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Lions deliver complete game, rout Jaguars 31-14

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Lions deliver complete game, rout Jaguars 31-14

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Mikel Leshoure leapt cornerback Derek Cox early. Joique Bell jumped over safety Chris Prosinski late.

In between those highlight-reel plays, the Detroit duo gave the Lions their best rushing attack in nearly a year.

Leshoure ran for 70 yards and three touchdowns, and Bell added 73 yards and a score as the Lions turned in their most complete victory of the season, 31-14 over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Detroit dominated from start to finish, building a 21-point lead before halftime and coasting after the break. It was a much different feeling for the Lions (4-4), who trailed in the second half in each of their other wins.

``We wanted to get off to a good start, a fast start, an early start,'' Leshoure said.

Even receiver Calvin Johnson got in on the action.

Johnson, who got off to slow starts in Detroit's last three games, had five receptions for 99 yards before the Jaguars (1-7) even recorded a first down. He finished with seven catches for 129 yards after getting a pain-killing shot in his left knee.

Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 33 passes for 285 yards, building on last week's impressive outing against Seattle. He became the second-fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 career yards in NFL history, reaching the milestone in 37 games. Former St. Louis Rams star Kurt Warner did it in 36 games.

But most of the talk afterward was about Detroit's ground game. The 149 yards rushing were the team's most since gaining 169 against Carolina nearly a year ago.

``You combine that running game with our passing game, it's an offense that's unstoppable,'' Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus said. ``If we can do this every weekend, the sky's the limit for this offense.''

Leshoure scored on runs of 7, 1 and 8 yards, becoming the first back in franchise history to run for three touchdowns in the first half. Not even Hall of Famer Barry Sanders accomplished that feat. Bell added a fourth-quarter scoring jaunt, which made it 31-8 and sent Jaguars fans scrambling for the exits.

Those fans have seen this before - all season really.

Jacksonville has been outscored 126-34 in four home games. And if coach Mike Mularkey's team doesn't find a way to beat Indianapolis (5-3) on Thursday night, the Jaguars will be off to their worst start in franchise history.

``I'm tired of this,'' tight end Marcedes Lewis said. ``There's nobody to point a finger at because we're all in this together, and together we're going to have to find a way to win ball games, period. There's nothing else left to it. ... One of these days we're going to put it all together and get it done and get it done again and get it done again. That's what keeps us hungry. And whoever is not with that, go home. Don't come back.''

In the latest debacle at EverBank Field, Jacksonville trailed 14-0 before getting a first down and 24-0 in the fourth quarter.

A week after playing Green Bay tough in a 24-15 road loss, the Jaguars were back to their old ways.

They turned the ball over twice. They dropped at least four passes. They failed to generate much pass rush. They struggled to stop the run. They allowed receivers to get open all over the field.

And the team's effort was called into question again, something Mularkey strongly denied.

``I have not seen a lack of effort,'' Mularkey said. ``That will never be tolerated on our football team. I can assure you that will not happen.''

Asked to clarify his stance, Mularkey responded, ``No and don't ask me again.''

Blaine Gabbert completed 27 of 38 passes for 220 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Rashad Jennings, starting his second game in place of Maurice Jones-Drew, ran for 45 yards.

Jacksonville opened with three straight three-and-outs and had one first down when Leshoure found the end zone for the third time.

``Come on, that's pathetic for an offense to have 12 plays in the first half and be 0 for 4 on third downs,'' Gabbert said. ``We can't afford to shoot ourselves in the foot or else it's going to be a poor showing like that.''

Jacksonville finally got on the scoreboard when Gabbert found Micheal Spurlock for a 5-yard score with 8:36 remaining. The Jaguars made the 2-point conversation, but it did little to change the momentum.

The Lions answered with an 80-yard TD drive, capped by Bell's 10-yard run.

``Offense, defense and special teams showed up like we were looking for and played a complete game,'' Stafford said.

NOTES: Stafford is fourth-youngest QB to reach 10,000 yards. ... Jaguars WR Laurent Robinson returned after missing three games with a concussion. He caught six passes for 41 yards. ... A week after the Jaguars had nine drops, they had at least four more. Two of them ended up as interceptions for Gabbert.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The brawl, the flinch, and following the money

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—The brawl, the flinch, and following the money

Here is what you need to know on Saturday, August 17, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

The Redskins week that was: A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskinsand NBC Sports Washington.

