Detroit Lions rookie running back Kerryon Johnson pulled out a 70-yard rush in the first-half against what is looking like an easy victory against the Miami Dolphins. This puts him at 4 carries for 102 yards rushing. Barring a major setback from here on out, this will be Johnson’s second 100-yard rushing game this season. It marks just the second game since Thanksgiving 2013 that a Lions running back rushed for over 100 yards.
Before Johnson hit the century mark earlier this year against the powerhouse New England Patriots to break the 70-game drought the last to do it in a Lions’ Jersey was Reggie Bush.
Having a balanced attack puts a lot less pressure on Stafford by not having to throw the ball on every single down just to muster a few yards. Over the past five years, every time the Lions attempted to rush the ball every person in the universe knew it was going nowhere. More than likely no gain. Two, three, maybe five yards if we were really lucky and a defender slipped while trying to make the tackle. The screen-pass from Stafford to Theo Riddick was the Lions’ run game.
With his second game of 100+ yards Johnson proved that the first such game wasn’t a fluke. He wasn’t a blind squirrel who just happened to find a nut. Every championship football team has a balanced attack with multiple dimensions and ways to gash the defense. He’s proven that this type of balanced attack is what we should expect while watching Detroit football from here on out.
Cancellation officially cancelled. Lions are back at .500 and looking like the team fans thought they could and should be at the beginning of the season before losing to the Jets by 50. The 2019 Super Bowl train is back in action.