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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

Jacksonville Jaguars

Player Position Lineup
Jason Cabinda primary: Fullback Starter
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Trey Flowers primary: Defensive End Starter
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Center Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Starter
Tracy Walker primary: Safety Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Right Guard Starter
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jeff Okudah primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Left Guard Starter
John Penisini primary: Defensive End Starter
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Starter
Chris Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Oday Aboushi primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Substitution
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Joe Dahl primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marvin Hall primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Da'Shawn Hand primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Will Harris primary: Safety Substitution
Jesse James primary: Tight End Substitution
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Substitution
Isaac Nauta primary: Tight End Substitution
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jayron Kearse primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tony McRae primary: Cornerback Substitution
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Darryl Roberts primary: Cornerback Substitution
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
David Blough primary: Quarterback Not active
Kenny Wiggins primary: Guard Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Not active
Elijah Lee primary: Linebacker Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player Position Lineup
Taven Bryan primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
A.J. Cann primary: Right Guard Starter
DJ Chark Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Myles Jack primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Brandon Linder primary: Center Starter
Gardner Minshew II primary: Quarterback Starter
Andrew Norwell primary: Left Guard Starter
James O'Shaughnessy primary: Tight End Starter
Cam Robinson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Jawaan Taylor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jarrod Wilson primary: Free Safety Starter
Josh Jones primary: Strong Safety Starter
Joe Schobert primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
C.J. Henderson primary: Left Cornerback Starter
K'Lavon Chaisson primary: Defensive End Starter
Laviska Shenault Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Davon Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
James Robinson primary: Runningback Starter
Adam Gotsis primary: Defensive End Starter
Bruce Miller primary: Fullback Starter
Sidney Jones primary: Cornerback Starter
Kamalei Correa primary: Linebacker Starter
Dakota Allen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Keelan Cole Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chris Conley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Logan Cooke primary: Punter Substitution
Tre Herndon primary: Cornerback Substitution
Will Richardson Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Tyler Shatley primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Dawuane Smoot primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Brandon Watson primary: Safety Substitution
Quincy Williams primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tyler Eifert primary: Tight End Substitution
Ben Bartch primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Shaquille Quarterman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Daniel Thomas primary: Safety Substitution
Collin Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyler Davis primary: Tight End Substitution
Chris Claybrooks primary: Cornerback Substitution
Doug Costin primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ross Matiscik primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Chris Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Caraun Reid primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dare Ogunbowale primary: Runningback Substitution
Jabaal Sheard primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jonathan Brown primary: Kicker Substitution
Josh Allen primary: Defensive End Not active
Abry Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Dede Westbrook primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Josiah Scott primary: Cornerback Did not play
Jake Luton primary: Quarterback Not active
Luq Barcoo primary: Cornerback Not active
Mike Glennon primary: Quarterback Did not play
Daniel Ekuale primary: Defensive Tackle Not active

Detroit Lions

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jonathan Brown
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Adrian Peterson
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Rusher: D'Andre Swift
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 6 Yards
    • Rusher: Gardner Minshew II
    • Conv Kicker: Jonathan Brown
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: T.J. Hockenson
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
  • Period 4
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 14 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: James Robinson
    • Conv Receiver: James Robinson
    • Passer: Gardner Minshew II
    • Conv Passer: Gardner Minshew II
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 41 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 6 Yards
    • Rusher: D'Andre Swift
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • Houston L 41 - 25
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21
  • @Atlanta W 23 - 22
  • @Jacksonville W 34 - 16
  • New Orleans L 35 - 29
  • @Arizona W 26 - 23
  • @Green Bay L 21 - 42
W 10% L 90%
1 9
  • Pittsburgh L 27 - 3
  • @Green Bay L 20 - 24
  • Houston L 27 - 25
  • @L.A. Chargers L 29 - 39
  • Detroit L 34 - 16
  • @Houston L 14 - 30
  • @Cincinnati L 25 - 33
  • Miami L 31 - 13
  • @Tennessee L 30 - 33
  • Indianapolis W 20 - 27

Next Games

  • @Chicago(11-10-19) L 13 - 20
  • Green Bay(12-29-19) L 23 - 20
  • @Tennessee(09-23-12) L 41 - 44
  • Tampa Bay(12-15-19) L 38 - 17
  • Minnesota(10-20-19) L 42 - 30
  • Cleveland(10-19-14) W 6 - 24
  • @Minnesota(08-18-18) W 14 - 10
  • Tennessee(09-19-19) W 7 - 20
  • @Baltimore(08-08-19) L 0 - 29
  • Chicago(10-07-12) L 41 - 3

Last Meetings

  • Lions @ Jaguars 34-16
  • Jaguars @ Lions 19-26
  • Lions @ Jaguars 22-17
  • Jaguars @ Lions 12-13
  • Lions @ Jaguars 31-14
  • Jaguars @ Lions 38-14

Last Injuries

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Carl Davis Jr.

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davis Jr. is dealing with a concussion, and it is unclear if he will pass protocol prior to Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals.

  • Daniel Thomas

    Arm
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Thomas has landed on the injured reserve list due to an arm injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Shaquille Quarterman

    Knee
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Quarterman has been designated for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recuperating from a knee injury. The team has three weeks to activate him.

  • Laviska Shenault Jr.

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Shenault Jr. has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games due to a hamstring injury, but it is projected that he will take the field on Sunday versus the Browns.

  • Cam Robinson

    Illness
    Prob Sun | probable

    Robinson is ailing from an illness, but it is likely that he will partake in Sunday's showdown with the Browns.

  • Jarrod Wilson

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Wilson is hindered by a shoulder injury, but it is anticipated that he will dress for Sunday's clash with the Browns.

  • Andrew Norwell

    Forearm
    Out Sun | out

    Norwell left the previous game with an forearm injury, and he will not line up against the Browns on Sunday.

  • Dare Ogunbowale

    Hand
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogunbowale injured his hand, and it has yet to be determined if he will be active Sunday versus the 49ers.

Detroit Lions

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Vaitai has hit the injured reserve list due to a foot injury, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Jeff Okudah

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Okudah sat out the previous game due to a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined if he will dress for Week 13 versus the Bears.

  • Danny Shelton

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Shelton was forced from the last game with a knee injury, leaving his status against the Bears in Week 13 clouded.

  • Desmond Trufant

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Trufant was lifted from the previous contest due to a hamstring injury. It is up in the air if he will participate against the Bears in Week 13.

  • Mike Ford

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ford missed the last game to be evaluated for a concussion, and it is unknown if he will take part during Week 13 against the Bears.

  • Kenny Golladay

    Hip
    day-to-day | questionable

    Golladay has sat out the past four games with a hip injury, and it is undetermined if he will return to action Week 13 against the Bears.

  • Danny Amendola

    Hip
    day-to-day | questionable

    Amendola has sat out the previous two games with a hip injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up against the Bears in Week 13.

  • Hunter Bryant

    Concussion
    day-to-day | I-R

    Bryant has been moved to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a hamstring injury. It is unclear if he will be activated prior to Week 13 versus the Bears.

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