Lions notes: Matthew Stafford makes history during win over Jaguars

Al Messerschmidt

Lions notes looks at Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Mikel Leshoure and more.

  • Matthew Stafford crossed the 10,000 career passing yards mark during Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stafford became the second-fastest player in NFL history to achieve that feat, and he now has 10,233 career passing yards. Only Kurt Warner hit 10,000 passing yards in fewer games than Stafford (36 for Warner vs. 37 for Stafford).
  • As noted by Dave Birkett, Stafford is on the verge of passing Joey Harrington on the Detroit Lions' all-time passing list.
  • As pointed out by Tim Twentyman, Stafford has more passing yards through eight games this season than he did through eight games last year (2,393 yards this year vs. 2,179 last year).
  • Stafford threw for more than 200 yards in the first half on Sunday. That is the seventh time he's done that in his career.
  • According to Chris McCosky, Mikel Leshoure is going to pull a Titus Young by putting "Leshoure Sr." on the back of his jersey. Leshoure named his son, who was born last week, Mikel Leshoure Jr.
  • Leshoure became the first Lions player to have three rushing touchdowns in a game since James Stewart had three scores on the ground against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2000, according to the Lions' Twitter account. Also, he became the first Lion to have three rushing touchdowns in the first half of a game since Dutch Clark in 1931, according to Randall Liu.
  • Following Sunday's game, Leshoure had a lot of praise for Riley Reiff, who got quite a bit of playing time as the Lions' sixth offensive lineman. Specifically, Leshoure called Reiff a "beast" for helping lead the way throughout the game.
  • Calvin Johnson had 129 receiving yards on Sunday, marking his 25th career game with at least 100 receiving yards. The only player in Lions history with more games of at least 100 receiving yards, according to Tim Twentyman, is Herman Moore, who had 34.
  • Johnson nearly scored his first touchdown of the season from Stafford on Sunday, but he was tackled at the one-yard line. According to the Lions' Twitter account, that was the fifth time that Johnson has been tackled inside the five-yard line this season. While he isn't finding the end zone, he is setting the Lions up for touchdowns.
  • Against the Jaguars, Johnson certainly didn't play like he was hurt or like he didn't practice all week, but his knee is still bothering him. After the game, Johnson admitted that he expects the injury to linger throughout the season. In all likelihood, he will often miss practice, but if he continues to play like he did on Sunday, it won't be a big deal at all.
  • Before Sunday, it had been a long time since the Lions held a 21-0 lead at halftime on the road.

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