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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