The Jacksonville Jaguars are among the NFL’s worst teams. They own a 1-6 record and rank 32nd in total offense and 25th in total defense. If the Lions can’t beat them, it’s bad news. Here are five things the Lions must do to beat the Jaguars on Sunday at Jacksonville.
1. Don’t take the lowly Jaguars lightly. Despite their lackluster numbers, their defense held Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers to less than 200 passing yards last week and this was at Lambeau Field. Coach Mike Mularkey thinks they are closer than people know to turning the corner. Beware.
2. Get the ball to Calvin. Hmmm ... Where have we heard this before? Perhaps last Sunday. Johnson, who is questionable with an injured knee, leads the Lions in receiving yards and actually ranks seventh in the NFL in that category even though it doesn’t seem like it. But still he needs to be a bigger part of the offense.
3. Run the ball, the platoon system playing Mikel Leshoure early and Joique Bell late seems to work. Don’t mess with success.
4. Defensive line must get consistent pressure on quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Not only could it rattle him but it will help the secondary which will be missing Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey.
5. The Lions offensive line doesn’t get much credit, but they’re been playing well protecting Matthew Stafford and opening up run lanes. They need to keep it up against a lesser defense.
Prediction: Lions 34, Jaguars 14