Detroit Lions ride Mikel Leshoure’s 3 TD to 31-14 rout over Jaguars
The Detroit Lions dominated throughout the game after wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught an early smell of victory and running back Mikel Leshoure made three touchdown drives in a lopsided 31-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With a three-score lead even before half-time and what seemed a virtually open field by break, Detroit Lions were way beyond safe from any last minute rallies by the desperately struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the most complete win for the Detroit Lions (4-4) so far after they trailed in the second half through the rest of their victories this season.
Mikel Leshoure scored on runs of just 7, 1 and 8 yards, which marked him as the first player in franchise history to run for three touchdowns during the first half. The 22-year-old Mikel Leshoure closed the game with 70-rushing yards.
Meanwhile teammate Calvin Johnson earned redemption for the slow starts in the Detroit Lions’ previous three games by amassing five receptions for 99 yards well before the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first touchdown. The dice kept rolling for Calvin Johnson, who despite playing through a knee injury managed seven receptions for a total 129 rushing yards.
The Jacksonville Jaguars trailed by 24-0 when they recorded the first touchdown. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert passed to wide receiver/ return specialist Michael Spurlock, who scored a touchdown for five yards with 8:36 minutes remaining. Although the Jacksonville Jaguars hit the 2-point conversion, the game was never in their hands.
The Detroit Lions struck back with an 80-yard touchdown drive, credited to a 10-yard scoring run by Joique Bell. The running back had a productive game, running 13 times for 73 yards. Detroit Lions wide receiver too has six receptions for 52-yards Sunday night.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored 126-34 at home field after the addition of Sunday’s loss to their defeats at the hands of Houston Texans (27-7), Cincinnati Bengals (27-10) and Chicago Bears (41-3) over the season.
Blaine Gabbert, who completed 27 of 38 passes for 200 yards, as well as two touchdowns and an equal amount of interceptions was out-dueled by Detroit Lions quarterback Mathew Williams, who had 22 of 33 passes completed for 285 yards. The former round 1 pick Blaine Gabbert, had the worst case of dropped passes, just a week after tight end Marcedes Lewis, Rashard Jennings, and wide receiver Justin Blackmom as well as Laurent Robinson dropped nine clumsy catches.
The Jacksonville Jaguras even failed to make the most out of Detroit Lions starting safeties Amar Spievev and Louis Delmas’ absence.
The 23-year-old Blaine Gabbert himself struggled to find the target on deep passes. However, Blaine Gabbert found Justin Blackmom for a 6-yard score with 50 seconds remaining in the game and by the time a majority Detroit Lions fans had emptied the stands.