The 'Skins and Jets got into a brawl an hour into practice—I was about 10 yards away from where the fight took place, but I was only a few yards from where Morgan Moses hit the ground after taking what the Redskins interpreted to be a cheap shot. I can attest that the earth moves when Moses hits the ground. As to the dustup itself, I wouldn’t have cared at all if it had taken place in the middle of the field. But the fight spilling over into the spectator area made it a very dangerous incident. They need to do better. 

Redskins release CB Orlando Scandrick—When an out-of-the-blue move like this takes place, follow the money. If Scandrick had sustained an injury during the preseason that was serious enough to put him on injured reserve, the Redskins would have been on the hook for his entire 2018 salary of $1.72 million. In addition, his salary would become fully guaranteed if he had been on the roster in Week 1. The Redskins decided to cut their losses, which was his signing bonus of a cool $1 million. 

How Davis' injury affects the Redskins' WR depth chart—Robert Davis was not a lock to make the Redskins’ roster, but he certainly was a contender. But that all changed in an instant a week ago when he got tangled up with cornerback Danny Johnson during practice. Johnson bounced right up, Davis did not, having sustained a broken leg and knee ligament damage. Davis spent most of last year on the practice squad so this will be a second straight season without game action for the 2017 sixth-round pick. 

Redskins starters training camp one-liners, offense—You hear plenty of talk about the backups and bubble players during training camp and often the front-line players get overlooked. So there is your look at how the offensive starters fared in camp, one-liners style. You can find the defense here

Tweet of the week

We didn’t expect him to say anything but we had to ask Terrelle Pryor if he had any comment after the “flinching” incident with D.J. Swearinger. This was all he was willing to say as he jogged towards the locker room with a smile on his face. 

It would be inaccurate to say that Pryor is a polarizing figure among Redskins fans because that would mean that that he had an equal number of supporters and detractors. It’s pretty much all haters. And it’s probably not fair.

From my point of view, I don’t have a problem with Pryor. He was always a stand-up guy when dealing with us. And while he was a free agent bust with the Redskins he didn’t cost a ton of money. Besides, he is hardly unique in that regard. 

The agenda

Today: Practice at Redskins Park 2; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3:30

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 7 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 15 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 23 days

In case you missed it

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Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Injuries to Marshall and Perine will open the door for Kapri Bibbs to make the Redskins

Following the Redskins' Week 2 preseason win over the Jets on Thursday, Jay Gruden said both Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine were "OK" after the two running backs each left the game with injuries. Marshall's was labeled a lower-leg issue, while Perine's injury was called a twisted ankle.

Timetables for their recoveries were then reported on Friday, and while the two members of the backfield escaped anything too severe, they will each be sidelined for decent chunks of time.

Perine will miss a week, according to Mike Garafolo. Marshall, meanwhile, is looking at a longer two-to-four week recovery, per Tom Pelissero. Those pieces of news hurt them in more ways than one.

Derrius Guice's torn ACL in Week 1 of the team's exhibition schedule meant that Marshall and Perine both had a big-time opportunity to step up and earn a spot on Washington's 53-man roster, spots that were harder to envision for them when Guice was healthy.

Overall, the two were slated to compete with Kapri Bibbs for what will likely be two spaces on the depth chart behind the absolutely safe Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley. Now, though, they'll be forced to sit until they're healed up, giving Bibbs more chances in practice and the two remaining August contests to earn Jay Gruden's trust.

Against New York, Bibbs struggled on the ground but led the offense with seven grabs, including a 29-yard gain off a screen play. That performance absolutely brought him closer in the race with Marshall, who scored vs. the Patriots a week earlier. Next, he'll need to prove he can run effectively between the tackles vs. the Broncos in Week 3, which will put some heat on Perine as well.

The 'Skins have 15 days left until they have to finalize their regular season roster. As things stand now amongst the running backs, Bibbs presently has a real shot at stealing a job from the two shelved RBs. But with the way this race has unfolded thus far, that can all change in a split second. 

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