By RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Writer
The Detroit Lions dominated the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Sunday on the way to a 31-14 rout. They dominated in all phases of the game, passing, rushing, and receiving. Several Lions players also made history against the struggling Jags.
Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford had 22 completions on 33 attempts, throwing for 285 yards. With his performance on Sunday, Stafford became the second fastest player to throw for 10,000 career passing yards. He did so in only 37 games played, one shy of the record set by Kurt Warner.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert has become the focus of the Jag’s offense after the injury to Maurice Jones-Drew. Gabbert played well, completing 27 of his 38 passes for 220 yards. Gabbert threw two touchdowns, as well as two interceptions.
The Lions continued their efforts to balance their offense in Jacksonville. Since drafting Stafford, their identity has been a passing dominated offense, but the shift of involving the running game has taken center stage this season.
Lions’ running back Mikel Leshoure had a career day in Jacksonville. He rushed for 70 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns. Leshoure’s three touchdowns all came in the first half of the game, a first in Lions’ team history.
Running back Joique Bell rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. All of the touchdowns scored by the Lions came on the ground in Jacksonville.
Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson broke out of his recent slump on Sunday. The injured Johnson was limited with snaps, but had seven receptions for 129 yards.
With the win on Sunday, the Lions improved their 2012 record to 4-4, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since Week 2.
The Lions travel to Minnesota this Sunday to take on the Vikings. The Vikings are in third place in the NFC North with a 5-4 record, but have lost two straight games. If the Lions win, they will tie the Vikings for last place in the NFC North. The game can be seen on FOX, Sunday at 1:00 PM.