The Jacksonville Jaguars blew their seemingly only chance to get in the win column with another putrid performance, despite hosting a 1-3 Lions team that had blown double digit leads in three games this season. The Jaguars went down early in this one and never recovered, as this contest finished with a score of 34-16.
This is starting to feel like the same column every week, and I find it difficult to put a positive spin on what was once a promising season. This must be what it feels like to be a marriage counselor whose clients cannot seem to make any effort to sync up. But instead of tired wives and bored husbands, I find myself bearing witness to a defense that can’t stop anybody and an offense that can’t generate touchdowns.
The Jaguars lost for the 5th game in a row. They surrendered over 30 points for the 5th game in a row. They started a new kicker for the 5th game in a row. With the opponents the Jags have remaining on the schedule, it seems that those trends will continue. It honestly seems that they won’t win another game this season, and the ineffectiveness on both sides of the football leaves them unable to even keep games close.
Gardner Minshew threw the ball 44 times, completing 25 for 243 yards and 1 touchdown to go with 1 interception. He also rushed for a score. Breakout rookie James Robinson was held to 29 yards on the ground and 29 in the air. He caught Minshew’s lone touchdown pass. Keelan Cole led all receivers with 143 yards on 6 receptions. Kicker Jon Brown kicked the first field goal of his career but also missed a field goal. The Jags have missed a kick, whether it’s an extra point or a field goal, in every game this season.
The Lions, on the other hand, led a very balanced attack. Matthew Stafford completed 19 of 31 passes for 223 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. D’Andre Swift carried the ball 14 times and Adrian Peterson carried it 15. The former accrued 116 yards and 2 touchdowns, while the latter posted 40 yards and 1 score. Kenny Golladay led the Detroit receivers with 105 yards on 4 catches, though T.J. Hockenson snagged Stafford’s lone passing touchdown.
The Jaguars travel to Los Angeles next week where they will face the Justin Herbert-led Chargers.