Here are five things to watch during today’s game between the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars that could help tell the story when this one is in the books.
1. Win twice
The Detroit Lions have started the season by trailing at the half in all seven games so far. With another inferior opponent on the schedule, it’s time for that streak to end. The Lions should be able to take care of lesser competition without needing a fourth quarter comeback. Win the first half then win the game.
2. Just need TDs
The eye test says that Matthew Stafford is underperforming after enjoying a breakout season last year. However, the stat sheet doesn’t look too terribly different aside from the number of touchdown passes thrown. It will be interesting to see if Stafford can take advantage of a weaker opponent to start turning that touchdown number in the stat sheet around.
3. Two for in a row for Titus
Titus Young is coming off the best game of his young career and it came at when the Lions needed it most. They will need another good effort from him with Burleson gone from the year and Calvin Johnson nursing a sore ankle. Consistency has been a problem for Titus but a second straight strong game would go a long way to showing that he’s turned a corner.
4. Secondary is primary concern
It seems the Lions have been thin in the secondary all year long and they are only getting thinner. With Bill Bentley going on IR earlier this week and Louis Delmas and Amari Speivey ruled out of action, the Lions secondary needs their depth to step up. Blaine Gabbert has just a 77.9 quarterback rating on the year. Now is not the time to make it look like he’s got things figured out.
5. Back home on the road
This was supposed to be a home game for wide receiver Mike Thomas. That was until the Jaguars traded him to the Detroit Lions earlier this week. The Lions need help at wide receiver with Nate Burleson lost for the season but they also are without Jahvid Best and it is thought that Thomas could help fill the speed dimension the Lions offense has lacked without Best. It is probably not realistic to think we’ll see the full extent of Thomas’s role with the Lions in his first game with the team but it will be interesting to see what they do try to get out of him.
Those are five things I’ll be watching, what about you?