The Lions will be in Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in a week 6 showdown. Neither one of these teams has had much success this season, each winning just one game so far. Sunday’s game provides a good chance for one of the squads to try and get on a hot streak, and to start making a run within their highly competitive divisions.
Detroit snapped a long losing skid a few weeks back, before falling to the Saints ahead of their bye week. With every game that they lose, it becomes more and more inevitable that Matt Patricia’s time as head coach is coming to an end. It’s pretty clear that Detroit made the wrong choice to cut ties with Jim Caldwell.
The Jaguars also continue to struggle, dropping four games in a row since a week 1 victory. Many believe that a losing season this year would mean having a chance at one of the top QB’s in the 2021 draft, but Gardner Minshew hasn’t proven to be part of the problem. Minshew could still do a bit more to show he is the QB of the future in Jacksonville though.
The spread for Sunday’s game favors the Lions by 3.5 points. The over/under is set at 54.
Lions Looking for Second Win
After winning just three games a year ago, Detroit has gotten off to a 1-3 start. Last season however, the Lions had been 3-3-1 at one point before going on a nine-game losing skid to end the season.
One of many mistakes Detroit has made was signing Adrian Peterson as soon as Washington cut him. Detroit is giving the 35-year-old starting carries, even with two young backs in D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson on the roster. Peterson can be a great mentor, but shouldn’t be a team’s first rushing option.
Matthew Stafford’s Lions career may be on its last legs, as the team hasn’t had too much success in his run as starter since 2009. Stafford compiles yardage in bunches, but has 0 playoff wins since ’09. A new coach/QB combo seems inevitable at this point.
Jags Looking to End Skid
Jacksonville has posted four losses in a row coming into Sunday’s meeting. The Jaguars do have their best chance at victory over that span as Detroit doesn’t do a lot on either side of the ball to strike fear into an opponent.
The Jaguars aren’t exactly world beaters either though. Jacksonville ranks in the bottom nine in both points for, and against, and also has glaring holes on both sides of the football. The Jags traded away several defensive starters before the season, and cut Leonard Fournette as well. On the bright side, undrafted rookie RB James Robinson looks like a hidden gem.
Lions Come Away Victorious
Detroit will pick up their second win of the year on Sunday, as Stafford throws for 300 yards and two TD’s.
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