Back before the season began, we asked Detroit Lions fans how much better the rushing game would be. With a new offensive line coach, a first-round draft pick spent on the line (Frank Ragnow) and a rookie running back (Kerryon Johnson) expectations were high that Detroit would finally put an end to that pesky 100-yard rusher drought that hung around since 2013.
It took Johnson just three games to finally break that barrier, and he just did it again on Sunday—in the first half, no less.
Back in the lead up to Week 1, Lions fans predicted Detroit would only break that 100-yard threshold twice in 2018. 35 percent of fans predicted they’d do it 1-2 times and 33 percent said 3-4 times. Now it’s time to re-adjust our expectations.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
How many 100-yard rushing games will a Detroit Lions back have in 2018?
To clear things up, I’m talking about a Lions individual hitting the 100-yard mark, not a combined team effort here. Also, we’re including the two games that have already happened.
How many 100-yard rushers will the Lions have in 2018?
This poll is closed
My answer: Four.
Back before the season, I only predicted a total of two games. With that mark already met and the Lions running game looking better than they have in 20 years, I have to double that prediction.
I’m sure many are going to expect even more from Johnson and the gang after their dominance in Miami, but the schedule looks daunting for Detroit. They’ll have to face some serious defenses down the road, including the Vikings and Bears twice, the Rams, and the Seahawks. That’s a pretty tough slate, especially when it comes to running the football.
Still, the Dolphins were a pretty decent team defending the run before Sunday, so if the Lions can stay healthy, there’s a good chance they can be effective even against solid defenses. I just need a little more evidence before I commit.