The pressure was mounting on the Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia to win the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville saved the job of Patricia. Detroit coasted to win 34-16 on TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.
Once again, Jaguars was unable to score on their opening first-quarter drive. The first quarter ended with the Lions ahead 7-3. Detroit led 17-3 at the half.
Gardner Minshew scored from six yards out for their only touchdown of the third quarter. Rookie running back sensation, James Robinson caught a swing pass and scored from 14 yards but missed the two-point attempt. However, Detroit was able to match Jacksonville’s scores and added more.
Jacksonville Jaguars has slid to losing their fifth consecutive game. Perhaps the season opener was more about Indianapolis trying to find their identity, not the Jaguars firepower winning the game. Lately, the Jaguars look like the junior varsity playing against the varsity in the annual spring game.
Minshew completed 22 of 44 passes for 243 yards with one passing touchdown and one interception. Robinson ran the ball 12 times for 29 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards and a touchdown. Keelan Cole caught six passes for 143 yards.
It was pretty obvious that Detroit’s gameplan was stopping the Jaguars running game. They wanted to make Minshew beat them through the air. Jacksonville ran the ball 16 times for 44 yards and one touchdown.
The Jaguars travel west on Sunday to face the LA Chargers. Sadly, everyone knows how it will play out. Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.
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