It’s been a tumultuous season of ups and downs for the Detroit Lions, but it’s games like the one they had on Sunday against the Jaguars that show this team is still far from the 0-16 team they were less than a decade ago. Mikel Leshoure became the first Lions running back in what seems like forever to not only see the endzone multiple times, but multiple times before halftime.
If you owned Matthew Stafford in fantasy football, you’re pretty much the only person that lost when it came to the Lions in Sunday. Leshoure stayed under 100 yards rushing, but he did make three trips to the endzone. Calvin Johnson didn’t see the end zone but he went well over 100 yards receiving. Stafford was kind of just present for all this, but at least he didn’t throw any interceptions.
The NFC North is a lot more ferocious than being happy about blowing out the Jaguars. The Bears blew out the Jags, but who haven’t they jumped all over with that defense they have. The real thing the Lions can take from this is that both the Vikings and Packers struggled with the Jaguars with the Vikings getting taken to overtime in Week 1.
But the Lions have a lot of work to do still if they want to be relevant in a division the Bears are running away with. After blowing out the TItans 52-12, it seems apparent that the Lions will be fighting for a wild card spot. But that means trying to beat out the Vikings and Packers, one of whom have beaten the Lions so far.
The emergence of Mikel Leshoure is encouraging, but Matthew Stafford must get things going otherwise this team will become one dimensional once again.