Lions vs. Jaguars: Home Woes Continue for the Jaguars

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

Johnson and the Lions ran away from the Jaguars.
Johnson and the Lions ran away from the Jaguars.Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

There are two Jacksonville Jaguars football teams.

One plays on the road and always puts on a good show. They are only 1-3, but have lost three games by a total of 15 points.

The other plays in Jacksonville and lost to the Detroit Lions 31-14 in Week 9. The Jaguars are now 0-4 at home, and have lost every game by at least 17 points. They have been outscored 126-35 in those losses.

They did manage to put up 14 cosmetic points late in the fourth quarter, though they did a poor job of masking the offensive ineptitude that plagued them most of the game.

How bad was it?

Jacksonville went three-and-out on their first three possessions and didn't pick up a first down until they already trailed 14-0 deep into the second quarter. Upon securing said first down, they promptly gained just seven yards on their next three plays.

Meanwhile, a crippled Jaguars' secondary offered little resistance to Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Johnson torched the Jaguars for 129 yards on seven catches. Too frequently, he used his superior size to make big plays to put the Lions in scoring range.

From there, the two-headed monster of Joique Bell and Mike Leshoure at running back took over for the now 4-4 Lions. The pair combined for 29 carries, 143 yards and four touchdowns (three for Leshoure, one for Bell).

By the time Jacksonville broke through offensively, the game was in the fourth quarter and they trailed by 24 points.

It was a lifeless effort from the Jaguars who managed just one sack and no turnovers on defense. The Lions managed two interceptions of Blaine Gabbert, who struggled mightily for most of the afternoon.

One of Gabbert's picks was a wobbly pass toward Justin Blackmon who failed to make a play on the ball, and the other was a tipped pass when the game was well out of reach.

The Jaguars have just four days to figure out a way to win at home as they take on the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football in Week 10.

Another embarrassing home loss to a divisional foe on national television could very well spell the end for the Gene Smith regime in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars did manage to collect their only victory of the season against the surprising Colts, giving fans some optimism that this team could finally win in Jacksonville.