Jaguars-Lions: Jacksonville Playoff Hopes Reaffirmed

Dwan SamuelCorrespondent INovember 10, 2008

"Yes, we can," Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis said on Sunday, after the Jaguars 38–14 win over the Lions

Mathis was asked if the Jaguars could reclaim their playoff hopes.

Mathis seems to believe that the Jaguars still have a chance and if they can dominate teams in the same manner for the rest of the season, they can take that chance.

“There’s a great chance. The best team in football is coming to our home. We haven’t played well at home so far so this would be a good time to do so.”

Sunday was a pivotal matchup for the Jaguars and they rose to the occasion. 

The Jaguars played the type of football that they are known for.  They let Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew run all over the Lions, while the Jag defense sacked two QBs many times over, forcing an interception, and essentially reintroducing the world to the teal curtain.

The Jaguars defense had a total of seven sacks and one interception.  Mathis made an early interception to remind Daunte Culpepper that he is no longer coaching his son's Pop Warner team.

Linebacker Clint Ingram had an early sack against Culpepper in the first quarter, but the Jags did not have another sack until the third quarter.

Defensive tackle Rob Meier said, "When you've get a lead like that, you can open it up on the pass rush, which definitely helps out."

If that's the case, the Jags know they had better get off to a quick start. Opening things up for the defense paid dividends on Sunday, as the Jags were all over the Lions offense when the game had practically already been decided.

Taylor finally reached the 11,000 yard mark and Jones–Drew received the game ball for rushing for a career high three touchdowns.

“It’s an honor. I’ve been scrapping my whole career. It’s a tribute to my persistence, my will, my determination. It feels good to have done it in Barry’s house. This is a good place,” Taylor said.

It was a complete effort on all sides of the ball. 

Let's just hope that some of Taylor's "persistence, will, and determination" stick with him and the entire organization; they will need it this Sunday when the undefeated Titans come to town.