Jacksonville, Florida – Even a little “home cooking” for the first time in three weeks couldn’t patch the ship.
The Jaguars’ defense suffered early. The offense was anemia. Their striker missed a field goal for the fifth game in a row (in his defense, this was the first-ever NFL match for a John Brown striker)
Not exactly a recipe for success. The box score was reversed this way: Jacksonville fell to Lions (2-3) 34-16 at TIAA Bank Field Sunday, in a game that had never been this great before.
After the Jaguars went by 3 goals in the game’s opening round, Matthew Stafford and the Lions walked down the field, marking the fourth time in six matches a Jaguars opponent had scored on his opening flight. Detroit would make another landing in its second engine, putting the Jaguars into the 14-3 hole, never looking back.
Stafford finished 19 out of 31 for 223 yards and landing and interceptions. Each of their three Detroit appearances saw movement, with rookie D’Andre Swift leading the way with 116 yards and two landings on just 14 cart. The Lions 25 had first drops compared to the Jaguar 16.
After starting five of the six to start the day, Gardner Mincio and Jaguar struggled to gain any kind of continuity in the second half. Minshew finished 25 out of 44 for 243 yards, a short landing and a quick landing. Taken once and he also has confusion.
In the face of the league’s worst defense, the Jaguars were kept 44 yards to the ground. Rookie James Robinson had 29 yards in 12 cars, but he scored his first landing in his career.
The only bright spot was the Kellan Cole’s wide receiver, Jaguar’s first receiver to exceed 100 yards in a single season. The fourth-year receiver was 143 yards at six grabs.
Jacksonville (1-5) will travel to Los Angeles to take over the shipper (1-4) this coming Sunday at 4:25 PM EST. This game, originally scheduled for Week 8, has shifted to Week 7 due to scheduling conflicts created by the COVID-19 lockdown in the NFL.