I presented five things to watch for when the Detroit Lions took on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now we look back to see how those five things played out in the game.
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
Matthew Stafford‘s statistics actually looked pretty similar to last year except for the number of touchdown throws. That didn’t improve at all today but the Lions offense found the end zone nonetheless. As long as the Lions aren’t settling for field goals, it really doesn’t matter how they score.
3. Two for in a row for Titus
Titus Young was coming off a career-best performance against the Seattle Seahawks but couldn’t replicate that success against the Jaguars. Young caught two passes for 20 yards and had a big drop in the end zone. It appears a lack of consistency is still a hurdle for Titus to overcome before he can truly break out like so many believe he can.
4. Secondary is primary concern
The Lions were without Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey at safety and playing their first game since Bill Bentley landed on IR earlier this week. Fortunately, the Lions were facing Blaine Gabbert and had no problem keeping the Jaguars passing game in check. Erik Coleman made a nice play on a ball for an interception down field and Jonte Green picked off another pass when he was in the right place at the right time following a tipped ball.
5. Back home on the road
Mike Thomas figured he would be on the home sidelines for this game when the week began but was traded to the Lions on tuesday. He didn’t figure into the Lions offense in his first game with the team but did recover an onside kick. We’ll have to stay tuned to see how the Lions go about using him on offense.