Jags Circle the Wagons, Win 38-14

Entrenched in controversy and bad play, the Jaguars made a statement Sunday that their season is far from over as they blew out the Detroit Lions, 38-14.

The Jaguars drew first blood as Detroit's opening possession resulted in a Rashean Mathis interception that set Jacksonville up deep in Lions territory. Although the Jaguars went three and out, kicker Josh Scobee booted a 34-yard field goal to put Jacksonville up 3-0.

The Lions struck gold on their second possession as Daunte Culpepper led the team down to the three yard line, then backup quarterback Drew Stanton came in and found tight end John Owens standing by himself in the end zone to put the Lions up 7-3. Detroit sliced and diced through the Jaguars defense as teams have done all year long, and the key play was a Daunte Culpepper to Calvin Johnson bomb that covered 51 yards.

The Jaguars empire struck right back as they marched 80 yards down the field for the go-ahead score which came as Maurice Jones-Drew went untouched into the end zone. Tight end Marcedes Lewis caught two passes on the drive for 41 yards, including a 29 yard strike from David Garrard that had the Jaguars set up at the Detroit five yard line.

The Jacksonville offense struck again on their very next drive as they used a great mix of pass and run to go right down the field 71 yards and score on another Maurice Jones-Drew touchdown plunge, this time from one yard out. On the Jaguars next possession, it was more of the same as David Garrard hit Matt Jones on a fourth and four to set up Maurice Jones-Drew's third touchdown of the half, and a 24-7 Jaguars advantage.

The second half began just like the first half ended for the Jaguars offense, as they methodically moved the ball down the field 83 yards with relative ease. David Garrard found Jerry Porter for a seven-yard touchdown pass which was Porter's first touchdown reception as a Jaguar. At 31-7, the route was on.

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard was very efficient, as he connected on 18 of 25 throws for 234 yards and two touchdowns. His quarterback rating was 128.4. Maurice Jones-Drew had 11 carries for 70 yards and three touchdowns, and Fred Taylor led the team with 80 yards rushing on 18 attempts. Marcedes Lewis and Matt Jones combined for nine receptions for 126 yards, and Jerry Porter caught two balls for 33 yards and a touchdown.

It was a complete effort on both sides of the ball for the Jaguars, and the best that they've looked all year long. A blowout is just what the doctor ordered for the Jaguars, as they bettered their record to 4-5 and climbed out of last place in the AFC South. The Lions remain winless at 0-9.

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