By no means is anyone crowning the Detroit Lions contenders after their 34-16 win over the 1-5 Jacksonville Jaguars, but there is a feeling that they’ve clasped onto whatever remaining hope there is for 2020 and beyond.
“Sunday’s 34-16 win over the Jaguars was a sign the Lions could beat bad teams, and there are a lot of bad teams on their upcoming schedule, with Atlanta (Week 7), Minnesota (Week 9) and Washington (Week 10) all coming up on the docket by mid-November,” Rosenthal wrote.
The biggest impact of Detroit’s win, per Rosenthal, is the fact that head coach Matt Patricia bought himself some extra time.
“If Detroit had lost with a listless defensive effort, coach Matt Patricia would possibly have been fired amid chatter that he’d ‘lost the locker room,’” he wrote. “The reality on the field Sunday showed something different, with incredible energy and something close to domination from the Lions’ defense from the first snap.”
The Lions will need to show some semblance of week-to-week consistency for fans and analysts alike to start truly believing in a season turnaround, but at the very least Patricia and company bought themselves another opportunity to prove it.
- Jarrad Davis’ PFF grades in his past two games are 94.5 and 95.2! Of course, the big caveat here is that he played in 19 and 11 snaps in those two games respectively. To see what exactly is going on, Erik Schlitt dove into the film of the Jaguars game.
- Speaking of film breakdowns, here are a couple of fun clips of Jamie Collins Sr. and Tyrell Crosby physically dominating on Sunday:
Crosby setting the tone for the game on the offense's first play with a big-time finish pic.twitter.com/TIEaKPOcJL— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) October 20, 2020
Watch what Jamie Collins does to the RB on the blitz pic.twitter.com/w6OHX9alEi— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) October 20, 2020
- Another solid performance from Sunday came at the hands of Frank Ragnow, who was battling through a groin injury. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press explained two key plays that he made that was key to victory.
- We’ve all been a little hard on Matthew Stafford through five games, but Mark Schofield of Touchdown Wire came away impressed with his performance against the Jaguars:
A look at Matthew Stafford against Jacksonville— Mark Schofield (@MarkSchofield) October 19, 2020
*Adjusting the arm slot
*Climbing and firing
*Working windows underneath pic.twitter.com/oFa3Hv7XSa
- The Lions, once again, decreased the amount of man coverage against Jacksonville. Sure, some of that may have to do with playing almost exclusively prevent in the fourth quarter, but these numbers are still eye-popping:
How much man vs. zone did the Lions play this week? Thanks to ESPN Stats & Info, a look at where things are week by week. ( at this week)— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 19, 2020
Man defense by Lions:
Week 1: 82.1 %
Week 2: 81.8 %
Week 3: 55.6 %
Week 4: 63.0 %
Week 6: 39.1 % — This is the... https://t.co/wUuJwFklT2
- If you haven’t seen it already, Kenny Golladay posted to Instagram after the Jaguars game with a caption that some are interpreting as frustration over no contract extension yet: