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In his regular season NFL debut, Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure put together a very impressive performance against the Tennessee Titans.
Even though the Detroit Lions only lost to the Tennessee Titans in overtime on Sunday, there weren't a whole lot of positives. The Lions looked awful in all three phases of the game, and their overall struggles continued. They did only lose by a score of 44-41, but it was not a good performance by the Lions.
That's not to say there weren't any positives from Sunday's game, because running back Mikel Leshoure's performance was certainly not a negative. He made his regular season NFL debut by running for 100 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries. That's only good for an average of 3.8 yards per carry, but Leshoure really impressed me with his running style. He never shied away from contact, and he usually ran a defender over before being taken down.
Leshoure also showed he can be a threat in the passing game, as he had 34 yards on four catches. Although he's a power runner, in space he can juke defenders to make them miss. He's a very versatile player, and he brought a lot to the Lions' offense on Sunday.
Just how good was Leshoure's debut? It put him in the same company as Billy Sims.
Leshoure first running back to have 100 yards in his debut since Billy Sims in 1980.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) September 23, 2012
Leshoure brings something to the Lions' offense that we haven't seen in a long time, and he's certainly a reason to celebrate an otherwise bad game for Detroit.