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Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Preview and Predictions 10-18-2020

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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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Last Injuries

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • C.J. Board

    Concussion
    Prob Mon | probable

    Board sat out the previous game with a concussion, but he is likely to be cleared in time for Monday's contest versus the Buccaneers.

  • Carl Davis Jr.

    Concussion
    Out Sun | out

    Davis Jr. sat out the previous game while going through the concussion protocol, and he will not be cleared for Sunday's tilt versus the Bills.

  • Jarrod Wilson

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Wilson was absent from the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Week 9 against the Texans.

  • Myles Jack

    Ankle
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Jack sat out the last contest due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will take part Week 9 versus the Texans.

  • Gardner Minshew II

    Thumb
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Minshew II has a strained ligament and multiple fractures in his right thumb, leaving his availability for Week 9 versus the Texans in question.

  • Sidney Jones

    Back
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Jones exited the previous game with a back injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Texans in Week 9.

  • Dede Westbrook

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Westbrook has been shuttled to the injured reserve list with a knee injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Devine Ozigbo

    Hamstring
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Ozigbo sustained a hamstring injury in the last game, leaving his status against the Texans in Week 9 hazy.

Detroit Lions

  • Desmond Trufant

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Trufant has missed the last two games due to hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Colts on Sunday.

  • Adrian Peterson

    Abdominal
    Prob Sun | probable

    Peterson is dealing with an abdominal injury, but he is expected to suit up Sunday versus the Colts.

  • Darryl Roberts

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Roberts is nursing injuries to his groin and hip, leaving his status for Sunday's contest versus the Colts hazy.

  • Justin Coleman

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Coleman has hit the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a hamstring injury, and the team must activate him within two weeks.

  • Taylor Decker

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Decker has a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if hew ill line up against the Colts on Sunday.

  • Miles Killebrew

    Personal
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Killebrew sat out the previous game while tending to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's clash with the Colts.

  • Austin Bryant

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Bryant will be on the PUP list until at least Sunday against the Colts while he heals from a pectoral injury.

  • Julian Okwara

    Leg
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Okwara has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a leg injury. It is unknown when the team will activate him.