Quick observations: Lions pound Jaguars with best all-around game in a very long time
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They ran the football and stopped the run. They created turnovers and converted them into touchdowns. By God, they even rushed the passer.
They even -- and I swear this is true -- they even protected a double-digit lead.
The Lions flew to Jacksonville needing a win to save this regime, and pounded the Jaguars 34-16 on Sunday in the sort of all-around bloodbath that has rarely been seen during the Matt Patricia era. Of course, the Lions are still only 2-3 on the season and 11-25-1 during the Patricia era, so the temperature remains turned up on the embattled coach. But string together a few more performances like this one in a slate of winnable games to come, and Patricia just might give himself a chance of seeing out the season.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford wasn’t even particularly good against the Jaguars. He did hit Kenny Golladay with a 48-yard bomb to set up one score and found T.J. Hockenson with a 1-yard touchdown pass -- giving him at least one scoring pass against every other team in the league -- so it’s not like he was bad either. But he just didn’t do much.
But for the first time in a long time, he didn’t have to e good because of Detroit’s dominance in every other part of the game. (That’s still weird to say.) They just made an inferior opponent look inferior and put away the game early. (Again, still weird to say.)
Rookie running back D’Andre ...
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