Jacksonville will be looking for a bounce back game after four straight losses — and three straight weeks of giving teams their first win. Fortunately for us this week, Detroit has already won a game so that may break the curse on its own.
James Robinson figures to get a lot of work against a bad Detroit run defense and Gardner Minshew will have a lot of free time against a Lions defensive line that is last in the league in sacks, pressures, and knockdowns.
Stay with us all through the day as we live blog the game as it happens, and feel free to join the conversation in the comments as the day progresses. We’ll have postgame coverage as well following the conclusion of the game.
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4:08 PM: Game over.
3:49 PM: James Robinson gets the first touchdown of his NFL Hall of Fame career. Two-point conversion fails. Jaguars down 34-16.
3:27 PM: The Lions just scored another touchdown. This team has now allowed 30+ points in five straight games. Combined number of wins of those five opponents before the game started?
Three (3) wins.
3:11 PM: *checks score* Oh.
3:10 PM: TOUCHDOWN! GARDNER WINSHEW KEEPS IT HIMSELF!
2:28 PM: The Jaguars are down 17-3 at halftime and the Lions start the third quarter on offense.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS: pic.twitter.com/cZ2EelPvBe— Big Sad Country (@BigCatCountry) October 18, 2020
1:43 PM: Gardner Minshew intercepted on an arm punt. Sadness.
1:39 PM: The Lions are closing in on 100 yards rushing for the day after that latest touchdown. It is the start of the second quarter. Jaguars down 14-3.
1:29 PM: Newly signed kicker Jon Brown is GOOD! That’s his first field goal attempt in his life. Whew.
1:25 PM: A.J. Cann is down. Your new right guard, everybody!
1:15 PM: Lions go 50 yards in just over five minutes to take the lead. Jaguars down 7-0 early.
1:06 PM: A three-and-out on offense followed by a 29-yard punt. Go Jaguars.
1:00 PM: Jaguars lose the coin toss (for the first time this season!) and will start on offense.
11:34 AM: Inactives today vs. Lions: QB Jake Luton, WR Dede Westbrook, CB Luq Barcoo, DE Josh Allen, DT Abry Jones, and DT Daniel Ekuale.
11:16 AM: Josh Allen out and D.J. Chark active. Better than the reverse but would still rather have both healthy.
11:06 AM: Oh my God, who are these people? (They aren’t bad bets though...)
9:54 AM: Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!
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6:34 AM: Jabaal Sheard has been elevated to the active roster for today’s game. Let’s see how he does.
6:30 AM: Competing reports from ESPN and NFL Network on the likelihood of wide receiver D.J. Chark playing today. Let’s hope the earlier reports from Adam Schefter are more in line with what happens today — we all know how the Jaguars offense looks without Chark.
#Jaguars WR D.J. Chark -- listed as questionable (ankle) -- is considered a game-time decision against the #Lions, per source. It doesn't sound as promising for DE/LB Josh Allen (knee), who didn’t practice Friday. But, final call on both players in the morning.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 18, 2020
Jaguars’ WR D.J. Chark, listed as questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury, is likely to play against the Lions, but Jacksonville first wants him to test him pregame before making any final decisions, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
6:00 AM: Don’t think it affects much for this week’s game, but going forward having almost your entire practice squad out could be... bad.
The #Jaguars are placing 12 of their 16 practice-squad players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 17, 2020
This is a proximity issue from contact tracing. To this point, only the one player the team announced this morning is known to have tested positive.