running back Mikel Leshoure rushed for 3 touchdowns in the second quarter and Detroit dominated from start to finish in a 31-to-14 victory at Jacksonville.
Leshoure had a total of 70 yards on 16 carries to help the Lions improve their record to 4-and-4. He’s the first running back in Lion’s history to rush for 3 touchdowns in the first half.
Joique Bell added 73 yards on the ground and a score in Detroit’s second road win of the year. Lion’s quarterback Matthew Stafford made it a balanced attack, throwing for 285 yards with 129 of those going to Calvin Johnson. The loss leaves the Jaguars sharing the league’s worst record with the Chiefs at 1-and-7.
Detroit Coach Jim Schwartz said the lion’s ground game did a nice job of attacking the jaguars’ shifting defensive schemes The Lions will be on the road again this weekend with a game against NFC North rival Minnesota. The Vikings yesterday slipped to 5-and-4 with a 30-to-20 loss atSeattle. The Bears have a strong grip on first place in the North as they improved to 7-and-1 by rolling past the Tennessee Titans 51-to-20 at Nashville.
second place Green Bay is now 6-and-3 after the Packers beat Arizona 31-to-17 at Lambeau Field. Atlanta remains the league’s only undefeated team with the Falcon’s 19-to-13 win last night over the Dallas Cowboys at the Georgia Dome. Week Nine wraps up tonight withPhiladelphiaatNew Orleans.