The Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars don’t face each other very often (every four years based on the NFL’s current scheduling procedures), so I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few series facts before today’s game.
The Jaguars lost the first meeting between the two teams but hold the all-time series lead 3-1.
- December 17, 1995: Lions 44, Jaguars 0
- December 6, 1998: Jaguars 37, Lions 22
- November 14, 2004: Jaguars 23, Lions 17 (OT)
- November 9, 2008: Jaguars 38, Lions
This will be the fifth meeting between the Lions and Jaguars and none has been played in the first half of the season. In fact, today’s date of November 4 is the earliest on the calendar the two teams have ever met.
In the last meeting, the Jaguars handed the Lions the ninth of their eventual 16 losses during the now infamous 2008 season.
Barry Sanders has played in 50% of the all-time meetings between the Lions and Jaguars. Today’s game will send that number down to 40%.
The Lions will have started a different quarterback in all five meetings against the Jaguars when Matthew Stafford steps on the field today. Scott Mitchell, Charlie Batch, Joey Harrington and Daunte Culpepper are the others.