Baby! New daddy LeShoure and Lions jar Jags
By John Kryk, QMI Agency
|Mikel Leshoure #25 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 4, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP
Don't look now, but the Detroit Lions are back to .500 and in the playoff hunt.
Detroit on Sunday thumped Jacksonville 31-14, a charitable score considering how thoroughly the Lions dominated the host Jaguars for most of the game.
"A lot of people counted us out when we were 1-3, and the only people that believed were us," Lions running back Mikel Leshoure said afterward. "And for us to overcome that hurdle, it feels good. We knew all the time we could do it, and now we showed 'em."
Leshoure scored three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, just four days after missing practice to witness the birth of his first child -- nine-pound, three-ounce Mikel Leshoure Jr.
"It's a blessing to have a healthy son -- 10 fingers and 10 toes," Leshoure said. "My whole thing was, this game's for him. I got out there, the O-line helped me out and we got it done.
"My first (career) touchdown ball, my mother got. I'll probably keep this one for my son."
Critics continually accuse the Lions of not being able to rush the ball at all, but more often this year they are showing they can. They gained 149 yards on the Jaguars, and in the first half hogged the ball for all but 9:03.
"We saw some air in there (on film), and we took advantage of it," Leshoure said of the Jacksonville rush defence.
Lions receiver Calvin (Megatron) Johnson not only played, despite missing practice all week with a banged-up knee, but he caught seven passes for 129 yards. Yet he still has no touchdowns since Week 3.
With Maurice Jones-Drew still out with a high ankle sprain, the Jags rushed for only 64 yards. Blaine Gabbert had just 41 yards passing by halftime.