For the first time this season, the Lions lead at halftime. It’s not your garden variety lead, either. The Lions are up 21-0 and are on cruise control. The last time the Lions scored at least 21 points and shut out an opponent on the road was back in 2000 when they led the Giants 21-0.
If I’m Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, I’m not sure I say a single thing to my defense at the half. The Jaguars ran only 18 plays in the first half for 57 total yards and were 0-for-4 on third down.
Offensively, the stats are staggering.
- The Lions had 285 yards of offense and quarterback Matthew Stafford is 15-of-24 for 216 yards. It’s the seventh time Stafford has thrown for 200 yards in the first half.
- Receiver Calvin Johnson has caught all six passes thrown his way for 111 yards. It’s the 25th 100-yard game of his career, becoming just the second receiver in Lions history to reach 25 (Herman Moore, 34).
- Running back Mikel Leshoure has three rushing touchdowns in the first half, becoming the first Lions rusher with three touchdowns on the ground since James Stewart at three against the Buccaneers in 2000.
- The offense has converted 7-of-9 third-down attempts, which means they’re 19 of their last 25 on third down.
No halftime adjustments needed. If this continues, don’t expect the starters to be playing much longer.
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Receiver Calvin Johnson is active and will start today in Jacksonville.
Johnson sat out practice all week with a knee injury, which is the first time the team’s leading receiver has missed an entire week of practice this season.
Johnson has been dealing with the left knee injury for the past few weeks, but has yet to miss a game this season. He came out in warmups with the knee heavily wrapped, but didn’t seem hampered at all running through drills.
He has 41 catches for 638 yards and one touchdown through seven games.
Linebacker DeAndre Levy will not play for a second straight week. He’s been battling through a hamstring injury and was limited in practice this week. He, too, went through an extensive pregame workout before it was determined he wasn’t ready to go. Ashlee Palmer will get the start at outside linebacker for a second straight week.
Joining Levy on the inactive list are: safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey, tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, quarterback Kellen Moore and receiver Brian Robiskie.
Ricardo Silva and Erik Coleman will start at safety. Jacob Lacey will start at right corner after returning to practice this week after suffering a concussion against at Philadelphia three weeks ago.
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