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Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXEverBank Field Jacksonville

253Detroit Lions
254Jacksonville Jaguars

OP
0
52.5
CU
-3 -110
53o -112
ML
-157
137
Partials
1 2 3 4
7 10 7 10
3 0 7 6
Score
34
16
Recap

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Inconsistency has plagued the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. At least, that's what their coaches have to say about their one-win teams.

 

Both sides will look for steadier performances when they clash at Jacksonville on Sunday.

 

The Lions (1-3) are coming off a bye week after losing at home to New Orleans 35-29 on Oct. 4. They notched their lone victory, a three-point triumph in Arizona, the previous week.

 

"Right now, we're just too inconsistent," Detroit's third-year coach Matt Patricia said. "We'd like to make sure that the stuff we're doing well, we'd like to see it every single play."

 

Patricia and GM Bob Quinn are on the hot seat as the franchise continues to struggle along.

 

Even with a healthy Matthew Stafford, the Lions haven't clicked on offense. Stafford has thrown just three interceptions but each one has been costly. He's also missed numerous open receivers and hasn't reach the 300-yard mark in any game.

 

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell believes Stafford's footwork is partially to blame after the veteran quarterback missed the second half of last season with a back injury.

 

"I think when you simplify it as easy as you can for the quarterback -- I had a small conversation with him about it -- I think it usually goes back to your feet," Bevell said.

 

Matchups against Jacksonville and Atlanta (Oct. 25), which just fired coach Dan Quinn, give the Lions and their quarterback a chance to turn things around. But victories don't come on paper.

 

"For us, look, we've only got one win," Patricia said. "We've got to go out and play well. Doesn't really matter what the opponent's record is at that point."

 

The Jaguars (1-4) defeated Indianapolis in their opener but a second victory has proved elusive. On Sunday, they were thrashed by previously winless Houston, 30-14.

 

Jacksonville hasn't been making many impact plays on defense. It has just five sacks and hasn't forced a fumble. The Jags did make two interceptions against the Texans but failed to cash in, missing a field goal after the first pick and losing a fumble after the second.

 

"I thought they were two really good plays. Those are the things you have do and do it consistently," coach Doug Marrone said. "We've shown we can do it at times, but we haven't put it all together.

 

"You look at what we did offensively after those turnovers, and we didn't really come up with anything. You can't let that stuff go. I think we're doing enough not to give the game away but we're not doing enough to get the game in our favor," Marrone said.

 

Quarterback Gardner Minshew has thrown 40 or more passes in each of those losses and Marrone would like to see his team run the ball more often. It would help if it weren't playing from behind.

 

"I love it when you get up on a team and balance is easy," he said. "It always works out that way. It's a whole lot easier."

 

The Jags have a number of injury concerns, particularly on offense.

 

Wide receivers D.J. Chark (ankle) and Laviska Shenault (hamstring) and tight end Tyler Eifert (neck) missed Wednesday's practice. Linebacker Dakota Allen (foot) and cornerback Chris Claybrooks (quad) also sat out.

 

The Lions' biggest question mark is cornerback Desmond Trufant (hamstring), who missed Wednesday's practice. Backup tight end Hunter Bryant (concussion) also sat out. Safety C.J. Moore (calf), linebacker Christian Jones (knee) and center Frank Ragnow (groin) were limited.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie D'Andre Swift rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries to lift the visiting Detroit Lions to a 34-16 triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford passed for 223 yards and a touchdown for the Lions (2-3), while Kenny Golladay caught four passes for 105 yards. Stafford spread the ball around, completing passes to 10 different receivers.

Adrian Peterson added 40 yards and a score on the ground.

Gardner Minshew passed for 243 yards and a touchdown and also had a rushing touchdown for the Jaguars (1-5), who have lost five straight. Keelan Cole Sr. caught six passes for 143 yards.

Jacksonville was limited to 44 rushing yards on 16 carries.

Detroit, which looked sharp coming off a bye week, led 17-3 at halftime.

The Lions scored on the first possession, driving 50 yards in 10 plays. Peterson gained the last yard for his second touchdown this season.

Jon Brown kicked his first career field goal, a 31-yarder, later in the quarter to cut Detroit's lead to 7-3.

Swift broke free for a 54-yard run on Detroit's next possession and later scored on a 1-yard plunge early in the second quarter for a 14-3 lead.

Brown missed a 32-yard try with eight minutes left in the half. Matt Prater's 31-yard field goal extended the Lions' advantage to 14.

Jacksonville failed to cash in on a Stafford turnover early in the third quarter. Stafford then engineered another long drive. On 4th-and-goal from the 1, Stafford found tight end T.J. Hockenson for a touchdown to finish off the 86-yard march and make it 24-3.

A 51-yard pass to Cole set up Minshew's 6-yard scoring run with 3:31 left in the third quarter.

The Lions responded with a 75-yard drive, completed by Swift's 6-yard run. Prater kicked a 41-yard field goal with 8:11 remaining for a 34-10 lead.

Minshew hit James Robinson with a 14-yard scoring strike three minutes later. The two-point conversion try failed.

--Field Level Media