Lions vs. Jaguars preview: Own first place

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Orchard Lake St. Mary's grad Allen Robinson has 48 catches for 549 yards and five touchdowns for the Jaguars this season.

James Hawkins breaks down Sunday's Lions-Jaguars game at Ford Field (1 p.m., CBS/WJR).

Jaguars to watch

Allen Robinson, WR: The Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High product took the NFL by storm last season and is coming off his best game this year: nine catches, 107 yards, TD vs. Texans. Robinson leads the team with 48 receptions, 549 yards receiving and five TDs, but only has five catches of 20-plus yards.

Blake Bortles, QB: In his third year, Bortles is completing a career-high 60 percent of his passes and has thrown for 2,421 yards, 16 TDs and 11 INTs through nine games, including at least two TDs each of the past three games.

Jalen Ramsey, CB: The fifth overall pick out of Florida State has played a major role in the defense allowing 1,833 passing yards through nine games, third-fewest in the NFL. Ramsey has had his share of rookie moments but is fearless and ranks fourth on the team with 38 tackles.


Top to bottom: Following losses for the Vikings (5-4) and Packers (4-5), the Lions (5-4) moved into first place in the NFC North during their bye. Meanwhile, the scuffling Jaguars (2-7) have lost four straight and are in last in the AFC South.

Beneficial bye: The bye also gave Detroit extra time to rest, and CB Darius Slay (hamstring) and OT Riley Reiff  (illness) are both likely to return.

Ebron on the rise: After missing three games, TE Eric Ebron  returned and tied a career high with seven receptions in each of the past two games, and the total over the two-game span is a career high. He also set a game high with 92 receiving yards in Week 9.

Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Jaguars

Anemic run attack: The Jaguars and Lions rank near the bottom in rushing yards and attempts — Jacksonville is averaging 88.1 yards on a league-low 20.9 attempts, Detroit 86.8 yards on 22.1 carries. The teams are also tied for the second-fewest rushing TDs (three) and neither leading rusher has eclipsed 300 yards.

Turnover battle: Detroit ranks 31st with seven takeaways (four INTs, three fumbles) but is tied for the second-fewest turnovers at six (five INTs, league-best one fumble). Jacksonville ranks last with five takeaways (three INTs, two fumbles) and is tied for third-most turnovers with 19 (11 INTs, eight fumbles).

Facts and figures

■ The Lions and Browns are the only teams to trail in the fourth quarter of every game.

■ Matthew Stafford is the first quarterback since the 1970 merger to lead his team to a winning drive in each of its first five wins of a season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

■ K Matt Prater is 23-for-23 on tying or go-ahead FG attempts in the fourth quarter or OT. His 58-yard FG as time expired against Minnesota was the second-longest tying FG in the final minute of the fourth quarter in history.

■ The Lions opened at 6.5-point favorites, the biggest margin this season.

■ Detroit’s offensive line has allowed one sack in three of the past four games.

■ WR Golden Tate and LB Tahir Whitehead tied game career highs with 11 receptions and 12 tackles, respectively, in Week 9.