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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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Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
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Last Injuries

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • C.J. Board

    Concussion
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Board was forced from the last game with a concussion, and he is not expected to suit up Thursday against the Eagles.

  • Josh Mauro

    Suspension
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mauro will be on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list for an extended period after displaying symptoms of the virus.

  • Jarrod Wilson

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Wilson was forced from the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Devine Ozigbo

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Ozigbohas been added to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a hamstring injury, and his two-week window to be activated has now started.

  • Abry Jones

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jones missed the previous contest due to injuries to his ankle and hamstring. It remains to be seen if he will line up against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Myles Jack

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Jack exited the last contest due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will take part in Sunday's game versus the Chargers.

  • Daniel Ekuale

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ekuale has been held out of the previous three games due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will return against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Josh Allen

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Allen has sat out the last two games with a knee injury, but it is likely that he will be active Sunday versus the Chargers.

Detroit Lions

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vaitai departed the previous contest with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will take part in Sunday's game against the Falcons.

  • Bo Scarbrough

    Leg
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Scarbrough has been added to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a leg injury. The team has two weeks to activate him.

  • Desmond Trufant

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Trufant missed the last game due to hamstring injury, and it is undetermined if he will play against the Falcons on Sunday.

  • Mike Ford

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Ford has ended up on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to an ankle injury. It is unknown if he will come back Sunday against the Falcons.

  • Tyrell Crosby

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Crosby exited the previous game suffering from dehydration, resulting in cramping. It is unclear if he will face the Falcons on Sunday.

  • Hunter Bryant

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bryant has been placed on the injured reserve list due to a concussion and a hamstring injury. It is unclear when he will make his season debut.

  • Joe Dahl

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dahl has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from a groin injury, and it it unknown if he will return Sunday to face the Jaguars.

  • Frank Ragnow

    Groin
    Prob Sun | probable

    Ragnow is battling a groin injury, but it is likely that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Jaguars.