fans need to realize that this is win over a really bad team. Jacksonville is without it’s best player in MJD and has a young quarterback and wide receiver combo of Gabbert and Blackmon and will be on the rise. Right now, the Jags aren’t good but the Lions were able to do what they needed and get the win.
So what do you think Lions fans, is this just another victory for the Lions or should this be seen as a turning point for the team? Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think.