The Lions finally got a run game Sunday, and for the first time all season they were able to put it in cruise control for a dominating 31-14 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mikel LeShoure ran for three touchdowns, all in the second quarter, as the Lions topped the Jaguars to get to .500 at 4-4.
The loss puts the Jaguars at 1-7, and they have lost five straight since their only win of the year, a win in Indianapolis in week three.
LeShoure ran for 70 yards in the win, while Joique Bell ran for 73 yards on 13 carries for the Lions, who on the day ran for 149 yards and held the ball for 35:30.
Matt Stafford was 22-for-33 for 285 yards and a QB rating of 93.6 for the Lions in the win, and the most important thing is he didn’t commit any bad turnovers.
Leshoure finished with 70 yards rushing and scored on runs of 7, 1 and 8 yards, becoming the first in franchise history to run for three touchdowns in the first half. Not even Hall of Famer Barry Sanders accomplished that feat.
Calvin Johnson, who got off to slow starts in Detroit’s last three games, had five receptions for 99 yards before the Jaguars (1-7) even recorded a first down. He finished with seven catches for 129 yards despite playing through a knee injury.
Detroit outgained the Jags 434 to 279.
It was the type of win that looked more like 2011 than 2012, and it gives Lions fans a sigh of relief seeing a run game do what they did, and the passing game get in sync cor what seemed to be the first time all year.